Last updated on December 11th, 2021

Enable Cookies in Chrome Manually

Cookies are the most commonly used by web servers to track and navigate users, for a better browsing experience. Whenever a person visits a site, the server provides their browser with a cookie that acts as a type of identification card. This helps in loading personalised web pages next time and also gathering information about the user such as his/her most visited, frequently visited and least visited websites.

So, how can you enable such cookies in Google Chrome? Here’s a quick guide to help-

  • Open chrome browser on your desktop.
  • At the top right corner, locate the customize and control Google Chrome icon

This will open a drop-down menu with many chrome features to choose from.

  • Next up, go to settings option in the menu

The chrome://settings/ page appears.

  • Under Privacy and Security tab in the left pane, click Site Settings

You can alternatively, search for site settings in the search bar given on the top of the page.

  • Next up, scroll down and search for Cookies and site data under Content heading.
  • The main cookies menu shows up. You can customize your browser’s cookie sitting according to your need here.

The Allow all cookies option will allow sites you browse to use cookies to improve your browsing experience, for example to keep you signed in or to remember items in your shopping basket. Sites can also use cookies to see your browsing activity across different sites, for example, to show you personalise ads.

Next you have the, Block third-party cookies in Incognito option which still allows websites to collect cookies but while in Incognito mode, these sites can’t use your cookies to see your browsing activity across different sites; for example, to personalise ads. 

Up next, the  Block third-party cookies option allows sites to use cookies to help enhance your browsing experience but will block them from viewing your activities across other sites and using this information to show you customised and personalised ads.

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If you choose the Block all cookies option, the sites you visit can neither track your browsing activities nor improve the experience, for example keeping you signed in on a particular website you visit frequently. This option is generally not recommended.

You can further choose from advanced settings such as clearing browser cookies and site data once you quit chrome, sending a ‘Do Not Track’ request with your browsing traffic or preloading pages for faster browsing and searching.

  • You can also check out all the cookies and site data stored on your browser by scrolling down to the See all cookies and site data option and clicking on it.

This gives a detailed list view of all the cookies stored along with an option to search for a desired cookie. The list also gives information about its storage location and option to remove the cookie permanently from your computer.

  • The last feature on the page, gives you control to manually add or remove sites from accessing cookies on your browser.

Go to the Sites that can always use cookies and click on the Add button. A pop up menu appears. Enter the url of the website, on which you want to specifically allow cookies. The checkbox given here allows access to  third-party cookies on the website you are adding. After filling it up to your desire, click the Add button to save your settings.

Once you’re finished customizing your cookies, close the settings tab and all the settings you made will immediately come into effect once.

And that’s it! you just learnt how to configure your browser cookies. You can similarly configure cookies on chrome on your android or mac devices to make your online experience better.

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