Google Chrome: How to Delete Individual Cookies

   Posted by David Kirk in Google

If you need to delete a specific cookie but don’t want to remove all of them, you can access the Cookies list and remove them one-by-one. This is helpful if you are having problems with a cookie driven site or are developing a page that utilizes cookies.

Frequently, deleting Chrome’s cookies will allow a badly behaving website to function much better. Many people just delete all cookies; however, this removes many helpful cookies from many other websites. It makes much more sense to delete the individual specific cookie of the website that is causing you the problems.

You can jump directly to the correct Chrome settings area by entering this text into the Chrome address bar:

chrome://chrome/settings/cookies

Alternatively, here are the text and pictures to walk you through the process.

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. Click the wrench icon in the upper-right corner of the toolbar and select Settings.

3. Select the Show advanced settings link.

4. Select Content settings button under the Privacy area.

5. Click the All cookies and site data button.

6. Search for and delete the cookies you would like to remove.

This article has been updated for the most recent version of Google’s Chrome browser. However, as Chrome is frequently updated, please let us know if the article becomes out of date in the comments below. I’ll be glad to update it as needed.

 

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15 Responses to “Google Chrome: How to Delete Individual Cookies”

  1. April 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm, Adam Phillabaum said:

    This got me on the right track… but this appears to be outdated.

    When you get to the “Under the Hood” section. Under the “Privacy” heading, there is a button called “Content Settings…”. That’s the button you want to click on.

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    • August 21, 2010 at 8:34 am, Asianquet said:

      This might be a stupid question. In pic 6, is the created date the original date from which you viewed the website?

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      • August 24, 2010 at 3:04 am, Ken said:

        The Created Date is the date the cookie was created. All cookies have expiration dates. Sites can remove and recreate cookies. The cookie might have been added to the site’s programming after the first time you went there. If you went to the site for the first time fairly recently, then the Created Date has a good chance of actually being the first time you went there. However, it is not the same thing as your first ever visit to the site.

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    • May 19, 2011 at 4:32 pm, bytebenderapps said:

      ¬†Thanks for you comment… This article is no longer applicable since it has been updated. If it wasn’t for your comment I would still be searching.

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  2. February 14, 2011 at 3:08 am, Anonymous said:

    thanks adam, yes this tutorial is outdated but the first commenter shows you the rights steps that the tutorial is now missing.

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  3. July 01, 2011 at 9:53 am, Italights said:

    Still won’t allow you to delete individual cookies in the new version

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  4. July 01, 2011 at 9:53 am, Italights said:

    Still won’t allow you to delete individual cookies in the new version

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  5. July 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm, Jnonim said:

    In Chrome 12.0.742.112 you need:
    “Under the Hood” -> “Privacy” -> “Content Settings…” -> All cookies and site data…
    Click the site name you are interested in
    Click the cookie name
    Click the remove button

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  6. November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm, Gregg Gridley said:

    Is there anyway to delete a session cookie with javascript on the page?

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  7. June 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm, David Kirk said:

    I’ve updated the article for the latest version of Chrome.

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  8. September 19, 2012 at 10:14 am, Skippy said:

    This worked, and much easier than some of the other, more complicated suggestions elsewhere.

    Great temporary fix for the obnoxious PayPal bad request errors. And, by “temporary,” I mean until PayPal gets off its ass and fixes that bug.

    Thanks, David.

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  9. September 21, 2012 at 3:38 am, Sharon Wachsler said:

    Thank you! I continually have problems with WordPress which I believe is due to bad cookies. Every time I search for the instructions to delete these cookies specifically, I get lots of outdated instructions (older versions of Chrome). THANK YOU for posting this info on a *current* version of Chrome.

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  10. December 02, 2012 at 9:53 pm, Dean Mellis said:

    Sorry, This doesn’t work
    Chrome Version 23.0.1271.95
    Mac OSX 10.8.2

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  11. April 02, 2013 at 10:03 am, Dave Keys said:

    Works perfectly in OSX! Thanks! I think the advice is not outdated as a commenter said below. Still works in 2013.

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  12. November 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm, matthew said:

    Thank you!

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