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How to Clear Cookies on Windows, Mac and Mobile

Updated on: 2017-12-11 15:09:33 UTC

Introduction

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Why Not Just Disable Cookies?

It’s possible to set all modern web browsers to not allow cookies at all, but this strategy is flawed for most people.

Why? Because disallowing cookies can stop a lot of sites working properly. Difficulties with shopping sites, internet banking, and portals where you need to log on are highly likely if you don’t allow cookies at all.

When you clear your cookies and other browsing data, the websites you visit will treat you as if you’ve never visited them before. 

When to Clear Out Your Cookies?

There are a couple of scenarios when an immediate “cookie clear-out” is required:

  1. If you become aware that you may have visited a suspect or compromised website and you want to make sure that whatever it stored about you is cleared out ASAP.
  2. If errant cookies are causing you problems and stopping sites working properly. This sometimes happens because of a website problem, but also frequently comes up for people who develop and work on websites. Sometimes a cookie clear-out is required to ensure you see the correct and most up-to-date version of a webpage.
  3. If you need to do thorough histories clear-out because you wish to hide where you’ve been online from others you share a computer with.

How to Delete Cookies?

Safari (Mac)

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Open Safari > PREFERENCES > PRIVACY > MANAGE WEBSITE DATA. 

Click “REMOVE ALL” to remove all existing cookies. Alternatively, you can select single (or multiple) cookies to selectively remove the ones you want.

Google Chrome (Mac)

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Go to CHROME > CLEAR BROWSING DATA.

From the menu that appears, you can choose the timeframe from which you wish to clear your data, and which types of data to remove – this can be just your cookies or your entire history.

Firefox (Mac)

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Go to FIREFOX > PREFERENCES > PRIVACY.

Click the “Clear All Current History” link and a menu will appear asking exactly what data to delete.

Google Chrome (Windows)

Open Chrome. Click the Tools button (which looks like three vertical dots), then select MORE TOOLS, and then CLEAR BROWSING DATA.

From the menu that appears, you can choose the timeframe from which you wish to clear your data, and which types of data to remove – this can be just your cookies or your entire history.

Firefox (Windows)

Open Firefox and click on the Menu button, which looks like three horizontal lines. Select HISTORY > CLEAR RECENT HISTORY.

Use the “Time range to clear” option to choose how much history you wish to delete, and the “Details” option to determine whether just to delete cookies, or to delete all your browsing history and other related items.

 

Microsoft Edge (Windows)

Open the Microsoft Edge browser and click MORE > SETTINGS. Select “Choose what to clear” under the “Clear browsing data” option. Select whether you just wish to delete cookies or other browsing data, and then click “Clear.”

Microsoft Edge also gives you the option of clearing your cookies and other browsing data every time you exit the browser. 

Microsoft Internet Explorer

Open Internet Explorer and go to TOOLS (the icon looks like a cog) > SAFETY and then DELETE BROWSING HISTORY.

If you only wish to delete cookies, select “Cookies and Website data,” then click “Delete.” If you’d rather clear all your history, you have the option to do so.

 

iPhone and iPad (iOS Safari)

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From your device home screen, tap “Settings.” Scroll down and tap “Safari.” Then, scroll down and tap “Clear History and Website Data.” Finally, tap “Clear History and Website Data” once more to confirm.

Android

Tap into Chrome on your device and tap the settings button (three vertical dots). Go to SETTINGS > ADVANCED > PRIVACY > CLEAR BROWSING DATA. Select “Clear cookies, site data” via the checkbox, and tick any other data types you wish to clear, then tap “Clear” to complete the process.

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