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How to fix error 505?

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The internet is a great place today, full of complex websites that let users do anything from playing games to watching their favourite movies. That said, random bugs, glitches and error codes still spoil the party from time to time.

In this article, we’re looking at error 505 when visiting a website on the internet, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.


What causes error 505?

5xx errors on the internet are usually reserved for server-side issues. Error 505 in general, indicates HTML version incompatibility. Several things can cause this, but the most common factors include:

  • Outdated web browser
  • Outdated or incompatible server-side software
  • Internet connectivity issues
  • Incorrect URL

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How to fix error 505?

Here are five solutions you can try out. 

Restart your router

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


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 505. If you were filling out a form, uploading a file or just visiting a web page, refreshing the page or clicking the submit button will often resolve error 505.

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Check the URL

Another thing you should do is check the URL you’re trying to visit for any whitespaces or typos that might be redirecting you to the wrong page. Keep in mind that URLs are quite sensitive, and getting anything wrong can take you either to an entirely different page or will show an error. 


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. 


Update your browser

If the issue is in your browser, 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 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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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: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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