Verifying your Brave Rewards profile means connecting 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 verify by connecting a custodial account to your Brave Rewards profile:
- Existing BAT earnings transfer over. Any balance you've earned up until that point as an unverified user gets transferred to your custodial account. For example, if you earned 11.25 BAT as an unverified user and connect an Uphold account to your Brave Rewards profile, that 11.25 BAT will be transferred to your Uphold account.
- Your Brave Rewards balance is the BAT balance in your custodial account. The BAT balance you see in the Brave Rewards interface is a reflection of the BAT you have inside your custodial account. For example, if you're connected to Gemini and see a balance of 125 BAT in Brave Rewards, then that means there's a corresponding 125 BAT inside your account at Gemini.
- You can add externally-purchased BAT to be used in Brave Rewards. Since your BAT balance in Rewards is the BAT balance in your custodial account (see point #2 above), you can purchase BAT elsewhere, deposit it into your custodial account, and then have access to that BAT in Brave Rewards. You can then use that externally-purchased BAT to tip your favorite verified creators, for example.
- Tips and contributions you send to verified creators come from your custodial account. Tips and contributions you make will come from your custodial account. For instance, let's say you tip a verified creator. Your tip will be a direct transfer from your custodial account to the creator's custodial account.
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.
How to verify your Brave Rewards profile
In Brave, open your Rewards panel by pressing the triangular BAT icon in the URL bar, or go to Settings > Brave Rewards and click the "Unverified" button:
Then, select which custodial service you'd like to use.
Follow the steps to sign up with the custodian, or log in if you already have an account with that custodian.
Note: Make sure your account with the custodian is "verified": i.e., that you've completed ID verification with the custodian.
Once you have your account, you will be asked to authorize your Brave Browser with your account. Once you authorize the Brave Browser, you should see "Verified" in the top left of your Rewards panel.
When you connect a custodial account to your Brave Rewards profile, any BAT you've earned up until that point as an unverified user gets transferred to your custodial account. For example, if you earned 11.25 BAT as an unverified user and connect an Uphold account to your Brave Rewards profile, that 11.25 BAT will be transferred to your Uphold account.
Once your BAT is inside your custodial account, you can withdraw the BAT in your custodial account to a Brave Wallet address (or other crypto address) you own.
- You cannot link 2 or more different accounts from the same custodian to a single Brave Rewards profile.