Brave web application shortcuts could fail if you change your MacOS home folder

Description of the issue:
Brave web application shortcuts could fail if you change your MacOS home folder.

How can this issue be reproduced?

  1. Visit a web application you want to make a desktop shortcut for (e.g.
  2. Make a desktop shortcut for the web application (Menu > More Tools > Create Shortcut...)
  3. Logout from the MacOS user you’re currently logged into so you can login to a different Administrator account to change the location of the home directory of the user from which you created the shortcut. (,you%20used%20to%20log%20in.)
  4. Switch back to the user from which you created the shortcut (i.e. the user you used to create the Google Podcasts shortcut).
  5. Open the shortcut.
  6. You will get the following error message, or something along this:
    "Brave cannot read and write to its Data directory"

Expected result:
Ideally, Brave should be able to handle the change in home directory, resolve the change, and then open the application normally. Otherwise, a support article for this scenario might be useful.

Brave Version:
Version 1.32.113 Chromium: 96.0.4664.45 (Official Build) (arm64)

Additional Information:
First and foremost, I am aware that this will likely be a very uncommon use case to begin with. I am just posting this here as a bug report for your reference.

I’m not sure how Brave application shortcuts work behind-the-scenes, but the issue basically stems from Brave trying to access a directory from the old user home directory location. As such, re-creating the application shortcut instantly fixes the issue.

P.S. I think a MacOS user who is willing to change home directory locations of users should, in most cases, have the aptitude to figure out this issue and resolve it on their own.

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