iPhone, latest iOS, Safari.

I do very little web browsing from my phone; in most cases, I just open Safari and search for something. I always had this rather frustrating issue: every time I search for something, Google (which is my default search engine) asks me to accept cookies before displaying search results.

Digging more deeply, I discovered that the problem seems to be related to cookies: Safari just doesn’t seem to save any cookie at all; if f.e. I log in to a web site, the next time I go there I will be asked to log in again; anything I do on a web site (including clicking "Accept" on Google's disclaimer) is lost the next time I open it.

The option to block all cookies is not enabled.
I'm not using private mode.
I'm not clearing browser data between sessions.

Why is this happening, and how can I avoid it?


I definitely logged in to this very site from my phone to ask this question.

And yet, from the same phone, 20 minutes later, I had to log in again.

1 Answer 1


Make sure you’re not in private browsing mode.

Tap the tabs button in the bottom right and make sure the Private button in the bottom left is not highlighted with a background. If so, tap the button to leave private browsing.

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    Easy first thing to check but just making sure since it’s not mentioned in the question.
    – grg
    Commented Jun 25, 2021 at 23:15
  • Thanks but I already checked, I also tried turning it on and off again. Added to the question, anyway.
    – Massimo
    Commented Jun 25, 2021 at 23:37
  • any adblocker installed? Block all cookies in the Safari preferences is turned off? Commented Jul 22, 2022 at 14:50
  • @slartibartfast no and yes.
    – Massimo
    Commented Feb 11, 2023 at 17:44

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