How to Clear Internet Cookies in Safari on the Mac

Posted in How To, Mac on 24/05/2017 by Chris Hauk


Cookies are tiny text files that websites save to your Mac’s hard drive to save your preferences when you visit the sites. They can also be used to track your progress through the site, or even through the Internet.

Occasionally, you may need to cover your web browsing tracks in Safari on your Mac. Yes, Incognito mode is great for that, but what if you forgot, and browsed without it? What can you do then?

Luckily, it’s quick and easy to cover your browsing tracks in Safari. In this “how to,” I’ll show you how to clear cookies with just a few clicks.

Clearing Cookies in Safari

1.) In the Safari menu, click “Preferences…”

How to Clear Internet Cookies in Safari on the Mac

2.) In the Preferences window, click the “Privacy” tab.

3.) Click the button labeled: “Manage Website Data.”

How to Clear Internet Cookies in Safari on the Mac

4.) In the window that appears, you’ll see a list of all the cookies websites have saved to your Mac’s hard drive. You can either click individual cookies and click the “Remove” button, or choose the nuclear option, and click the “Remove All” button.

How to Clear Internet Cookies in Safari on the Mac

5.) Click the “Done” button when you’re finished. Close the Privacy window.

It should be noted that by removing cookies, you’ll likely have to login again to some websites, and may also have to set any preferences you’ve set for other websites.

For more tips and tricks that can help you make better use of your Mac, iOS device, Apple Watch, or Apple TV, be sure to visit the “How To” section of our website.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine and the Internet.