How to Refresh Site Favicons in Google Chrome Tips, Tricks and Tutorials 10 SEP 2013

google-chrome-logoFavicons are the immensely useful little icon images that give you a quick visual cue as to the sites currently being displayed in your open tabs or bookmarks bar. To speed things up, Google Chrome obviously caches these favicons, given the fact that these almost never ever change. However, if you do want to ensure that you have the latest and greatest favicons employed by your favourite sites, then here is a foolproof (because yes, sometimes force refresh doesn’t actually refresh eveything!) technique to refresh your favicons in Google Chrome:

  1. Close Chrome
  2. Open your User Data folder
  3. Delete the ‘Favicons’ file
  4. Run Chrome

So basically now when you visit a site, Google will be forced to download the favicon because it no longer has it stored. Nice and simple, plus very effective.

If you don’t know where to find your User Data folder, here is a helpful list:

Windows XP

Google Chrome: C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Chromium: C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\Local Settings\Application Data\Chromium\User Data\Default

Windows 7 or Vista

Google Chrome: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Chromium: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Chromium\User Data\Default

Mac OS X

Google Chrome: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
Chromium: ~/Library/Application Support/Chromium/Default


Google Chrome: ~/.config/google-chrome/Default
Chromium: ~/.config/chromium/Default

Chrome OS



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  • Nice!

  • farnott

    Just what I was looking for, thanks for posting this, it worked for me on Windows 10 :-)

    • Great, pleased to hear that it works for Windows 10 as well.