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How to fix Chrome-error://chromewebdata/?

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Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers ever and is still going strong in 2022. While Google has put a lot of time and effort into developing its browser and ensuring the best user experience possible, random bugs and glitches do pop up from time to time. 

In this article, we’re taking a look at Chrome-error://chromewebdata/, its causes and what you can do to fix the error.


What causes this error?

More often than not, the main cause behind the error is app or website incompleadingility with the browser. Other possible reasons include:

  • Inactive web server
  • Incorrect port number
  • Corrupt cache or browser data
  • Outdated browser version. 

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How to fix this?

Here are seven fixes you can try out. 

Restart your router

Power cycling your network equipment is the fix to more issues than you can think. More often than not, connectivity issues can be caused by an underlying bug in your router and can be fixed by rebooting.


Check the server URL and port number

As mentioned before, one of the leading causes of this error is an incorrect server URL or port number. Check to see if you’re using the right server address or if the server is hosted on your local network, you’re using the right IP address. The port number is also just as important.


Check if the server is running

Most server-based applications require starting the server before you can actually access the application. Check your machine to see if the server is actually running as these apps generally don’t allow servers to run when installing dependencies or doing other maintenance tasks. 

Alternatively, you can run your own server using your preferred backend technology or using browser plugins like Web Server for Chrome. 


Clear your browser’s data

Corrupt files in your cache or otherwise can cause this error as well. Clear them out to see if you can get Chrome to work.

Step 1: Type in chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in your browser’s address bar and hit Enter.

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Step 2: Select the cache and cookies options and make sure the Time range is set to All time. Click on the Clear now button to clear out all the data. 

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Reset your browser

Resetting Chrome can fix all sorts of random bugs and glitches with the browser. 

Step 1: Head over to chrome://settings/reset. Click on Restore settings to their original defaults.

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Step 2: Chrome will show you a warning prompt. Click on Reset Settings, and your browser will reset to default settings. 

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Check for updates

If the issue is in Chrome itself, chances are developers might release an update to fix the problem. Regardless, you should always make sure you’ve got the latest version of the browser installed to avoid running into problems that could otherwise be avoided. 

Head over to chrome://settings/help and make sure you’re on the latest update. If you’re not, update immediately and try again. The error in Chrome should be fixed.

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Try debugging your code

If you’re developing a hosted Chrome app, try adding the following snippet in your code to check chrome.app.isinstalled to see if the app is compatible. 

if (window.chrome && chrome.app && chrome.app.runtime) {
  // Running successfully in a Chrome App context
} else {
  // The app is either not Chrome-based, or not as an app window
}

Depending on the output you get, you can choose to switch to a hosted Chrome app or fix errors in your native app to make it compatible. 

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