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

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

Disable Cookies on Opera – Windows & Mac

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

Using Opera Settings

  1. Launch Opera on your computer.
  2. Click on the Easy Setup menu icon in the top-right corner or the Opera icon for older versions to open the menu.
  3. Scroll down and select “Go to full browser settings” at the bottom of the menu or simply click on “Settings.”
  4. In the sidebar, click on “Privacy & security.”
  5. Under the “Cookies and site data” section, toggle off the switch for “Allow sites to save and read cookie data.” 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 Opera settings as described above.
  2. Navigate to “Privacy & security” and then to “Cookies and site data.”
  3. Click on “Manage exceptions…”
  4. Type the URL of the site you want to block cookies for, and select “Block.”
  5. Confirm your settings by exiting the menu.

Disable Cookies on Opera for Android

To manage cookie settings on the Opera app for Android:

  1. Open the Opera app on your Android device.
  2. Tap the Opera icon in the bottom-right corner to open the menu.
  3. Select “Settings.”
  4. Scroll down to “Privacy” and tap on “Cookies.”
  5. Ensure the setting is switched to “Disabled” to block all cookies. Adjust any other preferences you may have.

Disable Cookies on Opera for iOS

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

  1. Launch the Opera app on your iOS device.
  2. Tap on the Opera icon, typically found at the bottom or top of the screen, to bring up the menu.
  3. Go to “Settings” and navigate to “Privacy.”
  4. 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 Opera empowers you to control your data and privacy online. For guidance on how to delete existing cookies, refer to Opera’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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