How to Fix Chrome Automatically Refreshing Tabs (8 Methods)

The browser tabs kept in the background and unused use your system resources; hence, they are frozen to ensure smoother performance.

The problem is that when you switch back to those unused tabs, they will refresh automatically, consuming both time & internet bandwidth. If your PC has sufficient RAM, you may want your unused browser tabs to never go to sleep.

So, if you don’t want Chrome browser to automatically refresh the tabs when you switch to them, follow these simple solutions.

1. Check whether Chrome Automatically Refreshing a specific tab

The very first thing you should do is to check how widespread the problem is. You need to confirm whether Chrome only refreshes a specific tab or if all your opened tabs are affected.

If any specific tab is refreshing automatically, chances are that the problem is not on your end. Webmasters often use plugins to refresh the pages at frequent intervals to serve new content.

So, basically, you need to check whether Chrome automatically refreshes only one specific app or all are affected. If all tabs are affected, follow the next methods.

2. Check whether the Refresh key is pressed

The Refresh key (F5) is stuck, the webpages will refresh automatically. You can try pressing the F5 key on your keyboard to ensure it’s not stuck.

If the key is stuck, you can try cleaning it. If it isn’t stuck, check whether you have a faulty keyboard.

3. Check & Remove the Problematic Extensions

Extensions are often the prime reason for browser tabs refreshing automatically problem. Auto-refresh, Ad-blocker, and security extensions can sometimes kill the unused tabs, forcing auto-refresh when you switch back to them.

So, click on the three dots at the top-right corner and navigate to Extensions > Manage Extensions.

On the Extensions page, turn off each extension one by one. If the auto-refresh problem is resolved after turning off a specific extension, that extension is causing the problem. You need to remove it.

4. Turn Off Chrome’s Memory Saver

Google Chrome has a Memory Saver feature that freezes inactive tabs to free up system resources. This feature is often the reason Chrome automatically refreshes tabs upon switching. Here’s how you can turn it off.

1. Click the three dots at the top right corner.

three dots

2. On the Chrome menu, select Settings.


3. On the Chrome Settings, switch to the Performance tab.


4. On the right side, turn off the toggle beside Memory Saver.

Memory Saver

5. Turn Off Auto-Discard for Inactive tabs

If you don’t want to turn off the Memory Saver feature of Google Chrome, you can turn off auto-discarding from Chrome’s discard page. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Open the Google Chrome browser and visit this page: chrome://discards/


2. Now, you will be able to see all tabs. Find the Auto Discardable tab; this is the one that auto refresh.

3. If there’s a checkmark next to the page you don’t want Chrome to refresh, click the Toggle.

Auto Discardable

6. Use Chrome’s Task Manager to Free up System Resources

A lack of system resources like RAM can cause Chrome to behave abnormally. It’s possible that Chrome is auto-refreshing the page due to insufficient RAM.

Using Chrome’s Task Manager can free up system resources. To access it, click on the three dots at the top-right corner and then navigate to More Tools > Task Manager.

Chrome Task Manager to Kill Processes

When the Chrome Task Manager opens, check the Memory Footprint column. You will see which tabs use the most RAM; identify them and close them.

7. Update the Chrome Browser

An outdated version of the Chrome browser can have bugs & glitches that can trigger auto-refresh on web pages.

The best way to rule out such possibilities is by updating the Chrome browser to the latest version.

To update your Chrome browser, click on the three dots at the top right corner and then navigate to Help > About Google Chrome.

Update Your Web Browser

Chrome browser will automatically check for the available updates and download & install the required files.

8. Reset Chrome Settings

If you have come this far, it’s likely that the above solutions have not resolved the problem you are facing.

So, if nothing worked for you, you can try resetting the Chrome settings to factory defaults. Resetting will remove all user-made settings and customizations but also resolve persistent issues.

To reset the Google Chrome browser, follow these steps.

1. Click on the three dots at the top right corner.

three dots

2. On the Chrome menu, select Settings.


3. On the Chrome Settings, switch to the Reset Settings section.

Reset Settings

4. On the right side, click Restore Settings to their original defaults.

Restore Settings to their original defaults

5. On the Reset Settings confirmation prompt, click Reset Settings.

Reset Settings

These are the few simple ways to fix Chrome automatically refreshing tabs problem. If you need more help on this topic, let us know in the comments. Also, if the guide helped you resolve the problem, share it with others facing the same.

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