Internet, Networking, & Security Browsers How to Enable Cookies in Your Browser Improve your browsing experience on every device By Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated January 13, 2020 Lifewire Browsers Chrome Safari Firefox Microsoft Tweet Share Email Web browsers store small text files, called cookies, on your device to customize the content and layout of certain websites. These file can also contain login details and other user-specific information, which is why many people choose to disable cookies. Here's how to turn on cookies in Google Chrome and other popular web browsers. Instructions in this article apply to Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Safari. How to Enable Cookies in Chrome for iPhone and Android Cookies are enabled by default in Chrome for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, and they cannot be disabled. To enable cookies in the mobile version of Chrome for Android: Tap the three dots in the top-right corner of Chrome. Scroll through the drop-down list and tap Settings. Scroll down and tap Site settings under Advanced. Tap Cookies. If you see Allowed under Cookies, then cookies are already enabled. Tap the toggle beside Cookies so that it turns blue. Tap the checkbox beside 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: Enter chrome://settings/content/cookies into the Chrome address bar. Select the toggle beside Allow sites to save and read cookie data so that it turns blue. To block cookies for specific websites, select Add next to Block and enter the URLs to blacklist. How to Enable Cookies in Mozilla Firefox To enable cookies in the desktop version of Firefox: Enter about:preferences into the Firefox address bar. Select Privacy & Security from the left menu. Scroll down to the Cookies and Site Data section and make sure the checkbox beside Delete cookies and site data when Firefox is closed is empty. Select Manage Permissions to block or allow cookies for specific sites. How to Enable Cookies in Microsoft Edge To enable cookies in the Edge browser: Select the three dots in the top-right corner and select Settings. Select the padlock on the left side of the settings menu. Select the box under Cookies and choose Don't block cookies. How to Enable Cookies in Internet Explorer 11 To allow cookies in IE 11: Select the Settings gear in the top-right corner and choose Internet options. Select the Privacy tab in the Internet Options window. Select Advanced. Select Accept under First-party cookies and Third-party Cookies. How to Enable Cookies in Safari for iOS To allow cookies in the default iOS web browser, open your device's settings and select Safari, then tap the Block All Cookies toggle so that it is no longer green. How to Enable Cookies in Safari for Desktops and Laptops To enable cookies for Safari on Mac and Windows: Select Safari > Preferences. On Windows, select the Settings gear, then select Preferences. Select the Privacy tab. Select Never or From third-party advertisers beside Block cookies.