When you visit many websites on the Internet, they will store cookies in your browser. These cookies can be used to keep you signed into an account, place and remember items in a shopping cart, and remember settings and choices that you have made.
Often these cookies are useful, but they can occasionally cause issues with browser behavior, or they might have been placed from ads or tracking software that you wish to remove.
Your iPhone’s Safari browser has a lot of security features and settings that make it one of the safer browsers you can use. But it doesn’t block all of the cookies that websites try to use, as that can have a negative impact on your browsing history. It does provide a tool for deleting cookies, though.
You can clear cookies on an iPhone 13 by going to Settings > Safari > tapping Clear History and Website Data, then tapping Clear History and Data to confirm the removal of those cookies.
Now when you start viewing additional Web pages in a normal browsing session in Safari, it won’t have any of the previous cookies and will only create new ones.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about iPhone 13 cookie settings and some of the other privacy and security settings in the browser.
How to Delete All Cookies on iPhone 13
- Open Settings.
- Choose Safari.
- Tap Clear History and Website Data.
- Tap Clear History and Data.
Our guide continues below with additional information on deleting cookies on your iPhone, including pictures of these steps.
How to Clear Browsing Data and History on an iPhone 13 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 15.4.1 operating system.
Note that when you delete all of the cookies from your iPhone, it will sign you out of accounts that you are currently signed in to, meaning that you will need to re-enter passwords and usernames.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Safari option.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap the Clear History and Website Data.
Step 4: Touch Clear History and Data to confirm that you want to delete all of this data.
Note that this will remove history, cookies, and other browsing data.
Our tutorial continues below with additional discussion about clearing iPhone cookies in Safari.
More Information on Cookies on your Apple iOS Device
The steps above allow you to delete all browsing data and history from Safari on your iPhone. These steps will work on most versions of the iPhone and most versions of iOS and other Apple devices like the iPad and iPod Touch.
If you also use browsers like Chrome or Firefox, then this will not delete the cookies from that browser. You will need to open those browsers and go into their Settings menu to delete cookies.
If you start a private browsing session, then Safari will not store cookies or other browsing data while you are in that session. You can start browsing privately on your iPhone 13 by opening Safari, tapping the Tabs icon at the bottom of the screen, then touching the Tabs button and choosing the Private option.
There are other Privacy and Security settings on the iPhone that you can also adjust from the same Settings > Safari menu. These include:
- Prevent Cross-Site Tracking
- Hide IP Address
- Block All Cookies
- Fraudulent Website Warning
- Privacy Preserving Ad Measurement
- Check for Apple Pay
Note that the “Block All Cookies” option here will prevent any sites from placing cookies on your device. However, not allowing cookies at all can make it difficult to sign into accounts, use shopping carts, and perform other common browser actions that rely on cookies.
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