How to Clear Cookies in Safari on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you experiencing issues while browsing the internet on your Mac? One common troubleshooting step is to clear cookies in Safari.

Cookies are small files that websites store on your computer to remember your preferences and track your activity. Over time, these cookies can accumulate and cause various issues. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of clearing cookies in Safari on your Mac.

Step 1: Launch Safari

To get started, open the Safari browser on your Mac. You can find it in the Applications folder or by using Spotlight search.

Step 2: Access Preferences

Next, click on “Safari” in the top menu bar and select “Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut “Command + ,” (comma) to open the Preferences window.

Step 3: Navigate to Privacy

In the Preferences window, click on the “Privacy” tab located at the top of the window.

Step 4: Manage Website Data

In the Privacy tab, you will find a section called “Cookies and website data.” Click on the “Manage Website Data..” button to proceed.

Step 5: Remove Cookies

A new window will appear displaying a list of all websites that have stored cookies on your Mac. To remove all cookies at once, click on the “Remove All” button.

If you prefer to remove cookies selectively, you can scroll through the list and manually choose which ones to delete. To remove a specific website’s cookies, select it from the list and click on the “Remove” button.

Note:

If there are certain websites whose cookies you want to keep for convenient login or personalization purposes, make sure not to remove them.

Step 6: Confirm Removal

After you click “Remove All” or “Remove” for specific websites, Safari will ask you to confirm your action. Click on the “Remove Now” button to proceed.

Step 7: Close Preferences

Once the cookies have been cleared, you can close the Preferences window by clicking on the red “X” button in the top left corner.

Congratulations! You have successfully cleared cookies in Safari on your Mac.

This can help resolve issues related to website functionality, login problems, or excessive tracking by websites. Remember that clearing cookies will log you out of any websites you are currently signed into and may also remove saved preferences on certain websites.

Tips:

  • If you frequently encounter issues while browsing, consider clearing your cookies regularly to maintain optimal performance.
  • You can also set Safari to automatically block all cookies or only accept them from certain websites. These settings can be found in the Privacy tab of Safari Preferences.

Final Words

Clearing cookies in Safari is a simple yet effective way to resolve browsing issues on your Mac. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily manage and delete cookies as needed.

Remember that clearing cookies will log you out of websites and may impact personalized experiences on some sites. If you encounter any persistent or complex issues while using Safari, it’s always a good idea to reach out to Apple Support for further assistance.

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