Enable Cookies in Safari

This guide will step you through the process of configuring Cookies in Safari.

  1. Click the "Safari" menu, choose "Preferences"

    Make sure you have a Safari window open and active; you will see the "Safari" menu in the top left of your screen. Click it, and then click the "Preferences" item.

    The location of the Safari menu - in the top left of the screen

  2. Click on the "Privacy" tab

    The tabs along the top part of the Safari Preferences window

    The contents of the Privacy tab screen will now appear.

  3. Choose your preferred Cookies setting

    On the Privacy Preferences tab, you will see the "Cookies and website data:" choices.

    The Safari Privacy tab. There are three Cookie blocking options in the middle.

    These options mean:

    • Always block - all Cookies, including third-party cookies (eg.from advertisers and web-trackers) will be blocked in Safari. Safari won't allow any cookies to be stored, however you will probably encounter problems with some websites; for example being unable to log in.
    • Allow from current website only - only cookies from the website you are currently visiting will be allowed in Safari
    • Allow from websites I visit - Safari will allow all cookies from the website you are visiting and only allow cookies from third-party sites if you have also specifically been to that website before.
    • Always allow - Safari will allow all cookies to be set - both from websites you are visiting and from any third-parties who have plugins or trackers on those websites.

  4. Close the Preferences window

    Once you have configured your cookie blocking preferences, you can simply close this window and continue using Safari.

    The red Close button for the Preferences window.

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

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

Safari and Third-Party Cookies

After extensive testing and debugging, it seems that when you disable Third-Party cookies in Safari, it will still hold on to them and keep using them until you restart Safari (or perhaps even Reset Safari).

So if you choose to disable third-party cookies in Safari, make sure you restart (and preferably Reset Safari) to ensure that it doesn't keep using any third party cookies it may have cached.

Looking for guides to enable Cookies in other web browsers?

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

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