Websites store files locally on the system. These saved files make it easier and faster to load a website the next time you visit it. Cached files become obsolete after a while and the website replaces them with new ones.

Chrome hard update

Caching speeds up site loading time, but it can also cause problems. If a website downloads information from the cache, it will not always download new content. Websites that stream live do not work this way, but for most sites that do not stream live content, cached files can lead to outdated content and errors.

An easy way to fix this problem is to update your browser. Forced update forces the website to ignore cached files and retrieve new files from the server. When you perform a hardware upgrade, you will see a significant change in the site’s load time.

Hard recreation is;

  • Website specific
  • Does not change or affect other cached files
  • Does not change browser behavior or settings

Chrome Hard Update – Windows

Follow these steps to perform a hardware update in Windows Chrome.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Go to the website that you want to upgrade hard.
  3. Authorize download site (don’t worry if you get a download error).
  4. press Ctrl + F5 key to perform a device update.
  5. Alternately, try Shift + Ctrl + F5 combination to perform a device upgrade.

Note: You may have to hold down the Fn key for the F5 key to function as a function key and not as a media or system control key.

Hard Chrome Update – macOS

Follow these steps to perform a hardware upgrade in MacOS Chrome.

  1. Open Chrome.
  2. Go to the website you want to do a hard upgrade.
  3. Authorize download site or stop downloading if you receive an error message.
  4. press Shift + Command + R keyboard shortcut to perform a device update.
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Hard upgrade vs Clear cache

It’s no secret that you can clear your browser’s cache. This will delete all cached files. As you browse the Internet, the cache is rebuilt over time. A hard update is specific to the website on which it is performed, and clearing the cache affects any website that has cached files.

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If you do not want to lose your entire cache, you will need to update any websites that are causing the problem.


All browsers have a hard upgrade option. This is not a feature of Chrome. If you’re using a different browser, the same keys you use in Chrome will work.

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