How to Auto Refresh Pages in Chrome, Firefox and Opera

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hourglassSometimes, you may have a need to automatically refresh a web page. You could be following a game score, or some news, or maybe you are awaiting results to get declared on your college website. Previously we discussed an online service called Refresh This that can automatically refresh a website across any browser but turns out that the service has joined the deadpool of web services. Yes, it doesn’t work anymore.

If you are looking for an online alternative, you can try lazywebtools but these services are kinda unreliable.

So, today we will see how you can integrate this feature right in your browser (Chrome, Firefox and Opera) so that you can directly refresh web pages without using any third party service.

Auto Refresh in Chrome

To enable auto refresh in Chrome, download and install the Auto Refresh Plus extension (UPDATE: Auto Refresh Plus is no longer available. Use Easy Auto Refresh extension instead.) from the Web Store. After you install the extension, the Auto Refresh button will appear in the extension section. Now open the page you want to reload automatically and click on the extension button.

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On the extension, choose the time interval after which you want to reload the page automatically and press the Start button. The extension will then start working and show a countdown timer on its icon. When the timer countdown is complete, the page will be refreshed automatically. To stop the auto refresh, click on the Stop button in the extension.

Auto Refresh in Firefox

To integrate the feature in Firefox, download and install Auto Refresh add-on and restart your browser. Now open the web page you want to refresh and select the time period of auto refresh from the right-click menu under the Auto refresh option.

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You can either enable the timer on the individual page or on all the open tabs. There’s a hard refresh option also available in the add-on. The default time provided in the right-click menu can be edited using the Customize option.

Auto Refresh in Opera

Auto reload option is available in Opera by default and thus one does not need an extension for the same. To reload any page in opera, right-click anywhere on the page and select the time interval under the Reload every section. By default, some basic time intervals are provided, but if you want to configure time manually click on the Custom option.

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To turn off the auto reload option, click on the Never button.


That’s how you can automatically reload web pages on Chrome, Firefox and Opera. I tried to find out a way for Internet Explorer users but didn’t get lucky. Again as a word of advice to all those who are using Internet Explorer, I would suggest them to switch to any of the above browsers to get a better browsing experience on their computer.

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  • Selji Okita

    For IE, you can search an auto click program and set it to click on refresh button.

  • gerald

    you can not reload webpage of a game on opera

  • CoreTOK

    Thank you Ashish. It worked perfect. That usually doesn’t happen often. 5 Stars

  • einherjar2012

    Thank you so much. It works flawlessly :)

  • Truthism

    Thanks for the link to Lazy Web Tools f*** yes!!

  • Jane Fox

    Thanks You so!!! :)

  • Squirrel

    There’s also Page Reboot (a free web service), which should work under every browser

  • djcritch

    Refresh this does not work again :)

  • scylla

    Opera’s built-in “Reload every…” is superior to any add-on I’ve found because when the refresh is complete it resumes from where it left off before the refresh commence – a little earlier, if fact, from cache presumably (I don’t understand these things). This is invaluable when you are watching/recording live action and have to refresh periodically to guard against stream glitches freezing your display. When editing a recording one can cut out the refresh, including any duplicated frames, and make a seamless join. Does anyone know an add-on for Firefox or Chrome that has this feature?

    • scylla

      Oh heck, terrible typos in there, very sorry!

      • Diane

        newer versions of Opera don’t have the auto-refresh, it’s been taken out for some reason

  • ann

    thank you for opera tip

  • johnson dell

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  • Ryan

    For chrome Auto refresh plus doesn’t seem to exist anymore, I was using it fine up until a couple of weeks ago, now it is not in chrome and I can no longer find it in the web store. The link on this page says that the item is not found.

  • Jigsy

    Opera no longer has an auto-reload feature anymore.