Hard Refresh: How To Reset Your Browser Cache

Hard Refresh: How To Reset Your Browser Cache

How To Perform A Hard Refresh

Every once in a while you may notice something not quite right with a website. Other times you or your developer has made changes to your site, but you’re not seeing those changes reflected.

More often than not this is due to something called “caching”. All it takes is a simple hard refresh to force your browser to update to the most recent version of the page you are viewing.

If you just want to know how to perform a hard refresh for your device and browser click here. If you’d like to understand what caching is to understand when you may need to do a hard refresh, then let’s talk about what is cache.

So What is Cache?

Caching is a way of speeding up the performance of web sites and applications by storing a copy of the downloaded content on your local device. Caching makes your web browsing experience more responsive, letting you quickly access pages you’ve already viewed without having to download it again.

Often when changes are made to a website, your browser will automatically serve you the most updated version, but sometimes you may be served a “cached” version of the site by mistake. This means you are not seeing the most recent version.

Thankfully, it’s easy to clear your cache so that you force your browser to show you the most recent version of the page you’re viewing. You can achieve this by performing what is referred to a hard refresh.

Hard Refresh Based on Device and Browser

There are a number of ways to perform a hard refresh and it depends on what browser you are using and whether you’re using a PC or a Mac.

For most browsers, all you have to do is hold down the Shift key and click the reload button on your browser toolbar.

You can also use keyboard shortcuts depending on your set up.

WINDOWS

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Windows Edge: Ctrl+F5 OR Shift+F5 OR Ctrl+Shift+R

MAC

Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox: Shift+Command(⌘)+R

Apple Safari: Command(⌘)+Option+R

When you complete these steps your browser will reload and you may notice it takes just a bit longer than usual. This is because your browser is re-downloading all the content for the first time, and like before, storing a new cached version of the page.

Any time you suspect you may not be seeing the most up to date version of a page your first step is to perform a hard refresh. If you’re still having trouble, there may be other issues to troubleshoot. But more often than not a hard refresh will take care of it.