This post will walk you through configuring the iOS 15.5 Safari app settings to enable storing of temporary website information. Here’s a quick guide to enable cookies on the iPhone Safari app running in iOS 15.5.
What are Cookies?
Cookies are basically text files that consist of small bits of information such as username and password that are used to determine your device when using a network. They are intended to be used for session management, personalization, and tracking.
The server creates data stored in a cookie upon your connection and labels this data with a unique ID. This ID is assigned to you and your device.
The unique ID that’s assigned to you will be read by the server when the cookie is exchanged between the network server and your device. After reading your ID, the server knows what information to specifically cater to you.
Cookies or HTTP cookies are essential components of web browsing. They benefit web developers in terms of providing better and more appropriate content for potential audiences and thereby augment website visits.
With cookies, websites are able to remember you based on your previous site visits.
If you allow, the website will store some information about you including your website login, shopping carts and other activities. This way, you won’t have to re-type the same information the next time you visit the site.
Steps to Enable Cookies on iPhone Safari (iOS 15.5)
Enabling cookies on your browser will help personalize your browsing experience as it enhances usability of the websites.
The process of allowing cookies may vary between browsers, devices and operating systems. And here’s how it’s done on an iPhone device that’s running on the iOS 15.5 platform.
Step 1. To begin, open the Settings app. Just tap on the Gear icon from the Home screen of your iPhone.
Step 2: From the iOS settings menu, scroll to find then tap Safari. Doing so opens the Safari app settings menu with relevant options and features to manage.
Step 3: From the Safari settings, scroll down to the Privacy & Security section and then toggle to turn the Block All Cookies Off.
That should allow Safari to store cookies from various websites you’ve visited.
You may opt to allow or deny cookies when using the internet. This way you can limit what cookies to end up on your mobile device.
Should you wish to disable cookies in Safari again, just turn the Block All Cookies ON and then tap Block All on the pop-up window to confirm.
How does your iPhone store Cookies?
There are different types of cookies stored in your iPhone browser. These include the persistent cookie, session (first-party) cookie and third-party cookie.
Persistent cookies store data for extended duration and come with an expiration date. These cookies are assigned to store usernames and passwords for easier login.
Persistent cookies are primarily used for authentication and tracking purposes. They can track whether a certain user is logged in and under what username. These cookies also streamline login details so that you don’ have to remember site passwords.
Session (first-party) cookies are temporary cookies and get deleted when you close the browser. These cookies are directly created by the website you are using and therefore deemed safe for as long as you’re browsing a reputable website.
Third-party cookies are also known as tracking cookies. These cookies gather data about your online activities. Advertisers used these cookies to show ads based on your previous online activities.
There’s also called a supercookie or zombie cookie— a type of tracking cookie that’s stored at the network level and travels across browsers. These cookies are permanent and therefore deemed risky as they can access information including your login credentials, images caches, and browsing activities even when you’ve already deleted all cookies from your browser. To safeguard yourself from supercookies, using encryption connection and virtual private network (VPN) is recommended.
To ensure online privacy, it is recommended to manage your browser cookies. Aside from preventing any unauthorized data collection from perilous websites, well-managed internet cookies can also aid in optimizing your device storage.
To mitigate risks of privacy breaches, removing cookies is recommended. Doing so will reset your browser tracking and personalization.
To do this, simply turn on the Block all cookies option on your iPhone’s Safari settings. You can also use the inbuilt feature to prevent cross site tracking while browsing the web in Safari.
Alternatively, you can use third-party security software like Kaspersky to block cookies and remove tracking and malicious cookies from the most popular web browsers.
And that’s how to allow or enable cookies on the iPhone Safari web browser in iOS 15.5 OS.
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