Automatic page refresh can be very useful when you want to see updates as they happen. Some of the situations where you may need this feature include online auctions, stock market tracking or following the updates of an on-going event. Besides, it can help to stay logged into websites which log you out after a certain period of inactivity.
Unfortunately, despite Chrome being a powerful and the most popular web browser, it doesn’t have the auto-refresh feature. While you can reload webpages in Chrome by pressing the F5 key or using the refresh button, it can be quite tedious to continually refresh multiple pages. However, there are several extensions you can use to keep webpages up to date without much effort. In this post, we will show you how to auto refresh webpages in Google Chrome.
Auto Refresh Chrome Tabs with Tab Reloader
Tab Reloader is one of the most effective and safe extensions for reloading Chrome tabs automatically.
- To get started, visit the Chrome web store and search for ‘Tab Reloader’. Select “Tab Reloader (page auto-refresh)” from the results.
- Click the blue “Add to Chrome” button and then “Add Extension” when prompted.
- The extension icon (a circular arrow) will be added in the toolbar. Click the icon and set the reloading time by typing in the boxes.
- Once you have set reloading time, now click the switch at the top of the pop-up window to enable auto page refresh on the active tab.
- Repeat the same process for all the tabs that you want to auto-refresh. Tab Reloader allows you to customize the reloading time for an individual tab.
- Under the “Status” section, you will see the number of tabs you have set to auto-reload and a timer counting down to the next refresh.
Note: To adjust the reloading time and other extension settings, you need to first disable the extension and then switch it on after changing the settings.
How to Auto Refresh Pages with Super Auto Refresh Plus
Super Auto Refresh Plus is another convenient and user-friendly Chrome extension. Just like the Tab Reloader, you need to activate this extension on each tab that you want to auto-reload, allowing you to set the reloading time for individual tabs.
- Go to the Chrome Web Store, search for the extension, click the “Add to Chrome button” and confirm when prompted to install the extension.
- Click the extension icon (circular arrow with clock) on the toolbar.
- To set a timer for the current tab, click the time listed from 2 seconds to 60 minutes. This automatically starts the time and you can see the countdown on the icon.
- You can click the red “STOP” button at the top to stop reloading the web page automatically.
- To see the auto-refreshing pages, click the extension menu icon (3 bulleted lines). This will open the information page in a new tab.
- Under the “Now Refreshing” sections you will find a list of all the pages that you have set to auto-refresh and the reloading interval on the right.
- Also, you will see the countdown timer showing the remaining time before the next reload.
- Here you can click the blue time button on the right of the list entries to adjust the reloading interval.
- Under the “Settings” section, click the switch to enable/disable the settings to customize the auto-refresh tool.
- The only disadvantage is that you cannot set custom reloading time, you can only select from the listed options, between 2 seconds (minimum) and 60 minutes (maximum).
Using Auto Refresh Extension to Reload Pages in Chrome
The Auto Refresh extension allows you to set a custom reloading interval for every page you want to refresh automatically in Chrome. It works the same as the above options, but has a colorful interface.
- Search for “Auto Refresh” in Chrome Web Store and click “Add to Chrome” to install the tool in Chrome browser.
- Click the Auto-Refresh icon on the toolbar on the left side of the address bar.
- Enter custom reload interval in the “Min” and “Sec” text fields and then click the “Start” button to enable the tool.
- You can see the countdown to auto-refreshing attached to the extension icon. You can click the “Stop” button to stop auto-refreshing the page.
Auto Refresh Chrome for Testing Development Work
You can open html page and click on the “Live Preview” button to open the page in Chrome. Whenever you make changes on your page, Chrome will automatically reflect the changes without refreshing. This will help you speed up your work by focusing on the code.
Though many Chrome users find it convenient to reload webpages manually with the keyboard shortcut or the reload button on the browser, in some situations the auto-refresh feature can be a handy tool. A good example is when you need to follow live updates on a site such as online auction or forex exchange rates. Fortunately, there are plenty of extensions that you can add to Chrome to help you reload pages automatically in Chrome. You can choose from the extensions listed above or search the Chrome web store for more options.