2 ways to view (and remove) the cookies stored in Google Chrome
Cookies are a vital part of the internet. Without them, sites would not allow you to create accounts and log in, would not remember your interests, and ads would be a lot less relevant. Everyone has a love-and-hate relationship with cookies, on the web. If you want to see what cookies sites store on your computer, when you visit them in Google Chrome and know how to remove them, read this tutorial:
NOTE: If you do not understand what cookies are, and how they work, we recommend reading this tutorial: What are Cookies & What Do They Do?
1. View the cookies set by the website that you are visiting right now, in Google Chrome
Open a new tab in Google Chrome, and load any website you like. We loaded our website: Digital Citizen. 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 this icon, and then, in the menu that opens, choose Cookies.
A pop-up is shown in the middle of Google Chrome, with all the cookies used by the website that you are visiting. As you can see in the screenshot below, our website uses at least five cookies. Other websites use dozens, sometimes even a hundred cookies.
Cookies are split into folders, based on their source. The source can be the website that you are visiting, or services used by that website when you visit it. For example, on our website, you see one cookie from ampproject.net. This cookie is set by the AMP Project 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.
You also see a “doubleclick.net” folder with one or more cookies. These cookies are set by the Google AdSense 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 want 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 that are stored in Google Chrome, from all the websites that you have visited
The first method we shared shows you the cookies for the website that you have loaded in the current tab. If you want to see all the cookies from all the websites that you have visited, there is a different way of doing things: start Google Chrome and 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 Settings, in the top-left corner, or Advanced, on the bottom of the window.
If you pressed Settings, then expand Advanced and click or tap “Privacy and security,” in the menu on the left.
If you click/tap Advanced, scroll down to “Privacy and security.” Finally, click or tap “Content settings.”
Go to Cookies.
You see settings for how Google Chrome handles cookies. Click or tap “See all cookies and site data.”
You see a list of all the sites and web services that have stored cookies in Google Chrome.
Click or tap on the name of the website or service 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, click or tap the X button on the right side of its name. If you want to remove all the cookies stored, press the Remove All button in the top-right corner of the list of cookies. When you remove all cookies, you have to confirm your choice.
How many cookies do websites store in your Google Chrome?
The number of cookies stored 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.