I have set Safari on board my iPad Mini (first edition) to always run in incognito mode. Every time I start it and go to YouTube or any other video service, I can clearly see, that volume is set to half. I don't know how many times I turned it down to 0, it always is "reset" once I re-start Safari.

This happens only with Safari. Other browsers (Chrome) and all other applications always starts with the volume, it was set, when leaving it. This brings me to a bit mad assumption, that in incognito mode Safari does not save anything, neither browsing data (cookies, history) nor its own settings.

Can that be true?

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That is the point of Private Browsing (Safari's calls it Private Browsing, Chrome calls it Incognito). When you use Private Browsing, Safari shouldn't be saving anything at all. The whole idea is that it leaves no trace.

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    Great! But, isn't this a little bit absurd? Volume level is the system, not browser setting right? Beside, what volume level has to do with privacy or security? I can imagine playing some movie loud in any silent place, only because I forgot, that Safari running in private browsing does not remember my previous setting of being silenced. Not saving current volume level brings absolutely nothing to user privacy or security, but adds a lot to his/her discomfort IMHO.
    – trejder
    Jul 17, 2015 at 13:51

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