Show explainer message to users on production app reload due to update


I have a webapp that a few users have installed as home screen shortcuts. When they open the app after I’ve release a new version, the previously loaded app displays, then reconnects to the server and reloads the page to do the version upgrade. This often happens just as the user starts to do something in the app.

This is a pretty bad user experience. The user doesn’t know the reason for the reload, so they may even assume the app is buggy.

Ideally I’d like to display a message that says the app must reload due to a version upgrade, but I’d settle for a post-upgrade message that explains what happened also.

How can I go about displaying such messages?


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