How to hard refresh Chrome

hard refresh Chrome

Browser Cache

Web browsers save copies of website data to your computer as a set of files called a cache. These stored files make it easier, and faster to load the website the next time you visit it. When you load a website, you are often viewing a local copy of elements from the site (such as images) pulled from your cache. The cached files expire after a while and if the browser loads a website and detects a change, it will fetch a new version of the site from the remote web server and replace the cache.

Hard refresh Chrome

The process of replacing cache is not always perfect, and sometimes your browser may end up with an outdated version of the website data in your browser cache. As a result, a web page may look incorrect or not function properly. To fix this, we need to force the web browser to discard what it already has in the cache and to download the latest version of the site. Many people call this a “hard refresh.”

How to hard refresh Chrome

A simple way to hard refresh Chrome is to completely reload the cache using a simple keyboard shortcut. Here’s how to do it on Windows, macOS:

Hard refresh Chrome – Windows

Follow these steps to perform a hard refresh in Chrome on Windows.

1. Launch Chrome.

2. Navigate and load the website that you wish to hard refresh.

3. Press the Ctrl+F5 key to perform a hard refresh.

4. Alternatively, try the Shift+Ctrl+F5 key combination to perform this action.

5. You can also hard refresh by using the browser reload button on Windows 10.

Note: you may need to hold down the Fn key so that the F5 key works as a function key and not as a media or system control key.

Hard refresh Chrome – macOS

Follow these steps to performs a hard refresh in Chrome on macOS.

1. Launch Chrome.

2. Navigate and load the website that you wish to hard refresh.

3. Press the Shift+Command+R keyboard shortcut to perform a hard refresh.

Noticeable changes after a hard refresh

Once you have performed the hard refresh, you should see the web page go blank, and the reloading process will take longer than usual. That’s because the browser is redownloading all of the data and images on the site.

A hard refresh is:

  • • Specific to a website
  • • Does not impact other files in the cache
  • • Does not change browser settings


The hard refresh feature is not just Chrome specific. If you use a different browser, chances are the same keys that you use in Chrome will work in it as well.

In case forcing a refresh didn’t fix the issue, you can try to do a hard refresh again. If that doesn’t help, the issue may be with the website itself you can try fixing it with the \”Clear Cache\” option—or try updating your web browser. Good luck!

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