How to delete cookies on your iPhone

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By Erric Buttlar

Anyone using an iPhone who is concerned about their privacy and the possibility that strangers could monitor their online activities or perhaps the websites they have visited using a browser on their Apple phone. You’ll be happy to know that there’s a simple way to delete cookies on your iPhone, enabling you to delete any Internet history or website data that might be secretly or knowingly tracking your online activities on some websites.

This method of erasing cookies will function on both the Apple Safari and Google Chrome web browsers on the iPhone. For those who are uncertain what cookies are, they are little files that websites download automatically to your phone and use to record information about your preferences.

For instance, remembering your login information, the items you have added to your basket, and more. Without cookies, it would be nearly impossible to visit websites and go about daily activities. Cookies have been designed to enhance your browsing experience. However, a few untrusted websites and those who wish to maliciously monitor your online activity may use cookies to invade your online privacy by keeping track of the websites you visit.

These big businesses profit handsomely from monitoring your regular Internet usage and selling the information to other businesses. Fortunately, Apple offers a wide range of options and tools that you may use to safeguard your data and privacy. By preventing Facebook, or rather Meta, from tracking iPhone users and reselling their data to other businesses for profit, these settings have apparently cost Facebook over $10 billion in revenue.

By navigating to the iPhone Settings App > Safari, you may prevent websites from tracking your iPhone’s actions. Make sure the Prevent Cross-Site Tracking option is turned on in the Privacy and Security section. Additionally, you can block all cookies and hide your IP address from trackers below. However, as previously stated, this might not be the best choice as it could disable functionality on specific websites and online shops.

Other privacy and security options that Apple recently added let you receive alerts when your iPhone discovers a fraudulent website and let you control whether or not advertisers can track the performance of associated ad activity on your iPhone. Visit the Apple Support page to learn more about all the new privacy features that Apple released last year.

Clearing or deleting the cookies on your iPhone on a regular basis is another way to help prevent unwanted third parties from tracking your Internet activity. There are two ways to do this: either delete the cookies from each website separately or completely clear the cookies and browsing history from your iPhone.

Delete iPhone Cookies and clear browsing History

The steps listed below will help you erase all cookies and your browser history from your iPhone and any other devices linked to your current iCloud account.

  1. To start, open your iPhone’s Settings app.
  2. The Clear History and Website Data option will be highlighted in blue as you descend the Safari settings menu.
  3. Read the warning that states that removing the cookies from your iPhone’s Safari programme would wipe all Internet history on all devices logged into your iCloud account as well as history, cookies, and other browsing data.
  4. Accept the notice and click the Clear History and Data option to continue.

If you would like to select individual website data on your iPhone and clear the cookies one site at a time, follow the instructions below.

  1. Open your iPhone’s Settings app.
  2. Locate Advanced at the bottom of the Safari Settings screen by scrolling down.
  3. On the Advanced page, choose Website Data.
  4. On the website you want to delete, swipe left.
  5. You can also delete all website data from your iPhone using the button at the bottom of this page.

You can stop websites from permanently tracking your online behaviour by regularly clearing website cookies from your phone.

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