How to Clear Cookies on an iPhone

Clearing cookies on an iPhone may help when a website won't load

A cookie is a small file that stores information on a device at the direction of a specific website. Cookies store account information for websites, which is why you don't have to log in every time you visit Amazon or Netflix. However, cookies can track your activity across the web and may cause problems with a web browser. These problems are why you may want to clear cookies on your iPhone periodically.

How to Clear Safari Browsing History and Cookies

You have a few options for deleting cookies from the default Safari web browser on an iPhone. You can delete your web history and cookies at the same time, delete only the cookies, or delete the cookies for a specific website.

Follow these steps to delete all website data, including browser history, from Safari on the iPhone:

  1. Open the iPhone Settings app, scroll down, and select Safari.

  2. Select Clear History and Website Data.

  3. When prompted to confirm your choice, choose Clear History and Data to delete the log of websites you visited and the cookies stored for the Safari browser.

    Clearing history and data does not change your AutoFill information.

    Delete Safari browsing history through the Settings app

    While you are in the Safari settings, you can turn on Prevent Cross-Site Tracking. You can also turn on Block All Cookies, but this may prevent some websites from working properly.

  4. Close the Settings app when you're done.

How to Clear Safari Cookies While Saving Browser History

You don't have to delete the browser history to clear cookies from an iPhone. You can also delete only cookies or delete cookies for a specific website. When you delete all cookies, you'll need to log in to websites again. If you have problems with a specific website, delete the data for that website.

  1. Open the iPhone Settings app and choose Safari.

  2. Select Advanced.

  3. Select Website Data. A list of every website that stored cookies in the Safari browser app displays. You can clear all cookies from this screen or select specific cookies to delete.

    Safari, Advanced, Website Data buttons in iOS Settings app
  4. To clear individual cookies from the Website Data menu, swipe left on any website in the list and select Delete.

  5. To delete all the websites in the list, select Remove All Website Data and confirm by tapping Remove Now.

    Remove all Website Data in iOS

    There may be hundreds (or thousands) of websites listed in the Website Data screen. If you are looking for a specific website, use the search field to find it.

How to Clear Cookies in the Chrome App

The Google Chrome browser app is an alternative to the default Safari browser for the iPhone.

Here's how to delete cookies stored by Chrome:

  1. In the Chrome app, tap the ... menu icon (the three horizontal dots located in the lower-right corner of the screen).

  2. Select Settings > Privacy.

    Menu, Settings, and Privacy buttons on iOS
  3. Select Clear Browsing Data.

  4. Select Cookies, Site Data, then select Clear Browsing Data.

  5. To confirm that you want to clear the Chrome app browsing data, select Clear Browsing Data.

    Clear Browsing Data buttons in iOS Settings