How to Hard Refresh Chrome Browser and Fix Common Issues

Every now and then, you run into a problem with your web browser that seems to be completely incurable, Maybe it’s a pop-up that just won’t go away, or maybe it’s an extension that’s acting up and filling your screen with rubbish, Whatever the issue may be, there are a number of ways in which you can hard refresh chrome and fix whatever problem you are having, Let’s dive right in!

How to hard refresh chrome on a PC

Step 1: Go to the URL chrome://chrome/settings/ in your browser

Step 2: Scroll down to “Advanced” and click

Step 3: Click “Reload” at the bottom of the page

Step 4: Click “Reload” in the pop-up window It’s that simple! If the issue persists, you can always try another extension in an effort to unseat your troublesome extension, If you have multiple browsers open, you may experience some issues with the browser crashing each time you try to save, for example, This is a known issue and known fix on the internet, so I won’t go into too much detail here.

There is a chance that Chrome may not be the culprit and it may need a more in-depth fix than what I wrote above, Here’s a jump to a tutorial on how to reset your browser, Browsing the internet can consume a ton of your battery life, Keeping tabs on one website open may drain a significant amount of your battery, and if you are constantly engaging in activities that could drain your battery, then the option to turn the computer off while you are away may be a much better idea.

If you do embrace the device low option, then only turn off your browser and aren’t using other extensions, then you should be fine, Kudos to those of you that went the extra mile of including an option to turn off your browser via the computer’s taskbar, Per computer settings, check what apps use the most battery:  For Mac’s: Safari, Spotify required running as an app, Chrome, Slack required running as an app, For windows, it will vary based on the number of apps you use, but on average, this is going to be your power manager.

How to hard refresh chrome on a Mac

To hard refresh chrome on a Mac, press Command-Shift-R, This will refresh the page that you’re on, You can also hard refresh chrome by clicking on the circular arrow in the upper right corner, To force silent auto-completion, press Command-Option-Shift-U, This will pull up your Bookmarks bar with your cursor selected, If you have a lot of bookmarks, it can be a bit of a time-consuming process.

The ‘Support Tools’ link will open up several different tools that you can use to get to your problem faster, If you’re having trouble with cookies, try clearing your cookies using the browser’s built-in settings, If that doesn’t work, you can also use the Cookie Manager, It will force a refresh of your cookies, allowing you to log back into Firefox, Keep in mind, however, that if you enable an extension or bookmark, this will strip out the cookies that are already installed.

Next, make sure that you have a few more cookies saved, You can create a page that allows access to your cookies by clicking on the little hamburger menu main menu, Then create a lesser-known bookmark: “Save your Cookies Now” Once you get your cookies saved and you have access to your cookies on your site, your problem should be easy to track down! If you are not able to log back in using your browser’s User-Agent switcher, you can also clear your cookies by going to the About: Cookies page.

Once you’ve got your cookies saved and you have access to your cookies on your site, your problem should be easy to track down! If you do not have user agents switchers and/or cookies enabled, all you will be able to do is log back into Firefox, You will not be able to access your personal or site’s sessions,

How to hard refresh chrome on an Android device

If you’re on an Android device, you can hard refresh your Chrome browser by going into your phone’s settings and clearing the cache for the Chrome app,

  • How To: (Android) Go to to find the latest Chrome release and install it,
  • While you’re in the Chrome app, you can press Ctrl + J to go into settings and clear the cache for the app,
  • Confirm the Clear All option and then untick the Keep Recent History (Yes, I know “Clear browsing history” is a shitty name for a setting, but it works!) and Reset Built-In Features if you don’t want to clear the cache,

Note: Some phones need you to first restart your phone, if you follow this method, you will need to first restart your computer as well, Have an issue with a specific web feature? Rather than go off and use the app store and find the answer yourself, you can try out a basic Google solution, Head into Google Chrome, press the three-dot menu at the top and select settings, At the bottom of the page, you’ll find a setting called Permissions.

Once there, you can look for a tab called permission-extensions, If you see that there are notifications for Chrome and extensions, then you are okay, If not, then click on Permissions and uncheck the extensions that are a problem for you, This should fix a lot of things, not all of them but a lot of them, It may even help get rid of some of the notifications that come with certain extensions!

How to hard refresh chrome on an iPhone or iPad

When you’re in the middle of doing something and the internet isn’t responding, you’ll be glad you know how to hard refresh Chrome on your iPad or iPhone, It’s a simple shortcut that clears the cache and refreshes the page you’re on so you can get back to what you were doing How to hard refresh Chrome,

  • Click on an empty area of your browser
  • Look for the little gear icon at the bottom right-hand corner of your interface
  • Click on it and select “Enable Developer Mode”
  • Leave this window open so you can change the settings later
  • Now go back to your regular browser
  • Press the ctrl+cmd+a shortcut combination to bring up your developer options menu (very similar to the Windows key + shift + enter combination)
  • Change “Default User-Agent” to, Click anywhere on your page in your browser (order is important, above all), Your button should change to be “Refresh” and immediately you’ll be presented with an HTTP request to the server (Use the F12 function on the right-hand side of your keyboard to view the request, Example: Let the requested finish before continuing (no need to refresh if the page hasn’t changed at all), You can now reload your page, assuming the HTTP request completed, XDG users (e,g, Windows/Mac) can also open this window by navigating to “View Source” within Chrome, Under the address bar, you’ll notice a “Refresh” button,

Once you have your page loaded and the HTTP request has finished, (your page hasn’t changed at all), press the “Refresh” button, If all is ok (you didn’t break anything, your page was saved), then you will be presented with a new and improved page!

Now that you’ve been through steps 1–5, you should have a working chrome implementation that can be refreshed with a click of a button, You may also have noticed that you don’t have to create a new tab, just use the “refresh” button on any tab.

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