Cookies are small, randomly encoded pieces of text that help your browser navigate through a website. When you visit a website, a cookie file is stored in your browser to enhance your browsing experience the next time you visit that site.
However, sometimes you might experience browsing issues – like slow page loads and lackluster overall performance – especially when your browser folder or subfolders have stored too many cookie files. One way to troubleshoot common browsing problems is to clear cookies.
The process of clearing cookies on an iPhone can differ from one user to another. In addition to Safari, iPhone also allows the installation of third-party browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, so the steps to clear cookies on your iPhone depend on the browser you are using.
This article presents how to clear cookies on your iPhone based on today’s most popular browsers.
Method #1: Clear Cookies in Safari
Safari is iPhone’s default web browser, and it offers several options for clearing cookies: clear both cookies and browsing history or only remove the cookies.
Here are the steps to clear cookies and history at the same time.
- Open your Settings.
- Tap on “Safari“.
- Click on “Clear History and Website Data“.
After clearing your cookies and browsing history from Safari, your autofill information will remain unchanged. The passwords you’ve saved to log in to the various sites will remain intact. Read more about the autofill feature here.
Here are the steps to follow if you want to clear cookies but save your browsing history.
- Open your Settings.
- Tap on “Safari“.
- Select “Advanced” > “Website Data“.
- Click “Remove All Website Data“.
Method #2: Clear Cookies in Chrome
Perhaps you prefer to use Google Chrome for browsing instead of the default Safari browser on your iPhone. In that case, here are the steps to clear cookies on Chrome:
- Open the browser and tap on the menu button (three horizontal dots on the bottom-right corner of the screen).
- Select “Settings” > “Privacy“.
- Tap on the “Clear Browsing Data” option.
- Choose “Cookies, Site Data“.
- Select “Clear Browsing Data“
- Tap on “Clear Browsing Data” again to confirm the action.
Method #3: Clear Cookies in Microsoft Edge App
Here’s how to clear cookies on Microsoft Edge if you use it for your web browsing needs.
- Open Microsoft Edge.
- Tap on the menu button (three dots on the upper-right section of the screen).
- Choose “Settings” > “Privacy & Services“.
- Select the data you want to clear under “Clear Browsing Data“.
- Check the boxes named “Cached Images and Files” and “Cookies and Other Site Data“.
- Tap on “Clear” to delete cookies and browsing history.
Method #4: Clear Cookies in Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox is a popular web browser, especially among PC users, but the browser is also available for Android and iOS devices. Are you a fan of this browser? Here’s how to clear cookies on it.
- Open the Mozilla Firefox app.
- Click on the menu button (three horizontal lines on the top-right of the screen).
- Select “Settings“.
- Scroll down the screen and tap on “Data Management“.
- Choose the type of data you wish to clear: browsing history, cache, and/or cookies.
- In this case, choose “Cookies“. You’re free to check all the boxes if you want to clear everything.
- Tap “OK” to confirm.
Method #5: Clear Cookies in Opera
Opera is another popular browser among many iPhone users. It has similar software architecture as Google Chrome, which means clearing cookies in both browsers is almost identical.
If you’re using Opera to browse the internet on your iPhone, follow the steps to clear cookies.
- Open the Opera app on your iPhone.
- Tap on the “O” button in the lower-right corner.
- Choose “Settings“.
- Tap on the “Clear Browsing Data“.
- Check the “Clear Cookies and Data” box on the new menu that has just opened.
- Tap “OK” to delete cookies and browsing data from the browser.
The above was our guide on how to clear cookies on iPhones. We’ve described five methods to do so depending on the various popular browsers: Safari (iPhone’s default browser), Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and Microsoft Edge. We hope that you’ve found a method that works for you.
We’ve also mentioned that clearing cookies on one browser won’t affect the cookies on another. For example, deleting cookies on Safari won’t delete the same on Chrome. You might need to clear cookies in both browsers if you use them often.