Canvas Always Refreshing? Here’s How To Fix That In 5 Steps

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Are you trying to figure out how to stop Canvas from refreshing?

Unfortunately, I’ve been there too. I know how frustrating it can be to have this happen, especially when you’re answering a quiz or reading an important assignment.

But the good news is that if you have a spare five minutes and aren’t afraid to roll up your sleeves, then you’ve come to the right place to solve this issue.

If Canvas is always refreshing, try using a different browser, clearing your cache and cookies, and disabling your add-ins. But, if that doesn’t work, please install any available updates or contact the platform’s support team.

Keep reading to stop Canvas from auto-refreshing your page!

#1 Try Using a Different Browser

Canvas is one of the best educational tools out there. It allows students to submit assignments, answer quizzes, and stay in touch with their classmates.

Unfortunately, sometimes its performance issues can be super annoying.

You see, hundreds of teachers and students have complained about not being able to use the platform because it keeps refreshing the page.

If that’s your case, don’t worry. One of the quickest ways to solve this issue is by using a different browser.

You see, Canvas is compatible with Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, and Respondus Lockdown Browser. However, I recommend using Chrome or Firefox because they work better with the platform, especially when you want to submit an assignment or answer a quiz.

If you don’t have any of these browsers, you can easily install them.

Here’s how to install Google Chrome:

Windows PC:

  1. Enter and click on “Download Chrome”.
  2. Double-click on the download or select “Open file”.
  3. You’ll see a “Do you want to allow this app to make changes on your device?” message, please select “Yes”.
  4. Open Google Chrome.


  1. Go to and click on the “Download Chrome” button.
  2. Open the file called “googlechrome.dmg”.
  3. A new window will pop up, please select “Chrome” and drag it to the Applications folder.
  4. Enter your admin password. If you don’t know it, move Chrome to your desktop.
  5. Open Google Chrome.
  6. Open the Finder app. Then, in the sidebar, to the right of Google Chrome, select “Eject”.

Mozilla Firefox:

Windows PC:

  1. Go to the Firefox download page and click on “Download Now”.
  2. Open the file you downloaded.
  3. You’ll be asked to allow Firefox to make changes on your computer, please click on “Yes”.
  4. Wait for Firefox to finish installing.


  1. Go to the Firefox download page and select “Download Now”.
  2. Open the file called “firefox.dmg”.
  3. A new window will appear, please drag Firefox to the Application folder and enter your admin credentials.
  4. If you don’t have the admin password, drag Firefox to your desktop.

#2 Clear Your Cache and Cookies

If the fix above didn’t do the trick, chances are your cache and cookies are acting up.

If you’re not familiarized with these terms yet, please keep reading. But, if you already know what cache and cookies mean, feel free to jump to the solution.

Your cache is a storage location on your computer or phone where Canvas stores important information, such as course images and logos. This way, when you want to use the platform, it can access this data quickly and display your courses and assignments much faster.

Cookies, on the other hand, track the websites you’ve visited to help companies suggest products and services that may interest you. They also remember your login credentials to help you sign in to your Canvas account much faster and improve your experience.

All in all, both cache and cookies sound great, but they may be the reason Canvas keeps refreshing.

You see, sometimes their files can become outdated or damaged and cause multiple performance issues while trying to read a document, submit an assignment, or answer quizzes.

Don’t worry, this is a common issue and can be easily fixed. You’ll just need to:

Google Chrome:

  1. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  2. Go to “More tools” and click on “Clear browsing data”.
  3. On “Time range”, select “All time” from the options.
  4. Check all boxes and click on the “Clear Data” button.
Clear your cache and cookies on Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Click on the three horizontal lines icon in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  2. Go to “Settings” and click on “Privacy & Security”.
  3. On “Cookies & Site Data”, please click on “Clear Data”.

Once you’ve cleared your cache and cookies, please sign in to your Canvas account again to see if the issue was solved.

If you’re using the Canvas app on your iOS or Android device, try reinstalling it to get rid of any corrupted cache.

#3 Disable Your Add-Ins

If you’re a student, you probably love using browser extensions. They can help us check our spelling before submitting an assignment, block distracting ads, and even manage our passwords.

Unfortunately, they can interfere with how Canvas works and cause multiple different performance issues.

This is why I recommend disabling your add-ins while using the Canvas platform. Here’s how to do it:

Google Chrome:

  1. Open Google Chrome and click on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  2. Select “More Tools” from the list and click on “Extensions”
  3. Turn off the switch to disable your extensions.
Disable your Google Chrome extensions

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox and click on the three horizontal lines located at the top of your screen.
  2. Go to “Add-ons and themes” and click on “Extensions”.
  3. Turn off the blue switch next to the extension you’d like to disable.

#4 Install Any Available Updates

If Canva keeps refreshing, there’s a good chance your browser is not running on its latest version.

You see, many websites have stopped supporting older browser versions. So, if you haven’t updated your browser in a while, you may have compatibility issues.

Moreover, having an outdated browser could put your personal information at risk (including saved credit card numbers, screenshots, or passwords).

Normally, you shouldn’t worry about this, because your browser is programmed to install its latest version automatically.

However, if you haven’t closed your browser in a while because you have important tabs open, this process will be interrupted.

Luckily, you can still manually update your browser. You’ll just need to:

Google Chrome:

  1. If you’re working on an online document, please save your changes.
  2. Click on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  3. Choose “Help” from the list and click on “About Google Chrome”.
  4. Click on “Update Google Chrome”. Then, select the “Relaunch” button.

Mozilla Firefox:

  1. If you’re working on an online document, save it.
  2. Click on the three horizontal lines icon at the top of your screen.
  3. Select “Help” from the menu and click on “About Firefox”.
  4. If there’s an available update, Firefox will automatically install it.

If you’re using the mobile app, please go to the Google Play Store or App Store, search for Canvas, and tap on the “Update” button.

#5 Contact the Platform’s Support Team

If you’ve tried the four fixes above, but Canvas is still refreshing, chances are there’s a major issue with the platform that only its support team can fix.

This is probably the last thing you wanted to hear, but you might find comfort in knowing that if you contact them, they’ll probably answer your concern in less than 24 hours.

Follow these simple steps to contact the platform’s support team:

  1. Go to the sidebar and click on “Help”.
  2. You’ll see different options, please select “Report a Problem”.
  3. Type “Canvas is always refreshing” in the subject.
  4. In the description, mention all the fixes you’ve already tried and the device you’re using.
  5. Click on the “Submit Ticket” button.
How to get help on Canvas

Please note that your institution may remove or modify the links shown in the “Help” section. So, if your school doesn’t allow it, you won’t be able to submit a ticket.


That about covers it! I hope that this article has helped you gain some more confidence in solving the problem.

If you take anything away, please let it be that one of the quickest ways to stop Canvas from refreshing is by using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

But if the issue persists, don’t forget to update your browser, disable your extensions, and clear your cache and cookies.

Thank you so much for taking the time to try the five fixes above. If you ever experience a different issue while using Canvas or other platforms, please visit our site. I’m sure you’ll find multiple articles that will help you fix it.

Good luck!