How to enable Cookies in Firefox

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

  1. Click the menu button

    In both Windows and OS X, the menu button will be in the top right-hand corner of Firefox.

    Screenshot showing the location of the menu button in both OS X and Windows

  2. Select the "Preferences"/"Options" menu item

    Screenshot showing all the different items in the main Firefox menu

    If you're using Mac OS X, it will be called Preferences. If you are using Windows, it will be called Options.

    The Settings screen will now appear.

  3. Click the "Privacy" menu item

    Screenshot of the Firefox Preferences/Options window. Privacy 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.

    Screenshot showing the three options for the Firefox will: drop-down

    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 setting for history will allow you more fine-grained control about what Firefox allows and remembers.

      Screenshot showing the advanced custom options for Firefox's history.

      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 sites.

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

      You can also configure how long Firefox will keep the cookies it sets.

  5. Close the Preferences/Options tab

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

    Screenshot showing the Close tab button, for both OSX and Windows.

    Congratulations, you just configured Cookies in Firefox. 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 Chrome.

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