Possible Sync issue


Description of the issue:
Sync doesn’t seem to be working but not sure; can’t tell whether sync has done anything.
Steps to Reproduce (add as many as necessary): 1. 2. 3.
Pull up sync menu on my Windows 7 home pc. Generate the word code and save it to a draft gmail. Get to work and on my work computer (windows 10 in an Amazon Workspace) call up Brave and pull up the sync menu. I clicked the ‘I have a code’ button and cut and pasted the sync chain code words into the sync window. Then clicked the ‘Confirm Sync Code’ button. Nothing happens, no error messages or indication of success, no dialog boxes popped up, or anything. I thought it may just take some time so I’ve left the tap open to see what will happen. So far, after a couple of hours, nothing.
Actual Result (gifs and screenshots are welcome!):

Expected result:
Synchronization to take place, with some kind of indication that it’s happening, or happened.
Reproduces how often:
Twice now.
Brave Version(about:brave):
Version 0.59.35 Chromium: 72.0.3626.81 (Official Build) (64-bit); Brave is up to date on all devices.
Reproducible on current live release (yes/no):
Brave says it’s up to date so I guess this is the current live release.
Additional Information:
My goal is to sync between my Windows 7 home PC, my Linux Mint laptop, my Windows 10 AWS work PC and my Android phone.


My experience: Brave’s Sync (Chromium version 0.59.34 and later) appears to add bookmark entries to all active sync-enabled instances. The current arrangement more or less assures many duplicated entries as well as the reappearance of old / deleted entries. I find this worse than useless. It necessitates expending considerable time and effort cleaning up the resulting mess. Thank you Department-of-Redundancy-Department.

What follows works for me with one 32-bit and two 64-bit Windows 7 desktop installations. It’s 110% empiricism. It’s entirely possible what I do won’t reproduce the same results on other installations; and if you’re using a different operating system, what I do may have no relevance. Free advice; worth every penny.

Be warned: my alternative to Brave Sync is sort of like taking an ax to a lifeboat to test a personal flotation vest. There may be a better way. Two consequences either of which might be deal-breakers for others: first, preferences are restored to their defaults; second, extensions must be re-installed. That said, my experience is that once I personalize a browser’s preferences and add bookmarks, updating preferences and bookmarks is infrequent. Bravely onward.

Search your computer for an entry similar to:

C:\Users*****\AppData\Local\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser\User Data\

where C:\ is where Brave is installed and ***** is the your user name. If you inspect the properties of this entry, it should have hundreds of sub-directories (folders) and thousands of files. I transfer this entry to the equivalent location on the target computer. I use Microsoft’s free SyncToy 2.1 application: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15155 SyncToy’s “Echo” action

  • transfers entries from source to target that don’t currently exist on the target;
  • updates older existing entries on the target; and
  • deletes entries on the target that aren’t on the source.

note to Brave: This is what “Sync” should do.

I do this with the computers physically networked through a common router, but that’s not required. All that’s required is that the computers be available on the same network. Physically networked, the operation takes about a minute. Unknown: I suppose it’s possible to upload the source data either to cloud or portable storage and subsequently copy the stored source data to a target. I haven’t tried this. And if it works, merely copying wouldn’t offer the housekeeping SyncToy provides.

Despite the nuisance of having to re-set preferences (which I prudently made note of beforehand) and reinstall extensions, there’s one overarching benefit to this approach in addition to updating bookmarks on the target computer(s). I only have a few extensions installed. One is uBlock Origin. I was delighted to find that after reinstalling uBlock Origin on the target computer(s), uBlock Origin preferences from the source computer had been transferred. If you use uBlock Origin, you know: this is Very Good.

As noted above, there may be a better way to do this. And beyond the two shortfalls I mentioned, my workaround may have other perils of which I’m unaware. Perhaps Brave will alter its implementation of Sync. In the meantime, what I described works for me.


I’m having exactly the same problem with one of my three Windows 10 computers. I’m using my office desktop as the “origin” computer and synced without difficulty to my home desktop. However, I cannot get my office desktop to sync to my laptop computer. All three have the latest version of Brave installed. Any ideas out there why one target computer syncs without difficulty but the other refuses to sync?

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