What Are Cookies?

Computer Cookies Explained

How Can I Delete and Remove Cookies?

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

Google Chrome
Click the 'three dots/parallel bars' menu button and choose the 'Settings' option. Scroll down to the 'Privacy and security' section, then click on 'Cookies and other site data'.

To show the cookies on your computer, select 'See all cookies and site data' - then you can select the particular site you are interested in and view or delete individual cookies, or delete all the cookies for a given site.

Microsoft Edge - Windows 10+
In Edge, click the three dots/lines button in the top right corner, select 'settings' and then 'Cookies and site permissions'. Now select 'Manage and delete cookies and site data' in the main panel.

Mozilla Firefox
Use the 'Settings' menu item (may be under the Firefox button or 'parallel lines' menu button), then choose the 'Privacy & security' option. In the section 'Cookies and Site Data' you can use the 'Clear Data' option to delete all cookies from your browser, or 'Manage Data' to see which websites have stored cookies in your computer, and to select any you want to delete.

The checkbox 'Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed' will clear cookies when you exit the browser - this will often mean you need to login again to any websites the next time you open your browser.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.0
Select the 'Tools->Internet Options' menu item - this may be found under the 'gearwheel' settings icon.

To delete all cookies and other browser data, click 'Delete...' on the General tab, and select which data you want to delete. You can also use the 'Delete browsing history on exit' checkbox to delete all cookies when you close down Internet Explorer.

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. Individual cookies can be deleted by selecting them and clicking 'Remove' or they can all be deleted by clicking 'Remove All'.

Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad)
From the home screen tap the 'Settings' icon, then choose 'Safari'. Tap the 'Clear Cookies' option to delete all cookies, and confirm by tapping 'Clear'.

Android Chrome
Start Chrome, then open the options menu and scroll down to 'Settings', followed by 'Site setttings'.

To view and delete cookies, select 'Data stored' - you will see a list of all the sites which have stored cookies on your device. Tapping a website name will give more details and an option to delete the data, or you can choose to 'Clear all data'.

In earlier versions of Android Chrome, choose 'Privacy' (under 'Advanced'). If there is a 'Clear Browsing Data' option, select it - otherwise it can be found by pressing the options menu button (three dots) again. You can now choose to delete cookies, browsing history and/or internet cache.

Android browser
Tap the 'Internet' icon to start the browser, then press the phone's menu button. From the list of options, choose 'More', and then select 'Settings', then 'Privacy and Security'. Scroll down the resulting list and tap on 'Clear all cookie data' to remove all cookies.

Windows Phone 10
In the Edge Browser, tap '...' then 'Settings'. Tapping the 'Choose what to clear' item under 'settings' will allow you to erase browser history, cookies, stored passwords and temporary internet files.

Open the browser from the home screen, then press the Menu key, followed by 'Options'. Under 'Privacy & Security' you can choose what sort of browsing information to delete. Click 'Clear Now' to delete the selected data.

Note: If you delete all the 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 and view existing cookies.)