[Fixed] err_spdy_protocol_error in Chrome

Computers or laptops accompany us twenty-four hours a day. So having some issues in them are quite common. These errors can be specific sometimes, while it may not be easy rest of the times. One of the common problems is the problem that Google Chrome browser suffers – the error ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR. In this article, we will try to find a fix to this common problem.


The ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL _ERROR only affects users who use Google Chrome as their Internet web browser. In the case of a different browser such as Safari, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc. one should never experience this error. The error does not affect all websites. It generally affects users who try to visit specific sites related to Google such as YouTube, Gmail, and others. It has even been reported that this error has affected them when trying to visit other websites such as Tumblr or Wikipedia.

When the error appears on the screen, the first response should be that you reload the web page. Sometimes this does work.

The best way to start is to know about the origin of the problem err_spdy_protocol_error and to fix it. Some quick fixes are mentioned below –

Strategy 1- Flushing the Sockets

  • First, open Google Chrome.
  • Then paste the mentioned URL below and press Enter – chrome://net-internals/#sockets
  • Next click on the down arrow link at top right.
  • Select Flush Sockets.
  • Lastly, restart Chrome to see whether the error is gone.

Strategy 2 – Flushing out  DNS and Renewing IP

  1. To Flush DNS
  • First, you need to open up Command Prompt.
  • Then type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter.
  1. To Renew IP
  • Open Command Prompt.
  • Type ipconfig /release and press Enter.
  • Again type ipconfig /renew and then press Enter.
  • These fixes normally help a lot of customers.

Clear Cache

If you see that reloading the web pages is not helping to remove the error, then it is better to close down Google Chrome and then restart it. However only this will not solve the problem because the cache needs to clear as soon as the browser is restart. In case you do not know the process to make the cache from Google Chrome, follow a series of simple steps. The steps vary depending on the device you are for using Google Chrome.

If Google Chrome is used from a computer, you will need to follow the steps to clear the cache –

  • Restart Google Chrome.
  • Then locate the more icon in the browser toolbar and click on it.
  • Find more tools and then click on the Clear browsing option. The action, in turn, will prompt more options for displaying.
  • All the different options that are displayed in the clear browsing data option check for two options for –
    • the cookies, other sites, and plug-in data
    • the cached images and files.
  • Delete as much data you need to. There is an option for that in the top menu where you would decide how much or how many old files would be deleted. Just in case you want to eradicate everything, choose the option – the beginning of time.
  • To finish, click on the clear browsing data

Once these steps are complete, try to open the web page that was not loading properly before and see if the error has been sorted.

If Google Chrome is being operated from an iOS device i.e. Apple’s mobile operating system which is found in Apple’s products like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod,  you need to follow these steps –

  • Restart the Google Chrome.
  • Then try locating the more icon in the browser toolbar and then click it.
  • Then by clicking on the history option, other options are prompted to display on the device’s screen.
  • Select clear browsing data from all the available options and tap on it.
  • Further steps for clearing the browsing data is the same as that of a computer.
  • So it can be seen that the steps involved in clearing the cache on both Google Chrome from a computer or from an iOS device are nearly the same though there are some minor differences.
  • For Android mobile device, it will be the same as the steps of the iOS devices.

The process of fixing the error

It may so happen that the error persists even after cleaning the cache. If the methods mentioned above do not do the trick for you, then you will have to go for a more detailed solution. After reloading the web page and clearing the cache, there are more steps that must be followed to eradicate the error.

If your computer has an anti-virus in place, then a thorough checking is recommended to see whether the anti-virus is the reason for the problem. This is because, at times, the anti-virus programs are meant to block specific sites. Therefore, if you keep experiencing the error every time while visiting the same website and you already have an anti-virus program pre-installed, then it is possible that the problem lies in the antivirus itself. It is recommended to check the same first. If that is the case, then open your anti-virus program and check whether the web page which you are trying to visit every time is in its block list or not. If the answer is yes, you will solve it by asking your anti-virus program to stop blocking it.

However, it is to be understood that the steps cannot be more specific as the anti-virus program used are different in different devices and function differently. But the steps involved may not be tough to figure out as the instructions provided are straightforward.

After ruling out the problems with the anti-virus program, clearing Google Chrome cookies is your last option.

These are the steps that need to be followed to clear Google Chrome’s cookies –

  • Start off by launching the Google Chrome app.
  • Next, you are required to enter the following address in the URL bar -chrome://settings
  • Press enter key.
  • Wait for the settings page to load completely.
  • Next, you need to scroll down and find the advanced settings option and click it.
  • You will find the clear browsing data, under the privacy section. Select it.
  • Select the following – cookies, different site plug-in data, and the cached images and files.
  • Remove the following items entirely by clicking on the option from the beginning of time.
  • And lastly, click on Clear browsing data


From the solutions mentioned above, it is inferred that the removal of the error often involves clearing out the old data. It is because old data is usually found to be the root cause of the problem often. If the failure affects the popular websites, it can be very annoying.

Just in case you do not have enough time to go through the suggested solutions and also need to check out a website that is affected by this error, there is a temporary and easy way out. As the failure does not reflect on the status of the web page that you, but it is something that is being caused by the Google Chrome web browser, you could always launch an alternative web browser and visit the page. It will not fix the error but will give you a quick way around to visit the website you want.

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Howdy, My name is Shubha a blogger, Writer, Web designer, and tech enthusiast. I am an Electrical engineer by education and a blogger, digital marketer by profession.

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