Google Chrome: How to Delete Individual Cookies

   Posted September 4, 2008 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:


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 However, as Chrome is frequently updated, please let us know if the article becomes out of date in the comments below.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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David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • This got me on the right track… but this appears to be outdated.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.

    • Asianquet

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

      • Ken

        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.

    • ¬†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.

  • Anonymous

    thanks adam, yes this tutorial is outdated but the first commenter shows you the rights steps that the tutorial is now missing.

  • Italights

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

  • Italights

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

  • Jnonim

    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

  • Gregg Gridley

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

  • David Kirk

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

  • Skippy

    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.

  • 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.

  • Dean Mellis

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

  • Dave Keys

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 I think the advice is not outdated as a commenter said below.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

  • matthew

    Thank you!

  • H8google

    Chrome doesn’t allow for multiple cookie to be selected at once for deletion. What the hell are people with thousands of cookies supposed to do to clean them up? I just spent half an hour going through cookies and made it to the letter C.

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