Enable Cookies in Safari on iPad

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

  1. On your iPad, tap the "Settings" icon on the home screen

    Return to the Home Screen by pressing the round button underneath the screen. You will see the grid of icons. Then, find the "Settings" icon and tap on it.

    Screenshot of the Home Screen, highlighting the Settings app icon

  2. Scroll the Settings sidebar until you can see the Safari icon

    The Settings app doesn't show the Safari icon on the side bar by default, so it's necessary to slide it a bit until you can see it.

    The top part of the Settings app

  3. Tap the "Safari" menu option

    The right side of the screen will change to show you the various settings options available for Safari.

    What happens when you tap the Safari menu item

  4. Scroll down and choose your Cookies preference

    First-Party cookies

    You can see the Block All Cookies setting in the Privacy & Security section - when this slider is slid to the right (and turned green), then all Cookies will be blocked. Be careful; blocking all cookies may actually prevent you from using a lot of websites normally! First-Party Cookies are usually used when you log in to websites; and you may find you can't use a lot of websites without Cookies enabled.

    Third-Party cookies

    However, the other setting you want to pay attention to is the one above it: Prevent Cross-Site Tracking. This setting also controls Third-Party Cookies. These are cookies set by sites other than the one you are visiting, and it's one of the major ways that companies track your activity online.

    It's very common to disable Block All Cookies, but to also enable Prevent Cross-Site Tracking - as shown in the screenshot.

    The Block Cookies item

    This will allow cookies from the websites you specifically visit, but can help prevent things like embedded "Like/Share" buttons from sharing your online activity with advertisers.

  5. You have configured your Cookies settings

    Congratulations, you just configured Cookies in Safari on iOS.

    Please Note! If you have just enabled the Prevent Cross-Site Tracking feature, you will need to restart Safari before the setting takes full effect.

    Click here to check if Cookies are enabled.

    You may also want to take a moment to clear your cookies and history on iOS.

Looking for guides to enable Cookies in other web browsers?

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

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