Brave, the privacy-centric browser, has launched an in-browser video calling service dubbed ‘Brave Together’. The video calling service is eerily easy to use and expands on the browser’s ideology to protect individuals’ privacy. The service requires no registration or any other hassle from its users to take advantage of its features.
Brave released the video service with one-on-one calling availability in the Brave browser, and the group calling feature accessibility in Brave Nightly, the browser’s testing and development version, with plans to soon bring the complete package to the stable build of Brave browser after complete testing.
However, despite the official statement bout group calling not supported in the stable release, we were able to make a Brave Together group call on the stable build of the browser too (with six people). Although there is no official statement regarding when this change happened and to what extent, i.e. how many maximum participants are supported.
Brave Together is based on the open-source video software Jitsi and supports unlimited private video calls. The end-to-end encryption of the calls is also reportedly in works.
Note: Brave Together is not available on the Brave browsers on iOS and Android smartphones, but mobile phone users can use the Jitsi Meet app to join a meeting started on Brave Together.
How to Use Brave Together
The only pre-requisite to using Brave Together is that you need the Brave browser, but chances are if you’re here, you’re already one of the users so it won’t be much of a trouble. But if you’re not a user, it still isn’t too much bother as it only takes a few seconds to download and install the Brave browser.
On the Brave browser, go to together.brave.com and click on the ‘Start Video Call’ button.
The browser will ask for access to your camera and microphone. Click on the ‘Allow’ button.
And that’s all it takes to start a video call on the platform. You don’t need to create an account and there are no additional steps involved.
To invite someone to the meeting, share the link with them. Click on the ‘i’ button on the bottom right corner of the screen to get the link, or you can also simply copy the URL from the address bar of the browser.
You can also create a password for your meeting on Brave Together to protect it from any unwanted visitors by clicking on the ‘i’ button. Anyone can join the meeting with the link and the password (if you create one) but they will need the Brave browser on their end too to be able to join.
Brave Together might not require any registration, but you can still enter a name and even an email address to import your gravatar icon so other users in the meeting can know it’s you without any hassle when your video is off.
The video service also offers many features like screen sharing, sharing a YouTube video, raising/ lowering your hand, tile view, muting everyone, selecting a video quality, meeting chat, etc. to name a few.
Brave Together from Brave is coming at a time when the dependency on video calling software is off the charts and everyone is using one or the other to satiate their communication needs. The simplicity and privacy it offers its users is sure to attract a lot of users.