There are lots of question related the same. But none of them helped me to get rid of this error “Third Party Cookies Appear To Be Disabled”.

I get the answer as my sytem time is wrong from that questions. Yes my sytem time was wrong at first.

But after I corrected the system time, still the error persists in Chrome 23.

The Firefox 17 is working fine for me.

  • What does it say when you visit stackoverflow.com/network-login-help ?
    – AndrewC
    Nov 27, 2012 at 12:08
  • @AndrewC Cookies failed, rest are ok. Nov 27, 2012 at 12:10
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    I think it's a misleading error message, and should say "unable to set cookie from openid.stackexchange.com", because as far as I can tell, that's the problem, and I don't like to enable third party cookies willy-nilly.
    – AndrewC
    Nov 28, 2012 at 2:38

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I'll put this in the answer too: check at https://stackoverflow.com/network-login-help to see how stackoverflow feels about your browser settings.

I was having exactly the same problem. Here's how I fixed it:

Go to settings

Right hand side of page, three horizontal bars, settings is near the bottom

Scroll down and choose to see advanced settings.

+Show advanced settings

Scroll down a bit to Privacy settings and click Content Settings

Content Settings

Click Manage exceptions

Manage exceptions

Make sure the necessary stackexchange sites are listed

The syntax of the Hostname Pattern field uses square brackets in my view needlessly [*.], but ho hum. You could add

[*.]stackauth.com          # needed: to support autologin (broken in my Chrome)
openid.stackexchange.com   # needed: this sent you the third party cookie
[*.]stackoverflow.com      # my favourite
[*.]meta.stackoverflow.com # just to be super sure 
[*.]stackexchange.com      # for those other interesting founts of knowledge

Allow Allow Allow Allow

  • Nice!
    – Arjan
    Dec 28, 2012 at 12:30
  • As an aside, wouldn't "Keep local data only until I quit my browser" make life easier? (It would require you to quit your browser every now and then. And it won't solve the third-party cookie issue, I know.)
    – Arjan
    Feb 16, 2013 at 13:26
  • @Arjan Do you mean instead of blocking third party cookies? If so, no. Here's how it goes with me: if I trust you, you can have a cookie. If I don't trust you you can't. If I use you a lot (multiple times a week), your cookie can stay permanently, if not, it's gotta go when I quit the browser. Third party cookies just don't fit with my attitude to cookies. Stackexchange is the only place I've wanted to allow them. Uniquely it's a network of intercommunicating different domains where I feel at home. Not even my employers's different domains deserve third party cookies.
    – AndrewC
    Feb 25, 2013 at 0:18
  • Quitting my browser every now and then wouldn't stop an ad network building up a partial profile. If they want to make money out of my data, tough.
    – AndrewC
    Feb 25, 2013 at 0:23
  • No, I'm not referring to 3rd party cookies, but to 1st party data, in "Block sites from setting any data". Just so you understand (which I guess you do): how often does your IP address change while not quitting your browser? And you know just blocking explicit data isn't enough, right?
    – Arjan
    Feb 25, 2013 at 17:47

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