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Clear, enable, and manage cookies in Chrome

All cookies are allowed by default, but you can adjust this setting and clear cookies for all sites or for certain pages.

What cookies are

Cookies are files created by websites you've visited. Cookies store browsing information, like your site preferences or profile information. There are two types of cookies:

  • First-party cookies are set by the site shown in the address bar.
  • Third-party cookies come from other sites that have things like ads or images embedded on the page you're visiting.

Not all cookies are bad. For example, cookies help the website remember your preferred settings so it can reload them when you revisit the site next week. Cookies can also help a website remember your location, so it can provide you with locally relevant content, like weather.

Delete specific cookies or clear all cookies

You can remove first-party and third-party cookie information and data from your devices. If you remove cookies, things like saved preferences on websites might get deleted.

  1. On your Android device, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. At the top right, tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Privacy and then Clear browsing data.
  4. Check Cookies and site data. Uncheck all the other items.
  5. Tap Clear data.

Allow or don't allow cookies

You can enable or disable cookies saved by websites.

Note: If you don't allow sites to save cookies, most sites that require you to sign in won't work.

  1. On your Android device, open the Chrome app Chrome.
  2. At the top right, tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Site settings and then Cookies.
  4. Next to "Cookies," switch the setting on or off.
  5. Optional: To allow only first-party cookies and block all third-party cookies, uncheck the box next to "Allow third-party cookies." This setting will prevent third-party cookies from being accepted, even if you've added a site to the exceptions list and have chosen to allow its cookies.

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