Enable Cookies in Firefox

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

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

  1. Click the menu button

    The menu button will be in the top right-hand corner of Firefox; it looks like three horizontal lines on top of each other.

    The location of the Firefox menu button

  2. Click the "Options" menu item

    After you've clicked the menu button, the Firefox menu apears; one of the options in it is Options. Click it!

    The location of the Options menu item in the expanded Firefox menu

    The Options screen will now appear.

  3. Click the "Privacy & Security" menu item

    The major sections are shown as menu items up the left of the Options window. Click the Privacy & Security item.

    The Firefox Options window. Privacy & Security is an option shown in the list.

    You are then taken to the Privacy settings.

  4. Choose your preferred Cookies/History setting

    Firefox groups the Cookies settings under the concept of "browser history". In order to change your browser's cookies policy, you have to configure the browser history settings as well.

    The History options.

    When you click on the "Firefox will:" drop-down menu, you will see three choices.

    • Remember history Typically (especially if you are already following this guide!) you want to enable cookies in Firefox by selecting this option. It will also cause Firefox to keep a list of the sites you visit in Browser History
    • Never remember history Alternatively, you can disable cookies altogether by selecting this option. Firefox will also not keep a list of the sites you have visited in your Browser History.
    • Use custom settings for history will allow you more fine-grained control about what Firefox allows and remembers.

      The Custom History options.

      You now have the choice of enabling or disabling certain history features, including form history, browser history and most relevant: whether or not to Accept cookies from websites.

      You also have some options regarding blocking third-party cookies if you want to configure that too.

      The custom options item also lets you configure how long Firefox will keep cookies for.

    Make your selection from the options available.

  5. Close the Preferences/Options tab

    Once you have configured your preferences, you can simply close this tab and continue using Firefox.

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

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

Still having problems?

Did you have a problem changing your cookie settings in Firefox? Here are some common problems with solutions:

I tried changing my cookie settings but it has no effect

Sometimes Firefox won't save your settings after you change them. There's a few reasons this can happen. Mozilla (the makers of Firefox) have a helpful guide to fixing this problem: How to fix preferences that won't save

Looking for guides to enable Cookies in other web browsers?

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

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