This is a complete guide on how to clear cookies on iPhone. It covers the most popular mobile browsers such as Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.
When you delete cookies, you free up space on your iPhone, stop websites from following you around the web. Therefore, you protect your online privacy.
But what are cookies?
Cookies are small encrypted pieces of information that websites store on your iPhone to remember information about you and your visit.
A typical example would be, when you visit an online store, add a product on your shopping cart, but didn’t complete the order. So next time, you visit the same website you’ll find your item right where you left it, in the shopping bag. That’s the power of cookies.
Besides personalize your experience and make surfing the web a pleasant adventure, cookies sometimes can become a serious problem. And, at some point, you may need to delete them from your browser.
Even though they’re tiny, they can take up space over time, which may affect your device’s performance speed. Speaking of performance, please read this great article for an in-depth guide on how to speed up your iPhone.
Sometimes cookies get obsolete, which can create vulnerability so hackers can steal your information. You sure don’t want any of that. That’s why you need to clear cookies on your iPhone. So enough with the waffling, we’ve a lot to cover. Let’s get started.
How to clear cookies in Safari on an iPhone
While cookies may pose a problem in certain circumstances, we don’t recommend you to block them altogether. This will lead to bad user experiences, instead, delete them periodically. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Step 1. To clear cookies on your iPhone, open the Settings app, scroll down until you find the Safari and tap on it.
Step 2. Under the “Privacy & Security” section of the Safari screen, tap Clear History and Website Data.
A prompt window will show up asking for your confirmation
Step 3. Tap Clear History and Data to delete safari browsing history, cookies, and other data
This method not only will delete all cookies stored in Safari but also will erase your browsing history and other data. If you want to only delete cookies for just certain websites, proceed this way.
Step 1. Open Settings from the Home screen, find Safari and select it.
Step 2. Tap Advanced at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3. On the next screen, select Website Data.
Step 4. You should see a list of all cookies saved on your iPhone for every website you’ve visited. Tap Remove All Website Data at the end of the screen, to delete every single cookie saved on your browser.
Step 5. A prompt will show up confirming your decision. Just tap Remove Now. This will prevent websites from tracking what you do on the web.
If you want to delete cookies for a particular website, tap on the Edit button on the upper right of the screen, then tap the red minus icon next to the website name.
You can also just swipe to the left of the website you want to delete cookies for.
Like we mentioned earlier, we do not recommend you to block cookies, Some websites make it mandatory, otherwise, they won’t work. But if you insist, here how to block all cookies on an iPhone.
Open the Settings app from the Home screen
Scroll down and tap Safari
Turn on Block All Cookies by sliding the toggle to the right
Then, tap Block All to confirm your action
Not everyone is a fan of Safari. If you happen to use other browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera to surf the web on your iPhone, here’s how to delete cookies stored by them.
How to clear cookies from Google Chrome on your iPhone
Open the Chrome app
Tap the …menu icon on the lower-right corner
Select Settings from the menu tab.
Select Privacy and then tap Clear Browsing Data
You’ll have the option to select what you want to delete from the list, select Cookies, Site Data.
Choose Clear Browsing Data, then tap Clear Browsing Data again to confirm your decision.