How to Fix A Network Change Was Detected Error

Chrome's network changed error messages are annoying but easy to fix

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The "a network change was detected" error message is occasionally encountered by those using the Google Chrome web browser on a Windows computer or laptop. This error message can disrupt internet access within the browser and often destroys productivity.

Fortunately, this tech issue generally isn't something to be concerned about and there are several easy solutions that can be applied to quickly resolve it.

What Is The "a network change was detected" Error?

The "a network change was detected" error message is a message that appears while using the Windows version of the Google Chrome browser. The error message is usually activated when the internet connection switches from one network to another while a web page is being viewed or content is being downloaded.

This network change essentially confuses the browser as its connection to the internet switches to a new one and disrupts the current data flow.

Which Devices Are Affected By The "a network change was detected" Error?

The network change error has been known to affect Google Chrome users on computers and laptops running the Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 operating systems.

How To Fix The "a network change was detected" Error

While this network error can be frustrating, it usually isn't a major problem and can be resolved fairly fast by trying one or more of the following solutions.

  1. Reload the browser window. This is often the fastest and easiest solution for this particular network error as it forces Google Chrome to re-download the contents of the website from the new internet connection.

    Some web browsers refer to the reload function as refresh. Both terms mean the exact same thing and are usually performed by clicking a circular arrow button at the top of the web browser's window.

  2. Restart Google Chrome. If a window reload didn't work, you may need to restart the browser itself. To do this, simply click the x in the top-right corner of the screen and then reopen Google Chrome the way you usually do.

    If you're not sure that you'll remember the web page that you're on after restarting the browser, it can be a good idea to bookmark it

  3. Restart your computer. This is probably one of the most-recommended tech tips in history, but it's famous because it works. A simple computer restart from your Windows Start Menu can refresh your internet connection and all of your open apps and frequently fixes most bugs or glitches you're experiencing.

  4. Delete unwanted networks. If you continue to get error messages stating that your connection was interrupted or that your network has changed, your Windows device may be trying to connect to too many networks at once.

    Windows 10 Wi-Fi settings.

    One way to fix this is to remove or forget all of the networks that you don't need. To do this, open Settings > Network & Internet > Manage known networks and then manually remove unwanted connections by clicking on their name and then clicking Forget.

    To view which internet connections are currently in range and could potentially be causing the conflict, click on the internet icon in the Windows 10 taskbar. Remove all of these via the above method with the exception of your own internet connection.

  5. Reboot your modem and router. It's possible that your modem and router could be behind this changed network error message. An effective way to fix this, and other network conflicts, is to reboot your modem and router by manually unplugging each device from the wall, waiting around five minutes, and then plugging them back in again.

  6. Perform a Windows update. A Windows update can often correct a lot of computer problems as the process scans the system, downloads new files, and fixes known issues.

    Windows 10 Settings app.

    To perform a Windows update on Windows 10, go to Settings > Update & Security and click Check for updates.

    A Windows update could take a while to complete if you haven't performed one in a while or have disabled auto-updates.

  7. Update Google Chrome. The Google Chrome browser, like most web browsers, is updated on a very regular basis with security enhancements, new features, and bug fixes.

    To update Google Chrome, click on the ellipsis in the top-right corner of the screen and then click Update Google Chrome. If you can't seem to find this option in the menu it means that your browser has already been updated and is the latest version.

  8. Clear your browsing data. This is a good tip for fixing a lot of internet browser errors and bugs. Click the ellipsis in the top-right corner and select Settings > Advanced > Clear Browsing Data > Clear Data.

  9. Flush the DNS settings. If you continue to get the network error message, you can try flushing the system's DNS settings.

    To do this, highlight and copy ipconfig /flushdns to your clipboard and then open the Windows 10 Start Menu and press Ctrl + V. Click the Run command link that appears. The process should complete almost immediately.

  10. Try a different internet browser. If you continue to experience issues with Google Chrome, a valid solution is to simply try another popular internet browser such as Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox