Delete Site Specific Cookies in Safari on iOS

Jun 10, 2012 - 4 Comments

Removing specific site  browser cookies in Safari for iOS You can delete specific cookies for any website from the Safari web browser in iOS fairly easily. Though the setting to do so is buried a bit, it’s super easy to use and provides a lot of control, offering a complete list of all cookies stored on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and allowing you to edit or remove any cookies on an individual basis. The process is the same in all versions of iOS, described below:

  1. Open “Settings” and tap on “Safari”
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap on “Advanced”
  3. Tap “Website Data”
  4. Tap “Edit” in the upper right corner, then tap the red (-) minus symbol next to the individual website you wish to remove cookies from followed by the “Delete” button

Here is what the site-specific cookie menu looks like in iOS on an iPad, you’ll find a list of domains for each cookie, and you can edit or remove any of them as needed:

Delete Site Specific Cookies in iOS

Exit out of Settings when finished, you can refresh the site in question within Safari to verify the removal worked.

You can also choose to remove all website data and cookies from that settings panel, as indicated by the humungous red button at the bottom of the settings window. If you’re looking to remove all site data, there is a faster way to clear all cookies, history, and cache however that will ditch all browsing data in one fell swoop.

Why might you want to delete an individual sites cookie? First and foremost are privacy purposes and to remove personal data from a website, but a lot of sites also use cookies to track your behavior and then adjust things based on what you do. For example, if you are booking hotels or flights from an iPad or iPhone, many travel sites use cookies to track your searches and adjust pricing based on the frequency of searches and perceived demand. In that case, deleting cookies specific to the site can mean the difference in hundreds of dollars for final bookings.

If you are looking to just briefly avoid cookies for some reason, another option is to temporarily use Private Browsing mode so that no cookies, history, or caches are stored on the device. This has the same effect as deleting a cookie in that it starts a fresh browsing session for any specific site, except that any old cookies for those domains will not be removed.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Robin says:

    Good trick, but if you’re like me and you never use the iPhone for anything that needs to be personalized you can prevent Safari from storing any cookies at all by going to Settings > Safari > Accept Cookies > Never

  2. Chris says:

    I wish you could BLOCK specific sites from leaving cookies, like Facebook for example. I don’t use their service and don’t want them tracking my web habits.

    I guess we could always use Private Browsing but that is not the solution I am hoping for, maybe iOS 6 will deliver some details here.

  3. Rick says:

    How do you alphabetically organize the cookie list so that you can quickly find specific cookies

  4. Anon says:

    This seems to only remove some data, but not cookies.

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