Most of us know Brave browser for privacy features like blocking ads and trackers. But one feature that remains slightly under the radar is the Brave Rewards program which offers you crypto tokens for browsing the web. Following the same, the browser’s UI revolves around the crypto and Web3 elements. Unfortunately, this may disappoint people who prefer a clean, clutter-free, and Chrome-like experience on Brave. Therefore, here’s how to remove all crypto-related features in the Brave browser on Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows PC.
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Remove Crypto from Brave PC (Windows, Mac)
1. Disable Brave Private Ads
Brave rewards you for browsing the web by displaying ads with a set frequency chosen by the user. It helps you earn tokens by viewing ads shown based on your interests. If you’re not interested in the program, you can turn it off altogether.
Here’s how to disable the Brave Private Ads to declutter the browser:
Step 1: Type and enter brave://rewards in the search bar.
Alternatively, you can click the hamburger menu > Brave Rewards (as shown in the image) to land on the rewards page.
Step 2: Here, turn off the “Brave Private Ads” toggle.
That’s it. Brave browser will now stop showing you any ads or related notifications.
2. Disable Auto Contribution
Brave comes with a feature called “Auto Contribute” to contribute a portion of your rewards to publishers and content creators. It automatically tips tokens to the Brave verified sites based on your attention measured by the browser.
To disable the Auto Contribution feature:
Step 1: Open Brave, tap the hamburger menu > Brave Rewards.
Step 2: Here, scroll down to find the Auto-Contribute section.
Step 3: Turn off the toggle for Auto Contribute.
After turning off the toggle, the Brave browser will no longer auto contribute rewards for you.
3. Remove Brave Earnings
As mentioned earlier, the rewards from the Brave browser arrive as a crypto token called “BAT” – Basic Attention Token. It is credited to you for the private ads you pay ‘attention’ to while browsing the web.
Let us go about resetting or removing the earned Brave rewards:
Step 1: Go to the Brave Rewards page from the previous steps.
Step 2: On the right, click on Manage your Wallet – as shown in the screenshot below.
Step 3: Once the popup appears, switch to the Reset tab.
Step 4: Click on Reset again.
Step 5: Finally, click OK.
After clicking Reset, all your rewards will be PERMANENTLY LOST. All the other settings, such as private ads and auto contribute, will be turned off as well.
As shown above, all the rewards are reset, and the Brave Wallet now has 0 earnings.
4. Hide Brave Rewards from Toolbar
The Brave Rewards appear as a triangular-shaped icon next to the address bar. Clicking it opens the Rewards dashboard, where you can see your current balance, earnings summary, and related settings.
To hide the Brave Rewards icon from the browser:
Step 1: Click the hamburger menu and go to Settings.
Step 2: Click on Appearance (alternatively, you can type “brave://settings/appearance” on the browser search bar to land on the page).
Step 3: Scroll down to find the Hide Brave Rewards option.
Step 4: Enable the toggle for the Hide Brave Rewards button.
Doing so will hide the Brave Rewards icon from the toolbar section of the Brave browser.
5. Hide Brave Crypto Wallet from Toolbar
Brave also offers a built-in Crypto Wallet that stores the BAT you earn. The Wallet icon appears next to the menu and can bother people who don’t use it.
Here’s how you can hide the Brave Wallet icon from the browser:
Step 1: Click the hamburger icon and go to Settings.
Step 2: Select wallet (alternatively, you can type “brave://settings/wallet” to land on the page)
Turn off the toggle on the “Show Brave Wallet icon on the toolbar.”
After completing the above steps, the crypto wallet icon will be hidden from the toolbar present on your homepage.
6. Block Sponsored Images on Brave Homepage
The Brave browser shows ads in the form of pictures shown on the homepage. This mainly involves ads related to different cryptocurrency-related services or technologies. You also earn tokens for viewing these sponsored images.
To disable and hide sponsored images in Brave browser:
Step 1: Click the Customize button at the bottom right of Brave’s home screen.
Step 2: Once the Customize dashboard opens, select Background Image.
Step 3: Finally, turn off the toggle for Show sponsored images.
You can further disable Show Background Image for a cleaner look on the browser home screen.
7. Hide Crypto-related Cards from Brave Homepage
Brave lets you add crypto-related cards on the homepage with Brave Rewards card enabled by default. These cards consume space on your homepage and make it look very crowded and cluttered.
Here’s how you can hide Crypto-related Cards from Brave:
Step 1: Click the Edit Cards button on your homepage.
Step 2: Select Cards at the sidebar.
Step 3: Scroll down to find the Hide Cards option. Disable the toggle.
8. Remove Brave Crypto Wallet
Brave Wallet is a built-in crypto wallet that allows users to store, manage, grow, and swap their crypto portfolio all from one place. Unlike most crypto wallets, Brave Wallet does not require plugins and is browser-native, reducing security risks and the need for additional CPU and RAM.
Users may use it to sign in to Web3 apps or transact with practically any crypto-asset with better safety and performance. But if you don’t have any use of the Wallet, you can reset and remove it.
Here’s how to remove Brave Crypto Wallet:
Step 1: Click the hamburger menu at the top right corner.
Step 2: Select Wallet. Alternatively, you can type “brave://wallet” in the search bar.
Step 3: Enter your password to open the Wallet.
Step 4: Once the Wallet has been unlocked, click on Accounts.
Step 5: Now, click on Settings.
Alternatively, you can land on this page by typing in “brave://settings/wallet” in the search bar.
Step 6: Click the Reset Wallet option.
Step 7: Type “Yes” as instructed inside the box.
After completing the above steps, the Brave Crypto Wallet will be fully disabled on your browser.
Remove Crypto from Brave Mobile (Android, iOS)
Brave browser for Android and iPhone doesn’t have much to offer compared to the desktop version. However, it still carries basic features like Brave Rewards, ads, and widgets. Below is how you can disable these extra features for a cleaner look in Brave mobile.
1. Turn Off Brave Private Ads
The first thing you need to do is turn off the Brave Rewards. Once done, you will no longer see ads or get ad-related notifications from Brave mobile.
Step 1: Open Brave on your phone. Click the three-dot menu at the bottom right.
Step 2: Select Brave Rewards from available options.
Step 3: Turn off the toggle for Brave Private Ads on the next screen.
Step 4: You can further turn off Auto-Contribute.
You can also disable and reset Brave Rewards and Brave Wallet in the app settings.
2. Remove Brave Rewards Icon from Toolbar
Step 1: Tap the three-dot menu at the bottom right > select Settings.
Step 2: Scroll down and click Appearance under Display.
Step 3: Enable the toggle next to the Hide Brave Rewards Icon.
The Brave Rewards icon will be removed from Brave mobile once you relaunch the browser.
3. Hide Sponsored Ads from New Tab
Like Brave PC, Brave mobile too shows sponsored images on the new tab page. These sponsored ads will automatically be disabled when you turn off Brave Rewards. That said, you can also turn them off manually:
Step 1: Tap the three-dot menu and select Settings.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap New Tab Page under Display.
Step 3: Disable the toggle for Show Sponsored Images on the next screen.
This is how you can completely remove all traces of Brave Wallet, rewards, and other crypto-related features and elements from the Brave browser. I hope this helps Brave users have a Chrome-like while enjoying Brave’s privacy-oriented features. Stay tuned for more content around the browsers you use.