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Set layer refresh interval

You can specify how often a layer is updated by turning on and specifying the refresh interval for that layer. For example, if you have a layer that shows traffic flow and incidents, you can set a refresh interval so that the layer automatically reloads at the specified interval to show the most recent updates.

Traffic layer with 5-minute refresh interval set

This feature is currently available only on layers added from ArcGIS. Layer refresh applies only to visible layers; if a layer is hidden, it does not refresh until it is turned on.

To specify a layer refresh interval, do the following:

  1. In the Contents pane, click the layer for which you want to set the refresh interval.

    The layer refresh feature is currently available only for layers added from ArcGIS.

  2. Click the More button (More button) to expand the layer options.
  3. Under Refresh interval, click the Plus (+) or Minus (-) button to increase or decrease the number of minutes between updates, or type a number in the Minutes field.

    Specify the refresh interval in minutes, from 6 seconds to 24 hours. For example, 6 seconds is represented as 0.1 minute; 1 day is represented as 1440 minutes.

  4. To immediately refresh the layer, click Refresh.

The layer will automatically refresh at the specified interval, as long as the layer is visible and displayed within the visible range.