The vast web is full of lots of problems, but the solution is always around if you are a good seeker. One such problem out of many is “This Webpage has a redirect loop“. Also known as “Error 310 (net:: ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS): there were too many redirects”. Every time I try to reach my Gmail account in Google Chrome, this redirection loop was avoiding getting me access to it. Have you ever faced this problem, where a user every-time is redirected to this web page shown below?
There are several situations that force webmasters to redirect from one URL to another. Especially, if the webmasters change the structure of an URL, redirection becomes necessary to route the traffic from the old location to a new page. And, over time, improper redirection causes the problem: This Webpage has a redirect loop. And, these errors are technically displayed by modern browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as “Error 310 (net:: ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS): there were too many redirects”.
Although, the solution is displayed right there on the web page itself which suggests the user clears the cookies and tries the URL again, if and only if, the problem is not from the servers side.
What is a Webpage Redirection?
The URL is the unique address of a webpage on the Internet. Every webpage is a part of a website with a unique domain name. For example, you can compare the domain name as a country name and the webpages as the street address of that country. Now, if you give someone your home address, you will give the street address as well as the country name. Now, if you changed your location recently, what will you do?
You would put a board at your old address that you have recently changed your address. So, if any letter comes to that old place, it can be re-sent to the new address. Similarly, if you change the URL of a webpage, you need to tell the visitors that this URL is left and you should visit the new URL.
Technically, you can route the visitors to the new webpage address without telling them anything. This is called webpage redirection.
What is Webpage Redirect Loop?
The webpage redirect loop mainly happens due to mistakes from the webmasters. If you are a webmaster, you should always take care of redirecting webpages in a linear flow. But, redirecting to the page from already you have made a redirection creates a never-ending loop.
In simple words, the Redirect loop is similar to a situation wherein page “X” points to page “Y” and page “Y” points back to page “X”. That will keep the browser busy in an infinite loop and it will never able to show the webpage. In earlier days, such type of redirect or infinite loops used to hang the browser. But, thankfully, modern browsers are smart enough to recognize that problem thus showing “This Webpage has a Redirect Loop”. Here’s how to implement the procedure to get rid of this error.
How to Solve This Webpage has a Redirect Loop Problem
This problem can come from both the server-side or client-side. If you are a visitor having no control of the webpages and getting the error in your browser, you should first try clearing your browser cookies. Sometime, clearing out the cookies would solve your problem. Follow this tutorial to clear the cookies.
- In Google Chrome web browser, click on the Menu icon located to the top right.
- Choose History > History from the dropdown menu.
- A new Google Chrome tab with a web browser’s personal settings will open, choose “Clear browsing data”.
- A new pop will open up.
- Tick the checkbox beside “All Cookies and site data” option.
- You will also see a list of other history options based on the local data about some frequently visited web pages. Upon clearing of which, we can hope for the solution of the above problem.
- To clear the cookies and other data, click on CLEAR BROWSING DATA.
- Close the settings tab completely. Restart the Google Chrome web browser.
This will clear the web browser’s cookies. Now, try to re-open the web page which was showing the error shown in the image above.
Use Third-Party Tools to Delete Cookies
If it’s resolved, very well, if not, you can also try some other tool like CCleaner to clear out the cookies and other data from the web browsers directories, where all cookies are stored. Now it should have probably solved our problem.
This problem might not occur when you’ll try a different web browser to access the URL. But switching web browser to access a URL is not the solution to the problem.
But as said earlier, the problem will be solved if it’s on the client-side, if it is the server-side issue, I would recommend you to try joining one of these forums to resolve your problems.
Solve Redirect Loop Problem For your Website
If you are the webmaster of the page which is causing the redirect loop problem, you should check the htaccess file at your server root location and find out the redirection which is causing the infinite loop. The htaccess file works on Apache servers. In case, your webpages are hosted on Windows server, check the web.config/route.config file.
Solve This Webpage has Redirect Loop Problem in Android
If you are facing the same problem at your Google Chrome browser in Android phones, you can follow the above workaround to get the problem solved. Do let me know if you still face any problem?