How to see (and remove) cookies in Google Chrome (2 methods)
Cookies are a vital part of the internet. Without them, websites would not allow you to create accounts and log in, they would not remember your interests, and ads would be less relevant, and even more annoying. On the web, everyone has a love-and-hate relationship with cookies. If you want to view what cookies are stored in your Google Chrome web browser, see their content, and find out how to remove them, read this tutorial:
NOTE: If you do not understand what cookies are, and how they work, we recommend reading What are cookies and what do they do?. Also, if you find the physical location on disk, for cookies, in all web browsers, read: Where cookies are located in Windows 10, for all web browsers.
1. See the cookies of the website that you are visiting right now, in Google Chrome
Open a new tab in Google Chrome, and load any site you like. On the left side of the address bar, there is a symbol that tells you whether the website that you are visiting is secure, or not. Click or tap on the lock icon, and then, in the menu that opens, click or tap Cookies. When you have the mouse pointer over the lock icon, you see the text "View site information."
A pop-up is shown in the middle of Google Chrome, with all the cookies used by the website that you are visiting. Depending on the site that you are visiting, and how often you visit it, you could see dozens, sometimes even hundreds of cookies.
Cookies are split into folders, based on their source. The source can be the website that you are visiting or the services used by that website. For example, on our site, you see a cookie from ampproject.net. The AMP Project sets these cookie resources that we use on Digital Citizen, to have a speedy website and ads that load many times faster than traditional ones. When you open the "digitalcitizen.life" folder of cookies, you see:
- cfduid - it comes from Cloudflare, a service that we use to load our website from a server that is near you so that it loads as fast as possible.
- ga - it comes from Google Analytics, the service that we use to analyze the traffic on our website, what people read, and so on.
- test-amp-cookie-tmp - it comes from the Google AMP that we use to speed up our site.
You also see a "doubleclick.net" folder with one or more cookies. These cookies are set by the Google Ad Manager service that we use to display ads on our website so that we can generate revenue from our work.
For each cookie, you can see information like its name, content, domain, path, when it was created, on what kind of connection, and when it expires. If you wish to remove a cookie, select it and press Remove. If you want to block cookies from a particular service, select their folder, and press Block. Click or tap Done, to close the list of cookies in use.
2. View all the cookies stored in Google Chrome, from all the websites that you have visited
If you want to see all the cookies from all the websites that you have visited in Google Chrome, click or tap the "Customize and control Google Chrome" button from the top-right corner.
It looks like three dots arranged vertically. Then, go to Settings.
Click or tap Advanced, at the bottom of the window or in the column on the left side of Google Chrome.
The Advanced section gets expanded. Click or tap "Privacy and security" in the menu on the left.
On the list of "Privacy and security" settings, click or tap "Site Settings."
You see a long list of permissions. Go to Cookies.
Now you see settings for how Google Chrome handles cookies. Click or tap "See all cookies and site data."
You see all the sites and web services that have stored cookies in Google Chrome. The list might be huge when you use Google Chrome for months or years, without reinstalling it. Luckily, you can use the search box in the top-right corner, to find the cookies that you want to view or remove.
Click or tap on the name of the website or service that you are interested in. A list opens with all the cookies stored in Google Chrome by that site or service.
Click or tap on the name of the cookie to see more details like its content, the domain that stored it on your computer, its path, when it was created, how it was sent, and when it expires.
If you want to remove a cookie, go back to the list with all cookies and site data. If you want to delete all the cookies stored, press the Remove All button in the top-right corner of the list of cookies, and confirm your choice. If you want to remove the cookie for a specific site or service, click or tap the Remove button (that looks like a trash bin) near its name.
The cookies that you have deleted from Google Chrome are not gone for good. The next time you visit the same website(s), new cookies are going to be created and stored by Google Chrome.
How many cookies do websites store in your Google Chrome?
The number of cookies stored in Google Chrome varies from website to website. It also varies based on how you access a website. For example, when you directly visit Digital Citizen, by entering its address manually, you get fewer cookies. If you access it based on a Google search, you get more cookies, some stored by Google, to remember details about how you reached our website. The same is true of all websites. While we value your privacy, and we try to be as light as possible in our cookie use, other websites store an incredibly high number of cookies in your web browser. Use our tutorial to check on the sites you visit most often, and share your discoveries with us, in a comment below.