How to delete cookies in a few short and simple steps

What are we talking about when we talk about “cookies”? It's certainly not about chocolate chip cookies, nuts, or oatmeal; in reality we refer to small files that the browser saves when visiting certain sites. This activity may include sensitive data (such as passwords), so it's a good idea to delete cookies on a regular basis. The process is simple.

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How to delete cookies:

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is our current pick for the best browser of 2020. It allows you to easily delete cookies, control browsing data, and specify what types of files it should accept or block.

Step 1 – Click the three-dot Customize & Control icon located in the top right corner.

Step 2 – Select Settings from the dropdown menu.

Step 3 – A separate Settings tab opens in Chrome. Click Privacy & Security, shown on the left to expand your options.

Step 4 – Select Clear browsing data displayed on the right.

Note: You can also access this setting by typing chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in the address bar.

Step 5 – A browser popup appears with the Basic tab loaded by default. Here, you can delete your browsing history, cached images, and cookies, along with other site data.

You can select a time interval using the drop-down menu, and then sign out of your Google account to delete your browsing data from the device you're on.

Click the Advanced tab to view additional features such as clearing your download history, passwords, other login data, autofill form data, site settings, and hosted app data.

Step 6 – When you're ready, click the blue Clear Data button. If your Google account is synced with other devices, this step will also clear cookies on those devices.

To manage how cookies are saved and stored in the future, do the following:

Step 1 – Select the Site Settings option listed under Privacy & Security.

Step 2 – Select Cookies and Site Data on the next page.

Note: You can access this setting by typing chrome://settings/content/cookies in the address bar.

Here you'll find options to disable all cookies, clear cookies when you close Chrome, and block third-party cookies. You can also block and allow cookies from specific sites.

Chrome on Android or iOS

The steps are identical on iOS and Android devices, but the big difference you'll see is the overall visual presentation. The screenshots provided below are from an iPad Pro.

Step 1 – Tap on the three-dot icon. It's usually in the top right corner, unless you're viewing Chrome on mobile in portrait mode (bottom right).

Step 2 – Tap on the Settings option in the drop-down menu.

Step 3 – Tap Privacy on the next screen. Again, the presentation is visually different.

Step 4 – Tap Clear browsing data.

Step 5 – Click Cookies and Site Data, if it's not already selected.

Step 6 – Tap Clear Browsing Data when you're ready.

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There are also options to clear your browser history and remove cached images and files.

firefox

This open source browser has tons of plugins and actually offers more options than Chrome when it comes to customizing these settings, and that was before Quantum changed things. Here's how to delete the cookies you're storing.

Step 1 – Click on the three line menu icon located on the top right corner.

Step 2 – Select Options from the dropdown menu.

Step 3 – The General category loads by default. Select Privacy and security shown on the left.

Step 4 – Scroll down to the right to find Cookies and Site Data. Click the Clear data button.

Step 5 – A pop-up appears. Make sure Cookies and Site Data are checked, then click the Clear button.

Another option is to select the Manage data button instead of Clear data. A popup appears with a search field to locate a specific cookie and a list of all cookies stored on your device.

You can click the Remove Selected button to remove a highlighted cookie or select the Remove All button to remove all of them.

Finally, you can click the Manage permissions button, located under Cookies and site data, to control whether individual cookies are blocked or allowed, respectively.

Firefox on iOS and TabletOS

Step 1 – Tap on the three lines icon.

Step 2 – Tap Settings on the pop-up (or drop-down) menu.

Step 3: On mobile, scroll down to Privacy and tap Data Management. On tablets, tap Data Management, found under Privacy in a pop-up window.

Step 4 – Under Clear Private Data, make sure Cookies are turned on, then tap the red Clear Private Data button.

firefox on android

Step 1 – Tap on the three lines icon.

Step 2 – Tap the Settings option in the pop-up (or drop-down) menu.

Step 3 – Tap Clear Private Data.

Step 4 – A pop-up appears. Make sure Active Logins and Cookies is checked, and then tap Clear Data.

Safari

Unlike Chrome and Firefox, Safari only stores cookies from the websites you visit. However, Safari allows you to easily change these settings. Since Apple has discontinued the version of Windows, our instructions focus on macOS and mobile versions.

Step 1 – With Safari open, click Safari, which appears next to the Apple icon in the menu bar.

Step 2 – Select Clear History from the dropdown menu.

