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How to Enable Auto-Refresh on the Web Browsers?

Refreshing the browser continuously using the keyboard or clicking on the reload icon is tiresome. Instead, we can automate the auto-refresh using browser extensions. We can install Chrome, Edge, and Firefox browsers extensions to auto-reload. You can also customize the reload interval time and make the automation perfect.

The auto-refresh feature for a browser might sound like a great idea. This was, in fact, an implemented idea in almost every browser we have today. However, the implementations happened a long time ago, and for some reason, the browsers no longer support a built-in auto-refresh feature.

Although that’s the case, you might be aware that specific tabs constantly get reloaded inconsistently. I’ve experienced this, and it’s nothing but the browser clearing the data for the device to run more smoothly. It’s different compared to how we want auto-refreshing for a specific time interval.

Most of us want such auto-refresh features for different purposes. In my case, I’m engaged with eBay a lot, so having an auto-refresh feature for a few seconds will undoubtedly help me big time during the auctions there. The same goes for Amazon as well. The auto-refresh feature helps me have early access to deals and grab them faster!

If you require browsers capable of auto-refreshing, I’ll break a sweat to get you through some of my fixes.

In this article, I’ll talk about some selected auto-refresh extensions that will help you to refresh browser tabs automatically. Before we jump in, I want to let you know that we will use third-party add-ons for the most popular browsers we have today.

We have to depend on the auto-refresh chrome extension since the browsers no longer support their in-built auto-refresh features.

With that out, we’ll enable auto-refresh for different web browsers.

Auto-refresh on Google Chrome

I choose the Tab Reloader auto-refresh extension to enable auto-refresh on Google Chrome. Unlike the other ones, Tab Reloader is a safer and more reliable add-on for Chrome, with no malware or spyware.

Here are the steps to enable the Tab Reloader auto-refresh extension: 

  1. Start by adding the Tab Reloader extension to Google Chrome.
    Direct link to tab reloader added below.
  2. Click the Add to Chrome button on the right of the open page.
    Tab Reloader (auto-refresh) Add to Chrome Extension
  3. Next, confirm by clicking on the Add extension button from the pop-up.
    Add Extensions Tab Reloader to Chrome Browser
  4. Once the extension is successfully added to your Chrome browser, click on its logo from the extensions menu.
    This will bring up the extension’s configuration settings.
    Tab Reloader Settings icon in Chrome
  5. Next, adjust your reloading period from the Adjust Reloading Time section.
    Tab Reloader Chrome Extension Adjust Reload Time
  6. Finally, toggle on the Enable Reloader for this tab option at the bottom to get the extension working.
    Enable for this tab on Reloader in Chrome

Download Tab Reloader

This will activate the Tab Reloader extension for your current tab if you wish to auto-refresh another tab, head over to that tab and repeat steps 4 to 6.

Auto-refresh on Microsoft Edge

For Microsoft Edge, I use the Refreshless auto-refresh extension for auto-refreshing. Like the extension for Chrome, the Refreshless extension is the most ideal, non-scammy add-on for Edge.

Follow these steps to enable the Refreshless auto-refresh extension: 

  1. Add the Refreshless extension for Microsoft Edge.
    The direct download link is added below.
  2. On the page that opens up, click on the Get button on the right.
    Get Refreshless for Microsoft Edge extension
  3. Hit on Add extension on the pop-up to confirm the installation.
    Refreshless for Microsoft Edge Extension
  4. Click on the Refreshless logo on the extensions menu to open up its configuration settings.
    Refreshless Microsoft Edge Settings icon
  5. Then, toggle on the Refresh Automatically option.
  6. Set your time under the Intervals section for auto-refreshing.
  7. Turn OFF or ON the Persistent option according to your choice.
    Refreshless Microsoft Edge Extension settings
  8. Finally, click on the Apply button to get the extension working according to your preference.

Turning on the Persistent option uses the same extension settings for that particular tab. If you need auto-refreshing to work on another tab, you must head there, configure the extension’s settings, and apply.

Download Refreshless on Edge

Auto-refresh on Mozilla Firefox

The best bet for Mozilla Firefox in case of an auto-refresh extension is the same as Google Chrome’s, the Tab Reloader extension. Here’s how you can get it on Mozilla Firefox.

Follow these steps to enable the Tab Reloader extension on Firefox: 

  1. Add the Tab Reloader add-on on Mozilla Firefox.
  2. Then, click on the Add to Firefox button.
    Tab Reloader (page auto refresh) Firefox extension
  3. Click on Add on the pop-up that appears.
    Add Firefox Extension
  4. Click on the Tab Reloader extension icon on the extensions menu to open configuration settings.
    Tab Reloader icon in Firefox
  5. Enter your preferred time interval under the Adjust Reloading Time section.
    Adjust Reloading Tab in Tab Reloader Firefox extension
  6. Toggle ON the Enable Reloader for this tab option at the top, and it will work.
    Enable Reloader for this Tab in Firefox

That will now automatically refresh the tab you were in. If you want another tab to auto-refresh, you have to open that tab, input the interval time, and toggle on the auto-refresh feature for that particular tab, as shown above.

Firefox Tab Reloader Add-on

Bottom Line: Auto-Refresh the Web Browser

That covers everything you need to know regarding enabling auto-refresh on the web browser.

Although I use Google Chrome as my primary browser, I tested all the above browsers and their respective auto-refresh add-ons to compile this article. Based on my experience, I must admit that the extensions of my choice are pretty convenient, and they’re not scammy.

I did spend quite some time researching and experimenting with these add-ons. The final result was satisfying; the above three extensions conquered the ten others I tested. These auto-refresh extensions have helped me stay updated on sites like Etsy and Amazon.

The chrome browser has recently started reloading the tab when we are inactive for a long. This is quite annoying for most users, including me, who keep multiple tabs open. Hence, I researched and found a few options to disable auto-reloading after inactivity on Chrome.

Also, please remember that you’ll have to configure the extension’s settings if you want a newly opened tab to reflect respective effects. In simpler words, the extensions will only work for the tab that they’ve been configured for.

What do you think about auto-refreshing the browser tabs? Which one is your favorite from the list above?

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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