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How to speed up the Brave browser

The following guide lists tweaks and suggestions on how to speed up the Brave web browser to reduce lag and improve the browser's performance. We have published guide on speeding up the Opera and Vivaldi browsers previously, and this guide is the third part of the series.

Brave, like most desktop web browsers, is based on Chromium. Other Chromium browsers are Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera, and the new Microsoft Edge browser that Microsoft started to work on in 2019.

As a Chromium-based browser, Brave is quite fast already; the browser's blocking of advertisement improves performance significantly as well when it comes to the loading of webpages.

Brave's default settings leave room for improvements. Like all browsers, it ships with a default set of features designed to provide a good mix of features and speed.

Tip: My Experience with the mobile version of Brave on Android.

Brave's Settings

brave settings

You can access the Brave Settings from the main menu or by loading chrome://settings/ directly. The settings are divided into a main and an advanced part, and it is a good idea to check them from top to bottom after initial installation.

  • Get Started -- I prefer to load the previous session (Continue where you left off) but you may speed up the start of the browser by selecting "open the new tab page" or "open a specific page or set of pages".
  • Appearance -- Enable "use wide address bar" to give the address bar a bit more room. Not a performance setting.
  • Shields -- Brave's Shields feature blocks trackers and advertisement by default. You can check the "block scripts" setting as well to block scripts from running by default but that will lead to breakage and you having to create overrides for sites that don't work properly if JavaScript is disabled.  Note that the feature is not as advanced as the blocking of scripts by NoScript or uMatrix.
  • Social Media Blocking -- Unless you use any of those openly, disable all options here:
    • Allow Google login buttons on third-party sites.
    • Allow Facebook logins and embedded posts.
    • Allow Twitter embedded tweets.
    • Allow LinkedIn embedded posts.
  • Extensions -- Depends on your usage. Disable "WebTorrent", "Hangouts", and "IPFS Companion" if you don't use these.
  • Privacy and security -- Consider disabling/modifying the following features to improve privacy:
    • Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar.
    • WebRTC IP Handling Policy to "Disable non-proxied UDP".
    • Automatically send crash reports to Brave.
    • Allow sites to check if you have payment methods saved.
    • Use a prediction service to load pages more quickly.
  • Downloads -- Make sure "ask where to save each file before downloading" is checked to improve security.
  • System -- Disable "continue running background apps when Brave is closed.

Startup parameters

Brave supports Chromium startup parameters. These are supplied on start and may modify certain features and settings of the browser that can't be changed in the browser's settings.

You may either run Brave from the command line and specify the parameters, or edit the shortcut that points to Brave to permanently use the parameters.

On Windows, you simply right-click on the Brave shortcut on the desktop or Start and select Properties. Note that you need to right-click on Brave a second time in the menu if you right-click on the Brave icon in the taskbar. Add the parameters to the end of the Target field and click ok to save the changes.

  • --process-per-site -- Brave puts every page you open in the browser in its own process. If you notice that your devices hit the available RAM limit regularly, you may want to load Brave with the --process-per-site parameter to use a single process per site instead. Useful if you open multiple pages of a single site as it will reduce RAM usage.
  • --disk-cache-dir=z:\brave\ --disk-cache-size=104857600 -- You may move the disk cache to a faster drive or a RAM disk (if you have plenty of RAM). The value of the cache is in bytes. The number in the example sets the cache to 100 Megabytes. See How to use a RAM disk in Windows and check out our overview of free RAM disk programs for Windows.
  • --enable-low-end-device-mode -- This enables low end device mode which improves memory consumption of the browser.

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  1. Lindsay said on September 14, 2019 at 8:53 am
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    I sped it up by uninstalling it.

    1. Notsobrave said on September 14, 2019 at 11:11 am
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      Hope you’ve checked for remnants in the registry/program files after uninstalling Brave. Used for around a week, didn’t like so uninstalled it and spent over an hour removing the mess it left behind.
      Never again!

    2. Lambo-san said on September 14, 2019 at 12:16 pm
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      @Lindsay

      Agreed, Chrome is way better.

