How to Disable or Enable Cookies in Chrome, Firefox, and Edge

By | March 6, 2022

Want to manage your cookies while browsing? Here’s how to change your settings in Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.

Websites use cookies to personalize your browsing experience and serve you more relevant content. However, they can also be used to monitor your online activity and provide you with targeted advertising.

This raises serious privacy concerns. To work around this, most modern browsers now provide a private browsing window to allow you to browse with less or no tracking.

Furthermore, you can customize how your browser and website use cookies either by blocking cookies completely or by adjusting your preferences. This setting will give you more privacy without compromising the user experience.

Here’s how to manage your cookies on Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

How to Manage Cookies in Google Chrome on Desktop

Here’s how to manage your cookies when using Google Chrome on your desktop computer:

  • Launch Chrome.
  • Click icon three dots in the upper right corner of the screen, and click Settings.
  • Click Privacy and security > Cookies and other site data.
  • Under the heading “General settings“, you can customize how Chrome blocks cookies.
  • Click Block third-party cookies in Incognito to block all cookies from third parties in Incognito mode. This is the default setting in Chrome for private browsing.
  • If you click Block third-party cookies, the site may use cookies to improve your browsing experience, but may not see your browsing activity.
  • Clicking Block all cookies means that the site will not be able to use cookies at all. This will prevent multiple pages from loading, and may break certain features on the website.
  • choose Allow all cookies if you want every site you visit to use cookies.

Chrome also gives you the option to block or allow cookies for certain sites. For example, to prevent certain sites from using cookies, follow these steps:

  • Under the heading “Sites that can never use cookies” or “Sites that can always use cookies”, click Add.
  • Enter the URL of the website for which you want to enable or disable cookies.
  • Check the box to include third party cookies on the site as well.
  • If successful, the site will be added under the “Sites that can never use cookies” heading.

How to Manage Cookies in Google Chrome on Mobile

Here’s how to disable or enable cookies in Google Chrome on Android or iOS:

  • Launch Chrome.
  • Tap the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Tap Settings > Site settings.
  • choose Cookies.
  • Then, select Block third-party cookies in Incognito (default), Block third-party cookies, Block all cookies, or Allow cookies, as you wish.

You may also want to select Add Site Exception and enter site URLs (e.g., Facebook.com or Twitter.com) to allow or prevent certain sites from using cookies. You can select a site and tap Remove to remove this exception at any time.

How to Manage Cookies in Mozilla Firefox on Desktop

If you want to change the cookie settings in the Firefox desktop browser, here’s how to do it:

  • Launch Firefox.
  • Click hamburger menu, then select Options.
  • Click Privacy & Security in the left pane, and select Custom under the “Enhanced Tracking Protection” heading.
  • In the drop-down menu next to Cookies, select a type Cookies that you want to block: Cross-site cookies, Cookies from unvisited websites, All third-party cookies, or All cookies.
  • Remember that blocking All third-party cookies and All cookies may cause the website to crash.
  • If you want to return to the default cookie settings, select Standard under the “Enhanced Tracking Protection” heading.

How to Manage Cookies in Mozilla Firefox on Mobile

Here’s how to manage cookies in Mozilla Firefox on your mobile device:

  • Launch Firefox.
  • Tap the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen, and select Settings
  • Tap Enhanced Tracking Protection. It is set to Standard by default.
  • Tap Custom.
  • Tap the drop-down menu below Cookies to set your cookie preferences. You can select one of the following four settings to decide how you want to block cookies: Cross-site and social media trackers, Cookies from unvisited sites, All third-party cookies, or All cookies.
  • Remember that blocking All third-party cookies and All cookies may cause some websites to crash.

How to Manage Cookies in Microsoft Edge on Desktop

Here’s how to manage your cookies in the Microsoft Edge browser on the desktop:

  • Launch Microsoft Edge.
  • Click the three dots icon in the upper right corner of the screen, and select Settings.
  • Scroll down and click Cookies and site permissions in the left pane.
  • Next, click the drop-down menu under the “Cookies and data stored” menu.
  • To disable cookies, turn off the switch Block third-party cookies to prevent sites from tracking you across the web, and toggle the switch Preload pages for faster browsing and searching.
  • Or, activate Allow sites to save and read cookie data and Preload pages for faster browsing to enable cookies.

Under the “Block” or “Allow” heading, you can also click Add to add the site you want to enable or disable cookies for. Type the URL in the space provided. Check the box if you want to include third party cookies on the site, then click Add after it finishes.

To remove a website from your exclusion list, click the three dots next to the website, then select Remove.

How to Disable Cookies in Microsoft Edge on Mobile

To manage cookies in Edge on your mobile device, do this:

  • Open Edge.
  • Tap on the three dots at the bottom of your screen, then select Settings > Site permissions.
  • From there, tap Cookies.
  • Turn off the switch Cookies to prevent the site from storing and reading Cookies data. This will deactivate the box Block third-party cookies, under the cookie switch.
  • If you want to enable cookies, turn them back on Cookies.

Should You Disable All Cookies for All Sites

Disabling cookies can improve your online privacy and stop third parties from tracking your online activity. However, it can also cause site components to crash, as well as prevent your browser from keeping you logged in to sites you visit frequently.

Items that you add to your shopping cart while shopping online will also not be saved, nor will you receive relevant ads that might actually be useful.

Instead of disabling all cookies for all sites, you can set site cookie preferences to match how your browser uses cookies and stores data.

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