How to Allow Cookies on Mac

Enabling cookies on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox for Mac

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Cookies are used by websites to store personal preferences like your name, your address, shopping cart, etc. When stored, the web server won't need to request the information multiple times, increasing download time.

When visiting your favorite online retailer, it's nice to not have to add your items back to your shopping cart when reopening your browser. It's also great for a website to remember your email address each time you log-in. To enable these features, you must know how to enable cookies on Mac for your browser.

The instructions in this article apply to Mac users using Safari, Chrome, or Firefox as their browser of choice.

How to Enable Cookies in Safari

Safari is Apple's default browser on all Mac computers and iOS devices. To enable cookies on your Mac, start by opening Safari.

  1. Click Safari in the top left, then click Preferences.

    Safari's preferences inside the Safari menu
  2. Click the Privacy tab.

    Privacy settings in Safari on Mac
  3. Click your preferred Cookie settings under Cookies and website data. If cookies are blocked, deselect it to enable them.

    Want to remove specific websites from the list of websites storing your information? Select Manage Website Data and remove them.

  4. Close Preferences to save your changes.

How to Enable Cookies in Chrome

Chrome is a free web browser for Mac created by Google. To enable cookies in Chrome, start by opening the browser on your Mac.

  1. Click the three dots (More) to the left of your screen.

    More menu in Google Chrome on Mac
  2. Click Settings.

    Settings inside Google Chrome on Mac
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the browser and click Advanced.

  4. Under Privacy and security, click Site settings.

    Privacy and security settings in Google Chrome on Mac
  5. Click Cookies.

    Cookie settings in Google Chrome on Mac
  6. If not already done, click the Allow sites to save and read cookie data (recommended) toggle to turn it on turn. It should turn blue.

You can also choose to keep your data only until you close your browser. Simply click Keep local data only until you quit your browser.

How to Enable Cookies in Firefox

Firefox is a free open-source web browser offered by Mozilla. Open Firefox on your Mac to start changing your cookie settings.

  1. In Firefox, click the hamburger menu to the right of your screen.

    Settings Menu in Firefox on Mac
  2. Click Content Blocking.

    Content Blocking settings in Firefox on Mac
  3. If Standard is selected, this means you're using the default settings for Firefox and cookies are already enabled. You're good to go, no further action required.