Q: How Do I Clear My Cache and Cookies on My Mac?
"Okay, I give up. I've been scratching my head trying to clear my cache and cookies, but no cigar. I admit I have no idea what I'm doing. A little help would be appreciated here."
Cookies may not be necessary but they are absolutely essential if you intend to have a perpetually-smooth browsing experience; they make using webpages considerably more convenient and stress-free. If you're unsure how to enable cookies on your Mac, simple ways to do it have been outlined for you below.
Cookies are sweet biscuits, of course. You know, there are chocolate chip cookies, almond cookies, butter cooki-... Lol, okay, enough fooling around. A cookie is a tiny text that is downloaded and stored in your system anytime you go to a website. The said text file retains particular information that can be accessed and read by the web server whenever you revisit the same website.
There are several types of cookies, as you might expect: Session cookies, first-party or persistent cookies, third-party cookies, HTTP-only cookies, secure cookies, flash cookies and zombie cookies (no joke!). And even though cookies are considerably small in size, they have significant uses.
For one, the cookies in your Mac are what make it possible to skip the need to fill in your username and password each time you open a website that requires such details; a website you visit frequently. And if you're a regular online shopper, cookies are what track all the items you save in a shopping cart. That's why you can navigate through several sections of the website and still come back to see the items you've saved in the cart.
The filling of online forms is another field where your Mac cookies see great use. If, for example, you enter your details in the form and submit it, but you omit particular fields by mistake, the cookies can step in and save you time by inputting your details; all you have to contend with is filling in the missing field. Honestly, how convenient is that? You're saved time and effort, which is always welcome when you're using a computer.
The answer is obvious, isn't it? Come one, do you want to type in your date of birth, email address, height, the color of your eyes and shape of your nose each time you're going to register for something online? Why not save yourself all that trouble and let cookies be your secretary? They'll be happy to do the job for you. Here are more in-depth reasons on why you should allow cookies to have free rein over your Mac.
No one can prevent ads from popping up when they go online. Ads are mostly an annoyance that has to be lived with. But you know something? You can make this work for you by using cookies to see that adds that have some relevance to you. Internet ad companies can gain access to data revealing your preferred products, search items, location and more, making it easy for them to send adds that might pique your interest.
Now comes the best part: Enabling cookies on your Mac! Regardless of the nature of the content you see when you go online and what browser you're using, the browsing experience can easily be made better when you can circumvent the need to input particular details before you can move on to the subsequent pages.
Safari is Mac's default web browser, so it's only logical you understand how to enable cookies on it first. Chances are you'll be using it a lot more than Chrome or Firefox.
Google Chrome is arguably the world's most efficient browser, so it only makes sense for Apple to make it compatible with their macOS. Doing otherwise would have been a dumb thing to do. With that being said, you can enable the cookies in no more than 6 steps or so.
Mozilla Firefox comes in third place but doesn't mean it's any less efficient than Chrome or Safari. Honestly, sometimes, it's all a matter of preference. But enabling cookies definitely makes Firefox more efficient. A little bonus for you here too: If you've enabled cookies on Firefox for Windows before, the process is exactly the same on Mac.
Once you're through with all that, just close the page and restart Firefox. That's it. All done!
A native windows application on Mac? Now there's something you don't see every day. Internet Explorer is not the most popular web browser out there but it's still compatible with your macOS, so it deserves a mention here too.
Do you see how easy it is to enable cookies on the major web browsers? As a matter of fact, it would be a lot better if you just open all the web browsers in your Mac right now and enabled cookies on them. That way, anytime you switch browsers, nothing will disrupt your smooth, web-surfing experience.