What Are Cookies?

Computer Cookies Explained

How can I see what Cookies are on my Computer?

Cookies are maintained by your web browser, so the method for viewing them will vary depending on which browser you are using. The method for how to view cookies is listed below.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 - 11.0
Select the 'Tools->Internet Options' menu item, and then click the 'Settings' button under the 'General' tab. Click the 'View Files' button to see a list of the temporary internet files that Explorer has stored. Cookies have names that begin 'cookie:' - the Internet Address column will tell you which website created the cookie.
Note - the 'Tools' option can also be accessed by clicking the 'gear' icon in Internet Explorer's toolbar.

Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge does not appear to provide an option to view individual cookies You can delete all cookies, or enable/disable them.

Firefox 7.0 and newer
Select the 'Tools->Options' menu item (may be under the Firefox button) and click on the 'Privacy' tab. Click the 'remove individual cookies' link, and you will be shown a list of all cookies stored by Firefox. You can delete selected cookies if you wish, or you can click 'Remove All Cookies' to delete them all, or simply browse through the list to see which websites have stored cookies on your computer.

Google Chrome
Choose 'Settings' on the 'parallel bars' button (or the 'Customize and control' menu), and click 'Show advanced settings' at the bottom of the screen. In the 'Privacy' section, click on the 'Content settings...' button then click the 'all cookies and site data' button. You will be shown a list of all websites which have stored cookies on your computer. Selecting a website allows you to see the cookies, and selecting a cookie shows you the data stored in it.

Apple Safari
Choose 'Preferences...' on the 'Settings' or 'Edit' menu (Windows) or the Safari menu (MacOS), then open the 'Privacy' tab and click the 'Details...' button. You will be shown a list of all cookies stored on your computer. Individual cookies can be deleted by selecting them and clicking 'Remove' or they can all be deleted by clicking 'Remove All'.

Apple iOS 5 or later (iPhone, iPad)
From the home screen tap the 'Settings' icon, then choose 'Safari'. Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap 'Advanced'. Tap 'Website Data' to see a list of cookies.

Android
Android does not appear to allow users to view individual cookies. You can delete all cookies, or enable/disable them.

Windows Phone 7-10
Windows Phone does not appear to allow users to view individual cookies. You can delete all cookies, or enable/disable them.

Blackberry
Blackberry does not appear to allow users to view individual cookies. You can delete all cookies, or enable/disable them.

Note: If you delete or edit cookies on your computer, some websites may require you to re-enter the information which was previously stored in their cookies.

(Also see how to enable or disable cookies.)