How to clear cookies on Mac

George Herman
George Herman
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Cookies are tiny pieces of information that are stored on your computer when you visit a website. Such data helps these websites to better recognize you when you return to them. Cookies are useful to the creators of websites. For example, cookies will help those creators to show you your last viewed item on their website. Also, you might have noticed that most sites remember the usernames you’ve used to log in. That’s all thanks to said cookies.

To summarize it – cookies collect and store data that consists of everything you’ve done on a website, so their creators can provide better service and display information they deem relevant to you.

In this article we’ll guide you through a detailed tutorial on how to delete cookies on your Mac. Specifically, Safari cookies.

If you want to learn how to clear Chrome and Firefox cookies on Mac, we can help you with that as well. You’ll find the links at the end of this article.

1. Open your Safari browser.

2. Choose Safari > Preferences > Privacy.

3. To remove all stored cookies and data, click Manage Website Data. You can select one or all websites, depending on the data you want to be deleted. After you do that, simply click Remove/Remove All and then Done.

Important! Please take note that by deleting such data, you may be logged out of website you were previously logged in. This may also affect website behavior.

You should know that Safari stores cookies and data by default, but only from websites that you visit.

If you wish to disable websites from storing cookies on your computer, all you have to do is select ‘Block all cookies’. Keep in mind that this option may prevent some websites from working properly.

You can also opt for an option where Safari asks websites and other third parties not to track your browsing data. However, it is up to the site to decide whether or not this request will be honored.

Other useful links, regarding clearing cookies on Mac:

  • How to clear Chrome cookies on Mac
  • How to clear Firefox cookies on Mac

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