Are you looking for instructions to restore your wallet in the Brave web browser software? No surprise there—Brave browser has revolutionized cryptocurrency storage, paying, and selling by offering an inbuilt wallet feature. That means you don’t need to install software or browser extensions. Similarly, there’s no need to purchase elaborate hardware to keep it safe. Your possessions are safe through the use of a public and private key as well as the recovery phrase we’ll mention extensively. Finally, Brave developers don’t have access to your funds at any moment, and the user interface is intuitive. With that said, let’s explain how to recover a Brave Wallet.
Note. We will only cover the recovery procedures of the newest Brave Wallet, the one designed from ground zero by their developers. The first version was a fork of a MetaMask browser extension and is no longer used.
What is a recovery phrase for Brave Wallet, and how does it work?
If you sign out of Brave Wallet at any point, you must enter a recovery phrase and a new private key to authenticate yourself. Similarly, if you forget your private key, switch wallets temporarily, or lose the device, you must enter it to get back in. The fact this crypto wallet was integrated into a web browser rather than being a browser extension changes very little.
You still have a private key, an improved version of the password that permits access to authenticate you, and lets you trade cryptocurrency on multiple blockchains. Likewise, your account has a public key, which you can think of as a bank account. You can receive cryptocurrency there, and Brave uses the public key to send you BAT (Basic Attention Tokens) from their Brave Rewards, too.
With that acknowledged, a recovery phrase is a 12-word or 14-word phrase the Brave Wallet generates for you when you create it. Users cannot choose it, and it can’t be changed at any point—not even by Brave’s employees. No one except the user will ever see the phrase, and it won’t be saved outside the wallet. Thus, the browser warns you to write it down or save it in a password manager. Regardless of the method, as long as you have it, you’re safe. If you don’t, you may still see it if you’re lucky. Let’s explain that.
1. Recover Brave Wallet with a recovery phrase
The browser makes it easy to switch wallets or forego remembering your private keys. Follow these steps to enter a recovery phrase and recover Brave Wallet access:
- Open the Brave browser on Windows, macOS, or Linux.
- Click the wallet icon in the top right corner.
- Once it opens, click the Restore link below the “Get Started” button.
- You can now enter the phrase under “Restore primary crypto accounts”.
- Optional. Put a checkmark in front of “Show recovery phrase” to see whether you enter/copied it correctly.
- Under “New Password”, enter your new private key consisting of at least 1 number, 1 special character, and 7 or more characters in total.
- Click the Restore button, and you’ll be logged in and funds will be loaded into the wallet.
The procedure is nearly identical on Android and iOS. Only this time, you need to tap the three vertical dots on the bottom right-hand side, then select Wallet from the drop-down menu. Also, note that information may be a tad different for a while. Brave Browser has not enabled syncing between devices for security reasons (yet).
2. Look for a recovery phrase on devices logged into the Brave browser
We’ll get straight to the point and tell you that if you forget your recovery phrase for Brave Browser, access to the account is lost forever. Due to its nature, it cannot be regenerated, changed, or restored by anyone but you. However, if you’re still logged in to the wallet somewhere, you can preview it. Here’s how that works.
Find the Brave recovery phrase on computers
Launch the browser or a desktop or laptop, then do the following:
- Click the wallet icon in the upper right corner of the window.
- If you’re already logged in or can enter the private key on a trusted device, do so.
- You’ll now see your wallet details. In the top left corner, you can click the arrow icon to expand.
- Once it opens in a new window, select the three horizontal dots and go to Back up now.
- Confirm you understand the significance of the phrase by putting a checkmark and clicking the Continue button.
- You will now see your 12 or 14-word phrase so note it down.
Use mobile devices to view your Brave recovery phrase
The process of finding a phrase for recovering a Brave Wallet has a lot of similarities on Android and iOS, and looks like this:
- Open the browser app and tap the three vertical dots in the bottom right corner.
- Go to Wallet, then tap on the Accounts tab if you’re signed in or can do so.
- Tap the Backup option.
- Acknowledge the importance of the phrase by tapping the checkbox and selecting Continue.
- Remember or jot down the phrase for the wallet. Tap on Skip to go back to the dashboard.