Click the links below to learn how to clear cookies on your desktop computer’s browser — Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. If you’re on mobile, find out how to clear cookies on iPhone and Android.
How to clear cache and cookies on Chrome
Click the three dots in the top-right corner of your browser.
Scroll down and click Clear browsing data in the Privacy and security section.
Set the drop-down menu to All time and make sure the boxes for cache and cookies are checked. Then, click Clear data.
Check the Browsing history box to clear your browsing history as well.
How to block cookies on Chrome
After clearing your cookies on Chrome, you can change your cookie settings to prevent certain types — or all types — of cookies from being stored on your browser.
Open your Chrome Settings and click Cookies and other site data in the Privacy and security section.
Choose your desired cookie settings.
We recommend you block third-party cookies, since some of these are harmful cookies that track your online activity. Note that doing so may cause login issues and other glitches on some websites you visit. So you can keep third-party cookies blocked while allowing them sites you use regularly.
How to clear cache and cookies on Firefox
Click the hamburger button in the top-right and select Settings.
Click Privacy & Security in the menu on the left. Then, click Clear Data in the Cookies and Site Data section.
Keep both boxes checked in the Clear Data window, then click Clear. Click Clear Now in the pop-up to confirm.
How to block cookies on Firefox
Open Settings and click Privacy & Security on the left to access the Enhanced Tracking Protection options.
Choose Standard or Strong protection, or set your preferred level of web tracker protection in the Custom options.
You can find many customization options in the settings, including the option to manage and remove Firefox extensions and deactivate Mozilla’s data collection tools.
How to clear cache and cookies on Microsoft Edge
Go to Settings via the menu button in the top-right.
Click Privacy, search, and services in the menu on the left, then click Choose what to clear in the Clear browsing data section.
Keep the cookies and cache options checked, then click Clear now to clear cookies on your computer in Microsoft Edge.
Regularly clearing your browser cookies and cache is one of the best ways to remove temporary files from your computer.
How to block cookies in Microsoft Edge
In the Settings, click Cookies and site permissions on the left. Here, you can choose what types of cookies to block and allow.
How to clear cache and cookies on Safari
With Safari open, click Safari in the top menu bar and choose Preferences.
Select the Privacy category and click Manage Website Data.
Click Remove All to clear all cookies from Safari, or select the type of cookies you’d like to remove. Click Remove Now to confirm.
With your Safari settings open, you can adjust your Safari pop-up blocking options to strengthen your online privacy and improve your browsing experience.
How to block cookies in Safari
In the Privacy tab of your Safari settings, check the box for Prevent cross-site tracking to block tracking cookies and other types of web trackers that pick up the traces of data you leave behind every day. You can also choose to Block all cookies, but this may negatively affect the functionality of certain websites.
How to clear cache and cookies on AVG Secure Browser
AVG Secure Browser is a free browser outfitted with a full range of features that enhance your security and protect your privacy. Here’s how to clear cache and cookies on AVG Secure Browser.
Open the menu in the upper-right and select Settings.
Click Privacy Cleaner - clear browsing data.
Make sure the options for cookies and cache are checked, then click Clear data.
How to clear cache and cookies on iPhone
Here, we’ll show you how to clear cache and cookies on iPhone and clear cookies on iPad using the Safari browser as an example.
Open Settings, then scroll down and tap Safari.
Tap Clear History and Website Data, then tap Clear History and Data to confirm.
How to clear cache and cookies on Android
Clearing cookies on Android is pretty similar from one browser to the next. Here, we’re using Chrome as an example.
Tap the three dots in the corner and choose History.
Tap Clear browsing data.
To clear all your cookies on Android, set the range to All time. Make sure the options for cookies and cache are checked, then tap Clear data.
Why should I clear browser cookies and cache?
Clearing your cache and cookies can:
Free up space
Individual cookies and cache files are tiny, but they can build up fast. Clearing your cache and cookies regularly — as well as unused apps and other junk files — helps free up storage space and improve performance.
Speed up your browser
Even though cache files are designed to load websites faster, having too much data in your browser can actually slow it down. Clearing your cache and cookies can speed up your browser. And keeping your device clean can help speed up your computer as a whole.
Preserve your privacy
Web tracking and ad tracking cookies can follow you around the internet and record your browsing activity. Companies use this data to target you with more relevant advertisements. Delete ad tracking and other cookies to keep your data to yourself.
Protect against data breaches
If a company that’s holding your data ever gets hacked, your personal data can leak in a data breach. Clear cookies to prevent these companies from acquiring and storing your data in the first place.
Keep your browser clean automatically
Clearing your cache and cookies is essential to maintaining your online privacy — but doing it over and over again can get old fast. AVG TuneUp keeps your browser clean and working at its best, optimizing your entire device for ongoing top performance.
Automatically remove clutter like cookies and junk files, uninstall unwanted apps, and eliminate memory-hogging background activity, all in one easy-to-use app.
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