Safari, and Firefox, as well as Microsoft Edge. Cookies are little bits of data that are recorded in your browser and help your browser display information that is more relevant to you. When you browse the web, you may encounter speed, loading, and formatting difficulties that may be remedied by deleting the cookies stored on your computer. If you erase your cookies, you will also be logged out of any websites that you have previously visited while you were signed in to those websites.
Chrome on a Computer
1. Open the image in Google Chrome that is named Android7chrome.png. You can locate it in the Launchpad on your Mac or in the Start menu on your Windows computer.
- When you check out of Chrome on one device, all of your cookies will be removed across all of your devices.
2. Select “Menu” from the Chrome drop-down. Chrome’s menu may be accessed by clicking the three vertical dots located in the top-right corner of the browser.
3. Choose the More tools option. You’ll find it somewhere in the center of the menu.
4. Simply click the Clear browsing data… button. This item is located in the center of the menu. Your choices for the data that is stored when surfing have been opened in a new tab.
5. Select the checkbox that is located beside the words “Cookies and other site data.” Uncheck all of the other boxes if you simply want to remove the cookies and not also the cache or the history of your surfing (if any are checked).
6. Within the “Time range” drop-down option, choose “All time.” This component is located at the very top of the window. If you choose this option, rather than simply the cookies that have been stored for a certain amount of time, all cookies will be removed from your computer.
7. Simply click the option labeled Clear data. The answer may be found at the bottom-right corner of the window. This eliminates any cookies that were previously stored in Google Chrome.
Chrome on a Phone or Tablet
1. Launch Chrome on your mobile device, whether it’s an Android, iPhone, or iPad. Image credit: Android7chrome.png It’s the multicolored sphere with a red, yellow, green, and blue color scheme that you may find on your home screen or in your list of apps.
- When you check out of Chrome on one device, all of your cookies will be removed across all of your devices.
2. Select an item from the Chrome menu. Tap the three vertical dots that are located in the top-right corner of your screen if you are using an Android device. Tap the row of three horizontal dots located in the bottom-right corner of your iPhone or iPad.
3. Tap Settings. You’ll find it somewhere in the center of the menu.
4. Taps for Your Privacy. You can recognize this choice by its icon, which is a blue and white shield and can be found toward the middle of the menu.
5. Select the option to Clear Browsing Data. This item is located at the very top of the menu for your convenience.
6. Within the “Time Range” drop-down option, choose “All Time.” You can find it at the very top of the screen. By selecting this option, you may be certain that you will delete all cookies, not just the most recent ones.
7. Make sure just Cookies and Site Data are selected. When you go on, the choices that have a checkbox next to them will be removed automatically. Because you just want to delete your cookies, press any additional checkmarks that are there to get rid of them. Cookies and Site Data need to be the only option that is checked off.
8. Select the option to Clear Browsing Data. You can find this at the very bottom of the screen. There will be a notification there to confirm your selection.
On an Android device, go to the bottom right corner of the screen and tap the CLEAR DATA button.
9. When prompted, tap Clear to confirm your selection. This eliminates any and all cookies stored in Chrome.
Microsoft Edge on a Computer
1. Step one is to launch Microsoft Edge. It can be found in the Start menu of your Windows operating system or in the Launchpad of your Mac.
2. Select “Edge” from the menu bar. It is the icon in the upper-right hand corner of Edge that looks like it has three horizontal dots.
3. Click Settings. You can find it at the very bottom of the menu.
4. To manage cookies and site permissions, select the appropriate tab. This is in the left panel of the Settings screen, toward the center.
5. Click Manage and delete cookies and site data. You’ll see this at the top of the right panel.
6. Click See all cookies and site data. It’s in the first tile on the right panel. This loads all of your saved cookies.
7. Click the Remove all button. It’s in the upper-right area of the page above the list of cookies. There will be a notification there to confirm your selection.
8. Click Clear to confirm. This removes all stored cookies from Edge.
Safari on a Computer
1. Open Safari on your Mac. You’ll locate its compass symbol on the Dock, which is generally at the bottom of the screen.
2. Select a menu option inside Safari. You may find it in the bar of menus that runs across the top of the screen.
3. Navigate to the Preferences menu. This brings up the Safari Preferences window in your browser.
4. Select the Privacy tab from the menu. You may find it at the very top of the window.
5. Select the option to Manage Website Data from the drop-down menu. You may find this information under the heading “Cookies and website data.”
