“Err_connection_timed_out” is one of the most common network errors you come across while using the Google Chrome browser. Problems in the Internet connection or in the browser are the generally the cause of this error.
In this simple step-by-step guide, you will find useful insights into how to fix the “err_connection_timed_out” error easily on your own.
Ways to Fix an “err_connection_timed_out” Error
Even though it is an annoying connection error, a little effort in the right direction can fix it easily. There are quite a few ways in which you can approach this problem.
Try the solutions given below in sequential order to fix this error without causing any more system problems.
Solution 1: Make sure your Internet Connection is working
The chance of encountering this error is high when your Internet connection is down. So make sure that your Internet connection is properly working and has absolutely no issues.
Also, check and connect your hardware components properly and see if there is any notable damage that might be affecting your Internet connection.
If you have a Wi-Fi router or a modem that connects to multiple devices, then check if the Internet is functional on other devices too.
If you find that it is not an Internet issue, then the error can be due to some other reason within the system or due to the connectivity issues on the main server of the website.
Proceed to the next solution, if the Internet connection and all your network devices are properly working.
Solution 2: Disable your Computer’s Firewall
In many cases, Windows Firewall blocks some websites from loading due to security reasons. Therefore, disabling the computer’s firewall may solve this connectivity issue.
Follow the steps below to disable your Firewall:
- Search for Control Panel in the search bar and then launch the application by clicking on it
- Select the View by as Categories and then click on System Security from the list of categories
- Now click on the Windows Defender Firewall and then on the left panel, click on “Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off”
- Now check the box next to “Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended)”
Note: You can choose to turn off Windows Firewall for Private networks as well as Public networks. In this case, turning off Windows Firewall for Private networks should be enough.
Once done, close all applications and then reload the website again. If your Windows Firewall was the reason for the error, then the website will load and your connection will be back to normal.
However, if Windows Firewall is not responsible for this error, then proceed to the next solution.
Solution 3: Check Windows Hosts File
This solution is applicable only if you have a single website showing the connection error.
However, if there is more than one website facing the connectivity issue, then skip this step and proceed to the next solution.
If you have put any IP addresses or website URLs on the block list, then it is possible that due to the blocking of these web addresses some other websites are also unable to load. Therefore, for this case, checking the Windows hosts file is a smart move to fix this error.
Follow the steps below to see if there are any websites in your Windows hosts file that are on the block list:
- Run the Notepad application as an administrator on your Windows 10 computer; if you have by any chance Notepad++, then it is better to use that instead
- A confirmation window will open, click on Yes to proceed
- Now go to File in the top-left corner of Notepad and then click Open
- Change the file type to All Types and then open the file named hosts
- Now scroll down to the end of the file and check to see if there are any IP addresses or website URLs present after the last # sign; if there are any, delete them and save the changes
- Close Notepad and then try reloading the website again
If this works, then the website will load without any problems. However, if the error is still there, then proceed to the next solution.
Solution 4: Check LAN Settings
Sometimes, external factors like a virus or unintentional human errors can change the LAN settings on your system. Therefore, it is good to check and see if the settings are proper and correct them if they are not.
Follow the steps below to check your LAN settings:
- Search for Control Panel in your search bar and then launch the application by clicking on it
- Change your View by to Categories and then click on the Network and Internet option from the list of categories
- Now click on Internet Options, which will open a new window named Internet Properties
- Navigate to the Connections tab and then click on LAN Settings
- In the LAN settings window, uncheck the box that is next to “Use a proxy server for your LAN”
- Now click on OK to save and then exit the settings
After making the changes, check to see if the connection is back to normal. However, if the settings did not require any changes, then simply proceed to the next solution.
Solution 5: Renew IP Address and Flush DNS
Sometimes, renewing the IP address and flushing the DNS can solve browser connectivity issues like the “err_connection_timed_out” error. Follow the simple steps below to do so.
- Press Windows Logo Key + X and then click on Windows PowerShell (Admin)
- Now type in netsh winsock reset catalog and then press Enter
- Wait for the process to finish and then again type ipconfig/flushdns and then press Enter
- Now wait for the process to finish and then close all the applications and restart your computer for changes to take effect
Once done, check to see if the problem has been solved. If the other solutions didn’t work for you, then this solution will surely fix your problem.
Conclusion: “Err_connection_timed_out” Error
“Err_connection_timed_out” is one of the most annoying errors that anyone can face while using the Google Chrome browser.
It is mostly caused by connection problems or is due to the system not being able to reach the destination server.
However, it is completely fixable and can be fixed without any professional help.
Follow the simple instructions given in this guide to easily fix this connection error on your Windows 10 computer.
Petr is a serial tech entrepreneur and the CEO of Apro Software, a machine learning company. Whenever he’s not blogging about technology for itechgyan.com or softwarebattle.com, Petr enjoys playing sports and going to the movies. He’s also deeply interested about mediation, Buddhism and biohacking.