How to Clear Cookies from the Safari App on Your iPhone & iPad

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When you delete cookies from Safari on your iPhone or iPad, you free up storage space and improve your device's performance speeds. When you clear the cache and cookies on your iPad or iPhone, you can also better protect your online privacy and potentially remove any malicious bugs your device may have picked up. And the good news is that to delete cookies from your iPhone takes only four simple steps in your Safari settings. Keep in mind that clearing cookies on your iPhone will delete saved logins and other website information.

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What Are Cookies on the iPhone or iPad?

Cookies are pieces of data placed on your iPhone or iPad by the websites you visit in order to enhance your browsing experience. From helping you retain login information to tracking what sites you typically visit or what items you are interested on Amazon, cookies and their associated data can make your web experience quicker, smoother, and more intuitive. After a while though, cookies and their associated data can take up valuable storage space on your iPhone or iPad and diminish overall performance.

How to Clear Cache & Cookies on iPhone or iPad

  • To delete cookies from your iPhone or Pad, start by going to your device's Settings app.

  • Tap Safari. Then tap Clear History and Website Data.


  • A confirmation window will pop up.

  • Tap your confirmation and that's it; the cookies are deleted!

How to Disable Cookies on iPhone or iPad

You can permanently disable cookies on iPhone or iPad by going to Settings > Safari and toggling Block All Cookies on. Keep in mind that this may prevent websites from working properly. A good alternative to permanently disabling cookies on iPhone or iPad, if you want to prevent cookies from accumulating, is to turn on Private Browsing from within your Safari browser.

  • To do this, open Safari and tap the Tab icon (two overlapping rectangles) in the lower right corner on an iPhone or the top right on the iPad and then tap Private. No cookies will accumulate while you browse in this mode.

  • To enable cookies on your iPhone or iPad, simply tap the Tab icon once more an deselect your Safari Private browsing option by tapping on Private again.

Now you can free up storage on your device and know the importance of cookies!

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As Senior Gear Editor at iPhone Life, Dig reports on the latest and greatest accessories built for the iOS ecosystem. From rugged gear and Bluetooth speakers, to headphones, unique iDevice cases, and iOS remote controlled vehicles, Dig's articles cover a wide range of great gear for the iPhone and iPad. A core gamer for over three decades, Dig also writes iPhone Life's Game Centered column, which focuses on the best iOS games and game related news. Additionally, Dig's company, iDoc Tech Support, offers web design and administration services as well as iPhone and iPad repairs. When not at his work desk, Dig loves spending time with family and enjoying the wonders of nature. You can follow him on Twitter @idoctech