How to enable cookies in Google Chrome on any device to improve your web browsing experience

Dave Johnson
·3 min read
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Enabling cookies in Chrome on all your devices can improve your web browsing experience. Geber86/Getty Images

Cookies are small text files used by websites to save information about you and your visit. If cookies are disabled in your Google Chrome app, web browsing is probably a bit harder for you than it needs to be.

Cookies can customize your browsing experience, helping sites keep you logged in, know who you are, and remember your preferences. They can also remember what's in your cart on shopping sites and display articles you're interested in on news sites.

If you or someone else has disabled cookies in your Google Chrome web browser on a computer or mobile device, you can enable them again with just a few clicks.

How to enable cookies in Google Chrome on a computer

  1. Open the Chrome web browser on your Mac or PC.

  2. In the top-right corner of the Chrome window, click the icon of three vertical dots.

  3. At the bottom of the drop-down, click "Settings."

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    You can control cookies in the Settings menu. Dave Johnson/Insider
  4. Scroll down the Settings page to the "Privacy & Security" section, and click "Cookies and other site data."

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    Select "Cookies and other site data." Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider
  5. On the "Cookies and other site data" page, you can choose from a handful of cookies settings. To enable cookies, click the circle beside either "Allow all cookies" or "Block third-party cookies in Incognito," which will only block such cookies when you're using an incognito window.

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    You can click the downward-facing arrow beside each setting to reveal more information about what the setting does. Grace Eliza Goodwin/Insider



Cookies have now been enabled in Chrome. You can always return here to turn them off, or customize the way Chrome handles cookies - for example, if you wanted to, you could block certain sites.

How to enable cookies in Google Chrome on Android

  1. Open the Chrome app on your Android phone.

  2. In the top-right corner of the app, tap the icon of three vertical dots.

  3. In the drop-down, tap "Settings," and then tap "Site settings."

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    On the Settings page, go to "Site settings." Abbey White/Insider
  4. Tap "Cookies."

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    Select "Cookies." Abbey White/Insider
  5. On the Cookies page, you can choose from a handful of cookies settings. To enable cookies, click the circle beside either "Allow all cookies" or "Block third-party cookies in Incognito," which will only block such cookies when you're using an incognito window.

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    Choose one of the first two options. Abbey White/Insider

Enable cookies in Google Chrome on iPhone

iOS browsers keep things simple - on the iPhone and iPad, the Chrome app (as well as other browsers) automatically enables cookies, and it isn't possible to turn them off.

How to clear and manage cookies on your Mac computer's Safari browserHow to enable cookies on an iPhone to help streamline your web browsingHow to clear your browsing history on an iPad in three different waysHow to clear the cache on a Google Chrome browser to make it run more efficiently

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