Moving my brave browser setup to a fresh install


i desperately need to do a clean install on my can I do this and ‘move’ my identity with brave browser safely.

I don’t want to lose my passwords, preferences and rewards.

Seems a pretty standard thing to do. How do i get my profile (or whatever it is called) when installing brave on a fresh install?

I have my brave browser linked to gemini for rewards.

I have an iPhone, will adding brave to my iPhone. Creating a sync pool with my MacBook. Reformatting and installing everything on my MacBook. Reinstalling brave and syncing in to my iPhone work?

Thanks jn advance ;


@dsandoreo ,

Make a habit of routinely backing up your Bookmarks - export them, using the Brave Browser Bookmarks Manager.

Make a habit of routinely backing up the BraveSoftware folder located:

/Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/BraveSoftware/Brave-Browser/Default/

For compressing files:

Finder menu bar > File menu > Compress (.zip)

the BraveSoftware folder; and, give that resulting .zip file, a date and time ‘stamp’ (in effect) character string, so you keep track of such files. Something like:


Worthy backup application: GoodSync

Read what “bat-chriscat” says at:

“Thanks for all the good questions. In short, this is where backup & restore stands:”

  1. The official way to “back up and restore” is basically to verify your Rewards wallet with Uphold/Gemini. When you do so, the BAT that’s stored in your browser (as local files) is transferred to your Uphold/Gemini account. So, as long as you log into your Uphold/Gemini account on your new browser installation, you should see your BAT balance again, since verified users just use the BAT from their Uphold/Gemini accounts.
  1. If you are unverified, your BAT is basically local data on your device. If you reformat your computer, for example, you will lose your BAT. However, you can back it up by copy-pasting the /brave-browser folder, which contains basically all your Brave browser profile data, including unverified BAT.
  1. Regarding “Users manually backup (copy/paste) and restore their user profiles to new computers (restoration fails as we could not decrypt the wallet as each instance of the wallet has its own decryption key)”, we made some changes recently that makes copy-pasting like this much more reliable, so users can do it if they are tech savvy, and if they are otherwise out of options. (In other words, that line is slightly out of date, will probably be updated, but is still somewhat relevant given not all users have updated.) However, it is extremely important that users do this properly: first by making sure their browser is updated to the latest version of Brave (brave://help), and then completely replacing the /brave-browser folder on a new installation. Failing to perform those steps can lead to all kinds of unexpected behavior. Still, this is not the officially supported path, so there are no guarantees.
  1. A new Backup & Restore feature for unverified BAT is actively in development right now. It’s quite a big lift, but progress has been substantial:

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