ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT – Explained with Solutions
“This webpage is not available” with the error code “ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT” is a Chrome browser’s problem and it’s 100% possible that this error can shows-up on any device which having chrome installed in it, whatever you’re using a smartphone, desktop or laptop.
Now the main question is, what actually is this ‘ERR CONNECTION TIMED OUT’?
Mainly this is a ‘server connection timeout’ network error and it only means that the server which you are trying to access is taking too much time to reply the data request made from the end-user;
And that’s where your browser shows you the connection timeout error, just to prevent itself from endlessly waiting for a server to respond.
#So, what are the odds?🤔
The reason behind this error is your computer can’t be able to access the internet connection or maybe it’s possible that something is blocking your network from establishing a connection. Anything’s possible and here’s a list of those reasons for this error to come up on your computer or mobile screen and those are –
- Server Doesn’t Exist – The domain or website server what you wanted to open isn’t exist anymore, or maybe it’s offline for now and you can try to open it later.
- Network Infrastructure Error – It’s also possible that there is some problem with your network connection too.
- Your Device or Browser’s Problem – Most of the time this is the core reason for this problem to occur and the best part is, you can fix it quickly.
Besides that, there are numbers of condition what people are normally suffering from when this issue occurred on their browser’s screen and those are:
- Having this error while opening a particular website, or maybe on your own website.
- Having this problem on a few websites while others load just fine without any error.
- Sometimes this error only stays in chrome but websites do open perfectly on the different browser.
- It’s also possible that your chrome says “ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT”, and your internet explorer says “page can’t be displayed”, and all the other browser says something like connection timeout and your whole computer can’t be able to use the internet connection.
As I said, anything’s possible. But still, you have a list of troubleshooting steps what you can try. And even if the problem wouldn’t solve with these solutions, then at least I’ll give you some hint about what’s wrong with your device, website, or browser.
Those users who have this problem on their own website, then you can skip all the above solutions and move to the last sub-topic of this tutorial where I wrote about “What to do if the error shows on your own website?”.
Let’s start with;👨🏻💻
Step 1# – Power Cycle
By saying power cycle, I mean that you need to reboot your Router/Modem and everything connected between your ISP and device, like a hub or switch.
Carrying out the power cycle process does help most of the time when our system can’t be able to get online or having some issue to access the internet on any device. It helps your network to re-established the connection through the gateway.
To ‘Power Cycle’ or ‘Reboot’ your network device like Modem/Router, please follow these steps:
- Switch off the router button (if it’s having any) and then unplug the power adapter of your Modem/Router.
- After that, leave it unplugged for a couple of minutes.
- Then plug it back and verify that you are again connected to the Internet or not.
Smartphone Users: If you’re having this problem on your mobile phone then you can try to remove your network SIM card from your mobile phone and insert it back after 2 minutes break. Just move to the next solution if this won’t solve your problem.
Step 2# – DNS Flushing
Most of the operating systems automatically cache IP addresses and other DNS results in order to speed up subsequent requests to the same hostname.
Having the internet error is quite normal if the DNS Cache data got corrupted. Flushing it, is the best option what you can do on your computer to fix all the DNS caching related issues.
Follow these steps to clear out the DNS Cache:
- First, open the Run Commander by pressing the Windows + R key.
- Type“cmd” in the text box and press enter. It will help you to open your Windows Command Prompt to put the ‘DNS Flushing’ command in it.
- Now in the cmd, type the command “ipconfig /flushdns” and then press enter.
- After that, restart your computer and test it; If the problem still stays then again open the command prompt and try this “netsh winsock reset catalog” 2nd command only when the above one won’t work.
Mac users can use these codes in their terminal to flush out the DNS;
- OS X 12 (Sierra) and later: macbook$ sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder;sudo killall mDNSResponderHelper;sudo dscacheutil -flushcache
- OS X 11 (El Capitan) and OS X 12 (Sierra): macbook$ sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder
- OS X 10.10 (Yosemite): macbook$ sudo dscacheutil -flushcache;sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder
Step 3# – Change LAN Setting
Sometimes it’s possible that your computer’s LAN setting gets changed by a virus or some spammy installed software. And it always better to reconcile the internet settings to bring your internet back to work properly.
To change the ‘Internet setting’, first, you’ll need to go to the “Control Panel” in your Windows PC and look for the “Internet Options”.
After finding the ‘Internet Options’, now you need to double-click on it and then select the ‘Connection’ tab on the configuration pop-up window.
Right after that, click on the ‘LAN setting’ and un-tick all the checkbox on the second pop-up window. Click OK to exit the windows and then restart your computer.
Step 4# – Check Hosts File
The Hosts file is a computer file used by an operating system to map hostnames of IP addresses. Hosts file mainly used to override the default DNS information.
And in case, if some virus or malware edited the host file of your computer and made a blacklist contain numbers of the domain in it. Then it’s 100% possible that you won’t be able to access those websites listed under the blocked category.
To check the Hosts File, first, you’ll need to open the notepad and then click on the file button from the upper top menu and select the ‘open’ option to find the host file to open.
Now, go to this directory to find the file; OS Disk C:/Windows/System32/Drivers/etc
Select the ‘hosts’ file and click on open. If the ‘etc folder’ look blank to you, then by selecting the “All Files (*. *)” option from the ‘file type’ drop-down menu can help you to show all the files other than ‘.txt’.
