Frequently Asked Questions : Brave Payments

What is Brave Payments?

Brave Payments is our Bitcoin-based publisher contribution system that anonymously and automatically supports your favorite websites while remaining untracked by anyone, including us at Brave Software. Brave Payments is currently in beta. 

Do I have to pay Brave to block ads?

No. Brave is a browser that blocks ads by default, and it will always be free. If you can afford to support your favorite sites we encourage you to try Brave Payments, but you do not have to pay to use Brave.


Why do I need a Brave Bitcoin wallet, why can’t I use the Bitcoin wallet I already have?

Your Brave Bitcoin wallet is not a general purpose Bitcoin wallet, its sole purpose is to guarantee privacy while holding funds for monthly contributions to your favorite websites.

How do I add funds to my Brave Wallet?

In order to add funds to your Brave Wallet, you will need to create a bitcoin wallet with an account provider and buy some Bitcoin. Certain providers will allow you to buy Bitcoin using multiple sources including credit cards, bank transfers, and with other crypto-currencies. Depending on your place of origin, there may be restrictions on what transfer methods are accepted. Brave customers in the USA have used In other countries, Brave users have used

Once you have an account with a bitcoin wallet, you will be able to transfer BTC from your provider wallet to your Brave wallet. (please note, you can not transfer BTC out of your Brave wallet. The Brave Bitcoin wallet is unidirectional, and its sole purpose is to anonymously and securely contribute to publishers of websites of your choosing.)

How does Brave distribute my contribution among publishers?

Your monthly contribution is created using a computer algorithm which takes into account things like number of visits each site, the time spend on each page, etc. It does this securely and anonymously. As your monthly contribution time approaches, you’ll receive an in-browser alert allowing you to review and adjust contributions before they are processed.

What if a site appears in my list that I prefer not to pay?

The Payments Preferences page attempts to display a concise list of your publisher browsing history by website. Every website in this list has a switch that allows you to exclude them from receiving contributions from you. 

Will I be notified when the contributions actually happen?

You will be notified that your contribution was processed 30 days after you created your Brave Bitcoin wallet, and then every 30 days thereafter. You will also receive an alert if the funds in your Brave Bitcoin wallet drop below 90% of your selected monthly contribution, inviting you to add additional funds.


How are publishers/websites notified of my contributions?

Every 30 days your contribution is transferred from your Brave Bitcoin wallet to a Bitcoin escrow wallet, managed privately and securely Brave for distribution to the publishers you’ve chosen. When the contributions from all Brave contributors for any of these publishers are equal to about $100.00 USD in bitcoin, emails are sent to the webmaster of the site and the site’s registered domain owner, prompting them to begin the process of becoming a verified Brave publisher to receive contributions. Upon completion of the verification process, the publisher will be able to receive contributions from everyone using the Brave Payments system.

Where does my contribution go if a publisher/website is not part of this program yet?

When there is about $100.00 USD in bitcoin for a specific publisher, from all contributors, Brave makes three attempts to complete the publisher verification process. However, if a publisher is unresponsive, then your contribution will be allocated on a ‘pro rata’ basis, to publishers you’ve chosen who are verified. The pro rata calculation is anonymous and secure, and takes into account your particular publisher browsing history, so the sites you visit more will receive a higher percentage of your redirected support. Also, on the Payments Preferences page under the “Advanced Settings” gear icon, you can disable the “Allow contributions to non-verified sites” option. This ensures that your contributions are made only to sites for publishers that have verified.

How do I collect my payments as a publisher?

When contributions for your website are equal to about $100.00 USD in bitcoin from all supporters, explanatory emails are sent to you (the site’s registered domain owner) and to your webmaster to begin the verification process. Upon completion of verification, contributions are settled at the end of each month. In general, we settle contributions for a publisher if at least $10.00 USD in Bitcoin is waiting; however, if you prefer a different threshold amount, please let us know.


What happens if I have money in my Brave wallet and my computer crashes or is stolen or lost?

Your Brave Bitcoin wallet comes with a set of anonymized recovery codes, accessible on the Payments Preferences page. Click on the “Advanced Settings” gear icon, then choose “Backup your wallet”. You can copy, print, and/or file your anonymized recovery codes. It is important to note that it is your sole responsibility to store these codes in a safe and secure place (or perhaps multiple places) for safekeeping, since neither Brave Software, BitGo, nor anyone else is able to recover the funds in your Brave Bitcoin wallet if you lose these codes, so choose the place or places you store your anonymized recovery codes wisely.


How does Brave protect against theft of funds?

Our servers never have custody of funds in users’ Brave Bitcoin multisignature wallets, since Brave doesn’t hold any of  those keys. It is therefore not possible for theft of funds from users’ Brave Bitcoin wallets to happen via attacks against our servers.


What if I want to stop contributing or change my contribution amount, is that easy to do?

You can turn the Brave Payments system on or off at any time using the switch found at the top of the Payments Preferences page. You can also change the contribution amount at any time via the monthly budget menu, found on the same page.

Are my contributions really anonymous? Can’t Brave determine my identity from my Brave Bitcoin wallet and my browsing history?

All Brave Payments analysis is done without disclosing your identity. The analysis is carried out over the network via the open source ANONIZE protocol and on-device via statistical voting, so that neither Brave, nor any other entity, can correlate browsing page views with contributions.

Why does Brave take 5% of my publisher contributions, isn’t this high compared to credit card fees which are typically 2.5%?

Credit card interchange fees may appear to total only a bit more than 2%, but due to chargebacks over fraud, merchants pay a heavy hidden fee. Also, our fee has to cover infrastructure costs which provide an always free Brave browser as well as the Brave Payments system for publisher support. It is our intention to minimize fees as we grow and realize economies of scale.

Why are non-publisher websites showing up on my contributions list (seen on the Payments Preferences page)? How is this list different from my browsing history?

Your browsing history simply includes all sites that you’ve visited. However, your Brave Payments contributions list is intended to be limited to publisher sites you’ve visited and are potentially eligible to receive your contributions. If you have the “auto-include” option enabled (found on the Payments Preferences page), then sites that you visit and appear to be publishers are added to your contributions list automatically. You always have to ability to disable contributions to any site. Brave’s exclusion list is curated over time based upon feedback from our community of users, and you can submit a request to remove a non-publisher site at

If you install Brave on two different computers, do you get two unique personas for the Brave Payments system, or one?

Currently you get two personas. In the future, you will have a single persona that is synchronised securely and anonymously across all of your devices.

Can I earn Bitcoin by browsing?

We’ve introduced the Basic Attention Token, which will provide a framework in the future for doing this, however these tokens are based on the Ethereum blockchain, not Bitcoin.

Can I refund money that I’ve placed into my Brave Bitcoin wallet?

No. The Brave Bitcoin wallet is unidirectional, and its sole purpose is to anonymously and securely contribute to publishers of websites of your choosing.

Do formal legal Terms and/or Conditions exist yet for Brave Payments?

No. Brave Payments is currently in beta. Prior to leaving beta, Brave will share any legal documentation related to Brave Payments.

The new Brave browser blocks the ads and trackers that slow you down, chew up your bandwidth, and invade your privacy. Brave even lets you contribute to your favorite publishers automatically.

The new Brave browser blocks the ads and trackers that slow you down, chew up your bandwidth, and invade your privacy. Brave even lets you contribute to your favorite publishers automatically.


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