Want advertisers to forget what you did in the past? Want to refresh your browser? Find out below how to clear cookies in Safari across the board or for specific sites.

First, It Is Good to Smell and Flail Your Arms

when mosquitoes are around, at least. If they are of the aedes aegypti kind, they have been found to associate danger from swung hands and arms with the swinger’s distinct odor. They then tend to avoid the dangerous suspect and fly for more harmless prey.

Want to get rid of cookies in the Safari browser, at least for the time? Flail your fingers and hands like so (and the odor shall be of secondary importance):

How to Clear Cookies in Safari on a Mac

To delete all cookies stored in Safari under macOS on a Mac computer:

  1. Select Safari | Preferences… from the menu in Safari.
  2. Open the Privacy tab.
  3. Under Cookies and website data:, click Manage Website Data….
  4. To clear all cookies (and other website data such as local storage):
    1. Click Remove All.
    2. Click Remove Now to confirm.
  5. Click Done.

Note: this will clear cookies in Safari and certain apps using Safari to display content from the web, such as Dashboard widgets.

How to Delete Cookies for a Site in Safari on a Mac

To clear the cookies set by a particular website (while keeping other cookies untouched) in Safari:

  1. Select Safari | Preferences… from the menu.
  2. Go to the Privacy tab.
  3. Click Manage Website Data.
  4. Type the domain for the website whose cookies you want to delete over Search.
    • Tip: You do not need to start typing with the beginning of the domain name or enter complete domain names; if you type “font”, for instance, Safari will find the domains “dafont.com,” for instance, and “fonts.googleapis.com.”
  5. Highlight all the sites whose cookies and data you want to delete in the search results.
  6. Click Remove.
  7. Now click Done.

How to Clear Cookies in Safari for iOS on iPhone and iPad

You can also delete cookies and web site data (across the board or for specific sites) in Safari for iOS, of course.

(How to Clear Cookies in Safari tested with Safari 11; updated January 2018; title image: StockUnlimited)