How to Delete Cookies in Every Major Browser

Delete cookies in Chrome, Firefox, Edge, IE, Safari, and more

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Internet cookies are small files stored on a computer hard drive by a web browser that contain information about your visit to a particular website. This information may include your login status, personalization, and advertising preferences. If you don't want this information stored on your computer, delete the cookies.

Why Should I Delete Cookies?

Most of the time, cookies make browsing more enjoyable by keeping you logged in to a site you visit frequently or remembering the questions you answered at your favorite polling site.

Sometimes, however, a cookie may remember something you'd rather it didn't, or become corrupt, resulting in a browsing experience that's less than enjoyable. This is when deleting cookies may be a good idea.

You might also want to delete cookies if you're experiencing issues such as 500 Internal Server or 502 Bad Gateway errors (among others), which are sometimes indications that the one or more cookies for a particular site are corrupted and should be removed.

How Do I Delete Cookies?

Whether for a computer issue, privacy, or another reason, clearing cookies is a simple task in any popular browser.

To delete cookies, select the Settings or Options menu in the browser, then go to either the Privacy or History section. In most browsers, these settings can be reached by using the Ctrl+Shift+Del keyboard shortcut or Command+Shift+Del on a Mac.

The steps involved in deleting cookies are different depending on the web browser. Below are some browser-specific cookie clearing tutorials.

Chrome: Clear Browsing Data

To delete cookies in Google Chrome:

  1. Select the 3 vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the Chrome screen.

  2. Select More Tools > Clear browsing data.

    Clear browsing data in Chrome
  3. Select the Cookies and other site data check box.

    To delete the saved passwords in Chrome, select Passwords and other sign-in data.

  4. Select the Time range drop-down arrow and choose a time period. For example, to delete all the cookies or passwords in Chrome, no matter how long ago they were saved, select All time.

  5. Select Clear data.

    Clear data button in Chrome settings

If you want more control over cookies, learn how to delete cookies from a specific website, how to allow or deny websites from leaving cookies, and how to clear cookies when Chrome is closed.

To clear the cookies from the Chrome mobile browser, tap the menu button (the icon with three stacked dots), and choose Settings. In the Privacy section, tap Clear Browsing Data, then tap each area you want to erase, for example, Cookies, Site Data, or Saved Passwords.

Firefox: Clear All History

To delete cookies in the Mozilla Firefox browser:

  1. Select the Open menu (the 3 horizontal bars in the upper-right corner of Firefox).

    Open menu button in Firefox
  2. Select Options.

    Options menu item in Firefox
  3. Select Privacy & Security.

    Privacy & Security tab in Firefox
  4. In the Cookies and Site Data section, select Clear Data.

    Clear Data button in Firefox
  5. Select the Cookies and Site Data check box, then select Clear.

    Clear button in Firefox

You can also delete cookies in Firefox for the current site displayed in the web browser, delete cookies for an individual website, and clear all cookies along with the cache.

To delete cookies on the mobile Firefox browser, tap the menu button and go to Settings > Clear Private Data. Choose Cookies (and anything else you want to delete, such as the browsing history or cache), then tap Clear Private Data.

Microsoft Edge: Clear Browsing Data

To delete the cookies in the Windows 10 Microsoft Edge browser:

  1. Select Settings and more (the 3 horizontal dots located in the upper-right corner). Or, press Alt+X.

    More button in Microsoft Edge
  2. Select Settings.

    Settings button in Microsoft Edge
  3. In the Clear browsing data section, select Choose what to clear.

    Choose what to clear
  4. Select the Cookies and saved website data check box, then select Clear.

    You can also delete passwords, download history, browsing history, location permissions, and more.

    Clear button in MIcrosoft Edge
  5. Close the right panel when you're finished.

Microsoft Edge stores more than cookies. Learn what data is collected in Edge, how to clear collected data, and how to stop Edge from collecting information.

To delete cookies in the mobile Edge app, tap the menu button at the bottom of the app, go to Settings > Privacy > Clear browsing data, and choose the items to remove. Then, tap Clear browsing data.

Internet Explorer: Delete Browsing History

To delete cookies in Internet Explorer:

  1. Select Tools. Or, press Alt+X.

    If you can't open Internet Explorer, there's another way to access the internet options. Open Command Prompt or the Run dialog box, then enter the inetcpl.cpl command.

    Tools button in Internet Explorer
  2. Select Internet options.

    Internet options menu item in Internet Explorer
  3. In the Browsing history section, select Delete.

    Delete button for Browsing History
  4. In the Delete Browsing History dialog box, select the Cookies and website data check box, then select Delete.

    To delete all saved passwords, select the Passwords check box.

    Cookies and website data checkbox
  5. Select OK to close Internet Options.

Safari: Remove Cookies and Other Website Data

To delete cookies in the Apple Safari web browser:

  1. On a Mac, select Safari > Preferences. In Windows, select Action > Preferences.

    Preferences in Safari
  2. Select Privacy.

  3. On a Mac, select Manage Website Data. On Windows, select Remove All Website Data.

    Manage Website Data button in Safari
  4. Choose which cookies to delete, then select Remove. Or, select Remove All to clear all cookies.

    Remove all button in Safari
  5. Select Remove Now to confirm that you want to delete the cookies.

    Remove Now confirmation button in Safari
  6. Select Done.

    Done button in Safari

To delete cookies on the mobile Safari browser, open the Settings app. Scroll down and tap the Safari link, then scroll down and tap Clear History and Website Data.

Opera: Clear Browsing Data

To delete cookies in Opera:

  1. Select Easy Setup.

    Easy setup slider icon in Opera
  2. In the Clear browsing data section, select Clear browsing data.

    Clear browsing data button in Opera
  3. Select the Cookies and other site data check box, then select Clear data.

    To remove all cookies from every website, select the Time range drop-down arrow and choose All time.

    Clear Data button in Opera
  4. Close the Settings window and continue browsing the web.

Customize cookies in Opera. Set site-specific preferences for cookies, block third-party cookies, and clear browsing data when the browser is closed.

To delete cookies from the mobile Opera browser, tap the red Opera button, then choose Settings Clear. Tap Clear Cookies and Data, then tap Yes to delete all the cookies stored in Opera.

More About Deleting Cookies in Web Browsers

Most browsers also find and delete cookies from individual websites. Since few issues require that you delete all the cookies stored by the browser, locating and removing specific cookies allows you to retain customizations and stay logged in to your favorite, non-offending websites.