I am one of those people who hates ads with a passion. Well, that was until Brave browser came into my life. Brave browser allows me to have an ad-free browsing experience. The only ads I see are those I’m being paid to see. Noice!
I have been using Brave browser for about 2 years now. My work involves spending a lot of hours connected to the internet, so I am pretty much using Brave for at least 8 hours a day. If my math is as good as I think it is, I’d say I have clocked at least 2,000 hours on Brave browser. That’s a lot! What I am trying to say is that I am basically a Brave browser connoisseur, an expert if you may.
Now that we have established that my experience with Brave browser makes me somewhat of an expert, I would like to straight away get into the meat of this article. If you are a Brave user who has opted into receiving brave ads on your browser, you know how frustrating it can be when those ads are nowhere in sight. Well, I have had my fair share of those frustrations, too. That is why I put up this simple guide to help someone out there. I would like to share with you 4 ways that I have personally used to increase the number of ads I receive on my browser.
Please note that the tips I’m sharing here are based on personal experience; therefore, I might not have the technical information to know why a certain method works for me, but it works! And that is all that matters to me. Also, I cannot guarantee that my methods will work for you, but it’s worth a try. Of course, first things first, you have to make sure that your ad settings are switched on to allow Brave ads. To get the maximum number of ads, enter ads settings and set “Maximum number of ads displayed” to 5. Then try any of the following if you notice something amiss with the number of ads received on your device.
- Switch ads off and on
Of course, this is the classic solution to all tech problems. The “on-off” solution is probably the most tried and tested way of fixing things in the tech world. For some reason, your device should be able to work after switching it off and back on. If it does not work, it could be a sign of deeper underlying issues.
toggle the on/off switch on ads settings
- Close and open browser
This is similar to the “on-off” solution mentioned above, except this method allows the browser to close and restart afresh. A fresh beginning for the browser is expected to clear some of the issues that were preventing it from working properly. You could even go further and restart the computer altogether.
- Open new private window with tor
I really cannot explain this one. But I noticed that when I have not received ads for some time, opening a new private window with tor would be followed by a stream of brave ads shortly thereafter.
- Use a VPN
This method is certainly effective, especially for brave users who are in locations where there are only a few ad campaigns available. A VPN will trick your browser into thinking you are in a different country and will begin to show you ads as if you were in that country. For example, the USA has the highest number of active ad campaigns according to the list of countries below (see the full list here). If you are in Zambia, Iraq, or certain parts of the USA like Kansas, setting your VPN to the USA or Canada will enable you to enjoy the full stream of ads as if you are in the US or Canada. Please note that Brave discourages the use of VPNs so as to download ad catalogs from other countries. You run the risk of having your browser flagged for suspicious behavior.
If none of the methods above works for you, you might need to do other things like check the notifications settings on your device. But most importantly, you have to be sure that brave ads are on and you have the right settings to receive the desired number of ads, and you are in a region that supports brave ads.