Clear, allow & manage cookies in Chrome

You can choose to delete existing cookies, allow or block all cookies, and set preferences for certain websites.

What cookies are

Cookies are files created by websites you visit. By saving information about your visit, they make your online experience easier. For example, sites can keep you signed in, remember your site preferences, and give you locally relevant content.

There are 2 types of cookies:

  • First-party cookies: Created by the site you visit. The site is shown in the address bar.
  • Third-party cookies: Created by other sites. A site you visit can embed content from other sites, for example images, ads, and text. Any of these other sites can save cookies and other data to personalize your experience.

Clear all cookies

Important: If you delete cookies, you might get signed out of sites that remember you, and your saved preferences could be deleted. This applies any time a cookie is deleted.

  1. On your Android device, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Privacy and security and then Clear browsing data.
  4. Choose a time range, like Last hour or All time.
  5. Check Cookies and site data and uncheck all other items.
  6. Tap Clear data and then Clear.
Allow or block third-party cookies
Important: If you don't allow sites to save cookies, sites may not work as you expect. To manage first-party cookies, learn more about on-device site data.
You can allow or block third-party cookies for any site:
  1. On your Android device, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Site settings and then Third-party cookies.
  4. Select an option:
    • Allow third-party cookies.
    • Block third-party cookies in Incognito.
    • 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.
Allow third-party cookies for a specific site

If you block third-party cookies by default, you can still allow them for a certain site.

  1. On your Android device, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Privacy and security and then Third-party cookies.
  4. Tap + ADD SITE EXCEPTION
  5. Enter the web address.
    • To create an exception for an entire domain, insert [*.] before the domain name. For example, [*.]google.com will match drive.google.com and calendar.google.com.
    • You can also put an IP address or a web address that doesn't start with http://.
  6. Tap Add.
To remove an exception you don't want any more, tap the exception and tap Remove.
Allow third-party cookies temporarily for a specific site
If you block third-party cookies, some sites may not work as you expected. You can temporarily allow third-party cookies for a specific site you visit.
  1. On your Android device, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. In the address bar at the top:
    • To allow third-party cookies: Select Page info Default (Secure) and then Cookies and site data and turn on Third-party cookies.
    • To block third-party cookies: Select Page info Default (Secure) and then Cookies and site data and turn off Third-party cookies.

Tips:

  • This option is only temporary and only for the site you’re on.
  • Sites get added to the exception list automatically.
  • If you temporarily allow third-party cookies on a site, that setting carries over into Incognito mode and you can't reset it from Incognito mode.
Allow related sites to access your activity

A company can define a group of sites that are related to each other. For example, a company might want to keep you signed in as you move between acme-music.example and acme-video.example.

If you allow third-party cookies: Allows related sites to access your activity to personalize content or keep you signed in across sites.

If you block third-party cookies: It often prevents this kind of connection between sites. You can block third-party cookies while you allow sites in the same group to improve your experience.

You can find the full list of companies who define groups of related sites on Github. Learn more about related sites and third-party cookies.

Important: If you select “Allow third-party cookies,” then a group of related sites can share your activity in the group by default.

To allow related sites to see your activity within the group:

  1. On your Android device, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Privacy and security and then Third-party cookies and then Block third-party cookies.
  4. Turn Allow related sites to see your activity in the group on or off.

To show related sites in the same group:

  1. On your Android device, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. At the top right, tap More More and then Settings.
  3. Tap Site settings and then All sites.
  4. Choose a site.
  5. Under “Related sites,” find sites in the same group.
Clear cookies from a single site
  1. On your Android device, open Chrome Chrome.
  2. Go to a website.
  3. At the top right, tap More More and then Info Information and then Cookies and site data.
  4. Next to the number of cookies in use, tap Delete Remove.

Learn how to manage on-device site data in Chrome.

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