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

Want to perform a hard refresh for a page in Chrome on your computer? Learn how to reload page content with cleared cache and cookies.

Chrome for iPhone and iPad has the feature to reload the webpage. However, it does not perform the hard refresh, i.e., clearing the stale files. Hence we need to clear the cache and reload the page that will essentially do the hard reload and fetch the new files from the server instead of the browser cache storage.

Reload and Hard Refresh Page on Chrome browser

We extensively use web browsers to explore the internet, gather information, etc. And not to forget, Google Chrome is the most popular browser for Android, Windows, or iOS.

The hard refresh will help you delete all the existing files from your locally stored cache. Moreover, it will refresh the website and download the freshly updated content from the server.

So, if you are facing a similar issue and want to know how to perform a hard refresh and reload a web page in Chrome iOS, you have come to the right place. It’s a two-step process: clear the stored cache and reload the website page.

The hard refresh is a process where we manually ask a browser to clear the cache and reload the web page. Like the Chrome desktop refresh button, when you force reload a webpage, it will reload all the data from the server.

This option is handy when trying to access any website that is not functional or freezing occasionally.

Clear Cache and Site Data

First, you must manually clear the cache and site data from Chrome on iPhone/iPad. Chrome on iOS does not have a dedicated hard refresh button; hence manually clearing the site data is the only way we have.

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Note: following steps will clear cache and site data for all the websites stored in the Chrome browser on your iOS device. You may need to sign in to your online accounts again.

Here are steps to clear the cache:

  1. Open the Chrome app for iPhone.
  2. Tap on the Menu horizontal 3dots icon present at the bottom right corner of the screen.
  3. Select the History menu from the list.
  4. Hit on the Clear browsing data… option.
  5. Select the check box against the Cookies, Site Data, and Cached Images and Files options.
    Clear Cookies and Cached Images from Chrome iPhone
  6. Hit on the Clear Browsing Data command option.

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

Reload the Page

Now that we have cleared the Chrome cache, the next step is usually reloading the website page. This will re-download the website assets from the server instead of the browser cache. Follow these steps to perform a hard refresh and reload:

  1. Launch the Chrome app on your iPhone or iPod.
  2. Tap on the Menu horizontal 3dots icon , present at the bottom right corner.
    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 current webpage to hard refresh mode. Hold the webpage and swipe down. When you release the webpage, you will see the Reload logo; it will load again.

Chrome iOS Pull Down for Hard Reload

If you want to refresh the webpage multiple times, the alternative method will be more valuable and time-efficient. This will download the fresh files from the server as the cache was empty.

Bottom Line

Encountering website loading problems might end up being highly frustrating at times. However, following the above steps might take a few minutes to resolve this issue.

Moreover, it seamlessly clears your cache files and reconnects the offline contents to the online website on the server. If, by any chance, hard refresh is not working, then you can use the alternative to reset the Chrome browser.

Big websites such as Google, YouTube, or Facebook might sometimes freeze. In such scenarios, doing a hard refresh is the best and easiest solution to the problem.

Similarly, you can hard refresh the webpage on your Chrome Mac browser, which will help eliminate the errors.

So, let us know how tough or easy you have found these steps to perform a hard refresh on your Chrome iOS.

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Rahul Verma

Rahul Verma

Rahul is a Computer Science Engineer with a MBA degree. He is keenly interested in the field of tech and cryptocurrency. He has 6+ years of technical content writing experience, mainly experimenting with and troubleshooting computer and mobile operating systems. Connect him on LinkedIn.

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