How to Enable Cookies in Your Browser

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Cookies are small text files which are stored on your device's hard drive, utilized by web browsers to customize layout and content on certain websites as well as to save login details and other user-specific information for future use. Because they may contain potentially sensitive data and can also become corrupted, web surfers sometimes opt to delete cookies or even disable them altogether within their browser.

With that said, cookies do serve several legitimate purposes and are employed by most major sites in one way or another. They are often needed to achieve an optimal browsing experience.

If you've chosen to disable this functionality during a previous session, the tutorials below show you how to enable cookies in your web browser across multiple platforms. Some of these instructions mention third-party cookies, which are traditionally used by advertisers to track your online behavior and use it for marketing and analysis purposes.

How to Enable Cookies in Google Chrome for Android and iOS

Android

  1. Tap the menu button, located in the upper right-hand corner and represented by three vertically-aligned dots.
  2. When the drop-down menu appears, select the Settings option.
  3. Scroll down and select Site settings, found in the Advanced section.
  4. Chrome's Site settings should now be displayed. Tap the Cookies option.
  5. To enable cookies, select the button accompanying the Cookies setting so that it turns blue. To allow third-party cookies, place a check mark in the box accompanying that option.

Cookies are enabled by default in Chrome for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and cannot be disabled.

How to Enable Cookies in Google Chrome for Desktops & Laptops

Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, Windows

  1. Type the following text into Chrome's address bar and hit the Enter or Return key: chrome://settings/content/cookies.
  2. Chrome's Cookies settings interface should now be visible. Towards the top of this screen should be an option labeled Allow sites to save and read cookie data, accompanied by an on/off button. If this button is colored white and gray, then cookies are currently disabled in your browser. Select it once so that it turns blue, enabling cookie functionality.
  3. If you'd like to limit which specific websites can store and use cookies, Chrome offers both Block and Allow lists within its Cookies settings. The latter is used when cookies are disabled, while the blacklist goes into effect whenever they are enabled via the aforementioned on/off button.

How to Enable Cookies in Mozilla Firefox

Linux, macOS, Windows

  1. Type the following text into Firefox's address bar and hit the Enter or Return key: about:preferences.
  2. Firefox's preferences interface should now be visible. Click on Privacy & Security, found in the left menu pane.
  3. Locate the History section, containing a drop-down menu labeled Firefox will. Click on this menu and select the Use custom settings for history option.
  4. A new set of preferences will appear, including one accompanied by a checkbox labeled Accept cookies from websites. If no check mark is present next to this setting, click on the box once to enable cookies.
  5. Directly below it are two other options that control how Firefox handles third-party cookies as well as the duration in which cookies are kept on your hard drive.

How to Enable Cookies in Microsoft Edge

  1. Click on the Edge menu button, located in the upper right-hand corner and represented by three horizontally-aligned dots.
  2. When the drop-down menu appears, select Settings.
  3. A pop-out menu will now display, containing Edge's settings interface. Scroll down and click on the View advanced settings button.
  4. Scroll down again until you locate the Cookies section. Click on the accompanying drop-down menu and select Don't block cookies, or Block only third party cookies if you'd like to limit this functionality.

How to Enable Cookies in Internet Explorer 11

  1. Click on the Tools menu button, which looks like a gear and is located in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. When the drop-down menu appears, select Internet options.
  3. IE's Internet Options dialog should now be visible, overlaying your main browser window. Click on the Privacy tab.
  4. Click on the Advanced button, located in the Settings section.
  5. The Advanced Privacy Settings window should now be displayed, containing a section for first-party cookies and one for third-party cookies. To enable one or both cookie types, select either the Accept or Prompt radio buttons for each.

How to Enable Cookies in Safari for iOS

  1. Tap the Settings icon, usually found on your device's Home Screen.
  2. Scroll down and select the Safari option.
  3. Safari's settings interface should now be displayed. In the Privacy & Security section, turn off the Block All Cookies setting by selecting its button until it is no longer green.

How to Enable Cookies in Safari for macOS

  1. Click on Safari in the browser menu, located at the top of the screen. When the drop-down menu appears, select Preferences. You can also use the following keyboard shortcut instead of selecting this menu option: COMMAND + COMMA(,).
  2. Safari's preferences dialog should now be displayed, overlaying your main browser window. Click on the Privacy tab icon.
  3. In the Cookies and website data section, select the Always allow button to permit all cookies; including those from a third-party. To accept only first-party cookies, select Allow from websites I visit.
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