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Enable Reader Mode in the Brave browser on a Computer

The Brave browser offers a great SpeedReader or Reader’s Mode feature that eliminates distractions and unwanted pop-ups.

The mode will remove the website design elements and translate them into simplified textual paragraphs like in books. We can enable or disable the SpeedReader mode of the individual pages using the toggle button in the address bar.

What is SpeedReader and Reading Mode?

The SpeedReader mode is similar to the reader mode but with a twist. It is more appropriate for websites that contain article-style texts.

Before a website loads, the SpeedReader mode eliminates all non-essential material, conserving user time while eliminating advertisements, banners, etc. SpeedReader identifies which pages are appropriate for streamlining and dramatically improves the browsing experience.

The Reader and SpeedReader modes are helpful, but it is hard to say which is better. Both of them work efficiently. However, the SpeedReader mode has the edge over the Reader mode since it loads web pages faster and reduces network use.

Enable Reader Mode Flag

The Brave browser automatically sets most of the flags to Default. However, we can disable or enable the flags to change settings. For example, we can enable the Reader or SpeedReader mode flag from the Brave browser flags page.

  1. Launch the Brave browser on the computer.
  2. Type brave://flags and hit Enter key.
    Enter Brave Flags in Browser URL barIt will open the Brave browser flags page.
  3. In the search bar on the flags page, search for the term – Reader.
    Enable SpeedReader Mode Flag in Brave BrowserThe Enable SpeedReader and Enable Reader Mode options will be displayed
  4. Choose the Enabled option from the drop-down list to enable the flags.

The mode will be applied once you relaunch the browser. You can also disable it or choose other options from the drop-down menu later.

Enable Reader Mode Settings

Once the flags are enabled, the options to enable the SpeedReader or Reader mode will be enabled. You can enable the toggle button for Brave to autoload the reader mode.

  1. Launch the Brave app on the computer.
  2. Click on More horizontal 3-bar icon for options and select the Settings menu.
    Brave browser Settings menu option
  3. Switch to the Appearance tab from the sidebar.
  4. Enable the toggle button for the SpeedReader option.
    Speedreader Brave Browser autoloading Reader Mode
  5. Open any news website for the Speedreader in action.
    Speedreader Reader Mode loading on the Brave browser for NYTimes news site

The website will be loaded in reader mode. If needed, you can click the Reader Mode icon in the Address bar to disable the Speedreader mode.

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Note: The Speedreader mode does not work on all the websites. It is only active on popular content-heavy sites.

Bottom Line

The reader mode helps users view the streamlined version of a webpage, while the speed reader mode lets users view webpages with texts (articles or so) more easily.

You can enable the reader mode from the address bar on your Brave Browser. It also offers the option to customize the reader mode look and feel.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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