How to Fix ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED in Chrome?

Did you run into ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED error in chrome? Facing the same issue over and over again? Chrome is known for its reliability and easy to operate UI but sometimes we face error such as name not resolved. To solve this issue, we have compiled a step by step guide in this article to fix err_name_not_resolved. 

What is ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED in Chrome?

Error name not resolved is a chrome error faced by most users when trying to access any website. Every time when users enter the web address in the browser, it converts the URL into an IP address. If something goes wrong with DNS settings, then the URL won’t convert to IP address and this ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED showed up. This issue is common for any OS user(window, mac, and Linux) and even for mobile users(android or iOS) too. Sometimes it could be an issue with the website itself, but we can fix the error from our end. Before trying to solve the issue, make sure to check the small fact check to find the issue. 

  • Check the URL and make sure its the correct website address
  • Check the internet connection
  • Restart the device
  • Update Chrome Browser
  • Disable VPN

How to Fix ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED in Chrome?

  1. Restart Your Router

A router is the source of the internet, to make sure our issue is not with the internet, we need to restart the router first. Unplug the router and wait a couple of minutes before restarting it. Once the router is started, try connecting with the internet to check if the Error name not resolved is still showing or not. If yes, then try another method.

    2.Run Troubleshooter for Network Connection 

Windows have a troubleshooter app that can solve any issue. Before trying any other methods to fix ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED in chrome, try the troubleshooter app first. 

  • Go to the menu and search for the setting 
  • Then find the network and internet

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  • Then find the network troubleshooter option on the page and click on it.

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  • It will try to detect any error, after that it will ask for the issue, select “I’m trying to reach a specific website or folder on a network”

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  • After that follow the instruction and it will solve the issue

This method usually provides the solution to any network-related issue. But if it doesn’t produce any result, then try another method. 

       3.Clear Browsing data

Sometimes when chrome faces any network-related error, it could be because of caches and cookies. These small files are saved in the browser to help load website content faster but sometimes it gets corrupted too. Here is how to clear browsing data,

  • Go to the menu button in chrome and find more tools,
  • After that select Clear browsing data and select all options

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  • Now click on the clear data option

Once the browsing data is clear, restart the chrome app and visit the website again.

         4. Clear DNS Cache

DNS Server saves IP addresses in their caches for faster page loading. If any of those caches get corrupted, it could result in the ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED issue. Here is how to clear DNS cache,

  • Go to chrome browser and type “chrome://net-internals/#dns” and hit enter
  • It will open new windows and you will find the Host resolver cache option with clear host caches, click on that button to clear DNS cache

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This will automatically clear all DNS caches in the windows. You can also clear Windows Sockets entries by entering “netsh winsock reset” in the command prompt to clear all TCP/IP entries too. If the issue doesn’t resolve by now, try changing the DNS server.

          5. Change DNS Server

Every internet provider assigns a DNS server to their users. But sometimes their DNS server could be down or other issues might occur. It’s better to change the DNS server to Google DNS for faster page loading and connections. Here is how to change the DNS server,

  • Go to the control panel and then find the network and internet or Settings and then Network & Internet

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  • Then click on the network and internet option and then change adapter settings

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  • After that, right-click on the ethernet and go to properties,  

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  • In properties, find Internet protocol and again click on the properties,

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  • After that, find the DNS option and change it to Google DNS
    • Preferred DNS server: 8.8.8.8
    • Alternate DNS server: 8.8.4.4

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Once you changed to google DNS, start the chrome and visit any website to check if the Name not resolved error still continues or not. If yes, then try another method.

               6. Disable Antivirus

Disable Antivirus temporarily to check if it’s interfering with the internet connection. Most of the modern antivirus has an option to block any harmful website and even window defender doesn’t allow suspicious websites to load. We have already mentioned in one of our articles about how to disable Avast antivirus as it’s one of the most popular ones in the market. Follow this step to disable window defender temporary to solve ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED issue on Chrome.

  • Search firewall in the menu and go to window defender 
  • Now go for Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off on the left-hand side

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  • In that option uncheck “Block all incoming connections, including those in the list of allowed programs” in both private and public networks.

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  • Now check the chrome browser, if the issue is not resolved, go to the previous page again and turn off the windows defender firewall in both private and public network settings.

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Once the firewalls are down, restart the PC and check the browser again. If you still find a name not resolved the error, undo the above and start the firewall and antivirus again. 

               7. Disable Google Chrome’s prediction service

In Google Chrome, there is a service name prediction or pre-rendering that saves the website caches for loading it faster next time. This could be the reason why you are facing issues like Name not resolved error in the first place. Here is how to disable the service,

  • Go to the menu and then setting, find Privacy and Security.

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  • Now go to Cookies and other site data and find the “Preload pages for faster browsing and searching” option and turn it off 

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Now go back to the browser and check for the ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED issue. With this method, we that your difficulties with the name not resolved problem will be over. 

FAQ for Err_Name_Not_Resolved in Chrome

  • What does Err_name_not_resolved mean?

When users receive this error, it means that the server could not find or convert the URL to the IP address. Without an IP address, it could not establish a connection and that results in this error.

  • How to fix Err_Name_Not_Resolved in Chrome?

There are multiple ways to solve this issue and we have mentioned every one of them in this article. To fix this issue, try restarting your router and resetting your network settings, clear DNS caches, and change to google DNS, Run Troubleshooter for Network Connection, and clear browsing data. You can also turn off Google Chrome’s prediction service and temporarily disable Antivirus to solve the Name not resolved issue in chrome.

  • How to clear DNS cache in chrome?

Go to chrome://net-internals/#dns” and clear host caches. DNS caches save the IP address of every website users visited and when it gets corrupted, it could results in many errors like a name not resolved and more.

Conclusion 

Google Chrome always runs smoothly and delivers more than what users asked for. But sometimes it also runs into some issues as well such as ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED. In this article, we have provided 7 different methods to fix this issue in chrome. If you have any questions regarding the name not resolved error in chrome, then ask us in the comment section.

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