Tired of manually punching the links in the Wayback Machine? As part of its latest update, the Brave desktop browser will automatically search for archived web pages when it finds a broken or deleted website.
The Wayback Machine is, of course, one of the best archiving tools on the Internet. It’s like a museum for old or broken websites, and it’s used almost daily by lovers, journalists, and the American justice system. Its recent integration into the Brave browser seems to be an obvious choice, since the two tools are meant to change the way we use the internet.
But how does this Wayback Machine integration work? It’s simple, when the Brave browser detects that a web page is broken (by an error like “404 Not Found”, 408, 410, 451, 500, 502, etc.), it prompts you to “Search for a version registered ‘from the website via the Wayback Machine. If archived pages are available, they automatically appear in your browser.
Archive.org uses the recently deleted whitehouse.gov climate change portal as an example of how Wayback Machine works with the Brave browser.
For reference, Brave is the only browser with native integration of Wayback Machine. But you can connect certain Wayback Machine features, such as automatic searches, to your browser via a Chromium, Firefox, or Safari extension (the Chrome extension should work on Edge, Opera and other Chromium browsers).
Wayback Machine integration is only available in the Brave Browser 1.4 update, which you can find on the Brave website. These features are not available on mobile versions of the Brave browser.