How to delete cookies in Chrome

delete cookies in Chrome
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A walk down the cookie aisle of most any grocery store yields not only an abundance of aromas, but also of choice. Variety may be the spice of life, but spicy cookies are not that enjoyable. It is much the same with HTTP cookies, those little files that web sites use to store data on your computer. Most cookie files are harmless. They help web sites retain item information while you shop, for example, or keep you logged into a site while visiting. From a privacy perspective, however, other cookies can have a more nefarious purpose.

When privacy and cookies come up in the same conversation, the inference is usually tracking cookies in particular. Tracking cookies can be set by a site you are visiting, or by third-party content that is present on that site. Third-party tracking cookies are set by content like advertisements. These cookies can store your web browsing history, and then use that history to deliver relevant, interest-based content. You may find it a good practice to review cookies on occasion, and delete them.

Take some time to understand the function of cookies before you go cookie crunching crazy. If you remove all the cookies, it is possible that you will need to input your log-in credentials for those sites where you are always logged in. Data stored in cookies on your computer and used by web sites you visit will no longer be available. With that said, this is how you delete cookies in Chrome.

Click the Customize and control Google Chrome button, an icon with 3 horizontal bars delete cookies in Chrome located to the right of the web address bar. Click Settings. You can also just type chrome://settings into the address bar.

delete cookies in Chrome

Scroll down to the bottom of Settings, and click the Show advanced settings… link. The Settings will expand to display the Privacy section. Click the Content settings… button.  You can also just type chrome://chrome/settings/content into the address bar.

delete cookies in Chrome

Under Content settings, locate the Cookies section. Click the All cookies and site data… button.

delete cookies in Chrome

The cookies stored in Chrome will display in a list under Cookies and site data. Hover over an individual cookie in the list, and click the X to delete that cookie. Click a cookie to display more information about it, including the Created or Last modified date. A Remove button displays so you can delete it. If you would rather delete all the cookies rather than removing them one at a time, click the Remove all button at the top of the window. Use the search box to the right of the Remove all button if you want to hunt down a particular cookie.

delete cookies in Chrome

On your iPhone/iPad, or your Android device, you can delete cookies in Chrome by tapping Chrome’s menu button (3 vertical dots to the right of the address bar).  Choose Settings.  In the Advanced section, tap Privacy, then tap Clear Cookies, Site Data.

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