How to do hard refresh in Chrome, Firefox and Edge?

By Nicholas Nabakwe | December 21, 2018 |

greater than 2 minutes

Web browsers usually download and store web pages on your computer’s hard drive as a way of improving the speed of websites. This process is referred to as caching. Even though it is a helpful function, it can be such a pain for developers.

When in development mode, the changes you have made on the CSS or JavaScript may not be visible in the browser. This is because the browser tends to load the cached pages. To see the changes, you have made, you will have to do a hard refresh.

So before we delve into the process of doing a hard refresh, let’s first answer the question –

what is hard refresh in chrome, and also look at why you may need it.

Do I need hard refresh in my browser?

A hard refresh refers to the process of clearing the browser cache on a specific page in order to make it load the most recent version instead of the cached version of the page. A hard refresh usually does the trick, but in some instances, it might require the deletion of all browser cache.

Browser cache also poses a risk to the user. If someone gains access to your computer, all they need to do in order to see some of your personal data is open your cache folder. This is another reason why you may want to delete your cache.

Also, as your browser stores more data, the browser gets heavier over time. Deleting the cache may, therefore, free up some space and ironically help you to have a faster browsing experience.

The following are the steps to follow when doing a hard refresh on Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

How can I hard-refresh my browser in Chrome, Mozilla, and Edge?


Resolve PC Issues with Auslogics BoostSpeed 11

Besides cleaning and optimizing your PC, BoostSpeed protects privacy, diagnoses hardware issues, offers tips for boosting speed and provides 20+ tools to cover most PC maintenance and service needs.

  • 10 years on the market
  • 5-star awards from industry experts
  • Over 15 000 000 user downloads

In Chrome

Windows and Linux operating systems,

If you cannot resolve the
problem yourself, you can
ask our certified PC technicians for immediate assistance in the chat right on this page.
  1. Hold down the CTRL key and then click on the reload button.
  2. Alternatively, hold down the CTRL key and then press the F5 key.

The other method of doing a hard refresh is opening the Chrome Dev Tools (press F 12) and then right clicking on the refresh button. From the resultant drop-down list, select “hard reload.”

For Mac users,

  1. Hold down the Shift key and then click on the reload button.
  2. Alternatively, hold down the Cmd key and then press the R key.


Windows or Linux operating systems,

  1. Hold down the Ctrl Key and then press F5.
  2. Alternatively, hold down the Shift key and Ctrl key, and then press the R key.

on Mac,

  1. Holding down the Shift key, click the reload button
  2. Or, hold down the Cmd and Shift keys and then press the R key.


Doing a hard refresh on Edge/Internet Explorer uses the same commands across the different operating systems.

  1. Hold down the Ctrl key and then press your F5 key.
  2. Or, hold down the Ctrl key and then click the Refresh button.

Doing a hard refresh almost always works. However, there are some special circumstances where you may perform the steps suggested above and still notice no change after reloading your edited webpage. If this happens, you might have to either try loading the page in a different browser or take the longer route of deleting all of your browser cache.

Using a tool like Auslogics BoostSpeed can help remove all web browser cache and thus improve the speed of websites.

Fed up with your slow PC? Tired of waiting for Windows to start up? Take a look at the most common reasons behind poor performance and the best ways to deal with them here.
Your first order from Auslogics

Want 20% off right now? Subscribe to our newsletter and save!

You will immediately get a 20% discount coupon via email, and we will send you the Auslogics newsletter to notify of great discounts, new releases, helpful PC tips and giveaways.

Please enter a correct email address
Almost done! Please check your mailbox and confirm your address.

IMPORTANT: Auslogics values your privacy and will not disclose your information to any third parties. Every email includes an unsubscribe link, so you may unsubscribe any time. All personal data you provide to us is handled in accordance with applicable laws, including the European GDPR. Please see our Privacy Policy for more details.

Share it:
Do you like this post?
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (3 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)


Call us toll-free

US & Canada 1-888-257-4137

UK 1-800-041-8199

Australia 1-800-370-543

Chat with us online

Prefer us to call you back? Give us your phone number via chat

Fix your PC in THREE easy steps

Step 1

Call us or chat with us. Our agents are online around the clock

Step 2

We will remotely access your device, provide you with free diagnostics, and discuss repair options

Step 3

Sit back and watch. Most problems will be fixed immediately within less than an hour

Watch how it works or learn more about our service here