- You can enable cookies for the iPhone’s Safari browser in the Settings app.
- While cookies help personalize and stream your web browsing experience, you can manage how third-party companies track you.
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You sometimes hear advice from security- and privacy-minded individuals suggesting that you should block or disable all cookies in your web browser. But is that really the best advice?
While third-party cookies are used by ad companies to track you as you go around the internet, first-party cookies are actually practical. First-party cookies allow browsers to remember important user info — like usernames, passwords, and language preferences — so you have a better user experience.
Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to leave first-party cookies enabled to personalize and streamline your web browsing. That said, there are measures you can take so third-party content providers do not collect your personal data.
How to enable cookies on iPhone in Chrome and Firefox
If you use a third-party browser like Chrome or Firefox, cookies are enabled by default, and you do not have the option to disable them.
You do, however, have the option to disable third-party cookies. Here’s how to manage cookies for Chrome and Firefox:
- Chrome: On your iPhone, go to Settings, and then select Chrome. From there, make sure Allow Cross-Website Tracking is disabled.
- Firefox: On your iPhone, go to Settings, and then select Firefox. From there, make sure Allow Cross-Website Tracking is disabled.