How to Disable and Block Cookies on Edge: Desktop, Android, iOS

Blocking cookies in Microsoft Edge is essential for enhancing your online privacy and resolving browser issues. Whether you are using Edge on a Windows or Mac computer, or on Android or iOS mobile devices, follow these steps to disable and block cookies.

Disable Cookies on Edge – Windows & Mac

Disabling cookies on your desktop in Edge involves a few straightforward steps through the browser’s settings menu.

Using Edge Settings

  1. Launch Edge on your computer.
  2. Click on the menu button (three horizontal dots) in the top-right corner to open the menu.
  3. Select “Settings.”
  4. In the sidebar, click on “Cookies and site permissions.”
  5. Under the “Cookies and site data” section, toggle off the switch for “Allow sites to save and read cookie data (recommended).” You can also manage settings for blocking third-party cookies if needed.
  6. Your changes will be saved automatically.

Blocking Cookies for Specific Sites

If you prefer to block cookies for specific websites only:

  1. Open the Edge settings as described above.
  2. Navigate to “Cookies and site permissions” and then to “Manage and delete cookies and site data.”
  3. Click on “Add a site” under “Block.”
  4. Type the URL of the site you want to block cookies for, and select “Add.”
  5. Confirm your settings by exiting the menu.

Disable Cookies on Edge for Android

To manage cookie settings on the Edge app for Android:

  1. Open the Edge app on your Android device.
  2. Tap the menu button (three vertical dots) in the bottom-right corner to open the menu.
  3. Select “Settings.”
  4. Scroll down to “Privacy and security” and tap on “Site permissions.”
  5. Tap on “Cookies.”
  6. Ensure the setting is switched to “Disabled” to block all cookies. Adjust any other preferences you may have.

Disable Cookies on Edge for iOS

For users on iOS, the steps to disable cookies in Edge are straightforward:

  1. Launch the Edge app on your iOS device.
  2. Tap on the menu button (three horizontal dots) at the bottom of the screen to bring up the menu.
  3. Go to “Settings.”
  4. Navigate to “Privacy and security.
  5. Select “Cookies” and make sure the toggle for disabling cookies is turned on. Set any additional preferences as needed.

What Does Disabling or Blocking Cookies Mean?

Disabling cookies means no cookies will be stored on your device, preventing websites from saving information about your browsing session. This enhances privacy but can disrupt services that rely on cookies, such as login sessions, maintaining site preferences, or shopping carts. Blocking only third-party cookies can reduce tracking while maintaining most site functionalities.

Considerations When Disabling or Blocking Cookies

Blocking or disabling cookies increases your privacy and prevents data collection by websites. However, it may also lead to a less personalized web experience. Some sites might not function correctly, and features that rely on cookies, like saved preferences or user sessions, may not work as intended.

Adjusting your cookie settings in Edge empowers you to control your data and privacy online. For guidance on how to delete existing cookies, refer to Edge’s documentation on clearing cookies and site data.

By understanding and managing your cookie settings, you can strike a balance between privacy and functionality, ensuring a browsing experience that meets your needs.

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