      You get a completely stripped browser and you can install whatever extensions you want. Brave on the other hand, like Opera is bloated by some half-assed blocking features that don’t work on 50% of the websites so you still have to install uBlock Origin, Privacy Badger and Poper Blocker, because otherwise you will still get ads and annoying popups.

    3. notanon said on September 14, 2019 at 2:47 pm
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      @Lindsay, LOL.

      Brave, a browser that serves you ads = FAIL.

      Any browser based on the Blink engine (brought to you by the biggest ad company on the planet, Google) is a s***-tier browser, IMO.

      If you’re desperate enough to use Brave, switch to the Dissenter browser, that strips away the ad serving code from Brave.

      BTW, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is a worthless cryptocurrency, not to be confused with Bitcoin (BTC). Engadget apparently doesn’t know the difference, but don’t be scammed by Brendan Eich into thinking you’re getting Bitcoin (BTC), when you’re actually getting Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is a completely worthless cryptocurrency.

      1. I said on September 15, 2019 at 11:15 pm
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        “Dissenter”
        You mean this thing?
        https://spyware.neocities.org/articles/dissenter.html

    4. Blarney Stone said on September 14, 2019 at 3:20 pm
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      :) true LOL. my thoughts too.
      For Chromium based, I liked Brave. However, I didn’t like Brave’s 4+/- startup tasks (windows). For a supposed Privacy-minded browser, Brave liked to phone-home too much for my liking. Disabling Brave’s startup and scheduled tasks is an option, but I found doing so made updating it more painstaking (so I 86’d it).

    5. avinieir said on September 14, 2019 at 4:25 pm
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      lol

    6. Anonymous said on September 14, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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      Same. Firefox is my go to browser.

    7. Ray said on September 15, 2019 at 8:43 am
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      Not going to lie. I laughed!

  2. Jimbo said on September 14, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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    Just use Firefox will yah. Jeez.

  3. Yuliya said on September 14, 2019 at 12:54 pm
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    Install Chromium… to answer to this post’s title.

  4. Skynet said on September 14, 2019 at 12:58 pm
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    Pretty much none of that speeds the browser up at all. That’s not say they’re not good tweaks to look at but they’re not to do with speed.

  5. Omar said on September 14, 2019 at 1:13 pm
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    Thank you for this article. I would like to make a review about kiwi browser. It has features like night mode, and extensions. I think it is the best concerning android browsers.

  6. chesscanoe said on September 14, 2019 at 2:15 pm
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    I would consider using Brave more often if it were updated in a timely fashion. Brave is still at Version 0.68.132 Chromium: 76.0.3809.132 (Official Build) (64-bit) at this time 2019-09-14.

    1. Gregg said on September 14, 2019 at 7:37 pm
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      Since it’s a fork of chromium, brave doesn’t follow the exact version numbering of Chromium
      Latest stable Brave v0.68.136 it’s not based on Chromium 68, in fact it’s based on Chromium 77.0.3865.75
      https://github.com/brave/brave-browser/commit/f587425f9d62ff8e9f7d3d0f8a661fc3449a4d30

    2. Itsme said on September 14, 2019 at 10:17 pm
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      The Brave version doesn’t correspond to the Chromium version. For example Brave version 0.71.72 is Chromium: 76.0.3809.132 for the dev version.

  7. Daniel said on September 14, 2019 at 2:19 pm
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    Not that i use Brave on a regular basis, but your tips seem to have had a positive impact.

    Thank you Martin.

    -(now if Brave could only find a way to import passwords from other browsers – doesn’t work for me and their forum has never offered a solution).

  8. Mark Hazard said on September 14, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    I tried it and I didn’t like it. So I don’t have to speed it up. It wasn’t that it was slow that was the main factor in uninstalling it, it was a general impression. I can’t remember specifics.
    Thanks for the article anyway.

  9. Paul(us) said on September 14, 2019 at 3:23 pm
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    First let me start with thanking you Ashwin, with this excellently written article.
    It reads really smooth and understanding what it all about made quite easy.
    It feels like I want to know much more about this subject.
    So please write more about Brave (and other browsers) settings.
    I mean that articles who are written this well maybe even significantly longer even.
    Maybe even add a piece of personal advice what you think that smart extensions are for a specific browser. Like on the subjects security, speed-up, etc.

