Brave keeps hijacking media keys on Mac - setting HWmediakeyhandling flag does not help

Description of the issue:

If Brave is running, I can’t use my Macbook Pro’s media keys for controlling Spotify anymore. If I kill Brave, they work, if I restart it, they don’t.

I found that the solution to the problem should be to disable the #hardware-media-key-handling flag - but I did that, and it still doesn’t work.

Steps to Reproduce (add as many as necessary): 1. 2. 3.

  1. Start a song on Spotify
  2. Start Brave
  3. Go to brave://flags
  4. Look for the Hardware Media Key Handling flag
  5. Set to Disabled
  6. Restart Brave
  7. Press the Play/Pause HW media key on the Macbook Pro keyboard

Actual Result (gifs and screenshots are welcome!):

Nothing happens

Expected result:

Spotify would pause the playback

Reproduces how often:


Operating System and Brave Version(See the About Brave page in the main menu):

Macbook Pro (late-2013)
macOS High Sierra 10.13.6
Brave version Version 0.65.118 Chromium: 75.0.3770.80 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Additional Information:

Right after having written this post, the HW keys did work. So I’d say that the bug isn’t 100% reproducible.

Here’s my HW info just in case:

Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,3
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.3 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 4
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 6 MB
Memory: 16 GB
Boot ROM Version:
SMC Version (system): 2.19f12

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