How to Delete Cookies on Android [Chrome, Opera, Firefox]
Updated · Jul 29, 2022
If your phone is slow or your browser's crashing once in a while, chances are it's due to cookies piling up.
Fortunately, you can easily fix that.
If you've ever wondered how to delete cookies on Android, you've come to the right place. I’ll tell you all about it!
But we need to discuss some things first:
What Are Cookies and What Do They Do?
Simply put, cookies are small files of information that a server generates and sends to a web browser. Whenever you surf the Web on your Android phone, your browser gathers data and stores it.
But why is that?
In short, cookies give websites information about the user. This way, site cookies help enhance your browsing experience. For example, they enable you to stay logged into your accounts and help your frequently visited sites load faster. Also, some are necessary for security purposes.
Sounds great, right?
Then why do we have to remove cookies from Android?
Such data eventually builds up and ends up taking up space on your phone. Nobody wants that.
Time to get rid of them:
How to Delete Cookies on Android?
It’s a pretty straightforward process. You have nothing to worry about.
First, we’ll go over how to remove cookies on Chrome.
To delete your site cookies, open Chrome, and tap on three dots in the right-hand corner.
Then, choose History and select Clear Browsing Data.
You can clear Android cookies on Chrome and also your browsing history and cached images and files.
The All time drop-down menu on the right allows you to remove data anywhere from the past 24 hours to the last four weeks. Also, if you tap on Advanced, you can remove:
- Saved passwords
- Autofill form data
- Site settings
Select what you want and hit the blue Clear Data button.
Once you do that, your screen should look like this:
What if you’re using Mozilla?
Don’t worry, we’ve got ya. Here’s how to clear cookies from Android if you’re using Firefox:
Open Mozilla and tap the three-dot menu icon in the bottom right corner.
Then, go to Settings and scroll down to Delete Browsing Data.
Firefox also allows you to delete the following:
- Open tabs
- Browsing History
- Cached Images
Whatever you choose, tap Delete browsing data.
But what about other browsers?
Here’s how to clear cookies on Android if your browser of choice is Opera.
Launch it and select the Opera icon in the lower right corner. Then, go to Settings and choose Privacy.
Tap on Clear browsing data. Once again, the browser lets you decide what to remove.
You can check the Cookies and Site Data box and then hit Clear Data.
Pretty easy, right? And your phone will thank you!
But how often do you need to get rid of cookies on Android?
It all depends on your work habits and needs. Let’s discuss.
How Often Should You Delete Cookies on Android?
You don’t have to erase your cookies every day.
Still, it's a good idea to clear cookies and cache every couple of weeks or so. An occasional clean-out will be very helpful. Especially if there’s a drop in your browser’s performance or you’ve run out of space.
Keep in mind that if you visit a large number of sites, you should erase your cookies more often.
Also, clearing cookies on Android is a temporary fix since the apps you use will start building up data again. That’s why cleaning too frequently can be pointless.
So, to sum up, delete cookies once every month or so.
There you have it!
We’ve learned that deleting cookies on Android will improve your phone’s performance.
Yes, they offer a better browsing experience, but at some point, they become an issue. If your device is buggy, it’s likely due to cookies piling up.
And they sure do build up fast. More so, if you use your Android too much.
But let's be honest, we've all been there.
Luckily, you now know how to delete cookies on Android. Doing so once every month or two should be enough.
Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.
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