How to Enable Cookies on an iPhone
When you visit a website, you might be asked you to enable their cookies. These first-party cookies record analytics data, analyze visitors’ data activity, and track other functions that help websites enhance your user experience.
This guide will show you how to enable cookies on Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Yahoo Mail on your iPhone. That way, you can make the most of the website you’re visiting.
How to Enable Cookies on an iPhone in Chrome
Google Chrome is a third-party browser for iOS devices, so cookies are enabled automatically. There is no way to disable them. However, you are able to control third-party cookies and protect your online activity.
Here’s how to adjust the cookies settings for Chrome:
- Enter the Settings app from your home screen, then choose “Chrome.”
- Tap “Allow Cross-Website Tracking” to disable third-party cookies.
Use Chrome’s ” Incognito ” mode when you want to browse the internet without storing cookies on your iPhone.
How to Enable Cookies on an iPhone in Safari
Depending on the version of iPhone you’re using, there are two ways you can go about managing cookies. Here’s the process if you’re using iOS 11 and later:
- Open the Settings app, then scroll down and select the “Safari” option.
Note: The Settings screen is longer than your home screen, so make sure you’re dragging the display down to see which options and tabs are available.
- Click the button next to the “Block All Cookies” tab. When it’s in the OFF position, it’ll turn grey.
You’ll usually see a pop-up window asking you to accept their cookies when you view websites. Only accept the cookies if you think the website you’re on is reliable.
If you’re using an iPhone that operates on iOS 7, 8, 9, or 10, then enabling cookies is a little bit different, but still relatively straightforward.
- Go to the Settings app, scroll to the bottom of the screen, and select “Safari.”
- Scroll down again, then tap the “Block Cookies” tab.
- Choose the “Allow From Websites I Visit” option.
The “Block Cookies” tab offers two more options: “Allow From Current Website Only” and “Always Allow.” If you select “Allow From Current Website Only,” then you’ll enable only first-party cookies. The second option will allow cookies even from websites you’re not currently viewing.
How to Enable Cookies on an iPhone in Firefox
Like Google Chrome, Firefox is a third-party browser. Since first-party cookies will always be enabled, you’ll have to manage third-party cookies to upgrade your security.
- Open the Settings app from your home screen, then tap “Firefox.”
- Click “Allow Cross-Website Tracking” to deactivate the cookies.
If you don’t want your iPhone to store cookies when using Firefox, make sure to browse in “Private” mode.
How to Enable Cookies on an iPhone in Yahoo Mail
You won’t be able to access some Yahoo websites unless you enable browser cookies. The sites will have limited functionality, preventing you from finishing important tasks. To ensure better website performance, you’ll have to enable cookies in supported browsers for your Yahoo Mail account.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Select the “Safari” option, then click “Block All Cookies” to switch it off and allow cookies.
- Tap the arrow in the top-left corner to record the changes.
When you’re done, reopen your browser so that the changes can take effect.
What are first-party cookies?
First-party cookies are created and collected by the website a user is visiting. They’re mainly used to improve customer experience by remembering user preferences and logging customer behavior. E-commerce sites are a great example. Once you first log in, the site stores your credentials and information for future visits, quickening the log-in process. Also, they keep products in your cart even when you don’t visit the store for days or weeks. This makes the return to the website seamless and more enjoyable.
What are third-party cookies?
Third-party cookies are created by websites other than the one you’re visiting. They’re primarily used for advertising purposes. The cookie code is loaded on the website you’re on, which is why most sites will display the “Share” and “Like” buttons urging you to view content on third-party websites. When you click these buttons, cookies are transferred onto your device. The sites that created the cookies will now be able to monitor which sites you’re browsing and send you targeted ads based on your online behavior.
Live-chat windows work similarly. When you initiate a conversation, the cookies will store your name and conversation history. You can remove this information by deleting the cookies.
What will happen if I block cookies?
When you block cookies, some websites might stop working. For example:
● You won’t be able to log in to a website even though you’re entering the correct credentials.
● A pop-up window may notify you that you need cookies to access the page or that your cookies are disabled.
● The site’s features will be limited.
Why does Yahoo Mail say my cookies are off?
You might occasionally face some trouble with cookies when accessing Yahoo Mail through Safari. Clearing your site history and cookies and refreshing Safari should fix the issue. Alternatively, you can use the Yahoo Mail app if you have an urgent task.
Have as Many or as Few Cookies as You Want on Your iPhone
Understanding cookies and how to enable or disable them can help you create a more personalized online environment. Ultimately, you want to experience the full benefits of your most visited sites and be able to limit distractions such as targeted ads and live chats.
This guide has hopefully given you a better understanding of what cookies are and how to enable them on your iPhone. Do you usually clear cookies for a particular website? Which browsers do you use on your iPhone, and do you clear cookies on all of them? Let us know in the comments section below.