In July 2020, Brave added a game-changing feature into its iOS and iPadOS versions of it’s privacy browser; a VPN. Up until this time, an inbuilt VPN was a heavily requested feature. Users wanted the option for even more privacy to sit aside Brave’s inbuilt ad-blocker.
Brave has partnered with Guardian to implement this feature. At this time, Brave’s VPN is only available on iOS and iPadOS, but there are plans to bring the VPN to Android and the desktop. It also important to note this is a paid subscription.
Let’s take a look at how to turn on and use Brave’s VPN.
Head To Settings
First things first, we need to head into the Brave browser settings via the three dots in the bottom right.
From there you will notice “Brave VPN” is switched to off. Simply hit it so it turns on.
If this is the first time clicking this button, or you don’t have a plan in place, you will be presented with a splash page to sign up. There are two plans available and both come with a free 7-day trial.
The cost is either $15.99 per month, or $154.99 per year.
Once the plan is selected you will be prompted to verify the subscription. The actual subscription and payment take place through the Apple store, so you can be confident that your data is being held with Apple and not another third party. If your Apple store information, such as credit card number, etc is up to date, simply double click to install like you would any other app or purchase.
Once you have successfully signed up, your iPhone or iPad will prompt you to install a VPN profile. This is completely safe and needed for the VPN to function correctly. Simply hit “Install VPN Profile”.
Hit “Allow” on the second pop-up.
Once everything has completed, you will see a pop-up in Brave stating that the VPN is now enabled.
You can confirm everything is running as it should be by once again going to the Settings menu via the three dots. You should notice that Brave VPN is toggled on. Hit the Settings option below this.
You will likely see that the section titled “Brave Firewall + VPN” is enabled. This is the first good sign that everything is working ok. Click on this.
We are now in the more advanced features section of the Brave VPN app. From here you can see your subscription information and what VPN server you are connected to. At this point in time it is not possible to change the server you are allocated as this is not the purpose of this particular VPN.
And that’s that! The Brave VPN is a welcomed addition to an already great web browser, making your browsing experience safer and more secure. The Brave VPN is by means no means the cheapest, however it’s seamless integration with Brave browser makes it an easy choice for the privacy conscious.