Opera for Android will get rid of annoying cookie prompts

You'll have to accept cookies by default, however.

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Jon Fingas
November 6th, 2018

If you're frustrated at having to constantly close "we use cookies" dialog boxes on websites in the GDPR era, relief might be in sight. Opera has released an updated Android browser with an option to block cookie dialogs. Flip it on through the ad blocking settings and Opera will close as many of those intrusive prompts as it can. There's no guarantee it will work (Opera is relying on a mix of CSS and JavaScript detection), but the company said it had tested the feature with 15,000 sites and was accepting feedback on its success rate through the beta version.

This doesn't stop the cookies from coming through. If you enable dialog blocking, Opera will allow sites to set cookies as a matter of course. That won't be an issue for many people, but it's worth noting if you want to block cookies on some sites. It's not certain how the European Union will react to Opera's move, but it's safe to presume that you're consenting to cookies by enabling the option.

You'll have more to try in the new Opera release as it is. You now have home screen shortcuts if you're using Android 7.1 or later, and there's now a universal text size slider on top of the existing text wrap feature. Whatever you're looking for, Opera is once again betting that conveniences like this will draw you away from heavyweights like Chrome.

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