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Hard Refresh and Reload a Page in Chrome on iPhone & iPad

The Chrome app doesn’t offer the option to hard refresh on iPhone or iPad. Instead, we need to clear the cache and reload the page manually.

After a hard refresh of a webpage or site, the browser will fetch the new files from the server. It may help in resolving the page loading issue.

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Note: Hard refreshing a site may log out of your account; you must sign in to your online accounts again.

In this guide, I have shared written instruction about:

Hard Refresh a Page

As mentioned, the Chrome app does not have a dedicated hard refresh button; hence, manually removing the site data is our only way. Here are steps to clear the cache:

  1. Open the Chrome app for iPhone.
  2. Tap the More horizontal 3-dots icon menu and select the History menu from the list.
  3. Hit on the Clear browsing data… option.
  4. Select the check box against the Cookies, Site Data, and Cached Images and Files options.
    Clear Cookies and Cached Images from Chrome iPhone
  5. Hit on the Clear Browsing Data command option.

It will delete your Chrome app’s cached images and website files. You may notice a temporary slowness in site loading at the first instance.

Reload a Page in the Chrome app

Now that we have cleared the Chrome cache, the next step is reloading the website page. It will re-download the website assets from the server. Follow these steps to reload:

  1. Launch the Chrome app on your iPhone or iPod.
  2. Tap the More horizontal 3-dots icon menu in the bottom toolbar.
    Reload Command Option in Chrome iOS
  3. Hit on the Reload reload arrow icon command option, and it will reload the webpage again.

Alternatively, you can pull down the webpage to refresh the page content. Hold the webpage and swipe down until you will see the Reload icon and release it.

Chrome iOS Pull Down for Hard Reload

Bottom Line

Performing a hard refresh means you clear your cache files and reconnect the offline contents to the online website on the server. If hard refresh is not working, you can use the alternative to reset the Chrome browser.

Similarly, you can hard refresh the webpage in Chrome browser on your computer, which will help eliminate the page loading issues.

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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.

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