Microsoft Edge Chromium site permissionsSource: Windows Central

Nowadays, almost every website you visit wants some sort of access to your device, such as access to push notifications to alert you about new content, location to show local information, camera, and microphone for video calls, and they even want permission to store data to personalize your experience.

Although trying to control permissions for every site can be overwhelming, if you're using the new version of Microsoft Edge based on the Chromium engine, you can easily decide the level of access that every website has as they render in the browser to improve privacy and security on Windows 10.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to manage site permissions with the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge.

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How to set permissions per website on Microsoft Edge

To set permissions for a website on Microsoft Edge Chromium, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Navigate to the website you want to manage.
  3. Click the Lock icon next to the website link in the address bar.
  4. Click the Site permissions option.

    Microsoft Edge website permissions optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Use the drop-down menus to allow or deny permissions (such as location, camera, microphone, notifications, Adobe Flash, etc.).

    Microsoft Edge list of permissions for siteSource: Windows Central

  6. (Optional) Click the Reset permissions option.

    Microsoft Edge reset site permissions optionSource: Windows Central

  7. Click the Reset button to restore the default settings.
  8. Click the Refresh button on the site to apply the changes.

    Microsoft Edge refresh buttonSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, the website will only have access to the permissions you specified.

Changing site permissions

If you want to modify previously configured permissions for a particular website, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Navigate to the website you want to manage.
  3. Click the Lock icon next to the website link in the address bar.
  4. Use the drop-down menus to change the permissions.

    Microsoft Edge modify current site permissionsSource: Windows Central

  5. Click the Refresh button on the site to apply the changes.

After you complete the steps, the new settings will apply to the site.

How to manage permissions for all websites on Microsoft Edge

To manage site permissions globally on Chromium Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Click on Site permissions.
  4. Select the permission you want to control.

    Microsoft Edge list of available permissionsSource: Windows Central

  5. Turn on the Ask before accessing toggle switch to prevent websites from accessing your device information without your consent.

    Microsoft Edge single permission settingsSource: Windows Central

  6. Under the "Block" section, click the Trash button to restore the default setting for the domain.
  7. Under the "Allow" section, click the Trash button to restore the default setting for the domain.

Once you complete the steps, you may need to repeat steps No. 4 through 7 to adjust different permissions.

Although the above instructions outline the steps to control the access level, depending on the permission you want to control, you will have different options. For example, Cookies and site data, Camera, Microphone, Notifications, JavaScript, Images, Pop-ups and redirects, Background sync, Automatic downloads, Unsandboxed plugin access, Clipboard, and Payment handlers, all of them have additional customizable options.

How to allow or block cookies and site data on Microsoft Edge

To customize cookies and site data permissions for websites, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Click on Site permissions.
  4. Click the Cookies and site data option.

    Microsoft Edge cookies and site permissionsSource: Windows Central

  5. Turn on the Allow sites to save and read cookie data toggle switch.

    Microsoft Edge allow sites to save and read cookies optionSource: Windows Central

  6. (Optional) Turn on Clear cookies and site data when you quit Microsoft Edge toggle switch.
  7. (Optional) Turn on Block third-party cookies toggle switch to prevent websites from using your online activities to target you with ads.
  8. Under the "Block" section, click the menu (three-dotted) button and select the Remove button to restore the default settings for the domain.

    Microsoft Edge reset cookies settings for site optionSource: Windows Central

  9. (Optional) Under the "Block" section, click the Add button to block websites from saving and reading cookies

    Microsoft Edge prevent site from saving and accessing cookiesSource: Windows Central

  10. Under the "Clear on exit" section, click the menu (three-dotted) button and select the Remove button to restore the default settings for the domain.
  11. (Optional) Under the "Clear on exit" section, click the Add button to define the websites that Microsoft Edge will clear cookies upon closing the browser.
  12. Under the "Allow" section, click the menu (three-dotted) button and select the Remove button to restore the default settings for the domain.
  13. (Optional) Under the "Allow" section, click the Add button to specify the websites allowed to save and read cookies information.

    Quick note: You should only use this option if you were disabling the Allow sites to save and read cookies data option.

After you complete the steps, only the websites you specified will have permission to save and read cookies data.

Viewing and deleting site cookies

To view or delete cookies stored on your browser, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Click on Site permissions.
  4. Click the Cookies and site data option.

    Microsoft Edge cookies and site data optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Click the See all cookies and site data option.

