What Are Internet Cookies? Should You Remove Them From Your Phone?
Internet cookies are used by websites to track a user's visits to the site. They offer some benefits, like keeping you signed into a site and maintaining your site preferences. However, if you worry about this tracking, you can delete the cookies from your device. It's easy!
Even if tracking isn't a concern for you, periodically clearing the cookies can be useful for other reasons. For example, some sites use them to determine if you've already participated in an offer. By clearing the cookies, you might be able to get the offer twice.
How Do You Delete Cookies From Your Android Smartphone?
The process for deleting cookies depends on which browser you use. Most Android phones today come preloaded with Google Chrome, so we'll cover how to remove cookies from Chrome below. We'll also take a look at how to remove cookies from the stock Android browser for older phones.
Step-by-Step Guide to Deleting Cookies From Chrome on Your Phone
- Open the Chrome browser.
- Tap the three dots in the upper right.
- Select "Settings" from the menu.
- Scroll down to "Privacy and security" and select that.
- Select "Clear browsing data."
- Choose a time range. If you want to delete every single cookie, select "All time."
- Check the box next to "Cookies and site data." Make sure every other item is unchecked.
- Tap the "Clear data" button.
- You may get a pop-up asking you to confirm that you want to clear data from certain sites that you visit often. Select "Clear," and you're done!
If you'd like to view screenshots of this process, scroll through the illustrated guide below. If you want to double-check the latest instructions from Google itself, visit this FAQ page on cookies.
Step-by-Step Screenshots for Chrome Cookie Removal
How Do I Delete Cookies From the Stock Android Browser (AOSP)?
Older Android phones came with a different browser known as the stock Android browser or the AOSP; it's sometimes just referred to as the "Android browser." This browser is no longer available or supported. It was replaced by Chrome around 2012.
If you have a very old Android or Droid phone that's still functional, you may still be using the stock Android browser. In that case, here's the best way to clear the cookies from your phone.
Step-by-Step Guide to Deleting Cookies From the Android Web Browser
- Start up the Android web browser.
- Push “Menu” on the phone to bring up the options for the web browser.
- Select “More” in the lower right corner to bring up more options.
- Select the "Settings" option.
- Now you will see all the settings for the browser. Scroll down until you find "Clear all cookie data." Select that option.
- Your phone will now ask if you really want to clear all of the cookie data. Select “OK,” and all of the internet cookies will be deleted.
If you want to see screenshots of this process, scroll through the illustrated guide below.
Step-by-Step Screenshots for Android Browser Cookie Removal
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
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