There are many scenarios where you need a webpage to reload at a set interval to maybe receive new messages or information. Though we are in such advanced times that our phones have more computation power than the onboard computer of Apollo 11 (the rocket used for the first moon landing), but we still do not have a native way to automatically refresh our browser tabs.
Though that does not mean that there is no way to auto-refresh the Chrome tabs on a set interval, and at the end of this article you will definitely know how to do that.
Auto Refresh Tabs Using a Chrome Extension
Many developers have created an extension for you to simply outsource the job. Now for your convenience, we have narrowed down a great Chrome extension that will automatically refresh your tabs.
To do so, open the Chrome browser from the Desktop, Start Menu, or taskbar of your Windows PC.
Next, go to chrome.google.com/webstore and type Page Refresher on the ‘search box’ present on the left sidebar of the webpage. Then hit Enter on your keyboard to search.
Then, click on the ‘Page Refresher’ tile from the left section of the window.
After that, click on the ‘Add to Chrome’ button present on the screen to add the extension to your browser.
Next, click on the ‘Add extension’ button from the overlay alert window.
Once the extension is added to the browser, Chrome will give you a notification for the same, also highlighting the location for the said extension on the menubar.
How to Use Page Refresher Extension to Auto Refresh Tabs in Chrome
Now that you have added the ‘Page Refresher’ extension to Chrome, you need to understand how it works in order to use it to its full potential.
Pin Page Refresher on Chrome Menu Bar
In case after adding the ‘Page Refresher you are not able to see it on your menu bar, click on the ‘Extensions’ icon present on the menu bar and click on the ‘Pin’ icon situated right next to the ‘Page Refresher’ option.
You will now have the Page Refresher extension on the Chrome menu bar.
Set Time Interval to Auto Refresh Tab(s)
The Page Refreshser extension provides you the flexibility to set individual time intervals for auto-refreshing various tabs.
To do so, click on the ‘Page Refresher’ extension icon present on your Chrome menu bar.
Then click to select your desired tab from the list of open tabs present under the ‘Choose tab for edit’ on the overlay window.
Next, enter the value (in seconds) in the text box adjacent to the ‘Refresh Interval’ field. Then, click the ‘Play’ icon button to start auto-refreshing the selected tab and that’s it, your page will now auto-refresh according to the time set by you.
Now, to set an auto-refresh routine for another tab, click on your (another) desired tab from the open tab list present on the overlay menu of the extension.
Next, enter a time interval (in seconds) in the text box present right next to the ‘Refresh Interval’ field. You may also set a different time interval for this tab if you need to do so. Then, click the ‘Play’ icon button to confirm.
You can set various individual time intervals for various tabs open in your Chrome browser by repeating this process for every tab.
Delete an Auto Refresh Routine
Deleting an auto-refresh routine you have set for a tab is as straightforward as it gets.
To delete an already set routine for a tab, click on the ‘Page Refresher’ extension icon present on your Chrome menu bar.
Next, click to select the tab you want to turn off the auto-refresh functionality. Then, click on the ‘Trash’ icon present on the overlay window.
Pause Page Refresher Without Impacting Auto Refresh Settings
Page Refresher also offers you a way to stop all the tabs from being auto refreshed without impacting your time interval settings for each individual tab currently open in Chrome.
To do so, click on the ‘Page Refresher’ extension icon present on the Chrome menu bar.
Then, toggle the switch to the ‘Off’ position present on the top right corner of the overlay window to pause the ‘Page Refresher’ extension and not lose your time interval settings for all the tabs.
That’s everything you need to know about auto-refreshing web pages in Chrome.