Cookies can help websites recognize you whenever you visit them. Cookies can be good if you don’t want to remember all your passwords, but they can also be bad if you care about your online privacy. Either way, you might want to clear cookies on your browser to keep your system working properly. Here’s how to clear cookies for Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and the new Microsoft Edge.
What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer whenever you visit a website. They make surfing the web more useful and hassle-free. With cookies enabled, most websites will remember your passwords and settings. However, cookies are also used by advertisers to target you with personalized ads.
Cookies are typically smaller than one megabyte each. But, if you visit a lot of websites, these small files can add up over time. They can take up too much RAM, which can slow down your browser. Cookies might also store outdated or wrong data, which makes it difficult to load an updated version of a site. Most importantly, third-party cookies share your browsing history to advertisers without you knowing. To improve your computer’s performance and protect your privacy, it’s a good idea to clear your cookies occasionally.
How to Clear Cookies on Chrome
To clear cookies on Chrome, click on the three-dot icon at the top right and go to More tools > Clear browsing data. Then select a time range from the drop-down menu, check the box for Cookies and other site data, and click Clear data.
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click the three-dot icon in the top-right corner of the window.
- Hover your cursor over More tools.
- Then click Clear browsing data. This should open the Clear Browsing Data window in the Basic tab.
Note: You can skip steps one to four by clicking on Ctrl + Shift + Delete on your keyboard.
- Check the box for Cookies and other site data. You can also delete your browser history and cache from this menu.
- Click the Time Range box to choose how much data you want to clear. You can clear cookies on Chrome from the last hour, the last 24 hours, the last seven days, the last four weeks, or for all time.
- Finally, click Clear data.
Note: Clearing browsing data will sign you out of most sites. The option to clear cookies can also be found in the Advanced tab. Whether you clear cookies from the Basic or Advanced tab on Chrome, you will stay signed into your Google account.
How to Clear Cookies on Safari
To clear cookies on Safari, go to Safari > Preferences > Privacy > Manage Website Data. Choose the site or sites that you want to delete cookies from, then click Remove. You can also remove cookies from all sites in the list in one go by clicking on Remove All, followed by Remove Now on the dialog box that appears.
- Open Safari.
- Click on Safari in the Apple Menu Bar. You will only find this option in the top-left corner of your screen if you click on the Safari browser first.
- Then select Preferences.You can also access this menu by hitting the Command + Coma keys on your keyboard at the same time.
- Go to the Privacy tab.
- Then click the Manage Website Data box.
- Select the sites you want to delete cookies for. Below the website name, Safari will indicate whether the site stores data in the form of cookies, in your cache, or in other places. You can choose multiple sites at once by holding down the Command key as you make your selection.
- Finally, click Remove. From the same menu, you can also remove stored data from all websites in the list by clicking Remove All. Then click Remove Now in the prompt that appears.
How to Clear Cookies in Mozilla Firefox
To clear all cookies in Mozilla Firefox, click on the Menu button in the top-right corner. Then go to Options > Privacy & Security > Cookies and Site Data. Click on Clear Data, check the tick box for Cookies and Site data, and then hit Clear. Firefox also lets you delete cookies while keeping other data, or clear cookies for current and previously visited websites.
- Open Mozilla Firefox.
- Click the three-line icon in the top-right corner.
- Then click Library.
Note: You can skip steps two and three by clicking on the Library button. This looks like a stack of books beside the Show sidebars icon in the top-right corner of the browser.
- Next, click History.
- Then select Clear Recent History.
Note: If this option is grayed out, you might have the Remember history function disabled. To enable this, go to Menu > Options > Privacy &Security > History. Choose Remember History in the Firefox will drop-down menu.
- Next, check the box next to Cookies in the History section. Here, you can also clear your browsing and download history, active logins, form and search history, and cache individually. Make sure you only check the boxes next to the data that you want to clear.
- Then click Time range to clear and choose an option from the drop-down menu. You can clear cookies from the last one, two, or four hours. Your other options are to delete cookies from today or to delete all of them.
- Finally, click Clear Now.
How to Clear Cookies for the Current Website in Mozilla Firefox
- Visit the site you want to clear the cookies for.
- Click the padlock icon to the left of the web address.
- Select Clear Cookies and Site Data.
- Finally, click Remove on the pop-up box that appears.
How to Clear Cookies on Microsoft Edge
- Open Microsoft Edge.
- Click the three-dot icon in the top-right corner.
- Then click Settings.
- Go to Privacy and services on the left side of the page. If you don’t see this on the left side of your page, you can expand the browser window or click the three lines next to Settings.
- Then click on Choose what to clear. This option appears under Clear browsing data on the right side of the page.
- Check the box next to Cookies and other site data.
- Then click Time range to choose how much data you want to clear. You can clear cookies from the last hour, last 24 hours, last seven days, last four weeks, or all time.
- Finally, click Clear now.
You can also set Edge to clear cookies whenever you exit the browser by clicking Choose what to clear every time you close the browser. Then toggle the button for Cookies and other site data.
Now that you know to clear cookies in Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and the new Microsoft Edge, you might want to turn cookies on more selectively. Here’s how to enable cookies on Chrome.