How do I clear my web browser cookies?

Sometimes your web browser stores a lot of expiring cookies (or snippets of cached information) that is not longer up-to-date and may sometimes interrupting your web browser to function correctly.  You need to do some house cleaning on the web browser from time to time to keep it in top shape.

FAQ - Does removing cookies also means removing my browser history and stored passwords?

ANSWER - No it doesn't.  Your passwords and browser history are stored in different part of browser.  You won't be deleting them unless you specifically select the options to delete history/passwords.  Of course, the only exception will be Safari, which doesn't provide options to delete only the cookies.

Delete Cookies in Google Chrome

  1. If you're running Google Chrome version 2015 or higher, click the Menu button in the upper-right corner of the Chrome window.  From there, select "Settings." From there, click on "Show Advanced Settings," at the bottom of the menu.
  2. Under the "Privacy" section, click the "Clear browsing data" button.
  3. Select only the "Cookies and other site and plugin data" option and deselect others, if you do not want to delete your stored passwords and browsing history.  
  4. Choose "the beginning of time" on the top period indication, then click the "Clear browsing data" button.
  5. Close the browser completely.

For Chrome Browser on Android or IOS devices:

  1. Access Chrome's menu, go to "Settings"
  2. Find the "Privacy" tab under advanced settings, select "Clear Browsing Data" at the bottom and check "Clear Cookies / Site Data".

Delete Cookies in Firefox

  1. Click on the "Menu" button at the top right hand corner, and in drop down menu, choose "Options"
  2. Navigate to the "Privacy" tab
  3. Under the "History" section, click on "remove individual cookies" link
  4. Click the "Remove All" button at the bottom of the window to remove all cookies.

Delete Cookies in Safari

Please Note: There is no way to seperate history from cookies in Safari.  This instruction will delete both history and cookies stored in Safari.

  1. Click on the Safari Menu in the upper-left corner and scroll down to "Preferences"
  2. Click on the "Privacy" tab
  3. Click "Remove all Website Data" button to delete.

Delete Cookies from Internet Explorer (Pre-Windows 10)

If you are currently using Windows 10, you most likely will be using Microsoft Edge as your default browser, which is not internet explorer.  Please check out the Microsoft Edge section below.

  1. Click on the Menu icon (looks like a gear) on the top right hand corner, and choose "Internet Options"
  2. Under the "General" tab, in the "Browsing history" section, click the "Delete" button, and it will bring up some deleting options.
  3. Check the options for "Cookies and website data," and leave everything else unchecked to perserve your history and stored passwords.
  4. Click the "Delete" button when you are ready to delete.

Delete Cookies from Microsoft Edge (Windows 10 Web Browser)

  1. Click the Menu icon on the top right hand corner (looks like 3 dots in a line), then choose "Settings"
  2. Under the "Clear browsing data" section, click on the "Choose what to clear" button
  3. Check the option for "Cooklies and saved website data", and leave everything else unchecked, then click the "Clear" button.
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