Google Chrome 82 Redesigned Cookie Settings UI on Android to Enhance Privacy


Google is making progress in extending the power of users of cookies in the Chrome toolbar with a new flag in the Canary Islands that allows an enhanced interface with more buttons and detail.

The new functionality is included in the Android version 82 of the client and provides two more choices for handling cookies.

No third-party cookies in incognito mode In the latest configuration of Chrome 80 secure on all compatible networks, you can allow/disable cookies on all pages or only restrict third-party cookies. The above comes with an alert that specific sites can not work correctly while the restriction is activated.

The latest user interface of Cookies in Canary for Android shows four controls instead of only two currently available in a stable version of the application, and a summary of cookie data is provided:

Cookies are files created by websites you visit. Sites use them to remember your preferences. Third-party cookies are created by other sites. These sites own some of the content, like ads or images, that you see on the webpage you visit.

One alternative that becomes accessible when the experimental feature is allowed that prohibit websites from reading and storing cookie data while browsing incognito mode.

The incognito browsing experience begins with a blank internal profile empty of cookies or experience info, which is introduced as you access the website. These will not impact the typical browsing session and are purged until the last incognito window is locked.

The other choice will require you to block all cookies. This is not a preferred choice, however, because it is likely to impact your experience on a variety of websites.


The choice to attach places that are excluded from active settings is always accessible below the buttons.

The flag that unlocks the four buttons is named “Allow improved cookie controls in the incognito mode of the UI.” You can check for them in the experimental region of’ Chrome:/flags.’

You will still notice the experimental flag in the latest stable edition of Chrome, but the updated Cookie menu does not seem to be enabled.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.