    Yes, Funny enough I have installed brave just a week ago because I am still on a search to replace main second go-to browser (After Firefox). This is right now still google chrome.
    For a few months now I am using also Vivaldi and I have started it more and more as main second to the go-to browser.
    This because I really like Vivaldi and main personal opinion is that handling feels better than Google Chrome, but I think now I am even more pleased with Brave.
    When I compare Brave with Vivaldi for instance not only the startup speed and handling speed, with the same amount of extensions, is much better, but there is more.
    The layout, the changing screens, etc., there all quit pleasing but there is still room for improvement.

  10. jimp said on September 14, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    Noticeably faster than Chrome.
    Ad and tracker blocking, and HTTPS upgrades are built into the browser and don’t require extensions.
    Don’t like the sync as well as Chrome. It is browser to browser instead of having the data stored on disk.
    Handles long web pages and multiple tabs faster and better than Chrome.
    I am still in the process of testing it. But I think I will continue to use it.

  11. Stan said on September 14, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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    Thanks Martin, your Vivaldi ‘speed up’ was excellent too..

  12. JohnIL said on September 14, 2019 at 6:55 pm
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    I tried it myself, didn’t find it slow just didn’t like it.

  13. Hunter said on September 14, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    The only thing Brave has going for it is that if you don’t like Google but like want a Chromium based browser, this is an option.

    Otherwise, Brave offers nothing that can be covered by extensions, not to mention that extensions have far more configuration options than Brave.

    Just use ungoogled-chromium or Firefox instead.

  14. Anonymous said on September 14, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    Thank you Martin. Browser and OS settings are always interesting and important subject.

  15. Plommer said on September 15, 2019 at 8:17 am
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    If you dont use brave rewards or brave ads use –disable-brave-extension –disable-brave-rewards-extension command flags to disable them.

  16. scorpiogreen said on September 15, 2019 at 8:39 am
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    Martin, just to let you know that webpage for speeding up Opera is hopelessly out of date as it’s two years old and numerous menu changes have taken place.

    I hope you update it for your viewers, thanks

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on September 15, 2019 at 10:05 am
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      I have on September 14, 2019.

  17. Harrison said on September 15, 2019 at 12:29 pm
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    Brave’s policy of replacing a web site’s ads with its own is unprincipled and demonstrates a lack of ethics within Brave’s leadership.

    1. Iron Heart said on September 15, 2019 at 9:05 pm
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      Except that this Brave feature is opt-in, i.e. you need to explicitly enable it. Unlike Firefox, in which you usually have to explicitly disable the unethical stuff, as it is enabled by default. I know which approach I like better.

  18. Phoning said on September 15, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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    Don’t these Chrome clones still always phone to big G and / or put Supercookies on the machine ? I know for sure Vivaldi does it (Privazer found them). Mozilla does the same. At least on my PC. Thanks Privazer I can delete them but when updating or checking for updates they are back. In my registry I have Google but cannot delete the item since access is denied. Just strange. I also tried Brave but did not like it, forgot why.

  19. ULBoom said on September 16, 2019 at 3:35 am
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    Tried Brave when it first came out and it admittedly wasn’t completed baked yet. In concept, the idea of running browsing requests through a proxy to strip privacy info is good; the implementation is what makes it work.

    With system level (non-browser) blockers and anti-trackers becoming available, not sure Brave’s model makes sense into the future but it’s free.

    Maybe I’ll try today’s version out of curiosity, no real need for it, Firefox ESR with many config changes works fine.

    I use Woolyss Chromium v.67 occasionally, the last build where WebRTC could be disabled. It’s still being updated with each Chromium update.

    v.77:
    https://chromium.woolyss.com/

  20. Quenllian said on September 16, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Tried it for a week or so and generally felt just like Chrome. Never seen one of those Brave-ads but I think that’s just a current bug. Also noticed some minor layout issues with some websites. Bad enough, it kept crashing like one or two times a day for no apparent reason. So, I’m back to Chrome but I took DuckDuckGo with me. That’s pretty cool.

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