How many of you know that the websites you visit save small files on your device called cookies? These cookies enable faster page loading when you visit the site again.
If you’re like us, you’d prefer not to let these files remain on your device, specifically if storage is low or there are issues with accessing site content. Here are a few tips on how to clear and manage cookies in Chrome.
How to manage cookies on Android
Here are the detailed steps for clearing your browsing data for Google Chrome on Android devices:
- Open the Chrome application;
- Next to the URL bar, tap ‘More’, ‘More’, and then select ‘Settings’;
- Tap on ‘Privacy’, followed by ‘Clear browsing data’;
- Pick one of the time ranges, such as ‘All’ or ‘Last Hour’;
- Select ‘Cookies, media licenses and site data’;
- Ensure that all other options are deselected;
- Choose ‘Clear data’ and then press ‘Clear’.
Of course, you may also want to decide whether to allow or block cookies. You’ll need to head into the settings again, select ‘Site Settings’, ‘Cookies’ and then turn the feature on or off.
How to manage cookies on iPhone/iPad
If you Chrome on iPhone or iPad, the process is pretty similar. You’ll follow the same first three steps like Android, but the procedure changes after selecting ‘Clear browsing data’:
- Select ‘Cookies’, followed by ‘Site Data’;
- Pick ‘Clear browsing data’ in the new menu;
- Choose ‘Clear browsing data’ again;
- Press ‘Done’.
How to manage cookies on Windows and Mac
- On your Mac or Windows computer, open the Chrome app;
- On the top right section, select ‘More tools’, and then choose ‘Clear browsing data’;
- Pick ‘Advanced,’ and select ‘Cookies and other site data’;
- Confirm this selection by selecting ‘Clear all’.
Manage your cache and cookies well
If you’re running other browsers like Safari, Firefox, or Opera, you should know that they also store browser data in the same way. Ensure that you also clear the cache and cookies on these apps from time to time.