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How can I change the amount of time of the customer login session? As an example, If a customer is shopping for several parts from a wholesale supplier they make take longer to shop. How can I increase the FRONTEND cookie lifetime?

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go to System > Configuration > Web in the General Section > Session Cookie Management panel on the right.

When you expand the panel you'll see an option Cookie Lifetime. Change the number to whatever you want and click on the Save Config.

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  • On the server you need also extend setting of gc.session_lifetime – ladle3000 Mar 24 '15 at 2:21
  • To confirm: That is for the front end for customers, correct? Not admin login? – Matthew McLennan Mar 24 '15 at 2:48
  • I believe it's global. – ladle3000 Apr 16 '15 at 12:48
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Also extent session.gc_maxlifetime as it's 1440 sec by default

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