The Mozilla Firefox app on your Android smartphone can help you reload and refresh the page, but it does not have a pre-build option to perform a hard refresh. To perform a hard refresh, you need to manually clear the cookies and cache along with page reload.
To perform a hard refresh for a page:
1. Load the page or site on the Firefox app and tap on the Padlock icon in the address bar.
2. Select the Clear cookies and site data option.
3. Hit on the DELETE command to confirm.
4. Finally, tap the Reload icon under the Menu (3-dot) icon.
The page or site’s cache and cookies will be removed, and a hard refresh will be completed. Alternatively, you can use the Delete browsing data option under Firefox’s Settings page to hard refresh all sites.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to refresh hard and reload web pages in the Firefox browser on your Android device. When you perform a hard refresh, the cookies and cache of the webpage stored in the browser get cleared.
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Hard Refresh Webpage in Firefox Android
As mentioned, there is no built-in option to perform a hard refresh on the Firefox app. You need to clear the cache and cookies data from your Firefox browser manually.
To hard refresh a specific webpage, you must first delete site-specific cache and cookies and then perform a page reload. Follow these steps for the same:
- Launch Mozilla Firefox on your Android.
- Open any website to clear its browsing data, and tap on the Padlock icon from the address bar.
- Select the Clear Cookies and Site Data option.
It will display the site address with a confirmation pop-up box to clear all cookies and data.
- Hit on the to confirm.
It will delete the cache and cookies for the site from the Firefox browser.
After clearing the cache, perform a simple page reload for the browser to fetch the fresh files for rendering the webpage.
- In the Firefox app, open the page that you want to reload.
- Tap on the More menu and select the Reload icon to perform reload.
This should now complete the hard refresh for the webpage on your browser.
Alternative: Delete Browsing Data in Firefox app
While the steps mentioned above will guide you to perform the hard refresh for a particular site, there is also a rigid way to hard refresh the entire Firefox browser data (irrespective of the site).
You can follow these mentioned steps for clearing all site cache and cookies:
- Open the Firefox browser on your phone.
- Tap on the More menu for options and select the Settings menu.
- Select the Delete Browsing Data option.
- Enable the checkboxes for the 'Cookies' and 'Cached images and files' options.
- Hit the command button.
It will completely wipe out the stored browsing data from the Firefox browser. When you reload any page or site, the browser will fetch the fresh files from the web server to display the page.
Why does Browser Caches a Page?
If you frequently visit a webpage or site, the browser caches the files and its elements within the page in browser storage.
The cache helps load and reload the pages faster, avoiding round-trip time to download the required files from the web server at every visit.
However, when a website or specific web pages are updated, you may not see the changes immediately. Due to caching of webpages, the older version of the page keeps loading every time you hit the Reload button.
To fix any issues arising from browser caching, you need to perform a hard refresh or clear the browsing data.
Hard Refresh in Firefox for Android
I hope you found this guide to hard refresh and reload the webpages on Firefox for Android informative. Try it out next time when a webpage doesn’t load properly or cannot display the newer content.
Similarly, you can perform the hard refresh in Firefox on your computer device. It works the same and helps eliminate browser rendering issues.
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