Browsers store pages you visit in the browser cache and use it to redisplay them quickly. However, when changes are made to a website, the browser cache may prevent you from seeing the changes immediately. To ensure you see the most up-to-date page version, you must perform a hard refresh, also known as a force refresh. Or, you can clear your browser’s history and cache partially or entirely.
Below are instructions for both.
How to Force Refresh a Single Page (Desktop and Laptop)
Fortunately, there are convenient ways to force refresh pages. Here are the basic steps for the most popular browsers:
- SHIFT – REFRESH or Ctrl – REFRESH (Internet Explorer, Edge): All browsers have a refresh button at or near the address bar. The refresh button alone will not necessarily request the page from the server. Hold down the shift key while pressing the refresh button to force the page to refresh from the server. If you’re in Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge, use the Ctrl key to do the same thing.
- Ctrl-F5 (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer, Edge) will skip the cache and ask the server for the page. To do the same thing on Mac Safari, press Option (⌥) and Command (⌘) together, press the E key, then refresh the page with the refresh button.
How to Clear All or Part of Browser Cache (Desktop and Laptops)
To clear all or selected parts of browsing history, cached data, and cookies, follow the steps below for the browser you’re using:
Also worth mentioning: If clearing your cache is inconvenient, try using an alternate browser, one that has not accessed the page before.
Single Page Force Refresh on Mobile Devices
Sorry, that doesn’t exist! You must clear your device’s browser cache. Mobile apps will not be affected by clearing your phone’s browser cache.