How to enable cookies in Google Chrome on a desktop or mobile device

GoogleEnabling cookies in Google Chrome will make your browsing experience smoother.
  • Cookies are small text files used by Google Chrome and other web browsers to remember settings and preferences about web sites you visit. They make your browsing better and it’s recommended that you enable them.
  • You can enable cookies in Google Chrome on your computer in the Settings menu’s Content settings tab.
  • You can enable cookies in Chrome on Android in the Settings menu’s Site settings tab.
  • Cookies are always enabled in Chrome on the iPhone and cannot be turned off.
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If cookies are disabled in your web browser, web browsing is probably a bit harder for you than it needs to be. Cookies are small text files used by web sites to save information about you and your visit.

That means cookies can customise your browsing experience, helping the site keep you logged in, know who you are, and remember your preferences. Cookies can remember what’s in your cart on shopping sites and display articles you are interested in on news sites.

It’s easy to find advice online suggesting that you disable cookies because of (often overblown) privacy concerns, but it’s generally a good idea to leave them turned on.

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 Chrome.

2. Click the three dots at the top right of the Chrome window to display the menu.

3. Click “Settings.”

Chrome 1Dave Johnson/Business InsiderYou can control cookies in the Settings menu.

4. Scroll down the Settings page. If you can only see a few settings that end with a section called “On startup,” you need to expand the advanced settings. Click “Advanced” at the bottom of the page.

Chrome 2Dave Johnson/Business InsiderIf you can’t see the Privacy and security controls, you need to click ‘Advanced’ to see more settings.

5. In the Privacy and security section, click “Content settings.”

6. Click “Cookies.”

7. On the Cookies page, make sure that “Allow sites to save and read cookie data (recommended)” is turned on by sliding the switch to the right, so it turns blue.

Chrome 3Dave Johnson/Business InsiderIt’s a good idea to enable cookies by turning on ‘Allow sites to save and read cookie data.’

Cookies have now been enabled in Chrome. You can always return here to turn them off, or customise 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.

2. Tap the three dots in the lower right corner of the screen to display the menu.

3. Tap “Settings,” and then tap “Site settings.”

4. Tap “Cookies.”

5. On the Cookies page, make sure that “Cookies” is turned on by sliding the switch to the right, so it turns blue.

Chrome 4Dave Johnson/Business InsiderCookies should be on by default in Chrome, but you can enable it in the Settings menu.

Enable cookies in Google Chrome on the 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. So you don’t have to do anything in particular to use Chrome with cookies in iOS.

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