In a world where web clients are replacing downloadable desktop clients more and more, it is easy to understand why email services have migrated down the same path. Such would be the case with Google’s very own Gmail, a web email client that is regarded as one of the best in the world.
Of course, Gmail isn’t perfect, and things don’t always go smoothly when using it. For example, users have reported that they are getting an error message when they try logging into their Gmail account:
It’s been few days that I cannot load the standard view of Gmail. The error message I get is :Temporary error()Numerical code: 2
This problem is quite common, and that is why we’ve put together this small step-by-step guide that will show you exactly what you need to do in order to avoid any similar problems.
How do I fix the Gmail Temporary error?
Since Gmail is a web client, it is always available to you with the latest version, unlike desktop clients that update manually. Because of this, you must also keep your browser constantly update it for it to work properly. As such, check your browser’s version and, if required, update your browser to the latest version.
2. Clear your browser of any data
Cookies and cached data have a nasty habit of interfering with web services if you let them pile up. Because of this, it is recommended that you periodically clear your browser cache and cookies and then test after signing-in.
3. Disable extensions and add-ons
Since most add-ons and extensions are created by third parties that have no connection to Gmail, there is no way of telling how they may interfere with it functioning properly. Thus, try disabling all browser extensions, scripts, and add-ons and start the browser again.
4. Disable your antivirus and Firewall
Since antivirus and firewall tools act by limiting the amount of data that comes and goes to and from your PC, it shouldn’t surprise you if it hinders Gmail’s functionality.
Temporarily disable your virus checker along with any of its add-ons or extensions that interfere with your access to the web or attempt to check your email. Be sure to turn it back on immediately afterward.
One very bizarre workaround is the use of Incognito and Guest mode. This is because these modes are activated without any scripts, extensions, and add-ons by default. As such, try logging into Gmail through such a session.
6. Use another browser
If you cannot figure out why you can’t connect to Gmail, then maybe the problem is the browser itself. Test using another supported, updated browser like Firefox, Edge or Safari.
For a complete guide on very good browsers for using email clients, check out this in-depth article.
7. Wait it out
This error usually goes away quickly, so try signing in again in a few minutes. Even though you can’t sign in for the moment, your messages and personal information are still safe.
If the problem still isn’t fixed, check the G Suite Status Dashboard to check if there’s a known issue happening on Gmail.
By following these steps, you should be able to get past any Temporary errors you may encounter when dealing with Gmail.
Which one of these methods helped you fix this issue? Let us know by leaving us a message in the comments section below.
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