How to Clear Cookies on Your iPhone to Protect Your Privacy

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.

Let’s jump right to it.

What Are Cookies on My iPhone?

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, and add a product to 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 cart. That’s the power of cookies.

Should I Clear Cookies on My iPhone?

Besides personalizing your experience and making 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 helpful 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 because it can protect your phone from hackers. So enough with the waffling, we’ve got a lot to cover in this guide. 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 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 app, and tap on it.

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Step 2. Under the “Privacy & Security” section of the Safari screen, tap Clear History and Website Data.

Clear History and Website Data in iOS settings
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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

Clear History and Website Data confirmation box in iOS settings
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This method not only will delete all cookies stored in Safari but also will erase your browsing history and other data.

Delete Cookies for Specific Sites on Safari

If you want to only delete cookies for just certain websites, proceed this way.

Step 1. From the Home screen, open Settings and select Safari.

Step 2. Tap Advanced at the bottom of the screen.

Advanced button in Safari settings
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Step 3. On the next screen, select Website Data.

Website Data in Safari settings
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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.

Remove All Website Data in Safari settings
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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.

Confirmation box to remove all data in Safari settings
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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.

Removing all website data in Safari
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If you want to delete cookies for a particular website, you can swipe to the left.

Deleting website data on safari
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As we mentioned earlier, we do not recommend you block cookies. Some websites make it mandatory, otherwise, they won’t work. But if you insist, here is how to block all cookies on an iPhone.

Block All Cookies button in iOS settings
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  1. Open the Settings app from the Home screen
  2. Scroll down and tap Safari
  3. Turn on Block All Cookies by sliding the toggle to the right
  4. 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 on Chrome on Your iPhone

Launch the Chrome app, then tap the  menu icon on the lower-right corner.

Chrome's menu button on an iPhone
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On the next screen, select Settings from the menu tab.

Chrome settings menu on an iPhone
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Swipe up, then select Privacy. You may not need to swipe if you have an iPhone with a large display.

Chrome's privacy section on iPhone
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On the next screen, tap Clear Browsing Data to delete all the data Chrome has stored over time when you visit sites on the web.

Clearing Chromes's browsing data on an iPhone
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You’ll have the option to select what you want to delete from the list. Select Cookies, Site Data to only clear cookies on your iPhone. You can also select a time range from the options.

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Choose Clear Browsing Data, then tap Clear Browsing Data again to confirm your decision.

How to Clear Cookies on Firefox on Your iPhone

From your home screen, open the Firefox app, then tap the hamburger menu icon in the lower right corner of the screen.

Firefox's menu button on an iPhone
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Tap Settings right at the bottom.

Firefox settings menu on an iPhone
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Scroll down and select Data Management.

Opera's Data Management settings
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Tap Clear Private Data at the bottom of the page and confirm your decision by tapping OK in the confirmation window.

Clearing private data on Firefox on an iPhone
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How to Clear Cookies on Opera on Your iPhone

Open the Opera app and tap the vertical three-dots Menu button at the upper-right corner of the screen.

Opera's menu button on iPhone
Opera menu button on iPhone. Herby Jasmin/Gotechtor

Then, tap on Settings from the drop-down menu.

Opera settings button on iPhone
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In the Browser section, tap Clear Browser Data.

Clear Browser Data in Opera on iPhone
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Select Cookies and Site Data from the list. You should note it will sign you out of most sites.

Deleting Cookies and Site Data in Opera
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Then, tap the Clear button at the upper-right corner of the screen.

Data Cleared confirmation message on Opera on an iPhone
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You should see a Data Cleared message that shows up on the screen.

Final Thoughts on Clearing Cookies on iPhone

Clearing cookies periodically on your iPhone can protect your online privacy and make it run faster. Please use the form below for any comments or questions.

Let us know if this helped you clear cookies on your iPhone. If you have any feedback or questions, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Herby has a healthy obsession with all things technology, especially with smartphones. He loves to rip things apart to see how they work.

32 thoughts on “How to Clear Cookies on Your iPhone to Protect Your Privacy”

    • Hi Richard, happy to have you in the comments. You’ll have to play in your browser settings to clear the cache and cookies. A guide with step-by-step instructions should be live soon. So stay tuned.

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  1. This is great. Thanks. Just curious….do you get any “HERBIE” spellings? I’ve been married to a Herby for 40 yrs. and everyone spells it wrong! I only like it spelled HERBY! Merry 🎄 Christmas.

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    • Hi Margaret, I get those spellings all the times, and I’m done correcting people. 40 years? Congrats. What’s the secret? Merry Christmas to you too, Margaret. Stay safe out there.

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  2. I have a Samsung android and iPhone They are both very full of mail and everything else. I am pretty computer illiterate!!
    Any particular advice for me??

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    • Hey Janet, Happy to have you in the comment section. You’re very welcome and I’m glad you found it helpful.

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    • Hey Teresa, yes clearing cookies will delete your saved passwords in the browser. But if you save your password in iCloud Keychain or another password manager, it shouldn’t be a problem as you can use it to autofill your passwords when needed.

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    • Hey Terri, the steps should be the same even though iPads run a different OS compared to iPhones. Let me know if you need further help.

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  3. Read your article and going to try it. I’m not too good on cell phone but I’ll give it a try

    I’ll post later how I did?

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