Reading List Flag no longer available - all my saves are gone

Description of the issue:

– I had enabled brave’s FLAG feature for Reading List. I no longer see the Current Reading List tab on my browser, and neither do I see it in the flag section. I used to save all my resources - work and personal - through that Reading List window.
Could I somehow get that data back?

Expected result:

– Should see the icon to open the side panel for Reading list window - on the top right.

Brave Version( check About Brave):

– Version 1.39.111 Chromium: 102.0.5005.61 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Additional Comments
Could someone please assist me getting back those saves? Even if I cannot get the window -can I somehow access those saves - perhaps in some brave cache or local directory on my OS? (those saves were very important)


I have the same issue. I was looking for it today, I did the same, but I couldn’t find it.

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Had the same issue, received this response on Reddit:

“Chromium sidebar toolbar icon removed and reading list panel deactivated” Link

The reading lists still shows up on Mobile for me, but not Desktop. Not sure how to fix it or what happens from here.

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Same problem. Extremely frustrated right now.

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so then what to do now? Can we de - upgrade back to the previous version?

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Flags are temporary; they come and go.
It’s gone probably after the latest Brave update, 2 days ago, 1.39.111 Chromium: 102.0.5005.61

I believe there should be a way to get back that saved list from local Brave App data - there should be some cache saved in my OS - which has that data - do you have any idea?

I found a JSON file called “Bookmarks” in Brave App data folder on windows - it has all my bookmarks - there should be one for the reading lists too - but I cannot find it

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So does this mean it will return in v. 1.40.22?



If you have your mobile sync’ed you can still access the reading list items in your smartphone but I don’t know how long it will last.

I just synced my phone with the browser.
Can you please tell me where can I access the reading list? I dont see it anywhere

Edit: i got the reading list menu in android. But cannot see any synced saves.

Since you sync’ed after the deleting of Reading List you may have an issue. I checked my phone and they’re still there.

Same issue here, lots I would like to recover which was stored on the Reading List. Anybody have any luck getting it back somehow? I have checked on mobile and I do not have it there either anymore.

I read that someone is advising to use some substitute extensions from the chrome store to get back the reading list panel, but the question is: are those extensions able to read the saved list entries, or will those extensions erase them and create a blank list at install time?

BTW, I found this on reddit:

you can solve this issue quickly by reinstalling a previous version of the brave browser,

1- go through the previous releases of brave on Github link until you find this version for example Version 1.38.119 Chromium: 101.0.4951.67
2- download the installer file from the assets depending on your OS
3- install and enjoy brave :slight_smile:

credits to

The reddit suggestion didn’t work for me. I uninstalled my current version of Brave, downloaded the 1.38.117 installer from GitHub and installed it. When I started Brave it automatically upgraded to the latest version. So this is what I did instead:

  1. Uninstalled Brave again
  2. Downloaded (I’m on Windows 10)
  3. Extracted files into a directory (e.g. C:/Downloads/brave)
  4. Opened directory in File Manager and executed brave.exe
    Brave started and didn’t automatically upgrade. I was able to access the reading list from this version. I bookmarked each item and then reinstalled the latest version of Brave.
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Thanks for posting this, it will likely help others who were sad to see the Reading List disappear.

It does look like there’s some ongoing work to bring it back to Brave:

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