Turn cookies on or off

Cookies can impact how your Google Account works with other third-party apps and services.

Important: If you get a message that cookies are turned off, you need to turn them on to use your account.

Learn about cookies

The websites that you visit create files called cookies. By saving information about your visit, they make your online experience easier. For example, sites can:

  • Keep you signed in
  • Remember your site preferences
  • Provide you locally relevant content

There are 2 types of cookies:

  • First-party cookies: Created by the site you visit. The site is in the address bar. They are a type of on-device site data. Learn more about on-device site data.
  • Third-party cookies: Created by other sites. The sites you visit can embed content, like images, ads, and text, from other sites. Any of these other sites can save cookies and other data to personalize your experience.


Google uses cookies to improve its services. Learn how cookies are used in the Privacy Policy.

In Chrome

You can allow or block third-party cookies by default.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings Settings.
  3. Click Privacy and security and then Third-party cookies.
  4. Select an option:
    • Allow third-party cookies.
    • Block third-party cookies in Incognito mode.
    • Block third-party cookies.
      • If you block third-party cookies, all third-party cookies from other sites are blocked unless the site is allowed on your exceptions list.

Learn how to change more cookie settings in Chrome.

In other browsers

For instructions, check the support website for your browser.

Fix problems

If you can't sign in to a third-party website with your Google Account, and get a message that cookies are turned off:

  1. Follow the steps above to turn on cookies.
  2. Try signing in again.

If you still get the error message, here are some possible solutions. Try each one, then try signing in.

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