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How to Delete Cookies in Every Major Browser 2021

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What to Know

To clear cookies, select the Settings or Options menu in your browser, then go to either the Privacy or History section.In most browsers, these settings can be reached by using the Ctrl+Shift+Del keyboard shortcut or Command+Shift+Del on a Mac.Specific browser instructions are might vary; look for your browser below to find removal details.

How to Clear Cookies

The steps involved in deleting cookies are different depending on the web browser. Below are some browser-specific cookie clearing tutorials.

How to Clear Browsing Data in Chrome

To delete cookies in Google Chrome:

Select the 3 vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the Chrome screen.

Select More Tools > Clear browsing data.

Select the Cookies and other site data checkbox.

To delete the saved passwords in Chrome, select Passwords and other sign-in data.

Select the Time range drop-down arrow and choose a time period. For example, to delete all the cookies or passwords in Chrome, no matter how long ago they were saved, select All time.

Select Clear data.

If you want more control over cookies, learn how to delete cookies from a specific website, how to allow or deny websites from leaving cookies, and how to clear cookies when Chrome is closed.

To clear the cookies from the Chrome mobile browser, tap the menu button (the icon with three stacked dots), and choose Settings. In the Privacy section, tap Clear Browsing Data, then tap each area you want to erase, for example, Cookies, Site Data, or Saved Passwords.

How to Clear Browsing Data in Firefox

To delete cookies in the Mozilla Firefox browser:

Select the Open menu (the 3 horizontal bars in the upper-right corner of Firefox).

Select Options.

Select Privacy & Security.

In the Cookies and Site Data section, select Clear Data.

Select the Cookies and Site Data checkbox, then select Clear.

You can also delete cookies in Firefox for the current site displayed in the web browser, delete cookies for an individual website, and clear all cookies along with the cache.

To delete cookies on the mobile Firefox browser, tap the menu button and go to Settings > Clear Private Data. Choose Cookies (and anything else you want to delete, such as the browsing history or cache), then tap Clear Private Data.

How to Clear Browsing Data in Microsoft Edge

Here's how to delete cookies and browsing history in Microsoft Edge.

Select the three horizontal dots located in the upper-right corner. Or, press Alt+F.

Select Settings.

Select Privacy and services from the left pane. If you don't see the left pane, select the three-lined menu button at the top left.

Select Choose what to clear from the Clear browsing data section.

Make sure Cookies and other site data is checked. You can also delete passwords, download history, browsing history, cached images and files, and more.

Change the Time range value to pick how far back the cookies and other data should be erased. There's even an All time option to delete everything ever stored.

Select Clear now.

Microsoft Edge stores more than cookies. Learn what data is collected in Edge, how to clear collected data, and how to stop Edge from collecting information.

To delete cookies in the mobile Edge app, tap the menu button at the bottom of the app, go to Settings > Privacy and Security > Clear browsing data, and choose the items to remove. Then, tap Clear, and then CLEAR once more to confirm.

How to Delete Browsing History in Internet Explorer

To delete cookies in Internet Explorer:

Select Tools. Or, press Alt+X.

If you can't open Internet Explorer, there's another way to access the internet options. Open Command Prompt or the Run dialog box, then enter the inetcpl.cpl command.

Select Internet options.

In the Browsing history section, select Delete.

In the Delete Browsing History dialog box, select the Cookies and website data checkbox, then select Delete.

To delete all saved passwords, select the Passwords checkbox.

Select OK to close Internet Options.

How to Remove Cookie and Website Data in Safari

To delete cookies in the Apple Safari web browser:

On a Mac, select Safari > Preferences. In Windows, select Action > Preferences.

Select Privacy.

On a Mac, select Manage Website Data. On Windows, select Remove All Website Data.

Choose which cookies to delete, then select Remove. Or, select Remove All to clear all cookies.

Select Remove Now to confirm that you want to delete the cookies.

Select Done.

To delete cookies on the mobile Safari browser, open the Settings app. Scroll down and tap the Safari link, then scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data.

How to Clear Browsing Data in Opera

To delete cookies in Opera:

Select Easy Setup.

In the Clear browsing data section, select Clear browsing data.

Select the Cookies and other site data checkbox, then select Clear data.

To remove all cookies from every website, select the Time range drop-down arrow and choose All time.

Close the Settings window and continue browsing the web.

Customize cookies in Opera. Set site-specific preferences for cookies, block third-party cookies, and clear browsing data when the browser is closed.

To delete cookies from the mobile Opera browser, tap the red Opera button, then choose Settings > Clear. Tap Clear Cookies and Data, then tap Yes to delete all the cookies stored in Opera.

Why Should I Delete Cookies?

Internet cookies are small files stored on a computer hard drive by a web browser that contains information about your visit to a particular website. This information may include your login status, personalization, and advertising preferences. If you don't want this information stored on your computer, delete the cookies.

Most of the time, cookies make browsing more enjoyable by keeping you logged in to a site you visit frequently or remembering the questions you answered at your favorite polling site.

Sometimes, however, a cookie may remember something you'd rather it didn't, or become corrupt, resulting in a browsing experience that's less than enjoyable. This is when deleting cookies may be a good idea.

You might also want to delete cookies if you're experiencing issues such as 500 Internal Server or 502 Bad Gateway errors (among others), which are sometimes indications that one or more cookies for a particular site are corrupted and should be removed.

More About Deleting Cookies in Web Browsers

Most browsers also find and delete cookies from individual websites. Since few issues require that you delete all the cookies stored by the browser, locating and removing specific cookies allows you to retain customizations and stay logged in to your favorite, non-offending websites.