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How to 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.

    Screenshot showing the location of the Safari menu - in the top left of the screen

  2. Click on the "Privacy" tab

    Screenshot showing 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 "Block cookies and other website data: choices.

    Screenshot of the Safari Privacy tab. There are three Cookies blocking options in the middle.

    If you select "Never block cookies", you will get the most permissive Cookies policy - all Cookies will be allowed, including third-party cookies from advertisers and web-trackers.

    If you select "Always block cookies", 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.

    If you select "block From third parties and advertisers", you will get standard cookie functionality while preventing "third party" servers (eg the type that place Advertising banners) from setting cookies.

  4. Close the Preferences window

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

    Screenshot showing the red Close button for the Preferences window.

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

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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