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How to delete cookies from Android

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How to delete cookies from Android: Have you noticed the Internet sites that you access from your device Android, for some time now, no longer work as they should? Do they no longer remember your identity or preferences? Probably, the fault lies in the cookies saved in the browser that you generally use to visit them.

If you have never heard of it, a cookie is nothing more than a small file saved on the memory of the device used to browse online (in your case, the smartphone or tablet), which contains some information on the identity and habits of user navigation. In a nutshell, cookies are those that allow sites to remember who we are after interrupting our browsing session or – another example – to store the items we have added to our virtual carts in online stores.

Given the circumstances and taking into account what has just been stated, I therefore suggest reading this tutorial of mine focused on how to delete cookies from Android. In the following lines, in fact, I will explain to you, in a simple but not so detailed way, how to carry out the procedure in question, going to intervene on the most popular browsers for the mobile platform of the “green robot”. Eventually, you will see, you will be able to solve your problem. Let it bet?

Preliminary information

Before getting to the heart of the tutorial, let’s find out how to delete cookies from Android, it seems only right to provide you with more details about cookies and why deleting them can be useful.

Let’s start with the basics. As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, i cookies they are nothing more than information stored on the device used to surf the Net (smartphones and tablets, in this specific case) in the form of a database or individual text files that allow websites to keep track of both the identity and preferences of individual internet users. Cookies are therefore very useful, if not indispensable, in an online browsing session.

They fall into two categories: those of first parties, which are generated on your device directly from the websites you visit and those of third parties which, on the other hand, concern services external to the portals visited and are generally of a purely advertising nature.

In some circumstances, the accumulation of data cookies can lead to a malfunction of one or more Internet sites, which, for example, may no longer take into account the user’s preferences. In other cases, then, cookies can be used in such a way malevolent, to spy on users’ browsing habits without permission. It is precisely when these situations occur that it is useful to delete cookies

To carry out the operation in question it is necessary to intervene on the browser settings used to browse online, through a simple and fast procedure, without any contraindication (other than having to log in again on the site for which the cookies have been deleted). Let’s see everything in detail.

Delete cookies from Android

Having made the necessary clarifications above, let’s get to the real heart of the matter and let’s find out how to delete cookies from Android. Below you will find illustrated how to do this with all the most popular browsers for smartphones and tablets based on the “big G” mobile platform: Chrome, Firefox, the Samsung browser And Microsoft Edge.

Chrome

Chrome Android

Uses Chrome, the Google browser, to browse the Internet from your Android device and would like to understand how to delete the cookies in the latter? So, to begin with, take your smartphone or tablet, unlock it, access the home screen and select theChrome app icon. Next, tap the button with i three dots vertically located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that opens.

In the new screen that you see at this point, tap on the wording Privacy, select the item Clear browsing data, make sure the box next to the wording is checked Cookies and site data (otherwise you can do it yourself) and, if you want, also remove the check from the other boxes that may be selected (those relating to the deletion of the browsing history and of the images and files stored in the cache). Finally, click on the button Clear data, located at the bottom right.

Please note that, by default, all cookies saved on the device are deleted. However, if you want to remove only those relating to a certain time frame, first proceed with the elimination, as I have indicated above, select the period of your interest (Last hour, Last day etc.) from the drop-down menu located at the top.

Firefox

Firefox Android

If, on the other hand, you use Firefox, the Mozilla browser, you can delete cookies from Android by proceeding as follows: take your smartphone or tablet, unlock it and select theFirefox app icon present on the home screen. Next, tap the button with i three dots vertically located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that appears.

In the new screen that is shown to you at this point, touch the wording Delete personal data and put a check mark in the box next to the item Cookies and active logins, in the box that is proposed to you. If present and if you think it is the case, you can uncheck the boxes next to the other available items (Open tabs, Browsing history etc.). Finally, tap on the item Delete data. Done!

Samsung browser

Samsung Internet Browser

You have a branded Android smartphone or tablet Samsung, you usually use the “stock” browser of the device, i.e. the one identified with the name of Internet, and would you like to understand how to delete the cookies in the latter? Then take your device, unlock it, access the home screen and select theinternet app icon.

Once the browser screen is displayed, tap the button with the three lines horizontally located in the lower right part of the display and select the item from the menu that appears Settings. Then, tap on the item Privacy and security, located at the section Advanced.

In the new screen that is shown to you, tap the word Delete browsing data, make sure there is a tick in the box next to the item Cookies and site data (if not, affix it yourself) and, if the other available options do not interest you (deletion of the browsing history, saved passwords, etc.), remove the tick from the additional boxes that may be selected. Then tap on the wording Delete And that’s it.

Note: depending on the version of Android installed on your Samsung device, the exact model of smartphone or tablet in your possession and the version of the Internet browser, the items to look for in the browser settings that I have indicated in this chapter may be slightly different from what you see on the display. For your information, I used a smartphone to write this tutorial Samsung Galaxy S6 updated to Android 7.0. The browser version, on the other hand, is the 10.1.00.27.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge Android

To conclude, I would like to explain to you how to delete cookies from Android by acting on the browser Microsoft Edge from Microsoft. To succeed in the enterprise, the first step you need to take is to take your device, unlock it, access the home screen and select theMicrosoft Edge app icon.

Once the main navigator screen is displayed, tap the button […] located in the lower right part of the screen and select the item Settings from the menu that appears. Then select the wording Privacy that you find in correspondence with the section Advanced and touches the voice Clear browsing data.

In the further screen that is proposed to you, make sure that on the box next to the wording Cookies and website data there is a check mark (otherwise you can do it yourself) and, if you want, remove the check from the boxes relating to the other items (Browsing history, Passwords saved etc.). In conclusion, click on the button Cancel at the bottom right and confirm your intentions by selecting the item Cancel in response to the warning that appears on the display.

If you want, you can also make sure that cookies, together with all other data relating to surfing the net, are automatically deleted every time you exit the browser, without you having to do anything. To activate this function, go back to the Edge screen through which you can delete the cookies, as I indicated earlier, then bring up ON the switch that you find next to the item Delete browsing data on close which is located at the top.

After doing this, to make sure that the browsing data is deleted when the browser is closed, remember to exit Edge by proceeding as follows: on the main browser screen, tap the button […] located at the bottom right, select the item Close the browser from the menu that appears and tap the button Go out, in response to the warning that is proposed to you on the screen.