There are many occasions that Google Chrome returns the “err_cache_miss.” Many users have been wondering why they tend to receive this error when surfing and what it means. In a nutshell, when you bump into this error, it means that the Google Chrome browser is not in a position to get the cached copy of the page that you are trying to access.
The error often pops up on the default browser page, and on some occasions, it has also been seen in the developer tools section.
Well, in this piece, we will discuss how you can go ahead and fix the err_cache_miss error in Chrome. There are several ways, and therefore if you try the first fix and it doesn’t seem to work, just move on and try the next one.
Without wasting much time, let us handle this issue once and for all.
Fix 1: Resubmit Form Data
There is nothing more important when surfing the internet than. This is the main reason why developers have come up with caching tools and plugins for websites. For you to be able to improve the speed of the web server and computer, including the browser, you will have to cache the elements of the webpage.
Usually, the cached content is essential when querying sites. Cached content is generally used to display pages very fast when you next open the same site.
This process may look simple, but in reality, what happens behind the scenes is complex.
Even though this process happens automatically, there are dynamic elements of the webpages that never get cached. Some of these elements are forms.
Google Chrome has this behavior of not caching the form of content when you fill them.
It is rare to find Google Chrome browser caching payment form details such as credit card and password. This is not usually a mistake or some kind of bug. Such details are not cached because of security reasons.
Now, this is where you get the error in question. Many factors can affect the submission of a form. Some of them can be things like poor Internet connection and unavailability of the server. When a form fails to submit, and you hit the back button on Chrome, the next thing you will see is the err_cache_miss error.
That happens because the cached content of that particular form is not available with Chrome.
So what should you do?
It is pretty simple, just tabulate the form and resubmit it. This is the trick.
Fix 2: Stop Accessing the Webpage from the Bookmarks
Many people don’t really know that you can get this error when you try to access the site from the bookmarks.
If you see the err_cache_miss error, the first thing you should do is to make sure that you are not trying to access that particular web page from bookmarks.
Here is why;
When you find that the bookmarked URL is unavailable, the possible reason for this is that Google Chrome might have overwritten the cache with another unavailable response.
If that is the case, then what the browser can do is simple: to show the cache_miss_error.
So, what are you supposed to do if you find yourself in such a mess?
Well, for that case, just copy the URL that is saved in the bookmarks and then open a new tab. Paste the URL in the search bar and hit Enter, and this should fix the issue.
If the webpage loads successfully, it means that the site administrator might have redirected the URL to a new page.
Therefore, go ahead and replace the URL of the bookmarked page with the new one.
Fix 3: Opening a Cached Page
Opening a cached page that is not available can also result in this error. Therefore, before you start panicking, ask yourself, are you trying to access a cached copy of a webpage?
You should know that when the webpage is not available online, Chrome will fetch the cached copy of that particular page. If it fails to find a copy of that specific page in the browser’s cache, then it will return the “err_cache_miss” error.
If this is the case, you don’t have any other option. You are totally powerless, and there is nothing you or I can do about it.
The best way is usually to wait patiently until the webpage is available online and try again accessing it.
Fix 4: Missing Website Cache
As we said at the start of this post, browsers usually cache websites at multiple levels to speed up the loading time.
There are many tools that the site administrators or owners use to achieve this. Some site owners use server caching while others use caching plugins and CDNs (content delivery networks) to cache and serve their content.
This is usually so that caching related errors can be displayed when these sites are under maintenance or maybe they are doing an update.
If you, therefore, run into this error and you are sure that there is no problem with you internet provider, copy the URL of that particular site and open it in other network or using a different browser.
If the problem persists, wait for some time and try again.
Fix 5: Clear Chrome Cache
Well, clearing the cache and refreshing the webpage could do the trick in fixing the error.
Please note that a corrupted browser cache can bring about the “err_cache_miss” error. Deleting all browsing history can help resolve it.
If the browser cache is corrupt and you don delete it, you will wait for ages for the site to restore.
Follow the instructions below to clear the browser cache in Google Chrome.
- Hit Ctrl + Shift + Delete on the keyboard in Windows OS or Command + Shift + Delete in Mac Chrome. Doing this will open the “Clear browsing data” window/ dialogue box.
- Under the “Basic” tab, select the time range for the cache data you want to delete as “All time.” Check-mark the cookies and cache data checkboxes.
- Afterward, click on the “Clear Data” button in order to delete all the cached data and saved cookies.
- When the process completes, close all the tabs and restart your browser.
- Try browsing the site again to see whether the website is now accessible.
Fix 6: Flush DNS Cache
Several people have reported that this error occurred due to some poor or wrong configurations in the network settings or DNS.
We found out that if you reset the network settings and then flush the DNS, you can be able to resolve this issue together with many other Chrome related issues.
To flush the DNS cache, keenly follow the instructions in this article. The instructions there should help you fix the issue on both Windows 10 and Mac.
After you successfully flush the DNS, simply restart Chrome and check whether the problem has been resolved.
