How to Auto Refresh Webpages In Chrome?

Have you ever been in a situation where you have to continuously keep clicking on the refresh button for immediate updates? Well, I have been mainly on the disney+ site waiting for new episodes to drop. There could be a myriad of reasons for that, it might be for exam results or ticket availability and so many others purposes.

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Instead of constantly clicking on the refresh button or even pressing F5 on the keyboard, you can set a refresh timer where the page would automatically refresh for the time frame you have set. In this article, we will talk about ways and tools through which we can achieve this auto refresh in the Chrome Browser.

Auto Refresh Chrome Extensions

This is probably the easiest way to get this done. Chrome Extensions are a great way through which millions of developers from across the world can build meaningful tools to improve the lives of Chrome users.

Chrome Extension: Easy Auto Refresh

With more than a million users and 2000+ reviews, this is probably the best chrome extension to achieve the auto-refresh feature in the chrome browser. Let’s see how to use this chrome extension.

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  1. first things first, go to the link I have mentioned above to download or add the extensions to the Chrome browser. Once you are on the page, tap on the Add to Chrome button. In a couple of seconds, it will be added to the extensions section of the browser.
  2. The next thing you need to do is to pin the extensions to the Chrome URL bar at the top. We are doing this to ensure that you need the extension at hand whenever you need it. To do this, tap on the Extensions popup as you see below and click on the Pin icon which will add the Easy Auto Refresh extension in the URL bar as you can see below. Pin
  3. So, now when you want to auto-refresh, tap on the extension and this popup opens up.
  4. Set the refresh timer in seconds say like 5,10 or whatever you like, click on the Start and the page will start refreshing every timer seconds. Extensions
  5. So, when you close the tab, the auto-refresh will automatically stop. Or if you want to stop manually you can open the extensions and click on Stop.
  6. You might think this is the end but this extension has advanced options. Click on the Advanced Options link to expand the list of available options as you can see below in the screenshot. More Optins
  7. From there you can enable/disable options like Refresh all pages, Clear Cache, Random Interval, Refresh at a particular time, etc.,

This is how the Easy Auto Refresh extension works. This extension could be removed and added at any time.

Auto Refresh using Code

This is another way to auto-refresh the page. Since I’m a software developer by profession, I’m sharing this option. If you don’t like a lot of work, then you can skip it but you don’t have to install any extension or extra stuff to use this feature.

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  1. Open the Chrome browser and now open the Developer Console by pressing F12 on the Keyboard. You will see a new section show up on the tab.
  2. Go to the Console Tab in the Developer options section.
  3. Copy Paste setTimeout(“location.reload(true);”, 3000); on the console area and Press Enter on the keyboard. This will trigger a timer where every 3 seconds the page will refresh automatically. The timer is set in milliseconds so you need to multiply seconds by 1000 and add it to the code above. Console
  4. You can close the page and the timer will stop automatically.

That’s how you can auto refresh the page in the Chrome browser. There aren’t too many other ways to do this but you will find so many alternatives in the Chrome extensions store.

Stacee R. Grigg

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