Newly discovered feature "Always clear cookies when windows are closed" doesn't work

I just discovered this fairly new feature " Always clear cookies when windows are closed" and it doesn’t work. I guess this feature is supposed to be CookieAutodelete “Lite” or something along those lines.

Added websites and cookies still there when windows are closed. I tried it with no success with and without “Clear cookies and site data when you quit Brave” enabled . Still no cookies cleared upon window close.

Brave Version 1.26.74 Chromium: 91.0.4472.124 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Windows 10 21H1 latest build

Quickly tested the Always clear cookies when windows are closed feature, using the following entries:

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The feature does clear cookies but still leaves leftovers, the same way the Clear cookies and site data when you quit Brave feature does, for which I opened a Github issue last month:

Brave developers really have to put some work when it comes to cookies, there is an open meta issue:

If you tested the Always clear cookies when windows are closed feature with Google, unfortunately it’s a known issue:

It’s a pity but clearing cookies on exit at brave://settings/clearBrowserData is the only reliable way as of the moment.

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I battled with this cookie deletion issue for months here in the community as that thread attests and via other support channels before I filed that bug report back in 2020. I resorted to using an extension to delete the Google cookies mentioned in the github bug report.

Extremely frustrating at times when I have no interest in BAT and simply want to use Brave for as a browser and its marketed privacy. The competition works better in some areas where sorry to say Brave falls short.

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Thanks for validation and the heads-up!


Unfortunately, I’m coming to the same conclusion as you. And I’ve been a big promoter of Brave. Truly, very sad they can’t or won’t deal with browser fundamentals!

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