Fix 7: Disable Chrome extensions
However, good and useful Chrome extensions can be, they can cause a whole bunch of errors to the browser.
I remember one day waiting for a Twitter pop up so that I could log in to my account and share the post, and it never did. I waited for a whole day, and when I went back to retry, I saw a message that pop-ups had been blocked. I narrowed down until I found out that a certain extension was responsible for all these troubles. After disabling it, things went back to normal.
What do I mean, many users have dozens of these extensions installed in Chrome web browser. They are not bad. Yes, they help you carry out some tasks with ease, but one or more of those extensions could cause some issues, and one of them is err_cache_miss error.
It can be such a tedious work to find the exact extension that may cause an error, especially if you have over 100 of them. The best thing is to disable them all and see if the error will be fixed.
Fortunately, disabling or removing an extension is easy.
Follow these steps:
- Go to the command URL “chrome://extensions/.”
- Identify extensions that you install before err_cache_miss error first appeared.
- Turn off all the installed extensions.
- Restart the browser and check whether the problem has been resolved.
If you were able to fix the problem is then the remaining task is easy. Go ahead and enable the extensions one by one in order to narrow down the problematic one.
After identifying the culprit, delete it from Chrome by clicking the remove button.
Afterward, you can search the web for an alternative extension that offers the same features.
Fix 8: Reset Chrome
If you have been using Chrome for quite some time now or for years without updating it, it may start to build up various issues.
Resetting the browser can just do the trick and restore it to its original online experience.
To reset Google Chrome, follow the instructions below.
- First of all, make sure that Google Chrome is running
- Now tap on the three dots in the top-right corner. Head over to settings and then choose the reset option. Alternatively, you can just navigate to this link “chrome://settings/reset” and later on click on the “Reset” option.
- A pop up will appear asking you to confirm the operation. Simply confirm the pop-up. This action will reset your browser to initial settings, and the err_cache_miss error should be fixed.
If you are playing with experimental features, then go to “chrome://flags/” in the address bar. Look for the “Reset all to default” button at the top right corner. These settings may have been changed by 3rd party software without your knowledge, so resetting here may fix errors in some cases.
Fix 9: Update Chrome
Just the same way an outdated Windows version could cause problems and errors to you, your PC, older Chrome versions as well may not be that stable.
Outdated software often is not stable enough and may have several glitches that could cause err_cache_miss error.
To fix this error, you will have to bring the Chrome browser to the latest version.
- Hit the Windows key on the keyboard and the then type in the control panel
- Select the first option from the results and then select programs
- Choose the uninstall a program option from programs and features
- Right-click on Google Chrome from the list of applications displayed then click uninstall. Confirm the process.
- Once Chrome has been successfully removed from the system, open another browser and then find filehippo.
- In the search bar, type Google Chrome. Download and install it. When installing, do not disconnect the internet. Be patient until it gets all the latest files.
Alternatively, open Chrome browser and then type in “chrome://settings/help” in the address bar. Google will automatically look for new updates and install.
Fix 10:Disable Caching in Developer Tools
There are cases where Chrome shows the “Failed to load resource: net:: ERR_CACHE_MISS” message in Developer Tools.
Fortunately, there is an option in the Developer Tools that you can use to completely disable cache.
To make use of it;
- Open Chrome and then go to “View
- Select Developer and then choose the Developer Tools” option. If you don’t want to go through that entire process, simply right-click in the browser and then choose “Inspect.” This will also open Developer Tools.
- Now once the developer tools window fires up, click on the three dots inside developer tools (remember this is not the three dots on the browser, this is inside the Developer Tools dock).
- Next, head over to “Settings,” check the option “Disable cache (while DevTools is open). This option can be found under “Preferences > Network.”
After everything is set, restart the Chrome browser and then open developer tools. Now open the website and check whether you are getting the “err_cache_miss” error.
There is also an open issue (discussion) that has been ongoing for years on this topic in the Chromium site.
Fix 11: Fix Your Own Site
Well, if you are experiencing this error and the site that you are trying to browse is yours, then you might need to take care of it.
This is important because many other users could be experiencing the same problem.
Therefore, to save them time, fix your own site by following the guidelines below:
- Log in to the admin side of your website and clear the cache on your server and CDN. You can do this by contacting your hosting provider, and they can take care of the issue on your behalf from their end.
- If you want to do it yourself, after you have logged in to your server, check the “Cache-Control” section. This should be on the header. Modify the cache control to “Cache-Control: none.”
- Refresh the site, and everything should be sorted out.
Finally, you have managed to fix the error, and you have known why it was being displayed.
Often, the err_cache_miss pops up when Chrome is unable to find the cached content.
As discussed in this prose, this could happen because of a form resubmission or even when you are trying to access cached pages.
Always try to apply the fixes in this article if the error happens when accessing normal webpages.
Were you able to fix the error from your end? Well, we’d love to hear from you. Share the experience with us and tell us if this post was helpful.