Step 3 – A pop-up appears with four options in a drop-down menu: The Last Hour, Today, Today and Yesterday, and All History. Select an option and click the Clear History button.

If you'd rather have more control over what gets deleted, do the following:

Step 1 – With Safari open, click Safari which appears next to the Apple icon in the menu bar.

Step 2 – Select Preferences from the dropdown menu.

Step 3 – A pop-up appears. Click on the Privacy tab.

Here, use the Block all cookies option to delete everything at once. Alternatively, click the Manage Website Data button to see a list of each cookie stored in your browser, which you can then delete individually.

Safari's options for filtering cookies are limited. However, you can have Safari block cross-site tracking.

Safari on iOS and TabletOS

Step 1 – Open Settings.

Step 2 – On TabletOS, go to the bottom on the left menu and tap on Safari. On iOS devices, just scroll down and tap Safari.

Step 3 – To remove all cookies, tap Clear History and Website Data.

To delete a specific cookie, ignore Clear History and Website Data. Instead of this, take this route:

Step 1 – Open Settings.

Step 2 – On TabletOS, go to the bottom on the left menu and tap on Safari. On iOS devices, just scroll down and tap Safari.

Step 3 – Scroll down and tap Advanced.

Step 4 – Tap Website Data.

Step 5 – A list of all websites appears on your screen. Tap the Edit button.

Step 6 – Tap the red minus button next to each site you want to remove.

Step 7 – Tap Done to complete.

Microsoft Edge (not Chromium)

Edge is the latest Microsoft browser integrated into Windows 10 and it will be removed very soon, but we will still explain how to modify your cookie settings and delete existing ones:

Step 1 – Click on the three-dot settings icon in the top right corner.

Step 2 – Click on the Settings option in the drop-down menu.

Step 3: The General category opens by default. Click Privacy and security in the dropdown menu.

Step 4 – Click the Choose what to delete button.

Step 5 – Make sure Cookies and Website Saved Data is checked, and then click the Clear button.

To manage how Edge handles cookies, scroll down the Privacy & Security panel to locate cookies. The associated dropdown menu offers three options: Do not block cookies (default), Block third-party cookies, and Block all cookies.

Within the Choose what to clear menu, you also have the option to Clear cookies each time you leave the browser, using the toggle option below the Clear button.

Opera

Although the Opera browser works on the same basis as Google Chrome, accessing the browser's cookie options has a slightly different process.

Step 1 – Click on the red Opera logo in the top left corner.

Step 2 – Select Settings from the dropdown menu.

Step 3 – A new tab opens. Click Advanced on the menu, followed by Privacy and security.

Step 4 – Select the Clear browsing data option.

Step 5 – A browser popup appears with the Basic tab loaded by default. Here, you can delete your browsing history, cached images, and cookies, along with other site data. Select a time range using the dropdown menu.

You can also click the Advanced tab to view additional features such as clearing your download history, passwords, other login data, autofill form data, site settings, and hosted app data.

Click the Clear Data button when you're done.

To manage how Opera handles cookies, do the following:

Step 1 – Click on the red Opera logo in the top left corner.

Step 2 – Select Settings from the dropdown menu.

Step 3 – A new tab opens. Click Advanced on the menu, followed by Privacy and Security.

Step 4 – Select the Site Settings section.

Step 5 – Select the Cookies and Site Data section on the next page.

Here you can decide if you want to block cookies, delete them at regular intervals or allow them completely.

Apps and plugins

While browsers make it quite easy to manually delete cookies, there are also a host of apps and browser plug-ins that can give you a little more control over cookies.

CCleaner

Free to download, CCleaner is a vital tool used to help your computer get rid of extra files generated by web browsing and other applications.

CCleaner doesn't just clean cookies within a particular browser; is a web browser that can clean cookies across the board. Users have other options if they are looking for a deep clean.

This app offers a Pro version of its software for just $20 per year. It's a great way to automate a deep clean, by setting times for your computer to do it automatically.

It also alerts you to privacy threats as they happen in real time. These tools are a great addition for any user, whether you're looking to improve privacy in your home or business.

Cookie AutoDelete

If you do not wish to continue deleting cookies yourself, you can use the automatic deletion function to delete them each time you close a browser tab. You can also remove cookies from a domain and create whitelists and graylists that you may want to allow and share.

The developer maintains a database so you can refer to each cookie for more information. You can install Cookie AutoDelete in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Since it is compatible with these browsers, it is the best cookie management application that you can use.