How and why install the Brave browser on Mac? Brave is the browser built on Chrome that has a utility cryptocurrency token on it, where it blocks ads in the browser, which is really nice.
Brave Browser Installation Tutorial on Mac with Ad Blocker and Google Chrome Comparison
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Brave is a browser where, for example, you can watch YouTube with no ads and it has a built-in way to give back to creators.
If you are a publisher like me with a website, YouTube channel or Twitch, I’m very grateful Brave also has a rewards program where you can see I’ve got $12 worth of Brave payouts pending here, all that have just been given to me as a YouTube creator and from my website.
What I love is there is also a referral program. So if you enjoy using the Brave browser and you have got your own website, and you have got your own YouTube channel or Twitch, you can add these and you can earn $5 in Brave through the Basic Attention Token, which can be deposited directly in US dollars, if you want to use the Brave browser, and then share it.
So that’s exactly what I’m doing here in showing you how to download and install the Brave browser.
Now, I don’t take changing browsers lightly. It took a lot of energy for me to move, to change Chrome as my default browser. Despite Mac’s best efforts to get me to use Safari, despite Brave, people talking about Basic Attention Token for a long time, I finally moved when I saw how much I had earned from my YouTube channel.
I love the business model, there are no ads and instead you just connect directly. Users are able to generate tokens directly for publishers and that’s what got me so excited.
“Wow, I’ve earned $13 in Basic Attention Token here without even having hardly done anything except put videos on YouTube. That’s an awesome browser.”
So what we will do to get to this browser is click this link and I’ve also got a link to the Brave browser on my website. I will show you how to install it.
What’s awesome is you can verify you are supporting me with the download link or any other creator you want to.
You can set this up and try it on yourself. You can see it’s easy to support Jerrybanfield.com. You download the Brave browser here. Here are the basics of what the interface looks like. The Brave browser is basically Google Chrome with a built-in tracker and ad blocker set up. It saves a lot of time and battery energy when you do it repeatedly.
So what we will do is click on “Download Brave“ right here.
We will download the Brave browser in the lower left. We click on the Brave browser here to open it. I will bring this window off to minimize this, to go over here and show you.
So, we are going to bring this over here, click “Continue.”
Click “Continue” again on Macintosh HD. We are going to hit “Install.”
I need to go put my password in and we will hit “Install” software and there we go. We have got the Brave browser installed. We hit “Close.” We are going to move that to the trash next.
Now, we are going to launch the Brave browser over on this other window. We have got the Brave welcome tour here.
We are now in a new browser. We do actually want to do the welcome tour.
So the first thing we want to do is enable “Brave Rewards.”
We could click on “Yes, I’m in” to create a wallet.
Now what’s really awesome is that this creates a wallet.
You can claim a free token grant up here.
You hit “Claim” (1), then you drag and drop this logo on to the black target (2).
Then you get 35 free Basic Attention Tokens, which is awesome (3).
This is out of the Brave user growth pool and this is what I can give to creators for free.
This is worth just a little less than $5 and this allows me to give this to another YouTube creator that’s Brave verified.
All you need to do to become Brave verified is really easy. Sign in with YouTube if you are on YouTube or sign in with Twitch if you are on Twitch.
If you are on WordPress, put the little WordPress plugin on your website.
Now, I can go around with my Brave browser and I can give $4 and 23 cents of my Brave out to other creators. It’s awesome.
So I hit “Enable Rewards” and we have already signed up.
My rewards are ready to go. I can go drop tips. I can go do “Auto-contribute,” which is like built-in Patreon.
That’s the first step.
Next, we can go over here. It’s really nice. You can import your bookmarks from Chrome.
I can go straight in here, import all my bookmarks from Chrome.
I can go pull all of my bookmarks, pull all my browsing history and saved passwords. I can pull all the cookies in.
I just need to close Chrome to be able to do this. I hit “Try again,” and then I need to go over and put my password in on the other window.
I have now imported all my bookmarks.
What’s amazing is that this makes it just like I’m still using Chrome.
You see, all my same bookmarks are up top on here, all the normal websites I go to. Not only that, but everything is still signed in.
It actually popped up a thing that says, “Give Google Chrome permission.”
This browser doesn’t even realize it’s Brave, which is awesome because if you use extensions, you can go to the Chrome Web App Store and pull your extensions in.
What is different though is you can see that Chrome would have allowed autoplay while on this browser, the Brave browser, it blocked autoplay on Facebook, which is nice.
Lots of times autoplay can mess you up. It can all of a sudden put out a loud volume. You can be really surprised by the autoplay. I had a funny story about that. I guess I can’t tell. Someone was watching something inappropriate and it went out to their spouse. That was pretty funny. Autoplay can really get you good.
So now if you got import from another browser it is super easy. If you are already using Chrome, you just pull all of your bookmarks, everything is set right up over here for you.
