How to allow cookies on your Mac to save passwords and other important information

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It’s easy to manage the cookies that are stored on your Mac’s Safari web browser.

  • You can allow cookies on your Mac from Safari’s Preferences page.
  • Allowing cookies lets your browser save important information like passwords and search history.
  • If you want to keep cookies from some sites only, you can selectively remove stored cookies by site.
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Cookies are the little snippets of data used to track your internet browsing patterns, which are then stored in your computer. Many people believe that cookies are overused for targeted advertisements, which can often be labeled as “creepy.”

But cookies can actually be quite helpful. For example, cookies allow your computer to remember important information like log-in credentials so you don’t always have to enter your password. Cookies also let you save items in a shopping cart when you’re looking to buy something online.

If you’d like to allow cookies on your Mac’s Safari web browser, here’s how.

How to allow cookies on Mac in Safari

1. Open your Safari web browser.

2. On the left side of the toolbar at the very top of your screen, click Safari and select Preferences in the drop-down.

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Under “Safari,” click “Preferences.”

3. In Preferences, go to the Privacy tab – the icon that looks like a hand in a circle.

4. Next to Cookies and website data, make sure the box next to Block all cookies is not checked.

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In the “Privacy” tab, uncheck the box next to “Cookies and website data.”

Unchecking Block all cookies will allow any and all cookies to be stored by websites you visit as well as third-party trackers, which are typically advertisers.

How to remove data stored by certain websites using Safari on Mac

In Mac’s Safari, you can remove browsing data stored by certain websites you visit on your computer.

1. Open your Safari web browser.

2. In the left side of the toolbar at the very top of your screen, click Safari and select Preferences in the drop-down.

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Under “Safari,” click “Preferences.”

3. In Preferences, go to the Privacy tab – the icon that looks like a hand in a circle.

4. Under Block all cookies, click on Manage Website Data.

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Click “Manage Website Data.”

5. Here you can remove information collected by certain sites by selecting a site in the list and clicking Remove at the bottom of the window. Or, you can remove information collected from all sites by clicking Remove all at the bottom of the window. Removing your cookie data might reduce the amount websites track you, but it might also log you out of certain websites.

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Click “Remove” or “Remove all.”

6. Click Done in the bottom-right corner of the window when you’re finished.

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How to make Google your default search engine on any major web browser

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It’s easy to set Google as your default search engine on any browser.

  • You can make Google your default search engine on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge.
  • With Google as your default search engine, every query you put in the address bar goes to Google.
  • Most browsers, except Microsoft Edge, start with Google as the default search engine.
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Even though Google is the most popular search engine, some web browsers still don’t automatically set it as the default. If you want to make sure all your web searches are done through Google, you can adjust your search settings no matter what browser you use.

Here’s how to make Google your default search engine in Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

How to make Google the default search engine in Chrome

On a computer:

1. Open your Google Chrome browser.

2. At the top-right of the window next to the address bar, click the three vertical dots and choose Settings in the drop-down.

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Select “Settings” in the drop-down under the three-dot icon.

3. Scroll down to the Search engine section and click the drop-down next to Search engine used in the address bar.

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Click the drop-down next to “Search engine used in the address bar.”

4. Choose Google in the drop-down. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Select Google in the drop-down list.

On the Google Chrome mobile app:

1. Start the Chrome app on your Apple or Android device.

2. On an iPhone or iPad, tap the icon of three horizontal dots at the bottom-right of the screen. On an Android, tap the icon of three vertical dots in the upper-right corner. Choose Settings in the pop-up.

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Select “Settings” in the pop-up.

3. Tap Search engine and select Google on the next screen. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Choose Google as your preferred search engine.

How to make Google the default search engine in Firefox

On a computer:

1. Open your Firefox browser.

2. Click the icon of three horizontal lines at the top-right of the screen and then click Settings in the drop-down.

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Select “Settings” in the drop-down list.

3. In the sidebar menu on the left, click the Search tab.

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Go to the “Search” tab.

4. In the Default Search Engine section, click the drop-down and choose Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Choose Google in the drop-down list.

On the Firefox mobile app:

1. Start the Firefox app on your Apple or Android device.

2. On an iPhone or iPad, tap the icon of three horizontal lines in the bottom-right corner. On an Android, tap the icon of three vertical dots in the bottom-right corner. Select Settings in the pop-up.

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Select “Settings” in the pop-up.

3. In the General section, tap Search.

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Under “General,” tap “Search.”

