Google Chrome vs. Brave Browser (2021)

Google Chrome vs Brave
Google Chrome vs. Brave Browser

Google Chrome is the most popular internet browser, but other browsers try to reach as many users as possible. One of them is Brave Browser, also called Brave Private Browser. It’s new, but it has just acquired a search engine to compete with Google Chrome. How do both differ? The article explores both and covers Google Chrome vs. Brave Browser.

Platforms

Google ChromeBrave Browser
Windows
macOS
Linux
Android
iOS
Chrome OS
Windows
macOS
Linux
Android
iOS
Chrome and Brave supported platforms

Both support the major operating systems. Chrome also supports Chrome OS, in which most of the interface is driven by Google Chrome.

Synchronisation

Google Chrome uses your Google account to sync between devices, and it happens simultaneously.

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Brave does come with a sync option, but it’s not activated by default. One can go into settings and create a sync code to link two or more devices. The browser does not come with an account option.

Security

The next section of Google Chrome vs. Brave Browser is their security. At the core of both browsers, you don’t see many differences.

Google Chrome, by default, comes with standard protection, which warns the user about phishing, harmful downloads, and extensions. The enhanced protection can be enabled, which offers more protective protection against all the dangerous events.

Brave by default also comes with the standard protection enabled, which blocks phishing attacks. The aggressive protection can be enabled for more robust protection.

Passwords

Chrome Password Compromise Feature
Chrome Password Compromise Feature

Like synchronisation, Google Chrome uses your Google account to save and sync passwords. The tool I like is password compromise, which lets you see what websites have breached your passwords. You can see the sites with a link to change the password.

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Brave allows saving and syncing passwords, and you get a safety check option, which checks for updates, harmful extensions, and the protection status of the browser. The password compromise feature is not available.

Winner: Chrome

HTTPS

Experts do not recommend inserting any information on an HTTP site. HTTPS protocol is secured, and most websites use this protocol. Brave goes one step further by forcing HTTP sites to use HTTPS. This ensures that inserted data is encrypted even on an HTTP website.

Google Chrome does not come with this option, but some extensions allow you to do that.

Winner: Brave

Performance

Brave claims to be 33% faster than Chrome, but testing something by myself is my thing, so I did a few tests. I went to three different websites in the private window. The video covers all three tests.

Performance test video

Out of three tests, Brave won two. The real power of Brave Browser is ad blocking. It automatically blocks ads, which helps the browser to be faster. Google Chrome loads all the content on the webpage, taking extra time to load fully.

Winner: Brave

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Battery

The battery test round of Google Chrome vs. Brave checks the battery consumption on Windows and Android. The test may not be suitable for desktop computer users, but for laptops and mobile phones, this will give an idea of your power usage.

To perform this test, I played the same video on both browsers at full volume. Let’s see what we get.

Windows

Because of the way Windows battery management works, it is challenging to do a battery test. But I went and did the test below. I also suggest not relying entirely on it.

Battery test on Windows PC

Google Chrome showed 1% battery usage, while Brave Browser used 2%.

Winner: Chrome

Android

I followed the same technique by playing the same video on both browsers. Watch the video to see the test.

Battery test on Android

Both consumed 0% of the battery on the wi-fi after watching a three-minute video on maximum volume.

Winner: Tie

Additional features

Here we cover some additional features in Chrome vs. Brave comparison.

Extensions

Both browsers are developed from the open-source Chromium project, and because of that, you can install Chrome extensions on Brave. The browser uses the same Chrome Web Store to find all the extensions found on Google Chrome.

Brave Rewards

Brave takes a different approach to deal with ads and rewarding content creators. The browser blocks the ads on web pages and YouTube and requests visitors to watch the Brave ads. Users earn Brave Attention Token (BAT), which they can share with content creators and withdraw in their local currency.

Themes

Brave Browser Night Mode
Brave Browser Night Mode

Both offer the primary dark theme option, but Brave also comes with a night mode, which changes the website’s layout while visiting. For example, white background and black colour text will be changed to a black background and white colour fonts. Samsung Browser also comes with the same feature.

Which one is for you?

Brave comes with DuckDuckGo as the default search engine, and it claims to be a private browser, but it has a long way to go. For privacy-centric people, Brave could be the next thing.

For those who want fast updates and like performance over the battery, Google Chrome would suit better.

Google Chrome vs. Brave: Links

Conclusion

The article Google Chrome vs. Brave Browser compared all the essential features of both. Brave may not be as popular as Google Chrome, but the approach the browser uses is unique and may grab the attention of so many internet users out there.

I hope the article helped you decide. Let me know your views and your final choice in the comments to discuss more.

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