Google Chrome often throws this common error called ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED. This error happens when a user tries to open a website. There are a lot of possible reasons why this error could occur but usually it simply indicates a DNS problem. Technically it means that the domain name cannot be resolved that’s why it cannot be opened. Other causes for this error include configuration problems on your computer or Google Chrome browser, or it’s just that the website you are trying to visit might be down and cannot be accessed at the moment.
This error does not only happen in Google Chrome but in other Chromium based browsers like Brave. In fact, more users are complaining about this in Brave browser recently.
Causes of ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED
Here are the most common causes of the error:
- DNS Address – If the requested URL contains a missing or non-existent domain or subdomain, the browser will pop up this error. This error occurs when the required DNS (Domain Name Server) records are not available in the Cloudflare configuration.
- IP Address – The error may also be displayed if the IP address you are looking for does not connect to a valid DNS record.
- Firewall – A firewall or an anti-virus program may block your Internet connection. This way, you will receive an error message in your browser. This usually happens after the antivirus software is updated.
- Proxy Server – If you change the proxy server settings in your web browser at any time and do not reset them, this error could occur. Be sure to check the proxy settings to make sure they have not been changed.
How to Fix ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED in Chrome and Brave Browser
Depending on the reason that triggered the error, it is best to find a solution to it immediately. However, if you cannot determine the cause, you can try all the methods below, until you find a solution.
Before you start, I’d recommend checking your Internet connection to make sure it is connected and working properly. Sometimes the connection just breaks down. Also, please check the website address that you intend to visit, sometimes, you might be surprised to find some misspellings.
These methods use Google Chrome as the browser but they also apply to Brave.
Method 1 – Clear Google Chrome Host Cache
- Open Chrome, go to Settings, then click Show more settings.
- Click on Privacy.
- Search for predicted network activity to improve page loading performance, or use the predictive service to quickly load and turn off pages.
- Then enter chrome://net-internals/#dns in the address bar and press ENTER.
- Press Clear Host Cache.
Method 2 – Flush and Renew DNS
Flushing and renewing your DNS is a very effective way to fix the ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED problem..
- Click on the Windows logo button or click on the Start menu and enter “cmd”. As a result, right-click on the command line and select Run as administrator.
- Enter the following commands. Note that after each line of code, you need to press Enter, wait for each process to complete, and enter the next line.
- ipconfig /flushdns
- ipconfig /renew
- ipconfig /registerdns
Method 3 – Use Google DNS
You can change the DNS server you are using to fix this error which coincidentally is a DNS-related error. By changing the DNS you might also get yourself a faster and more secure internet connection along the way.
The default DNS servers you are using to connect to the internet are usually set by your Internet Service Provider (ISP). These are servers that are stable and trusted by whichever company supplies your internet. More often than not, the Google DNS provides better reliability and speed among the DNS service providers.
Here’s how to change your current DNS to Google DNS:
- Open the control panel and click Network and Internet.
- Then click Network and Sharing Center, and then change the adapter settings.
- Select Wi-Fi, double-click it, and select Properties.
- Now select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
- Select the Use the following DNS server addresses check box and enter the following information:
- Preferred DNS server: 22.214.171.124
- Alternate DNS server: 126.96.36.199
We hope that you were able to successfully fix the ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED in your Google Chrome or Brave browser. However, if you still need more information or just want to share your experience in fixing this error, feel free to write in the comments section below. Don’t forget to share this post on Facebook or Twitter to help your friends fix this error effectively.