Closed videos and audios leave their titles in Windows 10 volume controls


In Windows 10, there’s that feature that when you change the sound volume using your tablet or laptop buttons, or media keyboard, the volume controls pop up in the top-left corner of the screen. And if something is playing or paused right now, its title is written in there, along with play-pause-forward-etc. buttons.

Description of the issue:

So, when you close a tab in brave, the video is still considered “playing”, and it will be shown at the Windows playback controls. Which is confusing.
Furthermore, it works with private tabs too. So if you’ve been using brave, and then you opened something in a private window to listen to or to watch, and then you close that private window (not just the tab), you’d still get a title of what was last playing in the browser, until you close Brave entirely (your initial non-private window). And such behavior is unacceptable for private tabs, since, well, they’re Private, and by just changing volume other people in the room could see what you’ve been listening to.

How can this issue be reproduced?

  1. Get a device that allows hardware audio volume control.
  2. Open any page that plays audio or video.
  3. Close the tab without exiting Brave entirely.
  4. Try to change the volume.

(it doesn’t matter whether you change the volume before closing the tab or not)

Expected result:

As MS Edge does it: right after closing the tab, the Windows playback controls switch to another media that is playing/paused ATM, or be reset to just display the volume.

Brave Version:

Version 1.14.81 Chromium: 85.0.4183.102 (Official Build) (64-bit)

No extensions except for YouTube Ad Blocker that comes with the official installation.

Windows 10 1909

UPD: There’s definitely something more in it, because I’ve reproduced the issue tens of times before, but can’t reproduce since yesterday’s evening.
(No Windows updates have been installed in that period.)

To confirm, the issue you described above is no longer persisting?

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Strangely, yes. I don’t understand why and how, but yes, I cannot reproduce it for two days now.

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Strange, but glad that it’s not there anymore :slight_smile:
Please let us know if the issue returns.