How to Enable Cookies in Your Browser

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What to Know

  • Every browser works a little differently; instructions can also vary by desktop vs. mobile.
  • Cookies are enabled by default in Chrome for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch; most browser let you make that choice.

This article explains how to enable cookies in Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Safari. You can choose to disable cookies instead.

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How to Enable Cookies in Chrome for iOS and Android

You're good to good on iOS devices; Chrome automatically enables cookies for you. (You can't disable them so don't bother trying.)

To enable cookies in the mobile version of Chrome for Android:

  1. Go to the upper-right corner of Chrome and tap the three dots.

    Chrome with the More Options menu highlighted
  2. Tap Settings.

    Chrome with the Settings command highlighted
  3. Scroll down to Advanced and tap Site Settings.

    Chrome settings with the Site Settings heading highlighted
  4. Tap Cookies and site data.

    Selecting Cookies and site data.
  5. Select Allow all cookies.

    Allow all cookies.

    Select the Block third-party cookies to prevent advertisers from tracking your online behavior.

How to Enable Cookies in Google Chrome for Desktops and Laptops

To enable cookies in Chrome for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebooks:

  1. Go to the Chrome address bar and enter chrome://settings/content/cookies.

    Enter chrome://settings/content/cookies into the Chrome address bar.
  2. Turn on the Allow sites to save and read cookie data toggle.

    To block cookies for specific websites, go to the Block section and select Add. Then, enter the URLs you want to blocklist (currently called a blacklist).

    The Allow sites to save and read cookie data option

How to Enable Cookies in Mozilla Firefox

To enable cookies in the desktop version of Firefox:

  1. Go to the Firefox address bar and enter about:preferences.

    Enter about:preferences into the Firefox address bar.
  2. Go to the left menu pane and select Privacy & Security.

    Firefox preferences with the Privacy & Security heading highlighted
  3. Scroll down to the Cookies and Site Data section and clear the Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed check box.

    Select Manage Permissions to block or allow cookies for specific sites.

    The Delete cookies when Firefox is closed option

How to Enable Cookies in Mozilla Firefox for iOS

To enable cookies in Firefox on an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open Firefox and tap Menu (the three horizontal lines).

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Scroll down and tap Data Management.

  4. Turn on the Cookies toggle.

    In Firefox for Android, tap Menu > Settings > Privacy > Cookies. Select Enabled to allow all cookies. Select Enabled, excluding tracking cookies to allow cookies from websites you visit. Select Enabled, excluding 3rd party to allow regular cookies but not advertising cookies.

    Turning on cookies in the Firefox mobile app

How to Enable Cookies in Microsoft Edge

To enable cookies in the Edge browser on a desktop:

  1. Go to the upper-right corner and select Settings and more (the three dots). Then, select Settings.

    Microsoft Edge with the Settings option highlighted
  2. Go to the left menu pane and select Site Permissions. Then, go to the Site permissions pane and choose Cookies and site data.

    Edge settings with the Site Permissions and Cookies and Site Data options highlighted
  3. Turn on the Allow sites to save and read cookie data toggle.

    To block cookies from certain sites, go to the Block section and tap Add. Then, enter the site's URL.

    The Allow sites to save and read cookie data option

How to Enable Cookies in Internet Explorer 11

To allow cookies in IE 11 on a Windows computer:

  1. Go to the upper-right corner of IE and select Settings (the gear icon). Then, choose Internet options.

    The Internet Explorer settings menu with Internet Options highlighted
  2. In the Internet Options dialog box, go to the Privacy tab.

    The Privacy tab in IE settings
  3. Select Advanced.

    The Advanced button in Privacy settings
  4. Under the First-party Cookies and Third-party Cookies sections, select Accept. Then, select OK.

    The Accept options for first- and third-party cookies

How to Enable Cookies in Safari for iOS

To allow cookies in the default iOS web browser:

  1. Open the device's Settings app.

  2. Select Safari.

  3. Turn off the Block All Cookies toggle.

    The Block All Cookies setting on an iPhone

How to Enable Cookies in Safari on a Mac

To enable cookies for Safari on a Mac:

  1. Select Safari > Preferences.

    Safari with the Preferences menu item highlighted
  2. Go to the Privacy tab.

    Safari Preferences with the Privacy tab highlighted
  3. In the Cookies and website data section, clear the Block all cookies check box.

    The Block All Cookies option in Safari