Internet has become a vital part of our life. We mostly use our browsers like Chrome or Firefox for multitude of tasks. Sometimes a pop up comes to our screen, ‘Confirm form Resubmission error’. This is not an error as such a feature of Chrome that prevents the browser from sending the same data twice to the server. For example, if you refresh a page after buying something, it is possible that you will be charged twice, thus this pop up comes up to ask you to ‘confirm the form resubmission’.
Other than this, there are a few reasons why this might happen.
- You have no internet
- You refreshed a page that had a form
- While submitting a form, you pressed the back button
This mostly occurs when you are dealing with different online forms. Still, it can be a bit annoying. There are a few ways in which you can fix this error. Here we have compiled a list from the simplest to the complex ways you can fix it.
How to fix the confirm form resubmission error
Check internet connection
While this may seem simple, sometimes it is a weak internet connection that is causing the pop up to appear. Disconnecting your device and reconnecting again might solve this problem.
Don’t use the back button
Again, this might seem like a simple solution, but they are the easiest and most practical for a non-technical person, when dealing with this issue. You can also manually disable motion across the browser so that the page would not go backwards, thus avoiding the pop up.
Update your browser
It is possible that the browser is giving you this error because it requires an update. Go to your browser settings to see if it is updated or there are pending updates. This might help remove the pop up from coming.
Clear browsing data
If you clear your browsing data on a regular basis, you can stop this pop up from appearing. You can remove the browsing data on chrome by following the steps given:
- Click on the three bars in the right corner of your browser
- A pop down will appear. Click on more tools
- Click clear browsing data
On Firefox, you need to go to:
- Click the three bars on the right side of browser
- Click on options
- Go to privacy and security
- Scroll down to ‘cookies and site data’. Click on clear data
Reset browser settings
Improper bowser settings could also be causing the pop up to come. It can be solved by resetting browser settings.
- Click on the three bars on the right corner of your browser
- Click on Settings
- Go to Show Advanced Settings
- Click on Restore settings to their original default
- A pop up will come on the screen, confirm by clicking on Reset Settings
Turn the prompt off in Google Properties
This error can be fixed by using google chrome properties.
- Right click on the icon of google chrome
- Click on Properties in the pop up
- Go to Shortcuts
- There is a bar after the tag Target
- In that bar at the end of the stamen already there, add, ‘-disable-prompt-on-repost’
- Save the settings
It is important that these settings be put on a separate shortcut of google chrome. Keep another shortcut with default settings, to make your credit transactions, to avoid having trouble with payments.
Disable browser extensions in chrome
It is possible that the extension on your browser are corrupted or in conflict with each other and this is causing the problem.
- Click on the bars on the right top of browser
- Go to Tools in chrome, and options in Firefox
- Click on Extensions
- Find the corrupted or conflicting extensions
- Disable them. Re able only the necessary extensions making sure they do not conflict with each other
Change POST to GET
This is where the solutions get a bit technical for your pop up error. Any information sent on through a form is done with the ‘POST’ action in the URL. This makes the date more secure. You can change this to ‘GET’. While it would make it less secure, you would not have the ‘confirm form resubmission error’.
In order to make the change after filling out your form, follow the given steps;
- Click on the URL on the site
- At the end of the URL statement, there is a sentence, ‘=submit“method=“post”>’
- Click on the end part and manually change in to, ‘=submit“method=“get”>’
- Click enter, and this should prevent the error from occurring
Code with the PRG Pattern
This is a way for coders to remove the pop up box from appearing. Instead of manually changing URL from ‘post’ to ‘get’, they can code the pages in such a way that the form goes through ‘post’ to ‘redirect’ to ‘get’ on its own. This would work by adding an extra ‘direct’ page. All information filled in the form, would not go directly through server with ‘post’, but would go on the next page and then would be sent to the server using the ‘get’. In this way the browser would not give the resubmission error on refreshing the page, or going back.
Use AJAX function
You can use the AJAX function of jQuery after submitting the form. You can do this by adding the following given code to your page.
//Whatever you want to do on successful submission
This function processes the data so that if it validates, even if you reload page it does not ask for a form resubmission.
Adding to the <head> part of the page
You can add the given statement to the <head> part of the page, after getting access to the source code. Doing so would prevent the pop up from occurring.
<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”60; write_the_url_of_the_page_to_be_tested_over_here.html” />
If there is an ‘no-store’ written in the header of the form you are using, then that could also be causing issues. You can change in manually by:
- Click on the header
- Remove ‘no-store’ manually
- Refresh the page
- Enter the details again, and then press refresh to see if the problem persist.
If all options are exhausted and the problem still persists, then try using a different browser. It might accept the form from a different browser. Hopefully one of these solutions has solve your issue and you’ll no longer be receiving those error messages.