Once the file gets opened, just scroll down and delete all website or IP address who starts from ‘0.0.0.0’ and not # sign. Then press “Ctrl + S” to save that file and after that, you need to restart your computer to see the changes.
Mac Users: Open the mac terminal and put this command in “sudo nano /etc/hosts” and press return. Edit the file as I suggested above and after that hold down the control and O keys to save it.
Step 5# – Turn-Off the Firewall
A Firewall is a network security system which monitors our whole network and controls all the incoming and outgoing traffic to protect us from hacking.
Sometimes that firewall does block our network connection even because of some minor fault and disabling it can help you to fix out the problem.
To turn off the firewall in windows you’ll again need to go back to your windows control panel and select the “Windows Defender Firewall” option in it. You can also search for the ‘Firewall’ in the Starts Menu too.
So, when you get to the firewall menu, click on “Turn Windows Defender Firewall On or Off” option from the left side panel. Then on the second window, select the “Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended)” for both of the ‘private’ & ‘public’ network and click “OK”.
Mac Users – can go to the ‘System Preferences’ from the Apple menu. Then click on Security and then on the Firewall tab. Now, choose the mode what you would like the firewall to use.
Step 6# – Turn-Off the Antivirus🤐
Recent mail by Denial – My problem is that I can’t able to open any website using my Chrome browser without disabling the firewall feature in my MacAfee antivirus. I do check every setting related to my firewall and there is nothing which blocks my Chrome to have full access. But don’t know why the antivirus is creating a problem with chrome and the fun fact is all my other browsers such as Foxfire and IE9 are working fine but when I do try open any websites on Chrome, it just only displays the timeout error and that’s it.
Most of the latest antivirus has their own built-in ‘online security system’, where they use their own ‘black-list’ data to filter out the bad websites and secure the user’s internet experience.
Still, most of them fail to do the job properly. Or it’s possible that your antivirus online security system is just conflicting with your browser.
Disable your antivirus program is the best way to figure out the misleading security issue. You can turn off your antivirus program for just about 15 minutes and try to test out the web pages again. If everything’s works great, then this is the time where you should need to look for some better security program, or you can try to reinstall the antivirus software.
Suggested link: What’s A Good Antivirus And How To Pick A Best One?
Step 7# – Resetting Profile Settings
Resetting your browser can make things back to normal and most of the times it does fix the problem. The steps given below are the same for all three most popular computer operating systems, whatever you’re using Chrome on Windows, Mac or Linux (but not for the smartphones).
First, you’ll need to type this address “chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings” into your chromes address bar and by pressing the enter key it will directly take you to the reset option. Now, just click on reset and that’s it.
Smartphone Users: To reset your chrome browser’s whole configuration, tap on the Menu key > Settings > Privacy > Clear browsing data > Advanced. Now in this menu, select everything and tap on ‘CLEAR DATA’.
Step 8# – Use Chrome Cleanup Tool
In 2014 Google released a beta version of a cleanup tool that can scan your computer and remove software that may be causing the problem with your Chrome. The beta version has long gone now and the current version of the software works perfectly on any computer. To use this tool, you’ll just need to download it from the given link below and install it afterward.
Step 9# – Update Network Drivers
A driver acts as the bridge between your device software programs and hardware, and if something goes wrong with it. Then there is nothing you can do to make your internet work other than reinstall or updating the drivers.
This link will help you to know more about >> What Is a Network Driver, And How To Install It?
Step 10# – Registry Fix
Registry database mainly helps your Operating System to know which programs are installed, and what the individual setting for each one is. Having a cleaned Windows Registry database is the key to the perfect running computer.
Registry contains vital information on all the settings, preferences, etc. on hardware and software installed in your rig. When it comes to programs, the Registry also maintains data like the location of the program, what is required to launch the program, what sort of resources it needs from the computer, and so on and so forth… Read More
Step 11# – Use Chrome Alternatives 😎
A lot of people don’t know but google chrome have two brothers. The first one is ‘Chromium’ and the second one is Google Chrome Canary, both works just like the chrome and you can safely use them to surf the internet.
#What to Do If This “ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT” Shows on Your Own Website?😱
If you’re a website owner, then at least once in a while you’ll do suffer from this ‘error connection timeout’ problem. The error fully indicates that your website is down right now, or maybe it’s limited under the server resources.
If you’re using a shared hosting plan for your website, then the first what you have to do is to check the server resources like RAM and I/O is available for the current traffic.
Other than limited resources, it’s quite possible that your server is offline and you can wait for about 15-20 min to get automatically fixed by the host provider.
Another best thing what you can do is to go to your WordPress website’s main root directory and find the plugins folder. After when you find it, just rename the folder to “plugins1” and save the new name. This will disable all the plugins and can make your website work again.
Make sure you don’t forget to rename the folder’s name after testing your websites. Or otherwise, you won’t find any installed plugins in your WordPress dashboard.
If you still have the problem, then maximize the execution time and PHP memory in the .htaccess file, or you can contact your host provider for the better support.
“That’s all for now, thanks for sticking with the article, and you know it will always good to let me know about the article, in the comments down below.” 🙂