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iPad 101: Clearing individual website cookies

If you are like me, you open your iPad's web browser several times day, either by launching mobile Safari directly or by clicking a link in a third-party app. After a short time, you will accrue a long list of cookies, placed there by websites that want to save your login preferences or track the pages you view on their site. Cookies are not harmful, but they do build up over time and can slow browser performance. Thankfully, Apple has made it easy to remove them from your iPad either all at once or one at a time.

iPad 101 Clearing individual website cookies

To remove all your cookies in one fell swoop, you can open Settings on your iPad and scroll down to Safari in the left hand column, as shown above. Tap on Safari and, in the middle of the screen, you should see an option to "Clear Cookies and Data."

iPad 101 Clearing individual website cookies

Tap on this "Clear Cookies and Data" option and you will receive a warning that you are clearing your cookie data, as shown above. iOS will also close all open tabs in Safari during this removal process. If you are prepared to delete all your cookies, then hit clear and they will be removed all at once.

iPad 101 Clearing individual website cookies

Some iPad users, though, may prefer to keep select cookies since they store login credentials and other information that speeds up browsing. In this scenario, Apple has also made it possible to remove cookies on an individual basis. Similar to removing all cookies, iPad owners can open Settings and tap on Safari, as shown above. Instead of tapping on "Clear Cookies and Data" like we did earlier, users can tap on the "Advanced" option at the bottom. Then, on the next screen, tap "Website Data" to view all your cookies.

iPad 101 Clearing individual website cookies

This next screen on your iPad reveals all the cookies that are stored on your iPad, as shown in the screenshot above. You can swipe to delete each entry or click "Remove All Website Data" to remove all of them at once. I usually delete the random entries like and keep ones like that may have login information. Once you get the hang of it, it's easy to keep your cookie cache clean.

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