I am used to of the old private browsing mode in Safari, where you can keep a login session between tabs. But since this new Safari came with Yosemite, the tabs maintain their own sessions.

Is there any way I can keep the login session between safari private tabs till the private window closes, just like how Google Chrome does?

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    Why the hell you want to do this? Chrome users have been striving this feature for years and you have it OOTB
    – Suncatcher
    Apr 8, 2020 at 8:03
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    @Suncatcher Why the hell do you want to have any other flavour in ice-cream when vanilla exists? Different user different requirements.
    – noob
    Apr 8, 2020 at 9:15

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No, this is currently not possible. Safari Private Browsing tabs and windows do not share any session data and are completely independent.

From the Apple Support KB "Safari for Mac: Use Private Browsing windows in Safari":

  • Each tab in the window is isolated from the others, so websites you view in one tab can’t track your browsing in other tabs.
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    This doesn't seem to be true. If I ⌘-click a link in a Private Browsing tab, the new tab is logged out of whichever service. Feb 21, 2015 at 5:56
  • @Elliott I don't remember what I was doing when I wrote this answer, but you're true now. Edited answer, thanks.
    – grg
    May 9, 2015 at 15:48
  • @grg I think it's still the case. When you click on a link and it takes you to a new tab, it'll keep cookies. This is the case because otherwise, say you needed to change an account setting by clicking a link that took you to a new tab. If the new tab started off as a blank slate, it would be impossible for you to change that setting. To prevent this shared cookies are allowed between those tabs.
    – Oion Akif
    Jun 24, 2020 at 15:05

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