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How to do Hard Refresh and Reload Page in Chrome Android

The reload and hard refresh is typically used to fix page loading issues. The hard refresh technically deletes all the cached files and fetches new files from the server. We can perform the reload efficiently, but we need to manually clear the stored site data from the Privacy and Security settings page for a hard refresh.

Reload and Hard Refresh Page on Chrome browser

I often use the Twitter account on the Chrome Android app. I do not install native apps. However, I prefer to use most social media websites within the browser.

I got the same tweets when loading the Twitter feeds at a given time interval; for some reason, the Twitter feeds were not refreshed as the site cache was heavily loaded. Hence, I considered performing the hard refresh on Chrome to load the page.

Performing a hard refresh on a browser will help delete the locally stored cache files and download them afresh from the server. The hard refresh typically helps refresh the site asset and images via connecting online and re-downloading the data.

The hard refresh will help you reconnect to an online web server when you’re accessing the offline page.

Perform Hard Reload

There is no simple option within Chrome Android to do a hard refresh. It is a two-step process, and we can hard refresh the web page.

First, we need to clear the storage and cache data from the browser manually. And second, we need to reload the webpage to make the refresh happen.

Clear the Cache and Storage

If you are unaware, the Google Chrome app on Android allows you to view and clear storage from the browser. We can clear the data for the individual sites instead of the entire browser. Here are the steps to view and clear the cache storage:

  1. Launch the Chrome app on Android.
  2. Tap on the More vertical 3dots icon menu for options.
  3. Select Settings from the list of options.
  4. Scroll down and tap on the Site Settings tab.
  5. Within the Site Settings, open the Data Stored tab.
  6. Tap on the Site URL that you want to delete storage.
  7. Hit on the Clear & reset command button.
    Site Settings in Chrome Android for Pinterest

This will delete the selected website’s cache, cookies, and storage. This won’t delete any other website data apart from the selected one.

If you want to delete the entire browser and site data, you can do that easily on Chrome for Android.

Reload the Chrome Android

Now that we have cleared the site data from the Chrome Android browser, just reloading the webpage will download the fresh files from the server. Follow these steps to refresh and reload a website:

  1. Launch the Chrome Android app.
  2. Open the website or webpage where you cleared the cache storage.
  3. Tap on the Morevertical 3dots icon option and menu.
  4. Tap on Reload reload arrow icon the icon to refresh the website page.
    Chrome Android Reload Icon

This will immediately connect the website and download fresh files from the server instead of browser storage. Since it’s the first time after the hard refresh, you might notice the delay in page loading.

The reload or refresh of Chrome also helps connect the offline webpage to a live server and download the latest information.

Alternatively, you can also touch-hold-pulldown the website page until the reload icon appears on the screen. Once the Reload reload arrow icon icon appears, release the touch, and the web page will automatically reload.

Hard Refresh Chrome Android Hold and Pulldown

Bottom Line

Chrome Android can quickly help clear the cache and re-download the elements from the online server. The hard refresh also helps connect the offline page to an online website server.

After using the force refresh, I could browse my Twitter feed easily. Now, the tweets would load appropriately without any difficulties.

Remember that clearing the browser cookies can sign out of the account; you need to sign in to the account after a hard refresh. You can use Google Password Manager built-in the browser to avoid manual entry with the password autofill feature.

Similarly, you can perform a hard refresh on a Chrome computer, which works similarly to a mobile browser. I wish Chrome adds an option to refresh the page hard instead of going through this tedious process; what do you say?

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Kushal Azza

Kushal has a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical; however, his passion for technology and gadgets has made him a digital & tech geek. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems and creating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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