How to delete cookies from Safari on Mac, iPad and iPhone

In this post, we will discuss the process of removing cookies from your primary Apple devices. Although cookies can be beneficial for website operations, they can also have a negative impact by tracking users’ online behavior. While most of us are familiar with cookies, we often leave them stored on our devices without considering their potential consequences.

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Delete cookies in Safari on Mac

Whether you own a Mac with Apple Silicon or Intel, the procedure for deleting cookies remains the same as both come with Apple’s default browser. Below are the seven steps you can follow to delete cookies in Safari on your Mac:

  1. You open the Safari browser.
  2. Click “Safari” in the menu bar at the top of the screen. You can also use the keyboard shortcut is Command + Comma
  3. Select “Preferences” from the drop down menu.
  4. Click on “Privacy”.cookie_01
  5. Click on “Manage website data”.
  6. Select “Delete All” in the lower left corner of the window. You can delete cookies from all websites or from some default websites.
  7. Confirm that you want to delete all cookies by selecting “Delete now”.


It is worth noting that deleting cookies means that users will need to re-enter their login information on websites that they previously visited. Moreover, cookies are set by specific websites or all web pages, so users must be cautious when deciding which information or how much information they want to remove.

Delete cookies in Safari on iPad and iPhone

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Clearing Safari cookies on an iPad is a straightforward process, similar to that of an iPhone. It involves five simple steps:

  1. Open the Safari browser.
  2. Touch the “Settings” icon on the home screen.
  3. Select “Safari” from the list of options.
  4. Tap on “Clear history and website data”.
  5. Confirm that you want to delete all cookies by selecting “Clear history and data”.

Similar to macOS, when you delete cookies on iPad, you will need to re-enter login information on previously visited websites. Additionally, you must also determine which cookies you want to delete since cookies are set by specific websites or all web pages.

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Advantages of deleting cookies

There are four main reasons why deleting cookies in macOS, iPadOS, and iOS can be advantageous for improving performance and user experience:

  • Privacy Protection: Cookies are commonly used to track users’ online behavior, which can compromise their privacy. By deleting cookies, the amount of information that can be collected about the user is reduced, thus providing a layer of protection.
  • Free Up Storage Space: Cookies, like other types of temporary files, can take up a significant amount of space on the device’s hard drive. Deleting cookies can free up storage space that can be used for other purposes, such as storing important files and applications.

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  • Improve performance:  Cookies can slow down the performance of Safari on Mac. By removing cookies, you can improve Safari’s performance and speed up online browsing.
  • Avoid login conflicts: Cookies can cause login conflicts on some websites. By deleting cookies, you can fix this problem and improve your online browsing experience.