How to hide accept cookies messages from websites [Guide]

Last year, a new law forced websites to be more up front about how they store and use your data. The law is great but the accept cookies messages get annoying after a while and to be perfectly honest, not many people are reading them. Some websites will show you the accept cookies message no matter how many times you visit. The message only goes away if you sign in to the website and accepting or dismissing the message isn’t enough. If you’re tired of the seeing the accept cookies messages, you can install an add-on or an extension called I don’t care about cookies and hide them all.

Hide all accept cookie messages

The I don’t care about cookies add-on/extension is available for both Firefox and Chrome. Once you’ve installed the add-on/extension, you won’t see any more messages asking you to accept cookies.

You should know that this add-on/extension will not automatically accept cookies for you. It’s only hiding the messages. This means that if you’re visiting a website that needs to save cookies, it won’t work as intended unless you accept the cookies.

The add-on/extension does have a whitelisting option so you can use that when you need to accept cookies from a website. To whitelist a website, click the add-on/extension’s icon next to the URL bar and from the context menu, select the ‘Disable extension on website’ option. You may need to reload the website to execute the change so if you’re in the middle of something like filling out a form, do what you can to save your progress.

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To add websites enmasse to the add-on/extension’s whitelist, click it and select Options from the context menu. This will open the whitelist that you can add domains to. Enter one domain per-line and click the Save Settings button at the bottom.

In case you want to use this add-on/extension in incognito mode for Chrome you will need to enable it from the extensions’ page in Chrome. By default, Chrome doesn’t allow extensions to run in a private browsing window. Firefox on the other hand will allow all add-ons to run in private browsing mode.

If you’re using a browser other than Firefox or Chrome, and you want to hide the accept cookies messages, you can try using an ad blocking extension that can also block certain elements on websites. It’s a long shot but it might work if you find an extension that is sophisticated enough to do the job.

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