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I have a Nexus 7 Android device with 4.2.2 and Chrome browser.

How can one perform a deep refresh of a web page - analogue of Ctrl+F5 hotkey on desktops?

Please, notice that the device does not have a menu button.

According to the only related question I've found here, the solution is to clear browser cache completely. I'd prefer more convenient and elegant solution.

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How is the menu button (or lack thereof) related? – eldarerathis Feb 20 '13 at 19:48
@eldarerathis, I saw some post on the Net, suggested to press Refresh tool button while holding Menu key. – Stan Feb 20 '13 at 20:15
Ah, interesting. I hadn't heard that one before. – eldarerathis Feb 20 '13 at 20:24

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Bypassing per site cache:

This needs a simple javascript code to be run in the address bar for bypassing the cache and fetch contents from the server instead of the browser cache. According to this MDN page on Force reloading the current page from the server,


Enter the above code in the browser address bar and hit Enter key. This will fetch all the contents from the server instead of picking the elements cached in your browser(thus bypassing the browser cache).

Bypass Cache data for all websites(Global cache)

The above javascript work only for a specific website which you have currently opened. To clear all the website cache use the global browser cache data. You find this under,

Settings > Privacy > CLEAR BROWSING DATA

Select the "Cache" Checkbox (and other options like Browser data, Cookies, Password etc if you want) and select "Clear".

Note: While Ctrl+F5 will cause the browser to throw out the cache and request new contents from the server, the server may ignore the no-cache header and serve a server-side cached page. Thus, even Ctrl+F5 may return an old version of the page if the server ignores the no-cache header.

For more interesting discussion on the what does Ctrl+F5 or force refresh does,

Read this SO post, What requests do browsers' “F5” and “Ctrl + F5” refreshes generate?

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To the left of the web address window you are visiting is a nearly circular arrow.

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I don't believe this does a deep refresh like Stan is asking for. – dotVezz Sep 25 '13 at 13:01

I just find more elegant solution. In the menu of webpage ask for desktop version of the website. It will pull data from the server and page will reload. After that you can come back for mobile version once again.

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Not all websites offer mobile/desktop versions. – Al E. Nov 26 '14 at 13:06

Pull down on a page to reload it, it comes ncorporated to chrome for smartphones, to see more tricks like that check this link, where i found the solution for your problem

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While this feature is most recently added to Chrome broswers(ver.41 above) it wont be availabe in the older versions. So this feature may or may not work. And more importantly, this does just reloads the page in the normal way but the OP asks for a hard refresh. – Lucky Aug 12 at 16:13
It's not specified if the requiered solution is under a point of view of android or coding – fsalazar_sch Aug 12 at 16:30
Couldn't understand what you mean by that. But this answer doesn't convice me that it will provide a solution to the OP's problem. – Lucky Aug 12 at 16:33

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