How to Enable or Disable Cookies on iPhone

Whether you want to enable or disable cookies, here's how to find the option in every major iPhone browser. Do you want to turn cookies on or off on your iPhone? You're lucky. Most iPhone browsers allow you to switch cookie options easily and quickly.

This way, you can turn cookies on when you want to use them, and turn them off when you're not using them.

See how to turn cookies on and off in iPhone's most popular browsers.

A website cookie is a small file where your website is visiting places in your browser. This file allows the site to recognize you as a user, which helps the site provide you with more relevant content.

Cookies are the reason why you start to see content that you're more interested in when you visit a website multiple times.

To learn more about cookies, see our guide explaining internet cookies. It will give you all the additional information you want about these small files.

How to Enable or Disable Cookies in Safari on an iPhone

Safari for iPhone has a simple toggle to turn cookies on and off. You can access this option as follows:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down and tap the Safari option.
  3. You’ll see an option that says Block All Cookies.
  4. Turn this option on to disable all cookies in Safari.
  5. Turn the toggle off if you want to enable cookies in Safari on your iPhone.

How to Enable or Disable Cookies in Chrome on an iPhone

Google Chrome for iOS is enabled for cookies by default, and you can't change this option. If you want to disable them, you need to find other ways to prevent Google from tracking you.

However, you can delete cookies in Chrome if you want. Here's how you do this if you're interested:

  1. Launch Chrome on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the three dots to open Chrome's menu and tap Settings.
  3. Tap Privacy on the resulting screen.
  4. Select Clear Browsing Data.
  5. Choose a time range from the Time Range menu, tick CookiesSite Data, and tap Clear Browsing Data at the bottom.
  6. This will delete your Chrome cookies from your iPhone.

How to Enable or Disable Cookies in Firefox on an iPhone

Unlike Chrome, Firefox offers the option to enable or disable cookies in your browser. Here’s how you find and use this toggle on your phone:

  1. Open Firefox on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner and select Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Data Management.
  4. You’ll see various toggles on this screen, one of which says Cookies.
  5. Turn this toggle on to enable cookies in Firefox or switch it off to disable cookies.

How to Enable or Disable Cookies in Opera Touch on an iPhone

Opera Touch comes with cookies enabled and there’s no option to turn them off. However, you can remove existing cookies so that the websites you visit won’t recognize you.

Here’s how you go about doing this:

  1. Launch Opera Touch and tap the O icon in the bottom-right corner.
  2. Select Settings from the menu.
  3. Tap the Clear Browser Data option.
  4. Select Cookies And Site Data on the screen that follows.
  5. Tap Clear in the top-right corner.
  6. You’ll see a message saying Data Cleared.

Should I Enable or Disable Cookies on My iPhone?

Knowing how to turn cookies on or off on your iPhone is only half the battle. It doesn't help you decide whether to choose whether to continue using cookies.
Cookies are part of what identifies you on the internet. That can lead to a more personalized experience on the web, but it also leads to more tracking and data collection. If you value your privacy, you may want to disable cookies. But in doing so, some websites and features won't work.
Fortunately, there are many other steps that you can take to improve the privacy of your iPhone. Another option you might want to consider is to turn off ad tracking. When turned off, this ensures advertisers can't track your activities online.