How to Disable ‘Pull-to-Refresh’ Feature on Chrome for Android

How to Disable ‘Pull-to-Refresh’ Feature on Chrome for Android

Google Chrome users on Android might’ve noticed that when they over pull a webpage downwards it is  automatically refreshed. This feature is useful when you want to refresh a webpage quickly. A major disadvantage of this is, if you enter any information on a webpage and it gets accidentally refreshed, the information vanishes too.

Google has provided a way to disable this feature in the flags menu. Once disabled, overpulling a web page will not refresh it.

Chrome flags contain set of features which are still in testing phase. They are not included in the stable build but are accessible in Flags menu.

Steps to Disable Pull to Refresh:

To disable ‘pull-to-refresh’, you have to visit Chrome://flags menu on your Chrome browser.

  1. Type “chrome://flags” in your Chrome browser on your Android Phone:
    chrome settings in androidSee Also: Move Address Bar to Bottom on Chrome for Android
  2. This will open Chrome flags menu page which contains several features which are in test phase.
    chrome extension android
  3. On the page, manually search, “The pull-to-refresh effect Android”. You can also  use ‘Find in page’ option for automatic searching by tapping on 3 dots on upper right corner of the screen .Tap on Find in page for automatic searching.
    disable the pull to refresh in chrome
  4. In “The pull-to-refresh effect Android” , click on Disable button.
    pull to refresh effect disable android
  5. Select ‘Always’ and tap on RELAUNCH NOW button to disable pull-to-refresh feature. RELAUNCH NOW button will restart Chrome and apply the changes.
    restart chrome in androidSee Also: Enable Scroll Anchoring To Prevent Page Jumps In Chrome

Note: Sometimes you need to force close the Chrome browser to apply the changes. If you do not see the change, then force close the application and relaunch it again.

This feature may not be useful for those who need to refresh the web pages regularly and do not use Chrome browser for filling any forms. If a user visits web pages which constantly need information to be entered then this feature can be disabled to get rid of annoying accidental webpage refresh.

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It is not necessary to disable this feature, however, if you are annoyed by the accidental page refreshes then you should disable pull to refresh feature.

Kunal Sharma is a writer and blogger at Systweak. He is a technology geek and loves to play video games. He tries to take full advantage of the technology in hand and explore every area of it.

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