remove cookies

Cookies are small data files that websites save to your computer or device to store information. This information is used for actions like signing into a website or storing items in a shopping cart. We showed you how to delete cookies in Chrome and Firefox on your computer. You can also remove cookies on your iOS or Android device.

Many websites use cookies for unethical purposes. Cookies can track your online activity and servers send cookies with ads to track the browsing habits of people viewing those ads. Advertising companies send targeted ads to you based on your browsing habits whether you want them to or not.

Cookies can even go so far as to tie your online activities in Chrome and Firefox on your mobile device to your real-world identity. To avoid that happening, remove cookies periodically (maybe daily) from Chrome and Firefox on your mobile device.

Remove Cookies In Chrome

To remove cookies in Chrome on iOS or Android, tap the menu button (three vertical dots).

Tap the menu button in Chrome on iOS

Tap “Settings“.

Tap Settings in Chrome for iOS

On the “Settings” screen, tap “Privacy“.

Tap Privacy in Chrome for iOS

Tap “Clear Browsing Data” on the “Privacy” screen.

Tap Clear browsing data in Chrome for iOS

Make sure “Cookies, Site Data” (“Cookies and site data” on Android) is selected on the “Clear Browsing Data” screen. Select any other data you want to clear. Then, tap “Clear Browsing Data” (“Clear Data” on Android).

Tap Cookies, site data in Chrome for iOS

On Android, Chrome has an extra option when clearing browser data. Select the time frame for which you want to clear browser data from the “Clear data from the” drop-down list.

You’re returned to the “Privacy” screen automatically once the data is cleared.

Select time frame from Clear data from the drop-down list in Chrome for Android

On iOS, tap “Clear Browsing Data” again. Then, tap “Done” at the top of the “Clear Browsing Data” screen.

Tap Clear browsing data again in Chrome for iOS

Remove Cookies In Firefox On iOS

Removing cookies in Firefox is different on iOS and Android. To remove cookies in Firefox for iOS, tap the menu button (three horizontal lines) at the bottom of the screen.

Tap the menu button in Firefox for iOS

Swipe to the left on the popup dialog box.

Swipe left to next menu page in Firefox for iOS

Then, tap the “Settings” icon.

Tap Settings in Firefox for iOS

Tap “Clear Private Data” on the “Settings” screen.

Tap Clear private data in Firefox for iOS

On the “Clear Private Data” screen, make sure the “Cookies” slider button is on (orange). Turn on other options as desired. Then, tap “Clear Private Data“.

Tap Cookies and then Clear Private Data in Firefox for iOS

A warning dialog box displays. If want to clear all the selected data, including history from your synced devices, tap “OK“.

Tap OK on confirmation dialog box in Firefox for iOS

Once the data is cleared, the “Clear Private Data” option is grayed out.

Private data cleared in Firefox for iOS

Remove Cookies In Firefox On Android

To remove cookies in Firefox on an Android device, tap the menu button (three vertical dots).

Tap the menu button in Firefox for Android

Then, tap “Settings“.

Tap Settings in Firefox for Android

If you want to remove cookies automatically when you exit Firefox, tap “Privacy” on the left side of the “Settings” screen. Then, tap the “Clear private data on exit” check box.

Tap Privacy and then Clear private data in Firefox for Android

On the “Select which data to clear” dialog box, make sure the “Cookies & active logins” box is checked. Check the boxes for any other items you want to clear on exit and then tap “Set“.

Select which data to clear on exit in Firefox for Android

To remove cookies immediately, tap “Clear private data” on the left side of the “Settings” screen. Then, tap “Clear now” on the right.

Clear private data in Firefox for Android

On the “Clear now” dialog box, make sure the “Cookies & active logins” box is checked. Check the boxes for any other items you want to clear and then tap “Clear Data“.

Clear now dialog box in Firefox for Android

A message saying the private data is cleared displays at the bottom of the screen.

Private data cleared message in Firefox for Android

How often do you remove cookies and other private data from your mobile device? Do you remove cookies manually, on exit, or both? Let us know in the comments.

Lori Kaufman
Lori Kaufman
Freelance technical writer living in the Sacramento, CA area. A gadget and tech geek who loves to write how-to articles about a wide range of topics. Loves watching and reading mysteries, cross stitching, attending musical theatre, and is an avid Doctor Who fan.