Although Chrome is one of the most reliable and best-loved internet browsers available, there will be times when you get an error message.
One of these error messages is the ‘ERR_CACHE_MISS’ and you might be wondering what this error code means and also how to fix it.
If you have seen this error message, it is likely that Chrome wants you to submit or re-enter some information.
Although this can be an annoyance, it is relatively easy to fix. There are various methods you can use to fix the ‘ERR_CACHE_MISS’ error message.
What Causes “ERR_CACHE_MISS” Chrome Error?
This error message refers to caching, and there are different reasons it might show, including the following:
- Chrome is not able to get cache files from whichever website you are trying to visit.
- The website you are trying to access has PHP issues or incorrect coding.
- There is a glitch or a corruption in the browser or its settings or extensions.
- You are a developer using a bad code to test a website or app using Android or a different operating system.
It is possible to get the ‘ERR_CACHE_MISS’ error message when attempting to visit any webpage, even popular ones like on Facebook.
This problem exists almost always when using chrome as your browser, although it has also been known to occur in versions of Firefox 32 and higher. In that case the error would say ‘Document Expired’.
Usually the error message will have a prompt or messaging saying ‘Confirm Form Resubmission’ which happens when you are submitting or completing a form and you press the back/forward buttons too fast or too much.
Ways to Fix the ‘ERR_CACHE_MISS’ Error
Now you know why this error message might be appearing on your screen, let’s investigate some ways in which you might be able to solve it:
Solution #1: Reload the Webpage
If this is the reason behind it, you might just have to reload the page.
- Find the reload icon in the top left corner of Chrome’s address bar, then click on it.
- Another option is to press the F5 button which will force Chrome to reload the page.
Solution #2: Try a Browser Update
An outdated version of Chrome can cause inefficiencies or compatibility issues, so it is a good idea to keep this browser up to date to minimize the chances of getting the ‘ERR_CACHE_MISS’ error message.
- Open a new window in Chrome and click on “Settings“
- Click on “About Chrome” (if you are using the most recent version, move on to the next solution – if not, there will be a link saying Update Chrome)
- Follow all the prompts
- Restart Chrome and attempt to visit the problematic website again
Solution #3: Clear Browser Data
You might have corrupted files in the Chrome cache and this is one possible cause of the ‘ERR_CACHE_MISS’ error message.
If this could be a cause of the error, you will need to clear out your Chrome cache.
- Open Chrome and click on “Settings”
- Hover over “More Tools“
- Click on “Clear Browsing Data” (make sure you select Browsing History and Cookies, as well as Cached Images and Files, and Other Site Data)
- Than click on “Clear Data“
- Refresh the browser and see whether this fix has worked
Solution #4: Disable Browser Extensions
Something else that periodically causes the ‘ERR_CACHE_MISS’ error message is that you have a corrupt extension on Chrome which is blocking the browser’s ability to open the website you are trying to visit.
If you suspect this might be the issue, or the above solutions have not worked, you should disable all of your browser extensions.
- Open Chrome and click on “Settings” again
- Hover over “More Tools” and click on “Extensions” (all of your extensions will be displayed)
- Work through them toggling them all to disabled (start with any ad-blockers you are using since these are common culprits)
- Refresh Chrome after disabling each one, so you can determine which is causing the error
Solution #5: Reset Network Settings
Network settings faults can also cause the ‘ERR_CACHE_MISS’ error message, so you might like to try and reset those settings.
- Click the Windows icon
- Type “cmd” into the search box and press Enter
- Select “Run as Administrator” in the Command Prompt which appears
- Type these, clicking Enter after each line:
ipconfig/release ipconfig/all ipconfig/flushdns ipconfig/renew netsh int ip set dns netsh winsock reset ipconfig renew ipconfig renew
If you are using a macOS you need to use the Terminal app:
- Go to “Finder“, click on “Applications” and than click on “Utilities“
- After that click on the “Terminal app“
- Type these, clicking Enter after each line:
dscacheutil -flushcache sudo killall -HUP mDNSResponder
- Now restart your PC.
- Open Chrome then open a new window on the browser.
You will see your network settings have gone back to their default values, which hopefully means you won’t see the ‘ERR_CACHE_MISS’ error message anymore.
Solution #6: Reset Browser Settings
Maybe your network settings are not the reason for the ‘ERR_CACHE_MISS’ error message.
If this is true, then it could be your browser settings to blame.
This is how to reset your browser settings:
- Open your browser and navigate to “Settings“
- Go to “Advanced” and click on “Reset Settings“
- Than click on “Reset” when the prompt window opens
- Alternatively navigate to chrome://settings/resetProfileSettings to reset the settings
Restart Chrome and try to visit the problematic website again. If it still doesn’t work, move on to the next solution.
Solution #7: Disable the Cache System
This solution requires Chrome DevTools which are located in the browser settings under More Tools then Developer Tools.
Make sure you open the DevTools while you are still on the problematic webpage. Click Disable Cache in the Network section, then reload the page.
Although the ‘ERR_CACHE_MISS’ error message can be irritating, it is likely that one of the above seven solutions will provide the fix to this error.
Just work your way through them and hopefully you will not get the error again. Thank you for reading!
Also read: How To Fix ‘ERR_CONNECTION_RESET’ Error?