Then you hit “Next” on here and you can put your shield settings.
Let’s go back and look at something.
You can go to something like youtube.com that normally has a ton of ads, but let’s go to Jerrybanfield.com and when you click the shield up here, you can see what’s going on in the background.
Now I’m proud to say on my website and as a function of using the Brave browser, I have no ads and no trackers on my website.
Now, I may be using things like if I embed a YouTube video, YouTube videos have a tracker on them. But there are no YouTube videos on the front page of my website. There are no ads, no trackers on my website unless it’s something like an embedded YouTube video.
Therefore, you can go throughout different websites and see what it’s like with your shield on, and you can customize the shield.
For example, I can go to facebook.com and let’s say I do want autoplay on, I can allow Facebook to autoplay. I can see autoplay was blocked from this page. I can just click up here and put “Always allow autoplay on Facebook.”
Now, if we click on the shield on Facebook, there are 15 ads and trackers blocked on Facebook.
You wouldn’t believe how many ads and trackers are on almost every website.
One of the best parts about this browser is you get ad-free browsing. You get ad-free browsing on YouTube because this goes through and blocks ads including YouTube video ads.
So, if you go over, you can try it out yourself. Try using this when you are signed out, if you don’t have YouTube Red. Try using it and you will see that it blocks ads almost everywhere.
It does not block Facebook ads, though. Maybe they will figure that out.
Nevertheless, it’s really nice for using a browser and having the shield on it.
You can also customize your preferences and easily put an extension in. If you have an extension you want to use, you can go into wherever the settings are.
You can put the new extension like I use LastPass. You can put that right into your toolbar. If you want extensions, just go over to “More tools,” go to “Extensions” and you can put them in.
Since it’s so close to Google Chrome a lot of the extensions should work, but something can break here there.
This is the homepage on the Brave browser. It shows you how many trackers it has blocked, how many ads it has blocked. It’s really cool.
Let’s do one more quick demo here.
What I love is I haven’t been willing to use an ad blocker, so this is really nice for me because it’s got a built-in ad blocker.
What we will do, we will do a quick demonstration on forbes.com.
This is forbes.com on Google Chrome.
Now, you will notice a huge ad right at the top of forbes.com.
We will scroll down here.
Forbes is not as bad as some others, but again, another massive advertisement on forbes.com.
Scroll down here, and I think some of the worst things are these suggested blog posts that websites have on them.
So Forbes is not that bad compared to some of the website you will find.
Now let’s try forbes.com in the Brave browser and you will see a big difference.
Notice that big annoying ad at the top does not pop up.
When you are scrolling, that big annoying ad in the middle does not pop up.
You can go up here and see eight total ads and trackers blocked on forbes.com, including having to see that big obnoxious ad.
You can get a much purer browsing experience.
Now, forbes.com is one of the websites that I often wouldn’t go to.
I say, “Oh, it’s Forbes. I am not even dealing with the stupid ads.”
But Forbes has a lot of good articles, so now I can actually go around and read a lot more websites on the internet. I used to just not even go to websites because I knew this is just going to be trash with all the ads.
Here, let’s do one more.
We will do entrepreneur.com.
Let’s take a look at entrepreneur.com with Brave on.
We have got 11 ads blocked in this.
Now, when you look at it at first, like this, with the ads blocked, you won’t want to go back and do it the other way.
You can see a nice clean browsing experience, no ads anywhere.
So, let’s go back and do it the other way.
Let’s go see how it looks in Google Chrome.
So we are going to go back here and put Google Chrome. We are going to put entrepreneur.com in. Let’s see what happens.
Oh, my gosh!
A huge obnoxious ad right on the top of the page on Google Chrome.
Scroll down, another ad right here.
Then, there are 4 more ads going down the page.
Now, consider how much bandwidth, especially on a mobile device, how much bandwidth all these ads are taking up? How much of your battery you are using downloading ads? How much longer the page is loading because of all these ads?
Entrepreneur.com is filled with ads, understandably, it is their business model, but why would I put up with that when I don’t have to?
On the Brave browser now it is just like Google Chrome, except automatic ads are blocked.
Look how much better this user experience is.
There are no ads anymore. These ads are not even that bad. Those are just Google AdSense ads, at least most of them.
Some of these websites that have these sponsored fake looking posts, click-bait posts, those are the worst. They take you off on a tangent you won’t have needed to be on and I imagine this blocks those too.
So you can see two websites, entrepreneur.com and forbes.com, both a lot better with the Brave browser.
Thank you very much for watching this.
I love you.
You are awesome.
If you would like to join me on the Brave browser, I trust you will use this link to install the Brave browser or you will go use it off of my website because you will feel great helping me earn $5, and then you will have $5 in Basic Attention Token that you can help others to earn while you are browsing their websites.
All right. I’m done. Thank you.
Edits from video transcript by Michel Gerard at www.michelgerardonline.com.