How to Clear Cookies for a Specific Site

Remove cookies from a single site in Chrome, IE, Firefox, Safari, or Opera

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When you browse the web, most sites place a cookie on your computer to monitor your activity and collect data about your habits. These cookies are used to personalize the web pages you visit, recall the personal data you've offered, and track your movement throughout the web.

When you no longer want these cookies on your computer, you can clear the cache. If you don’t want to delete all your browsing history, find out how to clear cookies for specific sites.

What Happens When You Delete Cookies in a Web Browser?

There are times when you’ll no longer want cookies stored on your computer. For example:

  • Web pages are slow to load.
  • A website displays a 400 Bad Request error.
  • A website contains too many ads that store cookies on your device.
  • You suspect a website uses cookies to follow you around the web.
  • You no longer want the web browser to fill out forms automatically.

When you delete cookies, you will no longer automatically sign in to commonly visited websites, and the sites will not be customized to your preferences. Also, if you use two-factor authentication, deleting the cookie means you’ll need to complete two-factor authentication again.

If you use the same web browser, such as Google Chrome, but on different devices, deleting the cookies from Chrome on your laptop does not delete the cookies from Chrome on your tablet. Cookies are specific to the hardware device being used.

Additionally, if you use different web browsers on the same device, like Firefox and Opera, for example, deleting the cookies from Firefox does not remove the cookies stored by Opera. Cookies are not shared between web browsers installed on the same device.

How to Clear Cookies for One Site in Google Chrome

Here's how to clear cookies stored by the Chrome web browser.

  1. Select the three vertical dots in the top right corner to open the Chrome menu and select Settings.

    Where to find the Chrome menu to clear cookies for one site
  2. Scroll to the Privacy and security section and select Site Settings.

    How to find Site settings in Google Chrome
  3. Scroll down and select Cookies and site data.

    How to find Cookies and site data in Google Chrome
  4. Scroll down and select See all cookies and site data.

    How to find See all cookies and site data in Google Chrome
  5. Locate the site for which you'd like to delete the cookies.

    A list of cookies stored in the Google Chrome cache

    To quickly find a site, enter the name of the website in the search box.

  6. Select the trash can icon to remove the cookies.

  7. Close the Settings tab when you’re finished.

You can also delete cookies while you’re browsing. Select the lock icon next to a website name in the Address bar, then select Cookies. In the Cookies in use dialog box, expand a site name, choose a cookie, then select Remove.

How to Clear Cookies for One Site in Internet Explorer

Follow these steps to clear cookies for an individual site in Internet Explorer:

  1. Select the gear icon, then select Internet options.

    The Tools menu in Internet Explorer
  2. Select the General tab. Under the Browsing history section, select Settings.

    How to find the Browsing history in Internet Explorer
  3. In the Website Data Settings dialog box, select View files.

    How to find the list of cookies in Internet Explorer
  4. Scroll through the list of cookies to find the one you want to delete.

    How to clear cookies for a site in Internet Explorer
  5. Select a cookie and press Delete.

  6. In the Warning dialog box, select Yes.

Microsoft Edge cannot delete cookies for an individual site; this rule governs both the original version of Edge as well as the version that's based on the Chromium browser engine. To delete site information in Microsoft Edge, use a cookie cleaner such as CCleaner.

How to Clear Cookies for One Site in Firefox

To delete the cookies for an individual website using Firefox, follow these steps:

  1. Select the three horizontal lines, then select Options.

    The Tools menu in Mozilla Firefox
  2. Select Privacy & Security.

  3. In the History section, select the dropdown arrow next to Firefox will, then select Use custom settings for history.

    How to find the history list in Firefox
  4. In the Cookies and Site Data section, select Manage Data.

    Where to find cookies for one site in Firefox
  5. In the Manage Cookies and Site Data dialog box, select the site.

    How to clear cookies in Firefox
  6. Select Remove Selected.

  7. Select Save Changes.

  8. In the Removing Cookies and Site Data dialog box, select OK.

Make sure to clear the cache in Firefox periodically as well.

How to Clear Cookies for One Site in Safari

When you manage cookies in Safari, you’ll improve the performance of the browser and how it interacts with websites.

  1. Select the gear icon to open Safari's menu, then select Preferences.

    The main menu in Safari
  2. Select the Privacy tab, then select Details.

    Where to find cookies in Safari
  3. Choose the site that placed the cookies in your browser.

    How to clear cookies for a site in Safari web browser
  4. Select Remove.

  5. Select Done when you’ve deleted all the cookies from Safari.

How to Clear Cookies for One Site in Opera

To clear cookies for a site in the Opera web browser, look for the lock icon or the globe icon in the Address bar.

  1. Select the lock icon or the globe icon, then select Cookies.

    How to find cookies for one site in Opera web browser
  2. Expand the website that placed the cookie on your computer.

    How to clear cookies for one site in Opera web browser
  3. Select the Cookies folder to expand it.

  4. Select the cookie you want to delete.

  5. Select Delete.

  6. Select Done when you’re finished removing cookies for a site.