How to Clear Cookies on iPhone

So you can keep your phone running with ease

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Cookies may sound harmless, but they aren't always a good thing. A cookie is a small file used to store information on your device at the direction of a specific website. They can be used to store your account information for a website, which is why you don't have to log in every time you visit Amazon or Netflix. But cookies can also be used to track you across the web and can even cause problems with your web browser, which is why it is sometimes a good idea to delete cookies on your iPhone.

How to Delete Browsing History and Clear Cookies on Your iPhone

Luckily, the process of deleting cookies from the Safari web browser is relatively simple. There are a few different ways of deleting cookies on your iPhone. You can delete both your web history and cookies at the same time, you can just delete the cookies, or you can delete the cookies from a specific website. We'll start with deleting all website data including your browser history.

A screenshot of the Safari settings for deleting cookies
  1. Open the iPhone's Settings app.

  2. Scroll down and choose Safari.

  3. Tap the Clear History and Website Data button toward the bottom of the Safari settings.

  4. You will be prompted to confirm your choice. Choose Clear History and Data again to delete both the log of all websites you've visited and all cookies stored for the Safari browser.

While you are in the Safari settings, you can turn on Prevent Cross-Site Tracking and Ask Websites Not to Track. These options are located in the Privacy & Security section of the Safari settings. You can also turn on Block All Cookies, however this might prevent some websites from working properly.

How to Delete Cookies on Your iPhone While Saving Your Browser History

You don't have to delete your browser history to clear cookies from your iPhone. You can also choose to delete just the cookies or to delete cookies for a specific website. When you delete all cookies, you are forced to log in to websites again, so if you are just having problems with a specific website, it can be useful to delete just that website's data.

A screenshot of the advanced Safari settings
  1. Open the iPhone's Settings app.

  2. Scroll down and choose Safari.

  3. Tap the Advanced button at the very bottom of the Safari settings.

  4. In the Advanced settings, choose Website Data.

The website data screen will list every website that has stored a cookie in the Safari browser. You can clear all cookies from this screen or just delete specific cookies.

A screenshot of Website Data settings for Safari
  • You can delete all cookies from your iPhone by scrolling down and choosing Remove All Website Data. You will be prompted to confirm your choice. Tap Remove Now to confirm.
  • You can delete a specific website by selecting Edit at the top of the screen, scrolling down the list and tapping the red minus sign button next to websites to delete all cookies associated with the web address.
  • You can also search for a specific website using the search bar. When searching, the Edit button is moved to the bottom of the screen. You will need to select Edit for the red delete buttons to appear on the screen.

How to Delete Cookies on Your iPhone for the Chrome Browser

Google's Chrome browser is a popular alternative to the default Safari browser for the iPhone. If you use the Chrome browser, you will need to follow slightly different instructions to delete the cookies stored by Chrome.

A screenshot of the Chrome clear browsing data settings.
  1. Launch the Chrome browser.

  2. Tap the "..." menu button in the upper-right corner of the screen.

  3. Choose Settings from the list.

  4. Select Privacy.

  5. Tap Clear Browsing Data.

  6. Select the type of cookie you want to delete.

This screen allows you to specifically choose the type of cookie you want to delete. Cookies are used to autofill forms, save login information, store images so that websites frequently visited will load fasters, etc.

Cookies, Site Data is the most important type of cookie to delete alongside the default selection of Cached Images and Files. If you are having problems with performance or random crashes when using Chrome, try deleting these first. If that doesn't solve the problem, try choosing everything except Browsing History.