How to enable Cookies in Chrome

This guide will step you through the process of enabling Cookies in Google Chrome.

The screenshots below are taken from Mac OS X, but the process is the same on Windows.

  1. Click the "Customize and Control" button

    Screenshot showing the location of the Customize and Control menu button

    This will reveal a menu with lots of options. One of them will be named "Settings".

  2. Select the "Settings" menu item

    Screenshot showing the Customize and Control menu options

    The Settings screen will now appear.

  3. Search for the Cookies settings

    Type in 'Cookies' into the search field at the top of the Settings screen.

    As you type in "Cookies" (it's not case sensitive) you will see Chrome start to change what's shown on the settings page. It will reveal the "Privacy" section and highlight two buttons with two yellow "Cookies" callouts.

    Click the "Content settings..." button.

    You are then taken directly to the Cookies setting.

  4. Choose your preferred Cookies settings

    You can now change your Cookies setting to what you prefer.

    Type in 'Cookies' into the search field at the top of the Settings screen.

    Typically (especially if you are already following this guide!) you want to enable cookies in Chrome by selecting the first option - "Allow local data to be set (recommended)". This will allow websites to store cookies (and other data!) on your computer for as long as the websites want to.

    An alternative to this setting is to choose "Keep local data only until you quit your browser". This will allow normal cookie functionality (eg. logging into websites with a username and password), however every time you close and reopen your web browser, you would need to log in to the website again. This setting can also help (but not necessarily eliminate) advertising companies tracking your behaviour across various browsing sessions.

    And of course, if you want to disable Cookies altogether, choose the "Block sites from setting any data" option.

    One other option to consider is to "Block third-party cookies and site data". This means (basically) that any website you directly visit is allowed to store cookies on your computer, but any "third-party" website (eg the server that places advertising banners on the site) is not allowed to place a cookie to track you. Note that this will not stop the advertising appearing, just (hopefully) decrease the amount of tracking they perform.

  5. Click the "Done" button to close the Cookies settings

    Congratulations, you just configured Cookies in Chrome. Click here to check if Cookies are enabled.

Looking for guides to enable Cookies in other web browsers?

Here are some guides for other web browsers like Safari or Firefox.

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