How to Enable Cookies on iPhone.
Web browsers download cookies to your iPhone every time you visit a different web page. Cookies make your web experience easier by storing your browsing preferences and personal information on your device, so you don’t have to repeat certain tasks. It is one of the technologies that websites use to retrieve your information.
Websites store different types of cookies on your device. Continue to the sections below to learn about the different types of cookies and how to enable cookies on your iPhone. This post describes the steps for managing cookies in Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox.
First-Party vs. Third-Party Cookies
The cookie management options in many web browsers depend on the type of cookie you are dealing with. Cookies fall into two main categories based on their source and destination.
Essential Cookies: These are cookies created directly by the websites you visit in your browser. Let’s say you visit SwitchingToMac.com and that website stores cookies in your browser labeled â€œSwitchingtomac.comâ€. These are “basic cookies” because the host domain created the cookie.
Many websites often display a dialog asking you to grant them access to create cookies on your device. Essential cookies are responsible for preferences and settings such as language, passwords, usernames, billing address, etc., in your browser.
If you revisit the website and did not have to re-enter your login credentials or repeat some of the settings you made on the first visit, it is because the site has stored its (primary) cookie on your device.
Third Party Cookies: These are cookies created by web servers that do not belong to the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies are often created by ads that are embedded on a web page by a different website than the one listed in your browser URL.
Advertisers often use third-party cookies (also known as tracking cookies) to track your online activity across multiple websites. Therefore, set your browser to automatically block third-party cookies.
Enable Cookies in Safari on iPhone
Some sites require you to enable cookies in your browser in order to provide the best user experience. You may experience difficulty accessing content on certain websites if your browser does not store cookies on your iPhone. To enable cookies in Safari, close your browser and follow these steps:
- Open the Settings app and select Safari from the list of apps.
- Scroll down to Privacy & Security and turn off Block All Cookies.
If this setting is disabled, you have successfully configured Safari to allow websites to store cookies on your iPhone.
Enable Cookies on iPhone for Google Chrome
Unlike Android, Chrome’s cookie management on iOS is quite limited. For context, the Android version of Google Chrome boasts several cookie management options that allow you to block or allow cookies in normal and incognito mode.
On iPhone and iPad, Chrome automatically allows websites to create and store cookies. This feature is enabled by default and remains enabled forever.
Enable Cookies in Microsoft Edge
By default, Microsoft Edge blocks third-party websites from storing cookies on your device. If you want to enable cookies for all websites in Microsoft Edge on your iPhone, here’s how to do it:
- Open Microsoft Edge and tap the three-dot menu icon in the toolbar.
- Select Settings.
- Select Privacy & Security.
- Scroll down to the Security section and click on Cookies.
- Select “Block only third-party cookies” if you want Edge to only store its own cookies created by the websites you visit. Otherwise, select Don’t block cookies to have Edge store both its own and third-party cookies on your iPhone.
- Close and reopen Microsoft Edge for the changes to take effect.
Enable Cookies in Mozilla Firefox
Firefox also automatically saves website cookies by default. However, for educational purposes, here’s how to check and enable cookies in Firefox on iPhone and iPad.
- Start Firefox, tap the hamburger menu icon in the lower right corner and select “Settings”.
- Under Privacy, select Data Management.
- Make sure cookies are enabled. If disabled, enable this option and restart Firefox.
How to Clear Cookies On iPhone
If your browser has stored third-party cookies on your iPhone, or you are having problems browsing the web and downloading files, try deleting all saved cookies. Please note that clearing your browser’s cookies will log you out of most websites. Likewise, you may have to re-adjust your preferences and other settings when you revisit some websites.
Clear cookies in Safari
Go to Preferences> Safari and click on Clear History and Website Data. Click “Clear history and data” at the prompt to confirm the operation.
Please note that this will delete the cookies saved by Safari and delete your browsing history and other site data.
Clear cookies in Chrome
Although Chrome’s cookie management is not flexible on iOS devices, users can delete cookies at any time.
- Click the More icon in the lower right corner and select Settings.
- Select “Privacy”.
- Select Clear Browsing Data.
- Check cookies, site data and click “Clear browsing data” at the bottom of the page. Click on “Clear Browsing Data” again to continue.
Clear cookies in Microsoft Edge
- Open the browser settings menu and select “Privacy & Security”.
Select Clear Browsing
- Select the Cookies and Site Data checkbox and click Clear Browsing Data. Click “Clear” at the confirmation prompt to proceed.
Clear cookies in Firefox
Open Firefox’s Settings menu, select Data Management, enable Cookies Only, click Clear Personal Data, and click OK on the request.
That’s pretty much everything there is to know about enabling and deleting cookies on iPhone. The steps and methods in this guide apply to iPadOS devices.
Want to view or delete all website cookies stored locally on your computer? See this guide on managing browser cookies for more privacy.
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