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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fixed! iPhone Safari Cookies Disabled: Safari Browser Settings Keep Resetting Cookies to Never Accept in iOS5 (3 3G 3GS 4 4S)

Recently, I have been running into issues with my iPhone 4 running iOS 5 (5.0.1) where when occasionally using the web browser when logging into Google or another site will tell me "cookies are disabled". Now, I had not made a single change to my settings, but when I browse the app (application) settings for the Safari browser; under Privacy the setting to Accept Cookies is changed to "Never" from either "Always" or "From Visited".

The strange part was that I was not changing the settings and I couldn't figure out for the life of me what was going on. Not to mention it was enormously frustrating that it seemed to happen often and of course at the most important times when I was trying to access something quickly

After researching several sites; it appears that all iPhones (3G 3GS 4 4S) are all impacted by the problem, if they are running iOS 5 and iCloud services. The root cause of the problem appears to be with the Bookmark syncing feature of iCloud. For me, the simple solution was to turn it off in the settings for iCloud. Since I have made the change, my "Accept Cookies" setting in the Safari application has not reverted or reset to "Never" and I have been happily using the browser.

Hopefully, you'll have the same luck.

In case you're not sure how to turn off the "Bookmarks" setting in iCloud -- here's a step-by-step guide on how you can quickly go about it and hopefully alleviate any problems you might have with your iPhone's Safari browser resetting your accept cookies status to never:

1. First, go to settings on your iPhone and select iCloud.

Step 1: To fix the problem with your Safari Browser on iPhone 4 4G 3GS 3G 3 iOS 5 with cookies beings reset to never accept.  Go to settings on iPhone and select iCloud

2. Go to the bookmarks options under iCloud settings which should be set to "On" and turn it off.

Step 2: To fix the problem with your Safari Browser on iPhone 4 4G 3GS 3G 3 iOS 5 with cookies beings reset to never accept.  Turn bookmarks from on to off in iCloud

3. Choose whether you want to accept or delete the bookmarks from your iPhone. I choose "Keep on my iPhone"

Step 3: To fix the problem with your Safari Browser on iPhone 4 4G 3GS 3G 3 iOS 5 with cookies beings reset to never accept.  Choose whether to delete or keep bookmarks on your iPhone

4. iPhone will communicate with iCloud and turn off Bookmarks for your iPhone 3 3G 3GS 4 or 4S device.

Step 4: To fix the problem with your Safari Browser on iPhone 4 4G 3GS 3G 3 iOS 5 with cookies beings reset to never accept.  iPhone will communicate with iCloud and turn off Bookmarks for your iPhone 3 3G 3GS 4 or 4S device.

5. Bookmarks now show as being off for iCloud on your iPhone.

Step 5: To fix the problem with your Safari Browser on iPhone 4 4G 3GS 3G 3 iOS 5 with cookies beings reset to never accept.  Bookmarks now show as being off for iCloud on your iPhone.

If you're like me and you had problems with the iPhone Safari Browser application having the cookies settings constantly reset to never accept cookies, then this should fix your problems. Best of luck and let me know with a comment if it worked!

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