How To Clear Cookies on Android (All Major Web Browsers)

By Richard Goodwin •  Updated: 10/12/20 •  5 min read

In this guide, we’ll show you how to clear cookies on Android from inside Chrome, Firefox, Samsung Internet Browser, and Microsoft’s Edge

Cookies are small files, text-based ones, that are installed on your computer and phone when you visit websites. Cookies contain information about you, your browsing habits, and your location and are used for advertising purposes predominantly.

All browsers, from Google Chrome to Apple’s Safari store cookies. It’s just the way the web works.

It also doesn’t matter whether you visit a website on your phone or on your computer, cookies will be stored and work in the same fashion. Cookies are fairly benign things but you should clear your Android phone’s cookies fairly regularly if you want optimal performance from your phone’s web browser.

Why You Should Delete Cookies on Your Browser

There are a number of reasons you should clear cookies on Android, as well as on iPhone and your PC and laptop’s browser. The main reasons to clear your Android phone’s cookies (and any other web-connected device you use) are as follows:

How To Clear Cookies in Chrome

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Locate Advanced section
  3. Tap Privacy
  4. Select Cookies and Site Data
  5. Select Clear to delete all cookies

How To Clear Cookies Firefox

  1. Tap The Three Dot Menu (Top Right Corner)
  2. Select Settings
  3. Tap Clear Private Data
  4. Next, Select Cookies & Active Logins
  5. Tap Clear Data to delete all cookies from Firefox

How To Clear Cookies Samsung Internet Browser

  1. Tap the hamburger menu in the top right corner
  2. Select Settings
  3. Tap Privacy and Security
  4. Tap Delete Browsing Data
  5. Select Cookies and Site Data
  6. Select Delete and it will remove all cookies from your Samsung Internet Browser

How To Clear Cookies Microsoft Edge Browser

  1. Tap the three-dot menu (top right-hand corner)
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Scroll down to Advanced, then tap Privacy
  4. Next, tap Clear Browsing Data
  5. Select the checkbox next to Cookies and Site Data
  6. Hit Clear and your cookies will be deleted from Microsoft’s Edge browser

Do VPNs Block Cookies?

A VPN will make your web connection completely anonymous, effectively placing a shield around all your activities while you’re online. This is why VPNs are used by people that download content via P2P and torrent sites.

A VPN will not stop cookies from being loaded onto your device. All a VPN does is encrypt your location and IP, so your activity cannot be traced back to your normal, unprotected IP.

So while a VPN will not stop companies from placing cookies on your mobile phone or PC, it will prevent companies from profiling you via cookies. What is profiling via cookies?

Say you go to an online retailer or a blog that is selling something. The site will place a cookie on your browser, one that indicates you might be interested in purchasing a product. The site – as well as other third-parties – can then use that cookie to target you with adverts.

That’s a big of an oversimplification of the process, but you get the drift. Using a VPN stops this from happening, however, so if you hate it when ads follow you around the web, a VPN is definitely worth considering. Me personally, I use ExpressVPN on all my internet-connected devices.

And here is how to clear cookies on iPhone!

How To Clear Cookies on Android
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Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin has been working as a tech journalist for over 10 years. He is the editor and owner of KnowYourMobile.

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