4. Under Default Search Engine, select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Tap Google to set it as your default search engine.

How to make Google the default search engine in Safari

On a Mac:

1. Open the Safari browser.

2. Click in the search bar and then, in the left corner, click the magnifying glass.

3. In the drop-down, choose Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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After clicking the magnifying glass, select Google in the drop-down.

On an iPhone or iPad:

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Scroll down to Safari and tap it.

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Tap “Safari” in the list of apps in Settings.

3. Tap Search Engine and select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Choose Google as your preferred web browser.

How to make Google the default search engine in Microsoft Edge

On a computer:

1. Open the Microsoft Edge web browser.

2. Click the icon of three horizontal dots in the top-right corner of the window and then choose Settings at the bottom of the pop-up.

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Choose “Settings” in the drop-down menu.

3. In the sidebar menu on the left, click the Privacy, search, and services tab.

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Go to the “Privacy, search, and services” tab.

4. Scroll down and click Address bar and search at the bottom of the page.

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Click “Address bar and search.”

5. Click the drop-down next to Search engine used in the address bar, and select Google. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Choose Google as your preferred browser.

On the Edge mobile app for iPhone or iPad:

1. Open the Microsoft Edge app on your Apple device.

2. Tap the icon of three horizontal dots in the bottom-middle of the screen and then choose Settings in the top-right corner of the pop-up.

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Tap “Settings” in the pop-up menu.

3. On the Settings page, tap Advanced Settings.

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Go to “Advanced settings.”

4. Tap Search Engine and then tap Others… and select Google from the list.

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Tap Google and a blue check mark will appear.

5. Once you’ve selected Google, hit Done in the upper-right corner. Your default search engine should now be changed.

On the Edge mobile app for Android:

1. Open the Microsoft Edge app on your Android device.

2. Tap the icon of three horizontal dots in the bottom-middle of the screen and then choose Settings in the top-right corner of the pop-up.

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Select “Settings” in the pop-up menu.

3. Scroll down to the Advanced section and select Search.

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Under “Advanced,” tap “Search.”

4. Tap Default search engine, and choose Google on the next page. Your default search engine should now be changed.

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Select Google as your preferred search engine.

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How to make Google your homepage in any web browser for easy access

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Making Google your homepage only takes a few clicks.

If you’re like most people, you probably find yourself Googling every question that comes to your mind: What’s the best recipe for lasagna? What does it mean if I wake up with a headache? Why does my dog keep staring into space and barking?

Google provides immediate answers to your weirdest queries, so it’s handy to have the search engine set as your homepage. Regardless of the web browser you’re using, making Google your homepage is a quick and simple process that will mean every time you launch your browser, you’ll immediately open Google.com.

Here’s how to do it in Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox.

How to make Google your homepage in Google Chrome

A version of Google Chrome will be set as your homepage by default when you install Google Chrome, but you’ll still need to take a few steps to get the full website.

1. Open Google Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of the screen.

2. In the drop-down menu, click “Settings.”

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Open Google Chrome’s settings menu.

3. On the Settings page, scroll down to the “Appearance” section and look for the “Show home button” section. Ensure that this option is turned on.

4. Once the “Show home button” option is enabled, you’ll see a blank box below which says “Enter custom web address.” In the box, enter the Google homepage URL, “https://www.google.com.”

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Enable the Home button and change your homepage.

Close the Settings tab and voila! Google is now your homepage. Just click the home button in the top-left (it looks like a house) to get there.

How to make Google your homepage in Safari

1. In Safari, open the Preferences menu. If you’re on a PC, you’ll have to click the gear icon in the top-right corner of your browser, then click “Preferences;” on a Mac, click “Safari” in the menu bar in the top-left, then click “Preferences.”

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Safari will look and operate differently on Macs and PCs.

2. Under the “General” tab, look for the section marked “Homepage” with a URL listed next to it.

3. Remove the URL currently in the Homepage bar and replace it with “https://www.google.com.” Additionally, you can use the drop-down menus above this to change which page loads when you open a new tab or window.

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Make sure to enter the full URL.

4. Close the Preferences menu, which will launch an additional message asking you to confirm that you want to change your homepage. Click “Change homepage” to confirm, and you’re all set.

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You might be asked if you’d really like to change your homepage.

How to make Google your homepage in Microsoft Edge

1. Open Microsoft Edge and click the three horizontal dots icon in the top-right corner of the Edge screen.

2. Click the “Settings” option at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

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Like other browsers, you’ll need to open the settings menu.

