Enable Cookies in Chrome

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

These screenshots are taken in Chrome on Windows but the process is identical on Mac and Linux computers.

  1. Click the "Customize and Control" button

    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

    The Settings item in the Customise menu

    The Settings screen will now appear.

  3. Search for the Cookies settings

    The main interface for Chrome's settings will appear, with a dark blue search box at the very top. (If you only see the magnifying glass icon, either click it or drag your browser window a bit wider to make the search box appear).

    Chrome has hundreds of different configuration options, so to quickly go to the Cookies settings, type the word "cookie" into the search box and Chrome will filter out options which don't match.

    The search field with Cookie typed in.

  4. Scroll down to "Content settings" and click it

    After you've typed "cookie" in the search, there will still be a number of different options listed, so you need to scroll down to the bottom of the settings screen where you will see a section named Content settings.

    The Content settings item in the list.

  5. Click the "Cookies" item

    Now that you've gone into the Content settings section, you'll see the first option there is Cookies. You'll notice that it's still highlighted yellow due to your search for it. Click it to see your Cookies settings.

    The Content settings screen, with the Cookies option highlighted

  6. Choose your preferred Cookies settings

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

    The various cookie options

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

    If you want to disable cookies the set that option to Off (slid to the left and greyed out).

    An possibilty to consider is keeping cookies enabled but also turning on "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.

    One other option to consider is to "Block third-party cookies and site data". If you have cookies enabled and also have this option enabled it 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.

  7. Close the settings tab

    The settings you change take effect immediately, and when you're finished changing the options you can simply close the Settings tab that contained these options and resume browsing.

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

    You may also want to take a moment to clear your cookies and history in Chrome.

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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