How to Force Refresh Page Cache in Chrome, Opera, Edge, Firefox, and Safari

How to Force Refresh Page Cache in Chrome, Opera, Edge, Firefox, and Safari

Browser stores a local copy of web pages we visit and shows that when we visit the same page next time. But at times, we want the updated version of a webpage, and in that situation force, refresh page cache is the only option. If you are on this page here, most probably you are looking to force refresh page cache in your favorite browser. Here, I have explained how you can hard refresh page cache in Chrome, Opera, Edge, Firefox, or Safari browser. But before we jump into the hard refresh part, let me explain a little bit about browser cache and how it works.

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What is Browser Cache and How it works?

Have you noticed when we visit a webpage for the very first time, it takes more time to load? But when we refresh the same page, it takes way less time to open the same page fully. This magic happens because almost every browser saves a copy of the webpage we visit locally. So when we try to visit the same page next time, it can load the web page faster. The local copy that the browser stores is called Cache, in other words.

Caching is super useful most of the time as frequently visited web pages get opened almost instantly. But sometimes, it leaves us in a situation where we know a webpage is updated with a new piece of information, but the browser keeps showing cached version instead of loading the webpage from the server.

In that case, you may feel clueless. Web developers find themselves mostly in this situation. For instance, a developer made some changes on a page, and when he tries to see whether the changes are reflecting or not, the browser shows the cached version of the page. As a result, he might think the changes are not done correctly.

Force Refresh Page Cache in Chrome, Opera, Edge, Firefox, and Safari

Thankfully, there is a way to force the browser to reload a web page’s content from the server; It is called hard refresh or force refresh. Almost every browser allows us to force refresh page cache, and it can be simply done by executing some simple keyboard commands.

Here, I have provided ways to force refresh page cache on all the major browsers and Windows and Mac computers.

1. Google Chrome

Most of us use Google Chrome to browse the web and like every other browser, Chrome also saves cache to serve web pages faster. However, it is very easy to fetch the updated version by doing a hard refresh of the webpage.

Windows

  • Press the hold the CTRL key and then tap on the Reload icon.
  • Press and hold the CTRL key and then press the F5 key.

Mac

  • Press and hold the Command key and then press the R key.
  • Press and hold both the Command and the Shift key, and then press the R key.
  • Press and hold the Shift key and then tap on the Refresh icon.

2. Opera

Opera is one of the oldest browsers still in regular development. If you are a long-time Opera user and looking to force refresh page cache in it, here’s how to do it.

Windows

  • Press and hold both the CTRL and the Shift key and then press the R key.
  • Press and hold the Shift key and then tap on the Refresh icon.
  • Press and hold the CTRL key and then press the F5 key.

Mac

  • Press and hold both the Command and Shift keys and then press R.
  • Press and hold the Shift key and click the Reload button.

3. Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has opted for Google’s open-source Chromium platform to built its newer Edge browser. Since Edge is running the same engine as Chrome, the ways to force refresh page cache in Edge are the same as Chrome.

Windows

  • Press and hold the CTRL key and then press the F5 key.
  • Press and hold the CTRL key and then tap on the Refresh icon.

Mac

  • Press and hold the Command key and then press the R key.
  • Press and hold the command key and then tap on the Refresh icon.

4. Mozilla Firefox

Windows

If you’re using Firefox on Windows PC and searching for ways to hard refresh page cache, I got you covered. Below are the two easy ways you can force a webpage to reload its content.

  • Press the hold both the CTRL key and Shift key, and then press the R key.
  • Press and hold the CTRL key and then press the F5 key.

Mac

If you use Firefox on Mac and looking to hard refresh page cache, you can do so in any of the following two ways.

  • Press and hold the Command and Shift key and then press the R key.
  • Press and hold the Shift key and, at the same time, tap on the Reload button.

5. Safari

There are two ways you can force refresh page cache in safari- through the menu bar or using keyboard shortcuts. While researching, I found three different keyboard shortcuts to perform the force refresh page cache in Safari. You can use any one of them, and it will do the job for you.

  • Press and hold the Shift Key and then click the refresh icon in the address bar.
  • Press and hold the Command key and then press the R key.
  • Press and hold the Command key and Option key and then press the R key.

If you don’t like using keyboard shortcuts you can also force refresh page cache in Safari through the menu bar.

Step 1: Open Safari on my Mac and take the cursor to the upper left corner.

Step 2: In the menu bar tap on View.

Step 3: Next tap on Reload Page.

That’s it, this is how you can force refresh page cache in Safari.

Final Words

This is how you can force refresh page cache in popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera & Microsoft Edge. No matter which browser you use, you can force the webpage to load the updated webpage. After reading this article, I hope you know how to force refresh web page caches when required without any hassle. If you find this article helpful, give us a favor by bookmarking this webpage. For more browser-related tips and tricks, keep visiting BrowserToUse.

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Ratnesh Kumar

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