How to enable cookies in Chrome & Firefox: PC and Mobile

How to enable Cookies in Chrome & Firefox

While browsing on the internet, you must have seen websites asking your consent to store cookies in your browser. What are cookies after all? Are they safe? If so, how do you enable them? We tried to address common questions around cookies and listed steps to enable cookies in major browsers on PC and on mobile. Read on to find out what cookies are and how you can enable cookies in Chrome and other major browsers.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of information stored by a website in your browser when you visit it. The website might use cookies for various purposes: Identifying a user, Store information about the locale of the user, Store information about the current session, etc. Cookies enable the website in providing the user a seamless browsing experience. Cookies are also used to identify users by advertising platforms when the user visits a page with their ad. This helps in collecting analytics for the services to improve what they have to offer.

Along with these advantages mentioned above, there is a major disadvantage: the privacy concern. Using cookies, certain websites might be able to keep track of the websites you have visited. Privacy regulations like the GDPR specified rules of compliance the websites have to follow while handling user data in the form of cookies. However, not all websites will try to track you and you might want to enable cookies on websites whose core functionality depends on cookies. Like logging in or tracking your wish-list using a cart. Read on to know how you can enable cookies in various browsers.

How to enable cookies in Chrome browser on your PC

Chrome is the most used desktop browser in the world. Google Chrome enables cookies by default. If you have accidentally disabled cookies completely or would like to change how cookies are used, follow the steps to enable them.

Steps

1. Open Chrome and click on the options button (⋮) on the top right.

Chrome Windows Step 1

2. Click on Settings from the menu.

Chrome Windows Step 2

3. Select Privacy & security on the left. Click on Site Settings.

Chrome Windows Step 3

4. Scroll down and look for Cookies and site data under Content submenu.

Enable Cookies Step 4

5. There are 4 setting options to choose from:

Enable Cookies Step 5
Allow all cookies

This option lets websites store all cookies on your browser. It is the least safe option of all. This option allows third-party cookies that allow user tracking across websites for ad personalization.

Block third-party cookies in Incognito

This option is safer than the previous one and blocks third-party cookies only in Incognito mode. So, whenever you are browsing in the normal mode, this option allows third-party cookies. This is the recommended option.

Block third-party cookies

This option blocks third-party cookies in all modes. So, ad personalization won’t work and you might not be able to take advantage of all the third-party services websites got to offer. This is the second recommended option.

Block all cookies (not recommended)

This option, although being the safest option of all, is not recommended as it breaks website functionality. However, you might not be able to have a normal browsing experience with this option selected.

6. Select second or third options : Block third-party cookies in Incognito or Block third-party cookies

Enable Cookies Step 6

How to enable cookies in Chrome Mobile (Android)

Android is the predominant operating system on mobile phones. This guide lists the steps to enable cookies in Google Chrome on your Android mobiles.

Steps

1. Open Chrome and click on the options button (⋮) on the top right.

Enable Javascript in Chrome on Android Step 1

2. Click on Settings from the menu.

Enable Javascript in Chrome on Android Step 2

3. Under Advanced settings, select Site settings.

Enable Javascript in Chrome on Android Step 3

4. Scroll down and look for Cookies. Click on it.

Android Cookies Step 4

5. There are 4 setting options to choose from:

Android Cookies Step 5
Allow all cookies

This option lets websites store all cookies on your browser. It is the least safe option of all. This option allows third-party cookies that allow user tracking across websites for ad personalization.

Block third-party cookies in Incognito

This option is safer than the previous one and blocks third-party cookies only in Incognito mode. So, whenever you are browsing in the normal mode, this option allows third-party cookies. This is the recommended option.

Block third-party cookies

This option blocks third-party cookies in all modes. So, ad personalization won’t work and you might not be able to take advantage of all the third-party services websites got to offer. This is the second recommended option.

Block all cookies (not recommended)

This option, although being the safest option of all, is not recommended as it breaks website functionality. With this option enabled, you might not be able to have a normal browsing experience with this option selected.

6. Select second or third options : Block third-party cookies in Incognito or Block third-party cookies

Android Cookies Step 5

How to enable cookies in Firefox on your PC

Firefox is a privacy focused browser and has in-built cookie setting presets you can use to safely enable/disable cookies. Use the following steps to enable cookies in Firefox on your PC.

Steps

1. Open Firefox and use the hamburger menu icon (☰) on the top right corner.

Cookies Firefox Step 1

2. Click on Options

Cookies Firefox Step 2

3. Click on Privacy & Security tab on the left.

Cookies Firefox Step 3

4. Under Enhanced Tracking Protection, you will see three options: Standard, Strict and Custom

Standard (Recommended)
Cookies Firefox Step 4 Standard

Standard tracking protection by default blocks social media trackers and cross-site tracking cookies. So, this is the recommended option and it will not hinder normal page loading.

Strict
Cookies Firefox Step 4 Strict

Strict tracking protection offers stronger protection. In addition to blocking tracking content in Incognito windows, it blocks it in normal windows too. This setting may break website functionality.

Custom
Cookies Firefox Step 4 Custom

Custom tracking protection can be used when the Standard or the Strict options are not what you need. This option gives granular control over what is blocked and what is allowed. Select “Cross-site cookies — includes social media cookies” to get the recommended security while still loading all the website content.

5. Select Standard if in doubt

Cookies Firefox Step 5

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