If you use Google Chrome as your default browser, or even if you use mozilla firefox but often access google pages (gmail, youtube, google+, etc), it is very possible that you already saw the error message ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR. In this text we explain what this error message is about and also we present a troubleshoot guide for you to fix this bug in a permanent way.
What is ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR error message?
When loading some pages on the internet the error message above can show up. First thing to understand this is to know what SPDY is. SPDY is a google protocol developed for data transport, simple like that. So, this error is related to some bug on the operation of this protocol that may occur while loading specific pages. It has circulated on the internet that google may discontinue this protocol. This would be a good reason for this message error appear while accessing websites that use the SPDY protocol. Nevertheless, there are several other reasons for this error appear in Chrome.
Anyway, we are interesting in solving the problem, and that’s what we are going to do with this troubleshooting guide related to ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR.
This is a five steps guide. Start with step one, and if the problem is not solved, proceed to the next steps.
1. Restarting your Chrome browser
The quickest and easiest way to solve it. Just close Google Chrome web browser and open it again. This works as a quick and easy solution and most times it works right on the first attempt.
2. Update your Google Chrome browser
Using an out of date web browser can be the reason of the problem. Ensuring the browser is updated is also a very easy thing to do. Just access the upper right menu on the browser window and select “About Chrome”.
3. Use Chrome’s Incognito Mode for specific websites
If the error message ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR is showing up for specific sites, a easy tip is to enter these sites using incognito mode. This may work for entering this specific web site but may not really solve the problem.
4. Flushing DNS and Renewing IP
All right, if the problem goes on, next option is to flush the DNS and renew the IP. Let’s learn how to perform these operations:
- How to flush DNS:
- Launch a Command Prompt.
- Type “ipconfig /flushdns”
- Press Enter.
- How to renew IP:
- Launch a Command Prompt.
- Type “ipconfig /release” and press Enter.
- Type “ipconfig /renew” and press Enter.
- Check your internet connection. Sometimes it is needed to configure it again.
5. Flushing SPDY Sockets
Finally, if nothing worked until now, this last attempt should do the job.
- Launch Google Chrome browser
- Go to chrome://net-internals/#events&q=type:SPDY_SESSION%20is:active
- Look for an arrow on the top right corner and click on it.
- A drop-down menu will be shown, select Flush Sockets.
That’s done. After performing the steps presented in this guide you will get rid of the error message ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR.