The ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT is a common error faced by people trying to connect to various websites on Google Chrome with bad internet connections. Basically, if you encounter this error of ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT, it simply means that your browser was unable to connect to the target server of the website you wanted to visit. It usually occurs after the browser has tried connecting with the target server for at least 30 seconds. If the target server doesn’t respond in the stipulated time frame (within 30 seconds), and as a result, it gives you the error ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT.
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ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT Error: How To Solve
This undoubtedly can be a very frustrating error and hinder your work, so we here will provide you methods on how to resolve this error of ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT in which the target website takes too long to respond.
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Check your Network Connection
Generally, this is the most common cause for the error ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT. Make sure that you have a strong internet connection with low ping and low jitter. However, don’t confuse it with having a high-speed plan. If you have a high-speed plan, it doesn’t mean that your connection is stable. There’s no use of a high-speed plan if your internet connection is not stable. Make sure that your ping and jitter are low, which tells you that you have a healthy internet connection.
Sometimes, this may not be the case. You might still be getting the error ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT while having a healthy internet connection. But worry not, we’ve got the fix for that too, so read on!
Clear your Browsing Data and Cache
One of the reasons for the error of ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT can be due to cache memory or browsing data, which can sometimes interfere with your connection to the target site. By cleaning your browser data and cache memory, you can quickly solve the issue of ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT. As long as you follow the below steps, you’ll quickly solve the problem of ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT :
Step 1 : Press Ctrl + H on your Google Chrome. Your browsing history tab will open.
Step 2 : On the left side, you’ll get the Clear Browsing Data option. Click that, and a new tab will open.
Step 3 :In the new tab opened, you’ll get options to delete your browsing history. Make sure you have the same configuration as below
Time Range :The beginning of time
Check the following boxes : Browsing History, Cookies and other site data, Cached images and files.
Step 4 : Press the Clear Data button.
Wait for some time, eventually all your cookies, browsing history, app data, etc., will be cleared. Then try to visit your target website, and you should have no problems connecting to the target site and hence resolving your issue of ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT.
Check your Windows Host file
The host file is that Windows system file which is responsible for controlling servers properly on Windows. When the internet scene was starting to take over the world, this file was important for connecting systems to the target server, but now it’s only needed to block or access specific web addresses. Due to some error, your Windows host file may become faulty, and you can rectify the error by following the below steps very carefully –
Step 1 : Firstly, go to your main drive (Usually called the C drive), where your operating system files are stored.
Step 2 : Go to the Windows folder.
Step 3 : Search for System32 and open that folder.
Step 4 : Look for the Drivers folder and open that folder.
Step 5 : Look for the etc. folder and double click on it to direct to that folder.
Step 6 : Look for the host files. Generally, if you open it, it won’t open. You have to open it with Notepad (It would be better if you have a more advanced text editor like Notepad++, but Notepad can do the trick)
Step 7 : Delete all the entries in that file that don’t begin with an octothorpe(#) or numbers.
Step 8 : Save the hosts file and then close it.
Try again directing to the target website, and you should no longer face the error ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT.
Check Your LAN Settings
Sometimes, some messed up LAN settings may cause the error ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT, and you may come up with the message that this site can’t be reached and it took too long to respond. To fix this, follow the below steps
Step 1 : Firstly, in the Search Bar present in your Task Bar, write “Internet Options” and click on it.
Step 2 : In the newly opened window, click on “LAN Settings” in the “Connections” tab.
Step 3 : In the new window that’s opened, assure that there are no boxes checked and if there are, uncheck it.
Step 4 : Click on “OK” and exit the window.
Now try going to your target website and see if the error ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT persists.
Renew your DNS and IP address
Sometimes faulty or overfilled DNS addresses are the ones that cause the problem. To fix this, open the Command Prompt.
Lastly enter these commands in the Command Prompt one by one, pressing enter each time –
netsh winsock reset
After that, restart your computer and then try to open your website and you should no longer get the error ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT .
To conclude, the error ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT is a fairly common error when there is a problem in connecting to the target site in Google Chrome. If you’ve followed our tried and tested fixes for this problem, you can easily get rid of the issue. Make sure to keep your browser updated and if there’s still a problem after trying all our methods to fix this problem, contact your ISP, and they would get it fixed.
Tony is a computing writer at Automaticable covering laptops, tablets, Windows, and iOS. During his off-hours, Tony enjoys reading comic books, playing video games, reading speculative fiction novels, and spending too much time on Twitter. His non-nerdy pursuits involve attending Hard Rock/Heavy Metal concerts and going to NYC bars with friends and colleagues.