Enable or disable cookies

If you’re trying to use your Google Account and see a message saying your browser's cookie functionality is turned off, it’s likely your browser's cookies are disabled.

Cookies help sites remember information about your visit, like your preferred language and other settings. With this information, sites can make your next visit easier and the site more useful to you. Cookies need to be enabled on your browser to use your Google Account and any Google services that require a Google Account, such as Gmail.

Enable or disable cookies

Google Chrome
  1. Click the Chrome menu icon Chrome menu.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Near the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "Privacy" section, click Content settings.
  5. Enable or disable cookies:
    • To enable cookies, select Allow local data to be set (recommended).
    • To disable cookies, select Block sites from setting any data.
  6. Click Done to save.

Learn more about managing your cookies settings in Google Chrome, like how to block third-party cookies.

Other browsers

Please see your browser's help resources.

What are cookies?

A 'cookie' is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. At Google we use cookies to improve the quality of our service and to better understand how people interact with us. You'll need to have cookies enabled in order to use your Google Account. Check our Privacy Policy for more information about cookies.


If you enabled cookies on your browser but you’re still seeing a message saying your browser's cookie functionality is turned off, try opening a new window in your browser or closing other tabs in your browser.

If you still have trouble, try clearing your cache and cookies.