Checking cookies used on your website is an important step to comply with the GDPR and CCPA. This article details how you can manually check for cookies being used on your website, or any website for that matter.

For compliance with the law, you need to know what cookies are being used on the website and what they are used for. It is also important to know what type of cookies they are and classify them accordingly in order to determine which of them need consent to be used. You can read more about cookies in detail here.

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Please note that to check the cookies used on a specific website or webpage, load the website/page on a private window and close any other websites. This is to ensure that there are no cookies set on the browser from any other website. Also, make sure to disable third-party cookie blocking settings and deactivate the Do-Not-Track feature in your browser. Activating them will not show you all the cookies on the website.

How to check cookies in Chrome?

To check cookies in Chrome:

  • Right-click and click on Inspect to open the developer console.
  • Go to the Applications tab on the console.
  • Expand the Cookies dropdown under the Storage section. Under Cookies, select the website to see the cookie details.

Click on each domain to see the cookies installed by them.

Other than the developer console, you can also view cookies in Chrome from the browser address bar. For that, click on the padlock symbol (or the ‘i’ symbol) on the left of the address bar to view the site information and click on cookies.

It will show the cookies on the website in the Allowed tab. If there are any cookies blocked on the browser, it will be shown on the blocked tab.

Check cookies in Chrome developer console:

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check cookies on the developer console in the Chrome browser

 

Check cookies using Chrome address bar:

Website information on Chrome to check cookies
List of cookies in Website information in Chrome

Watch how you can check cookies in Chrome:

1. Using Chrome developer console:

 

2. Using Chrome address bar:

How to check cookies in Firefox?

To check cookies in Firefox:

  • Right-click and click on Inspect Element to open the developer console.
  • Go to the Storage tab.
  • Expand the Cookies menu and select the website to check cookies. On the right side of the console, you will see the cookies that have been set on the website.

The site information option on the top address bar on the browser will also list the source of the tracking cookies and third-party cookies being used on the website although it does not show individual cookies.

To view all the tracking cookies used on the website, make sure to turn off blocking for the website in Firefox.

View cookies in Firefox developer console:
Inspect Element on Firefox
developer console in Firefox to check cookies

 

View cookies using Firefox address bar:
Site information on Firefox

Watch here how to check cookies in Firefox:

1. Using Firefox developer console:

 

2. Using Firefox address bar:

How to check cookies in Safari?

To check cookies in Safari:

  • Right-click on the web page and select Inspect Element.
Note: If you are unable to see the Inspect Element option, go to the top-left corner toolbar and select Safari > Preferences. From the preferences, click Advanced and check the box to ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar‘. This will activate the “Develop” menu in the header. Click it to open the developer console.
  • From the developer console, go to the Storage tab. 
  • Click on Cookies to see the cookies the website has installed on the browser.

View cookies in Safari developer console:

Inspect element on Safari
Developer console to check cookies in Safari

Watch here how to check cookies in Safari:

 

Sometimes a website uses third-party services in the inner pages, like a video streaming service. In such a case, there will be cookies on those specific pages. So, it is important to check the inner pages of the website for cookies and not just the homepage. Therefore, it is recommended to check the cookies of the entire website instead of just the homepage. 

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Frequently asked questions

Does my website use cookies?

Yes, your website most likely uses cookies. Some are installed by default by your website CMS and some are installed without your knowledge by third-party cookies. You can either check cookies manually or use a free cookie scanner. The online cookie scanner is faster and gives you a free detailed scan report.

Are cookies bad?

Cookies are considered bad if their usage is privacy-intrusive in nature. Websites can use cookies to collect private or sensitive information and share them with third parties.

How to view cookies in Chrome?

To view all cookies stored in Chrome:

  1. Click on the three dots at the top right corner and click Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and security and click Cookies and other site data.
  3. Click See all cookies and site data.

How to view cookies in Firefox?

In Firefox, you cannot view every cookie stored but which website stores them and how many. To view all cookies, you can use the browser inspect element as discussed in the article.

How to view cookies in Safari?

To view cookies in Safari, use the inspect element as discussed in the article.

How to block cookies in Chrome?

To block cookies in Chrome:

  1. Click on the three dots at the top right corner and click Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and security and click Cookies and other site data.
  3. Select any of the option:
    • Block all cookies (not recommended as it will break the website)
    • Block third party cookies in Incognito
    • Block third-party cookies

You can scroll down and enter websites under Customized behaviors to block cookies for specific websites.

How to clear cookies in Chrome?

To clear or remove cookies in Chrome:

  1. Click on the three dots at the top right corner and click Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and security and click Cookies and other site data.
  3. Click See all cookies and site data and choose Remove all.
  4. Click Clear all to confirm.

How to enable cookies in your browser?

To enable cookies in Chrome:

  1. Click the three dots at the top-right corner and select Settings
  2. Select Privacy and security tab on the left side pane.
  3. Click Cookies and other site data and enable Allow all cookies or uncheck any option that blocks cookies.

To enable cookies in Firefox:

  1. Tap on three lines at the top right corner.
  2. Click Settings and select Privacy & Security on the left side pane.
  3. Select Custom settings to expand it.
  4. Uncheck the checkbox for Cookies.

To enable cookies in Safari:

  1. Click on Safari at the top left corner and select Preferences.
  2. Click on the Privacy tab.
  3. Uncheck Block all cookies checkbox next to Cookies and website data to allow all cookies.

Where are cookies stored in Chrome?

To view all the cookies stored in Chrome:

  1. Click on the three dots at the top right corner and click Settings.
  2. Select Privacy and security and click Cookies and other site data.
  3. Click See all cookies and site data.

To see where Chrome stores the cookies in Windows 10, paste the following path in the file explorer address bar: C:\Users\Your_User_Name\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default (replace Your_User_Name with your Windows account name).