10 Ways to Fix The Connection Has Timed Out

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10 Ways to Fix The Connection Has Timed Out

10 Ways to Fix The Connection Has Timed Out
''The connection has timed out '' is an error usually happens when the server of a website encounters
problem. Most often this type of connection time out errors are related to the website server. To elaborate more if the servers fails to respond user requests. 

The request id not completed thus restricting connection to the respective website. This is taken as a measure to prevent users from limitless waiting time until the server responds (about 30-60 seconds). 

However, you must be aware that the same issue can occur due to problems in the client's side too. Specifically, if the requesting device of the client experiences problems. For the ones receiving this error, it might be confusing how to deal with this. Well, there are several troubleshooting techniques that can effectively eliminate this error.

In this article, I am going to tell you about 10 Ways to Fix The Connection Has Timed Out. You don't need to concentrate on all the methods given here. The problem will be fixed with one or two solutions.

Let's get started,

1. Flush DNS Cache

Another potential reason for the connection has timed out error is the DNS cache stored in your browser. In that case, you must try flushing the DNS cache.

To flush DNS cache,
  1. Press '' Windows + R ''
  2. Type '' cmd '' Right click on it and Choose Run as Administrator
  3. Type the command and Press Enter
                              ipconfig /flush dns
                              ipconfig /renew

2. Check Host File

Host files contain all the websites those are blocked. If accidentally, a certain website is blacklisted here you will encounter this error. So you can check all the blocked websites from the host file destination.

To check host file,
  1. Go to C drive → Windows → System32 → drivers → etc
  2. Open Host file
  3. Remove blacklisted wesbite
  4. Save the file

3. Change LAN settings

Conflicts that arise in between the connection may also lead to this error. If that is the case, you need to change LAN settings.

To change LAN settings,
  1. Go to Start Menu
  2. Type '' Control Panel ''
  3. Choose '' Internet Options ''
  4. Navigate to Connections tab
  5. Press '' LAN settings '' button
  6. Uncheck the option '' Automatically detect settings ''
  7. Check the option '' Use a proxy server for your LAN ''
  8. Press Ok

Once the LAN settings are changed, restart your computer.

4. Enable OpenDNS

Similar to other browser related errors, you can also fix the connection has timed out error by enabling OpenDNS. Either you can use OpenDNS or Google DNS.

To enable OpenDNS,
  1. Go to Start 
  2. Type '' network connections ''
  3. Right click on the results and Select '' Properties ''
  4. Select '' Local Area Connection ''
  5. Press '' Properties ''
  6. Choose '' Use the following DNS server address ''
  7. Type - for the preferred DNS server 
  8. Type - for the alternate DNS server
  9. Check '' Validate Settings upon exit ''
  10. Press Ok

5. Update Browser

In some instances, an outdated browser can cause the connection has timed out error. Browsers require regular updates to achieve its maximum performance. An outdated browser is prone to various system incompatibilities. Therefore, you must try updating the browser to see if the issue goes away. If that doesn't work, you need to consider an alternative browser.

6. Check Browser Version

There is also a chance for this error to appear if the version of the browser differs from the operating system. For an example, if the browser is a 64 bit version and the operating system is made up of 32 bit architecture, the browser will have complications working with the OS. One potential way to fix this is by uninstalling the current browser completely and redownloading the correct version.

7. Disable Extensions

There are numerous extensions supported by your web browser. But not all of them work without interference. Some extensions interfere with your browser causing this error. Particularly, the extension called HTTPS everywhere. For this case, you need to disable all the browser extensions temporarily. If the extensions are important, you can try updating it instead of disabling to check if it solves the problem.

8. Reset Browser

Few users have reported to fix this error by resetting the browser. Resetting the browser in essence means that to clear all the cookies, caches and history. This method will work if the error is related to the browser configuration. Otherwise, you need to follow other steps.

9. Change Compatibility Mode

If you are sure that that the browser is the cause of this error, you can try changing its compatibility mode. This is a simple method which does not need to compromise any advanced settings. 

To change compatibility mode,
  1. Right click on the browser
  2. Select '' Properties ''
  3. Go to the Compatibility tab
  4. Choose the compatibility mode
  5. Press ''Apply '' and '' Ok ''

Keep changing different compatibility modes until the problem is resolved.

10. Restart Router

Sometimes a simple restart may fix the problem of the connection has timed out error. Especially, if the router is misconfigured. All you need to do is to power off the router for a few seconds and turn it back on. Wait for a few seconds until the router restarts and check if the issue persists.

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