How to turn off automatic refresh of web pages (all major browsers)

How to turn off automatic refresh of web pages (all major browsers)

There was a time when webpages were static when loaded – no post-processing of changing webpages before your eyes, no fun work. Today features like Auto Refresh are designed to help us, but sometimes they can get in the way, causing videos or text to reload when we’re using them. To make your life easier, we’ve shown you how to turn off auto-refresh on all major browsers.

Disable automatic refresh in Chrome (Brave and Opera)

Let’s start with Google Chrome, the most popular browser. Turning off auto-refresh was once something that could be done quickly through third-party extensions. Unfortunately, recent changes to Chrome have all but eliminated the need for these extensions, so they no longer exist in the Chrome Web Store. The good news is that there is a built-in alternative method that isn’t perfect but gets the job done. To start, type chrome: // remove in the address bar. This site displays a list of all your currently active tabs with an option to stop automatic refresh.

Start by searching for “Auto-delete” on the right side of the page, then find the site where you want to turn off auto-refresh. When you locate the page, click “Toggle” and the “√” will change to “x”.

Disable automatic refresh of Chrome Two browser

When “Auto Discardable” is active, any deactivated site will not be updated. The caveat is that these settings are not permanent. Every time you close Chrome, you will have to go through the same process and deactivate any site. If you don’t close Chrome, the setting will remain in effect as long as it is running. It should also be noted that the same steps apply for Brave and Opera. Just use brave: // discards or opera: // remove and follow the same options for the “Auto Discardable” toggle.

Disable automatic refresh in Firefox

The process of blocking automatic refresh is much easier in Mozilla’s browser.

Just type about:config in the Firefox address bar, “Accept the risks” of modifying Firefox, then at the top of the list you should see the preference called accessibility.blockautorefresh.

Disable automatic refresh of Firefox browser

To the far right of this preference, click what looks like a double-arrow “icon” to change its value from “false” to “true”, thus disabling automatic refresh in Firefox. To re-enable automatic refresh, follow the same process and change from “true” to “false”.

Turn off automatic refresh in Microsoft Edge or Apple Safari

No, no luck. Neither Microsoft Edge nor Apple’s Safari browser have a built-in feature that lets you block automatic refresh, or a third-party extension that still does. While an extension for this could technically exist, neither Microsoft nor Apple have been too proactive in luring developers to create extensions for Edge or Safari browsers (although Apple is stepping up), so there really aren’t that many extensions available, let alone one that does this specific task.

Turn off automatic refresh in Internet Explorer

First of all, we are going to scold you for continuing to use Internet Explorer when the browser is no longer supported and updated by Microsoft. But the fact remains that a lot of people persist and use IE, so these instructions will show how to turn off auto-refresh in the outdated browser.

Click the start button, type “Internet options” and select Internet Options from the search results. In the Internet Properties window, click on “Custom Tab -> Custom Level”, then in the Security Settings window, scroll down until you find “Allow META REFRESH”. Disable this option and click OK.



This explains how to handle automatic refresh on all major browsers. There is no more intrusive activity on web pages and no more restarting music streaming as the page decides to refresh automatically. Apologies if we missed your browser on the list, but I hope the majority of readers are now covered!


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David is a freelance technical writer with over 15 years of experience in the technology industry. He loves everything Nintendo.


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