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Perform Hard Refresh and Reload Page in Chrome on Android

Google Chrome doesn’t offer the direct option to perform a hard refresh, typically used to fix page loading issues. It technically deletes all the cached files and fetches new files from the server.

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

In this guide, I have shared written (and video) instructions about:

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How to Hard Refresh and Reload a Site in Chrome on Android

Clear Temporary Site Cache

If you are unaware, it will allow you to view and clear storage from the browser. We can clear the data for the individual sites instead of the entire browser.

  1. Launch the Chrome app on Android.
  2. Tap on the More vertical 3-dots icon menu and select Settings from the list of options.
  3. Scroll down and tap on the Site Settings tab.
  4. Within the Site Settings, open the Data Stored tab.
  5. Tap on the Site URL that you want to delete storage.
  6. 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 Page

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.

  1. Launch the Chrome app on your Android.
  2. Open the website or webpage where you cleared the cache storage.
  3. Tap on the More vertical 3-dots icon option and menu.
  4. Tap on Reload reload arrow icon 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 app 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.

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 in the browser to avoid manual entry with the password autofill feature.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

5 comments and feedback

  1. I found (by accident) that if you tap the three dots on the page one time, the refresh option is not there. But if you close that out and tap the three dots again, then the refresh symbol appears! Go figure! And you don’t have to clear the cache or anything like that. It’s almost as easy as doing it on a real computer (once you know the trick).

  2. Test website has a static webpage, using a CSS page for styles. When I change the font size in CSS, all browsers show the change on simple refresh _except_ Android Chrome. I’ve reset the Chrome cache & data from within Chrome and within Android settings. Nothing works.

    1. That’s weird! Did you try visiting the CSS file URL directly in the Android Chrome browser? It sometimes load the cached version even after refresh.

  3. Hi, I have tried all applicable above on a tablet/android/chrome. But no good result. (Refreshing on other devices/OS works OK)
    The site (on my server) does not show up in the list of sites. Also the refresh button does nothing (besides load the cached site again).
    I have tried all kind of touches etc on the display.
    Any other suggestions?

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