What is a cookie?
A cookie is a text file that is placed on a computer, smartphone or tablet by a website. That happens with different intentions. A cookie remembers:
that you are logged in to a site.
which products you have placed in a shopping basket on a webshop.
your preferred settings (if any), such as font size or language.
In addition, cookies are placed by statistics programs. Statistics programs track visitor behavior on websites. For example, how many visitors press a certain button or visit a certain page.
And finally, cookies are used by advertisers and social media. Cookies can be used to track the surfing behavior of users across different sites. Cookies with this feature are called “tracking cookies”.
A cookie is a small file that can be stored by a website on the hard drive of your computer. But how do you delete these cookies?
Websites have different reasons for placing cookies. There are useful cookies that, for example, remember login data so that the user does not have to log in every time. Other cookies are used, for example, to display personalized advertisements on websites.
Delete cookies in Google Chrome
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click on the “Customize and manage Google Chrome” icon. This is the icon with three dots.
- Click More Tools > Clear Browsing Data.
- A window opens. Place a checkmark in front of Cookies and other site data if that checkmark is not yet there.
- Under ‘Period’, select from which time the cookies should be removed.
- Click Delete data.
Delete cookies in Microsoft Edge
- Click in the top right on the icon with the three dots.
- Click on Settings.
- A menu opens. Under ‘Delete browsing data’, click Choose what you want to delete.
- A few options are checked by default. Leave the checkmark in front of Cookies and stored website data. Click the boxes for the other checked options to remove the check marks.
- Click Delete.
- The data is deleted. Click outside of the settings menu on an empty space to leave the settings.
Delete cookies in Firefox
- Open Firefox.
- Click on the top right menu button
- Click on Options.
- A new tab opens. Click on the left on Privacy & Security.
- At the bottom right ‘Cookies and website data’, click Delete data.Place a checkmark in front of Cookies and website data if that checkmark is not yet there
- Click Delete > Delete Now to delete all cookies.
Close the window via the cross in the top right corner.
Delete cookies in Internet Explorer
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Click on the ‘Extra’ icon. Gear icon.
- Click Security > Delete Browsing History.
- Now indicate which items you want to delete, including cookies. To do this, place a checkmark in front of Cookies and website data if that checkmark is not yet there.
- Click Delete.
Delete cookies on the Mac
- Open Safari
- Click Safari on the left side of the menu bar.
- Click Clear History.
- A new window appears. Delete the history of a certain period.
- Click behind ‘Delete’ on the selection menu.
- Click on the desired period, for example, entire history.
- Finally, click on Delete history.
Delete cookies on the iPad (iOS 8 to iOS 12)
- Tap Settings > Safari .
- Tap Clear History and Website Data.
- Tap Delete .
Delete cookies on the Samsung Galaxy Tab
- Open the Internet app.
- Tap the settings icon. Depending on your tablet, this is the physical button on your tablet to the left of the Start button or you can tap the three dots icon at the top right.
- Tap Settings > Privacy (Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and Tab A) or Privacy and Security (Samsung Galaxy Tab 3).
- Then tap Delete search data (Tab 4 and A) or Delete all cookie data > OK (Tab 3).
- A window will open in which you can place a check mark in front of the data you want to delete. To delete cookies, place a checkmark in front of Cookies and site data. (Tabs 4 and A).
- Then tap Delete (Tab 4 and A).