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How to Enable Cookies in Chrome – 6 Easy Steps

The instructions in this post will take you through the step-by-step guide on how to enable cookies in Chrome on your desktop.


Step 1: On your Desktop computer, Open the Chrome browser

You may already have Google Chrome in your Taskbar. If you don’t have Google Chrome in your Taskbar, click on the search icon and type in Google Chrome. When you can see the Chrome App. Left-click to open the Google Chrome App.

Step 2: Click the “Customize and Control Google Chrome” button

At the top right-hand side of your screen, you’ll see the More icon, More, click on this and it will bring up a lot of options, what we need is the Settings option just before Help.

Step 3: Click on Settings

Clicking on Settings will launch a new page. There are two ways to navigate to cookie settings where we can enable cookies in chrome.

We can either search for Cookies in the search settings box at the very top of the screen along the blue bar or navigate to cookies by clicking on Privacy and security that you can find under settings at the left-hand corner.

Step 4: Click on Privacy and Security Tab

Clicking on the Privacy and security tab under settings will bring the Privacy and security options to the top, there are four options listed in the Privacy and security Tab we need to click on Site settings.

Step 5: Click on Site settings

The site settings controls how we can set what information sites can use and show (location, camera, pop-ups and more).

When you’ve clicked on settings, scroll down until you find Content. When you find Content, you need to click on the first option, which should be Cookies and site data.

Step 6: Cookies and site data

Clicking on Cookies and site data will open up a new page for the general settings for cookies. This is where you can set your preferred cookies settings for your Chrome browser.

There are four Cookies settings option to choose from to enable or disable Cookies in Chrome:

How to enable/ disable cookies in Chrome

Allow all cookies – If you click on this option, you will enable first and third-party cookies, which means websites will be able to keep you signed in and you will get personalised ads as your browsing activity will be monitored.

I personally wouldn’t click on this option because I don’t want to be bombarded with adverts from third-party websites( sites that are different from the ones that I am actually visiting).

Block third-party cookies in Incognito – If you do browse Incognito, you might need to disable cookies. While in Incognito, sites can’t use your cookies to see your browsing activity across different sites; for example, to personalise ads.

Block third-party cookies – If you click on this option, Sites won’t be able to use cookies to see your browsing activity across different sites, for example, to personalise ads. Although some features on some sites may break.

This is my go-to setting for cookies, I do love my privacy and don’t want to be tracked by websites I haven’t directly visited. This option provides a balance between allowing/blocking cookies.

Block all cookies (not recommended) – I personally wouldn’t encourage you to block all cookies as this will give you a bad browsing experience. You may not be able to log into some websites if you block all cookies.

If you have other browser types such as Safari or Edge, and you want to learn how to enable cookies please click on this link.

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