    Microsoft Edge see cookies and site data optionSource: Windows Central

  6. Use the search box to find a specific cookie.
  7. Click the right arrow button to get more details about the cookie.

    Microsoft Edge cookie detailsSource: Windows Central

  8. Click the Trash button to delete it.

    Microsoft Edge delete website cookieSource: Windows Central

  9. (Optional) Click the Remove all button.
  10. Click the Clear button

Once you complete the steps, you'll be able to see and remove one or all the cookies stored on your instance of Microsoft Edge.

How to allow or block location detection on Microsoft Edge

To allow or block location access per website on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Navigate to the website you want to manage location settings.
  3. Click the Lock icon next to the website link in the address bar.
  4. Click the Site permissions option.

    Microsoft Edge website permission optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Use the "Location" drop-down menu to allow or deny permission.

    Microsoft Edge allow and block location tracking for websiteSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, you may need to repeat the steps to control location access for other websites.

Managing site location access

To manage website access to your location, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Click on Site permissions.
  4. Click the Location option.

    Microsoft Edge location permission optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Turn on the Ask before accessing toggle switch.

    Microsoft Edge location settingsSource: Windows Central

  6. Under the "Block" section, click the Trash button to restore the default setting for the domain.
  7. Under the "Allow" section, click the Trash button to restore the default setting for the domain.

After you complete the steps, only sites in the "Allow" list will be able to access your location automatically. If the site isn't in either list, then you'll get a prompt to allow or deny the access.

How to allow or block camera and microphone access on Microsoft Edge

To allow or block website access to your device camera and microphone, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Navigate to the website you want to manage location settings.
  3. Click the Lock icon next to the website link in the address bar.
  4. Click the Site permissions option.

    Microsoft Edge website permission optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Use the "Camera" or "Microphone" drop-down menu to allow or deny permission.

    Microsoft Edge camera and microphone permissionsSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, only the websites you specified will be able to access the device camera and microphone. If the site isn't in either of the lists, then you'll get a prompt to allow or deny the access.

Managing site camera and microphone access

To control access to camera and microphone on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Click on Site permissions.
  4. Click the Camera or Microphone option.

    Microsoft Edge microphone site permissionsSource: Windows Central

  5. Use the drop-down menu and select the default device.
  6. Turn on the Ask before accessing toggle switch.

    Microsoft Edge microphone access permissionsSource: Windows Central

  7. Under the "Block" section, click the Trash button to restore the default setting for the domain.
  8. Under the "Allow" section, click the Trash button to restore the default setting for the domain.

After you complete the steps, only the websites in the "Allow" list will have access to the camera and microphone. If the domain isn't in either list, then you'll see a prompt to allow or deny the access.

How to allow or block site notifications on Microsoft Edge

To allow or block site notifications on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Navigate to the website you want to manage location settings.
  3. Click the Lock icon next to the website link in the address bar.
  4. Click the Site permissions option.

    Microsoft Edge website permission optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Use the "Notifications" drop-down menu to allow or deny permission.

    Microsoft Edge notifications settings for websiteSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, only the sites you specified will be able to push notifications. If the website wants to display notifications, and it's not on the allow or block list, then you'll see a prompt to allow or deny the access.

Managing site notifications permissions

To manage notifications permissions for websites on Chromium Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Click on Site permissions.
  4. Click the Notifications option.

    Microsoft Edge site permissions notifications optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Turn on the Ask before accessing toggle switch.
  6. Under the "Block" section, click the menu (three-dotted) button and select the Remove button to restore the default settings for the domain.

    Microsoft Edge notifications access level settingsSource: Windows Central

  7. (Optional) Under the "Block" section, click the Add button to block websites from pushing notifications.
  8. Under the "Block" section, click the menu (three-dotted) button and select the Remove button to restore the default settings for the domain.
  9. (Optional) Under the "Allow" section, click the Add button to permit site to push notifications.

After you complete the steps, sites in the "Allow" list will be able to push notifications, but the domain isn't in either list, then you'll receive a prompt to allow or deny the access.

How to allow or block site media autoplay on Microsoft Edge

To allow or limit sites from playing media automatically on Microsoft Edge, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.
  2. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.
  3. Click on Site permissions.
  4. Click the Media autoplay option.

    Microsoft Edge media autoplay optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Use the Control if audio and video play automatically on sites drop-down menu to Allow or Limit access.

    Microsoft Edge media autoplay settingsSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, websites will be able to play media automatically, depending on your configuration.

We're focusing this guide on Windows 10, but the above instructions will also work for Microsoft Edge on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and macOS.

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