How to turn on Brave Ads and earn BAT with the Brave Browser

Earn money simply by surfing the internet with Brave Browser! No sign ups, and free to use.

Join Brave Rewards

After downloading Brave using the promo link (every download helps us!), open a new tab and enable Brave rewards to begin.

Brave browser now pays users with the Basic Attention Token (BAT) – which is redeemable for dollars. This tutorial will guide you through the process on how to enable Brave ads and start earning while you browse!

Go to the Rewards Settings

Turn on Ads

These Brave Ads respect user privacy 100%. No tracking is reported, and Brave will match your browsing habits from within your browser with the best content available. Each time you see a notification, you get paid!

(Optional) Adjust the Ad frequency

After you’ve enabled ads, you can adjust the frequency of the ads shown to you. The default is 2 per hour, so if you want to increase that, feel free to do so by going into the settings.

1. Click the Settings button for Ads

Ad Frequency

For the first time in history, Brave has made viewing ads something enjoyable! Let’s pump this up from 2 ads per hour all the way to 5 ads per hour!

Viewing Ads

Ok, so now that Brave ads are enabled, we just sit back, and surf the web like you’d normally do. Basically, the browser takes data like what’s in your tabs, history, etc., and tries to match you with ads that you think you’d like. All this happens inside your browser, and no user-identifying data ever leaves your browser.

The ads will come up via a system notification for your browser. As you’re browsing, you’ll see a notification come up with the title of the webpage that is trying to advertise to you.

  • On macOS, it will be a notification on the upper-right corner.
  • On Windows (PC), it will be a notification on the lower-right corner.

After you see it pop up, that’s it! You have now earned your first BAT! You can feel free to open the ad if you want to check it out, which will appear in a new tab. But after the notification appears on your screen, it will have already counted toward your earnings!

Note: Brave Shields (the Lion icon) can stay enabled while you participate in Brave ads! Brave Shields will not interfere with the ad delivery.

Confirmation of viewed ads

Go back to the Reward Settings.

  1. For every ad you view, you will have earned some BAT. This is where you will see your pending balance.
  2. This shows you how many BAT ads you’ve viewed for this period.

How do I get paid?

After BAT accrues for about 30 days, they will get paid out to each user’s BAT wallet at the end of each month. You will see a notification in the BAT icon.

1. Select the BAT icon.
2. A message will tell you that Ads earnings are available. Click Claim.

Verify You are Human

Make sure you are dragging the BAT icon to the correct shape given in the instructions.

Confirm your Payout

Select OK to continue.

Return to Reward Settings to Verify

1. Click the BAT icon.
2. Select Reward Settings

View your earnings

1. Click Grants to show all previous earnings.
2. This area will display all of your earnings from previous periods. You can see the total USD value under the wallet amount.

Withdrawing to USD

We are currently still awaiting directions from Brave on how to redeem your earned Basic Attention Token (BAT) for dollars, or other products. When this info becomes available, we’ll be sure to post it!

April 25, 2019: Brave ads currently are only available in certain regions: U.S., Canada, France, Germany, and the U.K. More geographical regions will be coming soon!

Brave Ads are now available on macOS, Windows, and Linux, and Android.

The End

That concludes this tutorial on how to set yourself up to earn some BAT using the Brave browser!

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How to Tip a Website using Brave/BAT

If you’re using the new Brave Browser (support us with this download), you can now instantly tip a website if you have BAT tokens loaded up in your wallet. Websites verified with Brave that are tipped are usually notified of your donations within a few days. For sites that don’t know about Brave yet, any BAT donated to them are held in an account for them to claim whenever they reach a threshold of $10 USD (I verified this amount with official BAT team members during Telegram chat sessions). 

If you’re a new Brave user and don’t have BAT yet, don’t worry! Check out our tutorial on how to claim some free BAT tokens!

Step 1: Open a website using Brave

Make sure it’s an awesome website you want to donate to, like! You know, just as an example 😄😄😄

Step 2: Open your Brave wallet to send a tip!

Make sure your Brave wallet is already loaded up with some BAT tokens! If you’re a new Brave user, you should be able to claim some tokens for free! Check out that tutorial here.

1) Click on the BAT icon.
2) Select Send a Tip.

Step 3: Select donation amount, send the tip!

You can tip frugally, or generously! But hey, a tip’s a tip!

1) Select the Tip amount.
2) Click Send My Tip.

Tip Confirmation

When you see a Thank You confirmation banner, your tip has been sent! 

Some sites will have a customized banner. I just haven’t gotten around to making mine yet…😅

Brave Wallet Balance Delay

If you immediately open up your Brave wallet to check your balance, you may see that the balance didn’t update to reflect the tip. This is normal. The tips are handled and settled by Brave on the backend for fraud prevention. As long as you saw the Thank You banner, your tip will have registered! Just wait a bit and check back later!

You can see the BAT balance didn’t change after sending the tip. Don’t worry, as long as you see the Thank You banner, it went through! Let’s wait a few days and come back to it!

A Couple Days Later…

Voila! After waiting just a couple days and checking back, we can see that our wallet had 5 BAT deducted, which is the same amount that we tipped. 

It’s a good thing we didn’t double-tip! Now let’s use the rest of our funds for some other sites!


Brave is creating an incredible new ecosystem that allows users to contribute back to content creators. Website-tipping is just the start of what you’ll be able to do with BAT while surfing the web using Brave! 

If this tutorial was helpful, don’t forget to Subscribe to get informed of the latest articles here! And hey, maybe even a friendly little tip couldn’t hurt! 😉

BAT and the Brave Browser

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Or send us a BAT tip using the Brave browser!

The Brave Browser is a user-privacy focused browser founded by Brendan Eich, the ex-CEO and co-founder of Mozilla (makers of the Firefox browser). Out-of-the-box, it blocks all trackers, popups, and 3rd party ads. Because Brave blocks everything natively, the browser loads websites faster than even Chrome, Safari, and Firefox with their adblock add-ons. 

Brave is the first native platform that will be integrated with the Basic Attention Token (BAT) economy. Users using the Brave browser will be able to accumulate BAT tokens through various means, from giveaways to earning them while browsing the web. 

We will be supplying tutorials here to help folks use the unique features of Brave, and especially the ones that show you to take advantage of using BAT within the browser!