Pretty much every website you visit daily has cookies. These tiny files improve our browsing experience by showing the ads that might interest us and speeding up the loading time. Even though cookies are small, they can take up a lot of storage over time. Less storage often slows down devices, which can be a bit annoying.
If you want to free up some space on your iPad or iPhone and speed them up, you are in the right place. We will explore how to clear cookies on both of these Apple products and then some more. So keep reading!
Clearing cookies in Safari
When it comes to cleaning cookies on an iPad and iPhone, we have to start with Safari, the legendary Apple browser. Luckily, this process is super easy, and you will complete it in just a couple of taps. Start by opening the Settings. Scroll down and tap on Safari.
You will see a list of options, but keep scrolling until you find a tab that says Clear History and Website Data. Once you tap on it, your device will ask you again to confirm that you want to delete the website data.
Those who don’t want to erase all your website data can do so for individual web addresses. Continue scrolling until the very bottom of the Safari options, and there you will find an Advanced tab. Tap on it and select the Website Data. You can find it at the top of the screen.
Your iPhone or iPad will list all the websites you have been frequenting on the device. Tap on Edit in the upper right corner of the screen and select the website data you want to delete.
Remember that if your iPhone and iPad use the same iCloud account, the devices will sync up. So whatever you remove on your iPhone will disappear from the iPad too, or vice versa.
Can I block cookies?
Absolutely! However, you need to keep this in mind – if you block cookies on your iPhone or iPad, some websites might not work at all. You could also have a hard time logging in. Notifications that you have to accept cookies to load the page will pop out too.
If you are willing to deal with all of that for the sake of your privacy, then head to Settings and tap on Safari. Scroll down a bit until you see a section labeled Privacy & Security. There you will find an option to Block All Cookies.
Can I clear cookies in other apps?
Yes, in a way. The first thing you should check is your current storage situation. There you can assess which apps should go to the top of your list. You can do so by going to Settings, tapping on General, and finding an iPhone/iPad Storage tab.
Offloading your apps is a clever way to get more storage on your iPhone or iPad. So if that is one of your concerns, find apps you don’t use anymore and offload them. Your data will be in the cloud storage, and you can always download the app from the App store. It just won’t be taking up space on your device anymore.
Is it a good idea to remove all cookies?
It is a good idea if you are concerned about your privacy and iPhone or iPad storage. After all, it is recommended that you clear the cookies from your personal computer every month, so why not do something similar on your iPhone or iPad? You could remove all cookies every three or four months to keep your device clean and fresh.
Does clearing cookies delete passwords?
No, all your passwords will still be on your phone. However, you will be logged out of your accounts. All you need to do is log back in, and you will be all set. It is just an extra step that will take a second to complete.
Does clearing cookies delete bookmarks?
All your bookmarks will be safe and sound after you clear cookies on your iPhone or iPad. They are stored in Safari, and you can access them as soon as you launch the browser. Remember that deleting cookies will only make it seem like you haven’t visited a bookmarked website before.
I love tech and all about it. I'm interested in finding ways how they can make my life more productive, and I share my knowledge with my blog readers. I'm an iPad Pro, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch user, so I know a thing or two about these devices and try to write helpful content around these topics.