I've been experiencing a bug since the upgrade to Lollipop, perhaps even earlier, where the current tab refreshes while I'm looking at it. This has been very difficult to find info about, because of the hordes of people complaining about the ordinary, reasonable behaviour of Android refreshing hidden tabs when they're reopened.

It seems like it might have something to do with memory or excessive JS usage as it appears to happen more on slow, content heavy sites. Lightweight sites with simple HTML are barely affected. It also has nothing to do with any particular interaction, as I've seen it happen while reading articles having not touched the screen for a few minutes.

I've tried reinstalling Chrome and restarting my device, but I suspect this could be a problem with the underlying webview or device as I've seen a similar thing happening in other apps as well.

Does anyone know if this is a common problem? Anyone run into this and find a fix?

Nexus 5

Android 6.0.1

  • What device do you have? – LJD200 Jan 17 '16 at 20:17
  • @LJD200 Nexus 5, Android 6.0.1 – robbles Jan 18 '16 at 0:30
  • Does this happen with other browsers such as Opera or Firefox? – LJD200 Jan 18 '16 at 16:25
  • @LJD200 I think the answer is no, but it's difficult to confirm that. So far I have not seen it happen on mobile FF, but I have seen it recently on Chrome. – robbles Jan 19 '16 at 2:10
  • Try force stopping Chrome and then wiping the cache and data for the app. Note that all bookmarks, cookies, passwords, etc. stored in Chrome will be erased. – LJD200 Jan 21 '16 at 17:05

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