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.

  • On the server you need also extend setting of gc.session_lifetime
    – ladle3000
    Mar 24, 2015 at 2:21
  • To confirm: That is for the front end for customers, correct? Not admin login? Mar 24, 2015 at 2:48
  • I believe it's global.
    – ladle3000
    Apr 16, 2015 at 12:48

Also extent session.gc_maxlifetime as it's 1440 sec by default

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