A "connected Brave Rewards profile" means that you've connected a custodial account to your Brave Rewards profile.
💡 What is a "custodial account"? A custodial account is an account with a company—a custodian—that holds your BAT for you. This includes crypto exchanges like Gemini or bitFlyer, and services like Uphold.
What happens when I connect a custodial account?
When you connect a custodial account:
- Earning and Accruing BAT Rewards: You will begin earning and accruing BAT for Brave Ads you see, as part of Brave Rewards.
- Existing BAT earnings transfer over. Any balance you've earned up until that point as a non-connected user gets transferred to your custodial account. Please note: After version 1.48x, users are ineligible to earn rewards while not connected. See https://brave.com/rewards-changes for more information.
- Your Brave Rewards BAT balance is read from your account. The BAT balance you see in the Brave Rewards interface is a reflection of BAT you have inside your custodial account.
- You can add externally-purchased BAT to be used in Brave Rewards. Since your BAT balance is connected to your custodial account, you can purchase BAT elsewhere, deposit it into your custodial account, then have access to that BAT in Brave Rewards. You can use your externally-purchased BAT to contribute to your favorite Brave creators, for example.
List of custodial partners
Brave is currently partnered with three different custodial account providers:
Support for verifying your Brave Rewards profile varies by custodian and region. You can find a list of supported regions for each custodian in this support article.
In the past, being "connected" used to be called "verified".