3. After opening the Settings menu, click “Appearance” in the left sidebar.

4. Under “Customize toolbar,” enable “Show home button” by clicking the switch next to it.

5. Under this you’ll see two options: “New tab page” or a blank text field. Double-click the text field and type “https://www.google.com” into it, then click “Save.”

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You’ll need to both enable the Home button and enter the URL.

Now, when you click the house icon in the top toolbar, you’ll be brought to Google.

How to make Google your homepage in Firefox

1. Open Firefox and click the three stacked lines in the top-right corner of the screen, then select “Preferences.”

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Click the drop-down menu’s “Preferences” option.

2. In the left sidebar, click “Home.” This will open a page where you can set a new homepage.

3. Click on the box next to “Homepage and new windows” to reveal a dropdown menu. Scroll down and click on “Custom URLs.”

4. In the box that appears beneath “Custom URLs,” enter “https://www.google.com.”

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Open the “Home” section to find these options.

You can then close out this tab and proceed as normal – Google is now your Firefox homepage.

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How to clear cache, history, and cookies on iPhone for Safari and iOS apps, to free up space and improve speed

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You can clear your iPhone cache for Safari and other apps, or offload apps to increase storage space.

  • You can clear cache, history, and cookies on your iPhone for Safari to improve speed and performance.
  • You can also clear cache for iPhone apps by offloading or deleting them to free up space.
  • When you clear cache, you may lose some saved data from Safari or iPhone apps, like passwords and files.
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Apple offers several ways for iPhone users to clear their cache, whether it’s for Safari or iOS apps.

When you clear cache on iPhone for Safari, it means all the files, images, passwords, and scripts from previously visited websites will be wiped. You can also clear cache on iPhone apps by offloading or deleting them.

Clearing cache for Safari and certain apps can free up space on your iPhone, improving speed and performance by removing unnecessary app data.

Here’s how to clear cache on your iPhone.

How to clear cache, history, and cookies on iPhone for Safari

To clear cache on your iPhone, select Safari in the Settings app and click “Clear History and Website Data.”

Here’s a full step-by-step guide:

1. Open the Settings app and click Safari.

2. Tap “Clear History and Website Data.”

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Tap Clear History and Website Data to clear your Safari cache, history, and cookies.

3. Your device will double-check that you want to clear Safari’s data. Click through the message that follows.

How to clear cache on iPhone for apps

To clear cache on iPhone apps, you’ll need to offload them. Offloading an app will free up storage space used by the app while still keeping its documents and data. If and when you reinstall the app, your data will be reinstated.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Select “General” and tap “iPhone Storage.”

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The iPhone Storage option should be beneath the Accessibility option.

3. Select the app you want to offload and tap “Offload App.”

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Tap Offload to remove the app and make space on your iPhone.

4. Select “Offload App” from the pop-up window to confirm your choice. You can also delete the app if you no longer need it.

How to clear cache on iPhone for apps with a cache feature

Some apps have a cache feature that make it easy for you to clear it directly in the Settings app. Here’s how to find it:

1. Open your iPhone’s settings.

2. Scroll until you see the eligible app, then tap it.

3. Look for a “Clear cache” option. If the toggle next to it is green, tap it to clear the app’s cache.

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How to turn on incognito mode on your computer and phone to browse the web privately

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Incognito mode is an essential part of any web browser.

  • Incognito mode, also known as private browsing mode, stops your web browser from saving data about you as you browse.
  • While incognito mode is on, your internet history, search history, autofill information, and cookies will be disabled.
  • Incognito mode is available in every major web browser, and is perfect for doing work that needs to be kept private.
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Incognito mode – also known as “private browsing mode” – is a sneakier way to use the internet.

When you browse the internet with incognito mode on, you won’t leave any trace on the device you’re using. Your browser won’t save your browsing or search engine history, and won’t remember what sites you’ve logged into – or even what your username and password is.

It’s great if you share your computer or phone with other people, since no one else will be able to see what you’ve done once you close the window.

Nonetheless, incognito mode is great for enforcing privacy on a busy or shared device. Here’s how to turn on incognito mode on your computer or phone.

How to activate incognito mode or private browsing on your Mac or PC

Incognito mode is a feature in every major browser, although each browser tends to give it a different name. When you activate a private session, a new window will open – this is your incognito window.

When you’re done, just close the window to exit incognito mode.

How to activate incognito mode or private browsing on your phone or tablet

The browser on your phone also comes with private browsing options. We’ll explain how to activate it using the default browsers for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.

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