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How to Clear DNS Cache in Chrome Using chrome://net-internals/#dns (Desktop and Android)

How to Clear DNS Cache in Chrome Using chrome://net-internals/#dns (Desktop and Android)

Clearing the DNS cache in Chrome can resolve various connectivity issues caused by outdated or corrupted DNS information. This guide will show you how to use the chrome://net-internals/#dns tool to clear the Google Chrome DNS cache for desktop and android devices.

What is DNS?

DNS (Domain Name System) is the internet’s address book. When you type a website address (like www.example.com) into your browser, a DNS server translates it into an IP address (like 192.0.2.1) that computers use to communicate with each other. This translation is needed to connect you to websites, email servers, and other online services.

When is it necessary to clear the DNS cache in Chrome?

Your browser stores DNS information in a cache to speed up future requests. However, this cached information can sometimes cause problems. Here are four scenarios when clearing the DNS cache in Chrome browser is necessary:

  • DNS error messages: When you receive error messages related to DNS, such as “DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN” or “ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED.”
  • Websites not loading or loading slow: When websites are either not loading or are taking a long time to load.
  • Inaccessible websites: When you can’t access certain websites, even though they work on other devices.
  • Incorrect page display: When your browser’s pages are not displaying correctly or are missing content.

How to clear DNS cache in Google Chrome browser (Desktop and Android) using chrome://net-internals/#dns

The steps for clearing the DNS cache in Chrome are the same for desktop and Android devices.

  • Step 1: Launch a new tab

Open a new tab on your Chrome browser.

  • Step 2: Access DNS settings

Paste chrome://net-internals/#dns in the address bar and press Enter.

  • Step 3: Clear DNS cache

Click on the “Clear host cache” button.

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iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, do not support this functionality in Chrome.

Conclusion

Clearing your DNS cache in Chrome can improve your browsing experience. Following our three steps, flushing your DNS cache regularly will ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

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Additional information

If you need to clear the DNS cache on your operating system, refer to this article. It provides step by step guides on how to clear or flush the DNS cache on MS-Windows 7/8/10/11, Linux, and Mac OS.

If you need to clear the DNS cache on your iOS device (iPhone or iPad), refer to this Youtube video.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: Will clearing the DNS cache log me out of websites?

A1: No, clearing the DNS cache does not log you out of websites. It only clears the DNS resolver cache.

Q2: How often should I clear my DNS cache?

A2: There is no set frequency, but clearing the DNS cache can help if you encounter frequent connectivity issues.