6. Simply click the option labeled Remove All. You’ll find it in the section of the window that’s bottom-left. This eliminates any and all cookies stored in Safari.
Safari on a Phone or Tablet
1. Launch the image on your iPhone labeled “iphonesettingsappicon.png” from the Settings app. The gray gear symbol on your home screen is the shortcut to the Settings app. You can locate it in your App Library if it isn’t already installed on your device.
- If you delete the cookies that are stored on your iPhone or iPad, all other data that has been saved from websites, including your browsing history, will also be deleted. This modification will likewise have an effect on all of the other gadgets to which you have signed in with the same Apple ID.
2. Tap the Safari button after scrolling down. About a third of the way down the Settings page is where you’ll find it.
3. The Clear History and Website Data button may be found further down the page. You’ll find this option at the end of the list of options. There will be a notification there to confirm your selection.
4. When the confirmation notification appears, tap the Clear History and Data button. You should be able to find it near the bottom of the screen. Your browser’s history, cookies, and any other data stored from the websites you visit will all be deleted.
Firefox on a Computer
1. Launch Firefox on your own computer (Mac or PC). You can locate it in the Applications folder on your Mac or in the Start menu on your Windows computer.
2. Open your Firefox Settings. The procedures vary based on the kind of operating system you are using:
- Select Preferences from the Firefox menu that appears at the top of the screen when using a Mac.
- On a Windows computer, open Firefox and choose Settings by clicking the menu button that looks like three horizontal lines.
3. Select the tab labeled Privacy & Security. You’ll find it in the panel on the left.
4. Keep scrolling down until you reach the Manage Data button. This option may be found around halfway down the page in the section labeled “Cookies and Site Data.” This shows all of the cookies that have been stored.
5. To remove everything, either choose Remove All or Remove All Shown. Below the list of cookies, one of these two alternatives will appear for you to choose from. This eliminates any cookies currently stored in the window, although the modifications will not take effect immediately.
6. To keep your changes, use the Save option. The answer may be found at the bottom of the window. Your cookies have been completely deleted from Firefox at this time.
Firefox on a Phone or Tablet
1. Launch Firefox on your mobile device, whether it a phone or a tablet. Your home screen has a fox that is orange and wrapped around a globe that is purple. Even if you can’t see it, the application will still be on your list.
2. Select an option by clicking the menu icon. You will need to hit the three vertical dots that are located in the top-right corner of Firefox if you are using an Android device. Tap the three horizontal lines that are located in the bottom right corner of the screen on an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad.
3. Tap Settings. You may find it at the bottom of the menu.
4. Tap Data Management (iPhone/iPad) or Delete browsing data (Android). Depending on the operating system you’re using, the menu will provide you with one of these choices to choose from.
5. To finish, go to the Cookies menu and deactivate all of the other choices. Make sure that the only thing that is chosen in the list is the Cookies option if you simply want to erase the cookies.
6. On your iPhone or iPad, tap the Clear Private Data option, or choose the Delete browsing data option (Android). This eliminates any and all cookies stored in Firefox.
There are several reasons why you should think about removing cookies from your browser, including the following: They represent a possible security risk since hackers might possibly take control of cookies, so getting access to browser sessions and subsequently stealing personal data, as recent cyber assaults have proved.
When you use a browser, like Chrome, that saves information from websites you visit in its cache and cookies, the browser stores this information on your computer. When you clear them out, some difficulties, such as loading or formatting problems on websites, are fixed.
When you remove cookies from your computer, the information that has been kept in your browser is also deleted. This includes the passwords to your online accounts, as well as your preferences and settings for websites. If you share your computer or device with other people and don’t want them to see what you’ve been looking at on the internet, deleting your cookies might be a good step to take.
If you delete the cookies from a website’s browser, the website will no longer remember who you are and will need you to log in again. If you have saved the passwords, then you can find them in the Profile Manager just as easily as before. The information that allows websites to remember you and log you in automatically is saved in a cookie.
If you are using a computer in a public place, you should clear them off along with any other data, such as your browser history, as soon as your session is over. If this is a personal device that you use, we suggest that you delete all cookies at least once per month. You should also do this if you notice a dip in performance in your browser or after visiting a website that you suspect may be malicious.
The deletion of cookies may result in speedier access to the Internet as a whole; but, it may also result in slower access to the websites that you often visit. This is because the information that was stored in the cookie, which sped up the process of loading the page on prior visits, has been removed, and the website requires more time to load since it no longer has access to the cookie’s data.