Stale pages showing: Is there *any* way to easily or automatically refresh pages?
I usually keep tabs open for all the news sites I visit. However Firefox always shows stale content there (from the last time it was refreshed). So when I wake up in the morning I have to go to each tab, tap the "3 dots" menu and then refresh. This is much more annoying than the pull to refresh in Chrome.
Is there any easier way to refresh pages with a gesture perhaps? Or to put it in the top menu by default (not hidden under the 3 dots). I've been looking but I don't see a way to customise the URL bar like you can on the desktop either.
Or even better: To have them auto refresh every time I open them. Right now it's just unusable, I try to use it for a while but I always fall back to Chrome. I love Firefox on the desktop but I really miss a simple gesture or tap for refreshing.
I'd really prefer not having to use plugin for this as they tend to be problematic and make stuff slower (even with ublock origin installed it tells me it's...slow...to...start).
Am I missing something perhaps? I can't imagine everyone uses it like this and is happy with it :)
- User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.14; rv:69.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/69.0
PS I checked every menu setting but there's nothing there pertaining to this. But perhaps there's an about:config option that could make pages refresh?
I notice that Chrome reloads pages automatically when it's been closed for a while. But Firefox seems to cache them on storage as they persist even for a week. I just opened it and got the Ars Technica news from a month ago :)
I really hope there's some way to make the refresh easier because I currently need it so many times per day.
Long press on the reload button will force a full page refresh.
Thanks! But this isn't really a solution, because the reload button is hard to reach (hidden under the 3 dots menu). It's only 2 taps yes but I have to do this for every tab I have open :(
In fact the reload button itself works fine for my purpose. I'm just looking for an easier way to do a page refresh than jumping in/out the menu for every page.
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We have to consider the design and layout of Firefox for Android to be useful to many peoples, but also trying to keep the app size under control so that many people can install it.
I recommend that you try Firefox Preview (available from the Google Play Store) and see if that handles this issue any better for you.
Thanks! I like FF preview, just tried it.
But it still needs 2 taps to refresh every page (reload is still under the 3 dots). I really don't understand why this is so difficult for the most common task. Or at least make it customisable (e.g. I never have a need for the add to desktop which is shown in the title bar and I'd love to have the reload button in that spot). Or to have a gesture like the pull down to reload from Chrome which is one of the few things that it does better than Firefox :)
By the way one thing I sorely missed in the preview version are the Add-Ons :( I don't like to use them in general but uBlock origin is necessary to browse the web these days.
By the way one suggestion:
Firefox preview has a slide-out plane above the title bar. Which currently contains buttons for Share and Edit Bookmark.
Would it be possible to add a refresh option by pulling that out further than it goes? So to make it slide out further than it does now, and when you slide it out (much) further than the 2 icons shown, it would trigger the page reload?
That way you still have one easy single gesture for the common action of reloading a page. And you don't mess up the user experience or add any UI elements.
Thank you for your feedback. We do keep the user interface of our apps under review so that we can offer the best experience, balanced with keeping the app size small and the performance fast.
Firedox Preview is currently being built and improved and the features that you are looking for may be included in a future update.