How to Delete Cookies on Mac in the Most Popular Web Browsers

Cookies are small bits of information saved by websites on your computer. They don’t take much space as all they contain is text. Besides having a confusingly edible name, cookies play an important part in creating conditions for comfortable browsing. If it wasn’t for cookies, you wouldn’t be able to log into websites, get personalized information, or set user preferences on webpages.

Why You Should Remove Cookies from Mac

It isn’t all roses, however. Cookies are often used to track online activity and users’ habits. Advertising servers use cookie files to identify users and build profiles to push relevant ads. Certain tracking cookies are even able to tie online activity to real-world identity of the user. It may be convenient, on one hand, as it allows to display ad content that you are more likely to be interested in. On the other hand though, you may not be willing to share this information in the first place. Luckily, managing cookies isn’t difficult and takes only a few simple actions. You can protect your information and privacy by removing cookies of the websites that each browser tracks.

How to Clear Cookies on Mac Safari

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  • Open and select Safari browser
  • Click on Safari in the Mac menu bar and select Preferences (use Command-, keyboard shortcut for quick access)
  • Switch to Privacy tab and click on Manage Website Data
  • Choose the website cookies to remove or click Remove all to delete all cookies

How to Clear Cookies on Mac Chrome

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  • Open and select Google Chrome browser
  • Click on Chrome in the Mac menu bar and select Clear Browsing Data (use Shift-Command-Delete keyboard shortcut for quick access)
  • Select Basic or Advanced tab and check the box next to Cookies and other site data
  • Click Clear Data to erase cookies and other selected files

Using this method, you will not be able to view the files before removing them. Some cleaner applications allow to preview cookies before you delete them. However, if you don’t want to use third-party tools, you can follow the steps below to view them in Chrome manually:

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  • Open and select Google Chrome browser
  • Click on Chrome in the Mac menu bar and select Preferences (use Command-, keyboard shortcut for quick access)
  • Scroll down and click Advanced to expand available settings
  • Choose Content Settings > Cookies > See all cookies and site data
  • Hit a website cookie file of your choice to view the contents

How to Clear Cookies on Mac Firefox

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  • Open and select Mozilla Firefox browser
  • Click on Firefox in the Mac menu bar and select Preferences (use Command-, keyboard shortcut for quick access)
  • Switch to Privacy & Security tab and scroll down to History section
  • Hit Show Cookies to view and delete cookie files
  • Click on Remove All or select website cookies to erase and then click Remove

How to Clear Cookies in Opera

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  • Open and select Opera browser
  • Click on Opera in the Mac menu bar and select Preferences (use Command-, keyboard shortcut for quick access)
  • Switch to Privacy & security tab and scroll down to Cookies section
  • Hit All Cookies And Site Data to view and/or erase cookie files
  • Click on Delete All to remove all website cookies

How to Delete Cookies on Internet Explorer

With the power of Boot Camp, Parallels or any other means of launching Windows on Apple computers, using Internet Explorer is made possible. Follow these steps to remove cookie files from IE:

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Click the Gear Icon to access Tools and select Safety
  • Choose Delete browsing history (use Ctrl-Shift-Delete keyboard shortcut for quick access)
  • Check the box next to Cookies and website data and hit Delete to clear cookie files

On a Final Note

Cookie files are an important browser feature that add convenience and make browsing more personalized. Unfortunately, these cookies can also be used by tracking networks to collect browsing data.

Managing cookies is possible, but as a result you may be logged out of the websites you use. You can also disable cookie files altogether, yet you have to bear in mind that some sites may not work as intended.

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