Brave Google Docs & Sheets browser not working on Mac


New updates are added at the bottom of this story…….

The original story (published August 05, 2022) follows:

Brave is one of the most popular Chromium-based web browsers available. Many prefer it over options like Chrome for various reasons, such as its better management of hardware resources.

Brave Browser even allows users to earn crypto tokens (BAT) for using it, which can be exchanged for real money just like other tokens.

It is also available on multiple mobile and desktop platforms such as Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.

However, users of Brave Browser on macOS are currently facing an issue where Google Docs, Sheets and other sites are not working or loading.

Brave Browser Google Docs, Sheets and Other Sites Won’t Open on Mac

For the past few days, Brave Browser users on macOS have been getting a “Home screen is temporarily unavailable” error when trying to access primarily Google Docs and Sheets.


It seems that a recent Brave Browser update brought the bug.

Problems with the latest update

I’m not entirely sure, but it seems after the latest Brave update I can’t open any Google Doc or Sheet files. It says “Failed to load file” and even if I refresh the page it doesn’t seem to work. I also tried deleting the cache.

Some reports suggest that the problem occurs in people using the MetaMask extension. MetaMask is basically a crypto wallet where you can store and transfer crypto coins through the Ethereum network.

I made a few more changes to the settings and found that disabling my Meta Mask browser extension solved the problem. I’ve had some weird conflicts with Meta Mask and the Brave Wallet before. I don’t know if that’s the problem. If you have Meta Mask installed, try disabling it

However, there are user reports not using MetaMask but dealing with the same bug.

Google Docs/Sheets not working (NOT METAMASK)

Google Docs, Google Sheets, and other related GSuite products are not working due to formatting issues that only started early this morning. This problem appears on all documents and spreadsheets without exception.

Acknowledged issue and some workarounds

If you are one of the affected users of the MetaMask extension (or another crypto wallet extension), you can try disabling the temporary workaround:

I had a similar problem with another site.

Brave Settings -> Wallet -> Default Cryptocurrency Wallet -> None

It’s okey for me.

Google Doc and Spreadsheet pages also work fine now. Word/Excel might be.

Luckily, an engineer from the Brave team has confirmed that they are already working on a fix:


In the meantime, you can also try the GitHub test plan offered by the same Brave engineer:

– Install and configure MetaMask
– Configure Brave Wallet and set the default wallet setting to “Prefer Extensions”
– Navigate to all sites
– Open the console and we shouldn’t see any errors
– Open any google doc/sheet link which should load successfully.

We will update this story once new events emerge on this.

Update 1 (Aug 08)

5:33 p.m. (IST): The Brave browser recently received a new update with a fix for the issue where Google Docs not working on Mac.

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