Internet cookies are small files stored on your hard drive by your browser that contain information about all your activities on a particular website, such as login status, personalization, and advertising preferences, etc.
Most of the time, cookies keep you logged into a site that you open often and make your browsing more enjoyable.
However, sometimes, a cookie may remember things you didn’t do, or get corrupted, resulting in a less pleasant browsing experience. You should clear cookies when this happens.
If you are experiencing issues such as 500 Internal Server or 502 Bad Gateway error (among others), which sometimes indicate that one or more cookies for a particular site are corrupt and should be removed. At such times you should also clear cookies.
How To Delete Cookies in Browser
Clearing cookies is a very simple task in any popular browser, whether for computer issues, privacy or any other reason.
You can usually remove cookies from the Privacy or History area available from the Settings or Options menu in Browser. In most browsers, this menu can be accessed via the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Del.
The steps involved in deleting cookies depend to a large extent on what web browser we are talking about. Below are some browser-specific cookie clearing tutorials.
Chrome: Clear Browsing Data
Deleting cookies in Google Chrome is done through the Clear browsing data section, which is in Settings.
Select 3 vertical dots in the top right of Chrome.
Select More Tools -> Click Clear browsing data.
Make sure the box labeled Cookies and other site data is checked and then click the Clear data button.
If you’re using a keyboard, you can open this part of Chrome’s settings in Windows with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Del to quickly access it.
Tip: If you want to delete all cookies or passwords in Chrome, no matter how long ago they have been saved, make sure to select All time from the option at the top of the Clear browsing data window – from the drop-down that Time is of range.
Chrome in Android: Clear Browsing Data
To clear cookies from Chrome’s mobile browser, tap the menu button (with three stacked dots) at the bottom right of the screen, and tap Settings.
Under Privacy submenu, tap Clear Browsing Data.
On that new screen, tap each area you want to delete, such as Cookies, Site Data or Saved Passwords, etc.
You can now clean cookies with the Clear Browsing Data button (you will have to tap it again to confirm).
Firefox: Clear All History
Delete cookies in Mozilla’s Firefox browser through the Clear Data window in its Options section.
Select 3 horizontal lines (Open menu) in the right corner of Firefox.
Select Privacy & Security.
Select Clear Data.
Make sure the box labeled Cookies and Site Data is checked, then select Clear.
Ctrl + Shift + Del keyboard shortcut is the easiest way to access this option in Firefox.
Tip: If you go through the keyboard shortcut, you will see a Clear Recent History window instead of one of the screenshots above, you can clean everything by selecting everything from the time range.
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If you are using a mobile Firefox browser, you can delete cookies via Settings -> Clear Private Data via the menu button at the bottom of the application.
Tap on cookies (and anything else you want to delete, such as browsing history and / or cache) and then tap the Clear Private Data button to delete them (and confirm it with OK).
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