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How to Clear Cookies on Mac (Safari, Chrome & Firefox)

By Carrie Murray, Tuesday, January 29, 2019

In this post, you’ll learn something about clearing browser cache and cookies. So what are browser cookies? Should I clear cache on Mac? And how to clear cache on Mac? To fix the issues, just scroll down and check the answer.

See also: How to Clear Cookies Safari iPhone/iPad    

Clearing cookies can help fix some browsers problems and protect your privacy. Additionally, if the personal info automatically completed on websites isn't correct, deleting cookies can also help. If you don't know how to delete cookies on Mac or can't remove certain cookies on Safari, Chrome, Firefox, this post will explain how to clear cookies in Safari, Chrome, Firefox on MacBook Air/Pro, iMac.

1. What Are Cookies on Mac?

Browser cookies, or web cookies, are small text files on your computer, which contain data about you and your preference from websites you visit. When you visit a site again, your browser (Safari, Chrome, FireFox, etc.) sends the cookie to the website so that the site recognizes you and what you did on the last visit.

You remember that sometimes when you return to a website, the site shows you the items you checked out last time or it keeps your username? That's because of the cookies.

In short, cookies are files on your Mac to keep the information of what you've done on a website.

2. Is It Okay to Delete Cookies?

It is totally okay to remove cookies from your Mac. But you should know that once cookies are deleted, your browsing history on the specific websites will be deleted so you have to log in the websites again and reset your preference.

For example, if you clear the cookie of a shopping website, your username won't show and the items in your shopping carts will be cleaned. But if you log in the website again or add new items, new cookies will be generated.

Clear Cookies on Chrome Safari and Firefox

3. Quick Way to Remove All Cookies on Mac (Recommended)

If you are using multiple browsers on your Mac, there is a quick way to clear cookies from multiple browsers at once: FonePaw MacMaster. This is an all-in-one cleaner for Mac system and its Privacy feature can help you remove browsers data, including cookies, caches, browsing history, etc.

Step 1 Download and install MacMaster on Mac.

Download

Step 2 Open the cleaner and select Privacy option.

Step 3 Click Scan and after scanning, choose a browser, for example, Google Chrome.Tick Cookies and click Clean button to clear Chrome cookies.

Step 4 To clear cookies on Safari, Firefox or others, choose the specific browser and repeat the above step.

Clear Cookies on Mac

If you need to further clean junks on Mac, use MacMaster to clear browser caches, system caches, duplicated files and more.

4. How to Clear Cookies on Safari

You can follow the steps below to clear Safari's cache and history on Mac:

Step 1 Open Safari on Mac, click Safari > Preference.

Step 2 In the Preference window, choose Privacy > Remove All Website Data and confirm the deletion.

Step 3 To delete cookies from individual sites, for example, to get rid of Amazon, eBay cookies, choose Details to view all cookies on your Mac. Select a site and click Remove.

Delete Cookies on Safari

5. How to Remove Cookies in Google Chrome on Mac

Now, let's see the way to fix how to clear cookies on Mac from Chrome page manually:

Step 1 Launch Google Chrome browser.

Step 2 On the top left corner, click Chrome > Clear browsing data.

Step 3 Check Delete Cookies and other site data and set the time range.

Step 4 Click Clear browsing data to clear cookies in Chrome on Mac.

Clear Cookies in Chrome on Mac

6. How to Delete Cookies in Firefox on Mac

To fix how to clear cookies on Mac from Firefox webpage without the cleaner app, you can refer to the below steps:

Step 1 On Firefox, choose Clear Recent History.

Step 2 Choose the time range to clear and open Details.

Step 3 Check Cookies and click Clear Now.

Clear Cookies in Firefox on Mac

7. Cannot Delete Cookies? Here's What to Do

You may find that some cookies can't be deleted. So you have removed all the data from Privacy on Safari, but some cookies just come back after several seconds. So how to get rid of these cookies. Here are some thoughts.

  • Close Safari and click Finder > Go > Go to Folder.

Mac Go to Folder

  • Copy and paste ~/Library/Safari/Databases and go to this folder.

  • Delete files in the folder.

Note: Do not delete the folder itself.

Now you can check if the cookies are cleared. If not, open this folder: ~/Library/Safari/Local Storage. And delete contents in the folder.

Tip: If you cannot delete cookies with the built-in feature on Safari, Chrome or Firefox, you can delete the cookies with FonePaw MacMaster.

Above is the full guide to fix how to clear cookies on Macbook Pro/Air or iMac. If you have any problem about this guide, please drop us a comment below!

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