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Google Chrome vs. Brave

Google Chrome vs. Brave

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. It has proved to be a great competitor to Google Chrome and Google search with the acquisition of its own search engine on both desktops and mobiles.

How does it compare against Chrome? The article explores both and covers Google Chrome vs. Brave and the unique features both offer.

What are both?

Google Chrome is the world’s most used browser, with over 3.4 billion users and a browser market share of 65.52%. It runs on the open-source Chromium project initiated by its parent company Google.

Brave is a multi-platform browser running the same open-source project. It blocks ads and tracking scripts by default.

Brave has a count of 57.4 million active monthly users and around 19.3 million daily active users.

Benefits

At this point, you know that both are browsers, but what features make them unique? Let’s find that out.

Google Chrome

Send link to a device: You can easily send a web page’s link to your other devices.

Tab groups: The Chrome feature lets you organize tabs in groups giving you more space in the tabs bar.

Computer clean-up: Chrome checks for harmful software installed on your PC.

Password check: Chrome lets you know if your saved password is being compromised or breached.

Link to highlight: You can copy the link of text on a website, and Chrome will highlight the text and go straight to that section after pasting it.

Continue journey: A resume journey option is visible when you search for a term again. The button goes to a tab showing your history of pages you visited the last time by searching for that phrase.

Auto disables notifications: Google Chrome automatically disables notifications after disabling them on a few websites.

Multiple profiles: You can make multiple profiles for work, school, or personal on Google Chrome to keep your information separate.

Brave

Firewall and VPN: Brave mobile app offers Brave Firewall and VPN for its users.

Protection: New, enhanced privacy and fingerprinting protections are now available in new iOS versions. 

Tor mode: Brave supports Tor mode for entire anonymous browsing.

Brave Talk: You can make group calls of up to 4 people for free on the Brave browser without installing any app.

Barve wallet: Brave offers a Crypto wallet for its users where they can cash out their Brave rewards. It has now partnered with 6 additional leading DApps.

Discussions: Brave, in April, announced a new feature of Brave search called Discussions. It gives real human answers in search results.

Offline playlist: Brave allows users to create a playlist that will be available offline.

Similar features

Music control: Next to the settings menu, you see a music control option to pause and enable the picture-in-picture mode.

Fonts and size: Yes, you can change fonts and font sizes.

QR Code link sharing: Both support creating a scannable QR code for a page.

Bookmark all tabs: Bookmarking all opened tabs in a folder is supported.

Upgrade to HTTPS: Both support upgrading HTTP connections to HTTPS.

Performance test

Performance test video

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.

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

Battery test

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.

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

Windows

Battery test on Windows PC

Because of how 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.

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

Winner: Google Chrome

Android

Battery test on Android

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

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

Winner: Tie

Platforms

Google ChromeBrave Browser
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macOS
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Chrome OS
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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.

Synchronization

Google Chrome uses your Google account to sync between devices, which happens simultaneously. Google Chrome allows you to sync:

  • History
  • Passwords 
  • Open tabs
  • Bookmarks
  • Phone numbers
  • Payment cards
  • Addresses
  • Settings and preference
  • Extensions (desktop)
  • Apps (desktop)
  • Autofill information
  • AutoSign into your Gmail and YouTube accounts

Since Brave doesn’t have an account option, it is not activated by default. One can go into settings and create a sync code to link two or more devices.

You can also create a chain of multiple devices. The chain will simultaneously synchronize the devices present on it.

Brave supports syncing:

  • Apps (desktop)
  • Bookmarks
  • Extensions (desktop)
  • History
  • Settings
  • Themes
  • Open tabs
  • Passwords
  • Addresses
  • Phone numbers

Related: Samsung Internet vs. Google Chrome

Security

Safety-Checkup-in-Google-Chrome
Safety Checkup in Google Chrome

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.

Enhanced protection can be enabled, offering more protection against all dangerous events.

Brave, by default, also comes with the Standard protection enabled, which blocks ads and phishing attacks. Aggressive protection can be enabled for more robust security.

You can also enable shields in Brave for more protection and block cross-site or all cookies.

On the above notes, I must mention that Brave users have found some issues with the browser in the past.

For example, in 2020, a Twitter user reported that Brave automatically redirected him to the referral code homepage when he tried to go to a crypto website.

CR1337 tweet about Brave

Passwords

Chrome Password Compromise Feature
Chrome Password Compromise Feature

Like synchronization, 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.

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: Google 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.

Google Chrome also supports the secure mode, which changes connections to HTTPS.

Once activated, it warns you before loading sites that don’t support it. You can also use an extension for this feature. 

Winner: Brave

Related: Mozilla Firefox vs. Brave

Additional features

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

Extensions

As both browsers are Chromium-based, you can install the extensions from Chrome Web Store.

Brave Rewards

Brave takes a different approach to deal with ads and rewarding content creators. The browser blocks 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

Night Mode in Brave
Night Mode in Brave

Both offer the primary dark theme option. You can also find several themes from different creators from the web store that you can apply to your browser.

Brave or Google Chrome?

Brave comes with its own search engine and 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 them better.

Chrome vs. Brave: Links

Conclusion

The article Google Chrome vs. Brave Browser compared all the essential features.

Brave may not be as popular as Google Chrome, but the browser’s approach is unique and may grab the attention of so many internet users.

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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Saturday 31st of July 2021

brave is better according to me

Madhsudhan Khemchandani

Thursday 12th of May 2022

@..., It's a new kind of browser. Coming year will decide if the world will accept it.

Ba ba Black Sheep

Thursday 12th of May 2022

@... Ye