How to Enable Cookies in Your Internet Web Browser

Eight Methods:ChromeChrome (Mobile)FirefoxFirefox (Mobile)Internet ExplorerSafariSafari (iOS)Opera

Cookies are small files that websites store on your computer. These allow the website to recognize your computer when you visit again. Cookies enable sites to keep you logged in on subsequent visits, keep your preferences saved, and track your behavior on the site. Some sites require that cookies be enabled in order to access their features. All browsers support enabling or disabling cookies.

Method 1
Chrome

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    Click the Chrome Menu button (☰) and select Settings.
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    Click the "Show advanced settings" link at the bottom of the page.
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    Click the .Content settings... button.
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    Allow all cookies by selecting "Allow local data to be set".
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    Allow only cookies for specific sites by selecting "Block sites from setting any data". Then click Manage exceptions... and enter in the sites you want to accept cookies from.
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    Decide if you want to allow third-party cookies. These are cookies that are created by another site. For example, on the Twitter button on someone's blog will generate a third-party cookie.[1]
    • If you don't want to enable third-party cookies, check the "Block third-party cookies and site data". If the site is on your exceptions list, you'll receive third-party cookies from it.

Method 2
Chrome (Mobile)

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    Tap the Chrome Menu button (⋮) and select Settings. If you don't see the button, you may have to pull down on the screen.
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    Open the "Site settings" section (Android) or the "Content Settings" section (iOS).
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    Enable cookies. The process is slightly different for Android and iOS.[2]
    • Android - Tap the "Cookies" option and then toggle the Cookies slider ON. You can check the box to allow third-party cookies.
    • iOS - Tap the "Accept Cookies" slider to toggle it ON.

Method 3
Firefox

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    Click the Firefox Menu button (☰) and select Options.
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    Click the Privacy tab and then click the drop-down menu in the History section.
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    Select "Use custom settings for history".
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    Check the "Accept cookies from sites" box to allow all cookies.
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    Set your third-party cookie settings. Use the drop-down menu to set your third-party cookie settings. These are cookies for another site on the site you are currently visiting. For example, a news site may have a Facebook "Like" button, which will generate a third-party cookie.[3]
    • You can use the drop-down menu to accept all third-party cookies, or just from sites you've visited. You can also disable them completely.
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    Uncheck the box to block cookies from all sites. You can then allow specific sites by clicking the "Exceptions" button and entering the sites you want to allow.

Method 4
Firefox (Mobile)

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    Tap the Firefox Menu button (⋮) and select Settings.
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    Tap the Privacy option and then tap Cookies.
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    Select your cookie setting. You will have three options to pick from:[4]
    • Enabled - This will allow all cookies to be stored.
    • Enabled, excluding 3rd party - This will allow all cookies but disable third-party cookies from connected sites.
    • Disabled - This will block all cookies.

Method 5
Internet Explorer

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    Click the Gear button or the Tools menu and select "Internet options". If you don't see the Tools menu, press Alt.
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    Click the .Privacy tab.
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    Set the slider to "Medium". This security level should be enough to allow virtually all legitimate cookies. It will automatically block third-party cookies that don't have a compact privacy policy.[5]
    • If you want Internet Explorer to accept all cookies no matter what, move the slider to the bottom so that it reads "Accept All Cookies".
    • Clicking the Default button will set the slider to "Medium".
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    Add sites to the exception list. If you have set the slider to "Medium" and still can't receive a cookie from a specific site, you can add it to the exceptions list. Click the Sites button, enter in the site address, and then click Allow.
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    Save your settings. Click Apply when you are happy with the settings.

Method 6
Safari

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    Click the Safari menu and select Preferences.
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    Click the "Privacy" tab.
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    Select your cookie preferences. You have four choices when it comes to how your cookies are stored:[6]
    • Always block - This will prevent any website from storing cookies on your computer.
    • Allow from current website only - This will only allow cookies from the website you are currently visiting. This will block any third-party cookies.
    • Allow from websites I visit - This will store cookies for all websites you visit. This is the standard setting to allow the most compatibility with websites. This will block third-party cookies.
    • Always allow - This allows all cookies and third-party cookies to be stored. This is the most open but least secure option.

Method 7
Safari (iOS)

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    Open the Settings app on your iOS device. You can't adjust Safari's settings from within the Safari app, you'll need to use the Settings app.
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    Tap Safari in the Settings app. You may have to scroll to find it.
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    Tap the "Block Cookies" option in the Privacy & Security section.
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    Select your cookie storing options. You will have four options to choose from:[7]
    • Always block - This will prevent any website from storing cookies on your computer.
    • Allow from current website only - This will only allow cookies from the website you are currently visiting. This will block any third-party cookies.
    • Allow from websites I visit - This will store cookies for all websites you visit. This is the standard setting to allow the most compatibility with websites. This will block third-party cookies.
    • Always allow - This allows all cookies and third-party cookies to be stored. This is the most open but least secure option.

Method 8
Opera

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    Click the Opera menu and select Settings.
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    Click the "Privacy & security" tab.
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    Select "Allow local data to be set" if you want to allow cookies. This setting should allow most sites to properly store cookies.[8]
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    Select "Block sites from settings any data" if you want to only allow cookies from certain sites. Click the Manage exceptions... and enter the addresses of the sites you want to allow.
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    Disable third-party cookies (optional). Some sites may include cookies from third-party sites. Facebook like buttons on sites are an example of a third-party cookie source. Checking the "Block third-party cookies and site data" will block these cookies.

Tips

  • If you have cookies enabled but a site still says that you need to enable them, try clearing your browser's cache and cookies.

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