Brave browser address or URL bar disappears when new tab is opened

Brave is a Chromium-based browser developed by Brave Software Inc. Available on almost all operating systems, it was first released in November 2019.

With a focus on privacy and offering a built-in ad blocker, millions of people use Brave every day. Users can also choose to watch ads and earn Basic Attention Tokens cryptocurrency.

Although the app is quite stable, many have recently complained about issues such as inability to drag and rearrange tabs after v1.34.80 update and April 2022 ad payout giving out BAT tokens incorrect.

That said, recent reports from Android users who recently updated to Brave v1.38.109 suggest that their URL or address bar disappears every time they open a new tab (1,2,3).

Many say the bug makes it impossible to enter a URL in the newly opened tab and prevents them from tapping the Brave icon.


Since update 1.38.109, I keep losing the address bar if I open a new tab. The “+ New Tab” stays on top and I can’t enter any URLs or tap the Brave icon. I cleared the cache and make sure the app is terminated for a clean start, still no difference. I’m not going to uninstall because everything worked with the previous version and I don’t want to lose my configuration.

Hi, Same here in France with this bull**it version, totally invisible address bar, not selectable either. In my case, the problem is permanent, I tried hard rebooting but nothing solved the problem. This is clearly a bug that only an application restore can fix. I’m using android 11 on oneplus 6. Brave is no longer usable because I can’t type search on new tabs, can’t copy open tabs url etc. I confirm that if I hold my finger on the screen to swipe left or right but don’t release my finger, I can see the URL bar, so the control exists but is hidden.

Although the developers of Brave have not yet acknowledged the problem of the address bar disappearing on Android when opening a new tab, we have found a workaround that may help solve the problem .

Users need to change the “Grid tab switcher for tablets” setting to Default to restore the address bar.

As mentioned in the forum thread, setting “Grid tab switcher for tablet” to “Default” seems to fix the problem, which means the bug is related to #22028

As always, we’ll be keeping an eye out for further developments and updating this space when the developers fix the issue, so be sure to keep checking PiunikaWeb for more information.

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