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How to fix error 409?

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Web browsers have come a long way from the laggy, text-based browsers we used to see back when the internet was new. As websites and web development frameworks evolve, websites are also becoming increasingly more complicated and browsers need to keep up with them.

Modern browsers are quite versatile and can do just about anything. That said, they aren’t perfect and sometimes run into random bugs and glitches from time to time. 

In this article, we’re taking a look at error 409, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.

What causes Error 409?

The Error 409 response status code indicates a request conflict with the current state of the target resource. In layman’s terms, it essentially means that the resource you’re trying to access is either unavailable or is currently occupied by another service. These errors usually occur during PUT requests when the user is trying to make a change or access a resource. 

Alternatively, since 400 errors usually indicate client-side issues, there’s a good chance that something’s broken in your browser or the actual web request itself. 

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How to fix Error 409?

Here are eight fixes you can try out.

Try again

One of the easiest ways to fix the issue is just to try again. There’s a good chance that your request actually didn’t reach the target and has just been bounced back due to routing or internet issues, triggering a similar response to error 409. If you were filling out a form, uploading a file or just visiting a web page, refreshing the page or clicking the submit button again will often resolve the problem. 

Check your request

If you’re a developer who’s getting a 409 error when sending a PUT request, check to see if the request is actually accessing the resource you want and is correct in terms of syntax. Reviewing the requested URL can often reveal simple issues like typos that can resolve the error. 

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.

Close all tabs

Sometimes other tabs can conflict with a site’s loading. Try closing all possible tabs and reloading the site. It should load up just fine. You can also try visiting the site in incognito mode.

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Clear your browser data

Corrupt files in your cache or otherwise can cause this error as well. Clear them out to see if you can get your browser 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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Restart the browser and try again. 

Check for updates

If the issue is in the browser 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. 

If you’re on Chrome, or any other Chromium-based browser, head over to chrome://settings/help and make sure you’re on the latest update. If you’re not, update immediately and try again. 

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Disable extensions

Corrupt or malfunctioning extensions often cause many problems, including this one. 

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Head over to chrome://extensions and try disabling all your extensions to check if the browser starts functioning as normal again; if it does, enable them one by one until you have all the essential extensions working again.

Reset your browser

Resetting your browser can fix all sorts of random bugs and glitches.

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

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

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This should fix the error.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: