You may have encountered the Temporary Server Or Network Error 502 while opening Gmail on your desktop. While there are many causes for this error, there is no definite reason. This post will explain the server or network temporary error 502 in Gmail and suggest what you can do if you still get it while Gmail is working fine everywhere else.
What Is Network Temporary Error 502? Why Does It Occur?
Network Temporary Error 502 is primarily an error at the server end which prevents users from accessing a particular website. The primary reason for this is server overload. Often, ISPs may block the particular server or website, or the firewall can also do its part in blocking access to the particular site. The error is temporary and generally resolves automatically.
How To Fix Network Temporary Error 502 In Gmail?
Well, you cannot do anything to fix this error. The error is primarily related to the site server, and IT admins managing the server can fix it. To determine if the error is actually at the server’s end, visit the same website on other devices and other websites on your device. If other sites work just fine on your device, it may be a server error. However, if the site works fine on other devices, the issue can be with your firewall or ISP.
Are You Still Getting the 502 Error on Your Windows PC or Laptop?
While the error may have been fixed from the end of Gmail, you may still encounter it as often your browser caches the site and shows you the cached version. You should try one of the methods mentioned below to fix the error:
- Change DNS
- Use A VPN
- Try Changing ISP
- Change Browser
- Clear Cache And Other Browsing Data
Let’s have a closer look at the steps for these methods.
1] Change DNS
Your current DNS may often be the culprit in blocking relevant and unharmful sites. DNS is one of the primary elements for your internet connectivity to work smoothly. You can change your DNS to Google’s public free DNS or any other DNS server of your choice. Here’s how to change DNS in Windows:
- Open Windows settings by pressing Windows+I on your keyboard.
- Now, head to the Network and Internet section from the left pane.
- Now, scroll down and open the Advanced Network Settings option.
- In the Advanced Network settings, Click on More Network Adapter options.
- It will open the Control Panel, where you can control all the network adapters. You cannot change the DNS systemwide, so right-click the adapter you currently utilize and select properties.
- Double-click the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) option in the adapter properties. Now, enable the Use The Following DNS Server Radio button. Type in the DNS server address and proceed.
2] Use A VPN
A VPN or virtual private network changes your IP address to a server located in a remote location. The site server may have flagged your IP address, or maybe the website is temporarily down for your region. In such a case, using a VPN will solve the issue.
There are quite a lot of VPN service providers for Windows and Mac. Some of the most popular ones are Nord VPN, Express VPN, HMA, Surfshark, and many others. You can use the dedicated desktop applications from VPN service providers to use a VPN on your computer.
If you don’t fancy setting up an application on your PC, you can use the inbuilt utility to add a VPN service provider to your PC. Just make sure that your service provider supports PPTP or IPSEC. Here’s how to add a VPN to Windows from Windows settings:
- Open Windows Settings by pressing Windows+I on your keyboard.
- In Windows settings, head to the Network and Internet section from the left pane, then click on the VPN option.
- In the VPN settings, click Add button. It will open a new window, wherein you’ll be asked to fill in the specific details and finish setting up. Enter the details supplied by the VPN service provider, and the setup will be complete.
3] Try Changing ISP
Your Internet Service Provider (Your mobile network or the Broadband/Fiber provider in general) may sometimes block specific sites for user security due to government instructions. Try using an alternate ISP or mobile hotspot and check whether the same issue appears. If it does, wait for some time for the issue to resolve from the server end.
4] Change Browser
Browsers cache websites to load sites quickly. This data can sometimes interfere with the updated data. So, if your browser may have cached the temporarily down version of the site, then accessing the site from a different browser may solve the issue.
5] Clear Cache And Other Browsing Data
Clearing cache and cookies will mainly solve the issue of outdated site data cached on your browser. So if you don’t wish to try an alternate browser, you can do it on the current browser itself. But clearing browsing data, cache, and cookies will log you out of most websites.
Here’s how to clear Cache and Other Browsing Data in Google Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome settings in the top right corner of the Triple dot menu.
- Now, go to the Privacy and Security Section from the left pane.
- Now, click on the Clear Browsing data option, select the data you wish to clean, and proceed.
In this article, we talked about a few basic measures you can take to solve almost any issue related to a website not functioning in the designated way. Always make sure that you wait for some time for the error to be resolved automatically before attempting any of these methods. We hope you found the article to be helpful.
Can I View My Gmail Emails While I Am Offline?
Yes, Gmail allows you to view your emails while you are offline as well. You can enable the functionality by accessing your PC’s offline settings on the Gmail website. If you use the Windows Mail or Gmail application on your smartphone, the recent emails are already saved offline without enabling settings.
Can I Use Gmail App To Send Emails From My Outlook Email Id?
Yes, the smartphone Gmail application allows you to send and view emails from multiple email providers, including Outlook.com. Just log in with the credentials of your Outlook account on the Gmail app, and you are good to go.