Duolingo Not Working In Chrome? Try These 6 Quick Fixes

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Is Duolingo not working in Chrome, and it’s driving you crazy?

I don’t blame you! It’s hard enough as it is to make some time during a busy day to learn a language without technical difficulties. I can only imagine how annoying adding a stubborn browser to the equation must be.

I commend you for wanting to expand your knowledge and communicate with other cultures, and I want to help you get back to your daily lessons.

Below, you’ll find a list including several simple fixes that will solve the problem for good.

The 6 quick fixes for when Duolingo is not working with Chrome are relaunching the browser, Disabling Adblocker, clearing your cache & cookies, and doing some updates. If that doesn’t work, you can also try checking Duolingo’s servers, and the status of your internet connection.

Keep reading to master your languages!

#1 Relaunch Chrome

Let’s start off with something simple. Sometimes, all you need to do to get things back to normal is to close and relaunch the Google Chrome.

Why? Simple.

Every time we use our favorite apps/browsers/devices, there are thousands of background processes running in the background. More often than not, everything goes as expected and that’s the end of it. But in some cases, a bug or a corrupted file can cause one or more of these to crash, resulting in strange behavior between the app and the browser.

This could explain why Duolingo is not working with Chrome, as well as other issues, such as constant freezing, slow performance, and more.

By closing and relaunching the browser, you’ll be giving it a chance to patch up anything that might need attention and reload important resources from scratch. And the best part is that this simple fix usually works for other devices/platforms as well, so don’t be afraid to try it.

#2 Disable Adblocker

Next, let’s talk about a very useful tool that might be getting in the way unintentionally.

You’re probably no stranger to being bombarded with thousands of unwanted ads every time you visit a webpage. It’s hard to argue that the experience is frustrating to say the least, right? Well, thankfully developers caught onto this years ago and developed a great defense mechanism called “Adblocker”.

This prevents annoying ads from popping up while you’re browsing, which makes everything feel more streamlined. The only problem is that sometimes, it can be too strict and keep certain webpage resources from loading.

This could easily explain why Duolingo is not working in Chrome, and other technical difficulties related to sound or functionality. But don’t worry, addressing the issue with Duolingo is very easy.


  1. Launch Google Chrome and go to “Settings”
How to access Google Chrome's settings
You can tweak most preferences here
  1. On the left side of the screen, select “Privacy and security” 
How to edit Privacy and Security settings on Google Chrome
  1. From the new menu, select “Site settings”
How to edit site settings on Google Chrome
  1. Scroll down to “Additional content settings” and select “Ads”
How to edit additional content settings on Google Chrome
How to edit ad settings on Google Chrome
You can adjust your ad preference through this section
  1. From the new window, select “All sites can show any ads to you”
How to allow ads for all sites on Google Chrome
Deactivating this will show all ads on the websites you visit

Try testing out what this does for your experience. If Duolingo is working with Chrome again with Adblocker disabled, then there’s no doubt about it – the extension was to blame. Now, does that mean that you’re now stuck with ads everywhere if you want the browser and the app to work together?

Absolutely not! Here’s how you can get the best of both worlds:

  1. Turn Adblocker back on through Chrome’s settings
  2. Go to Duolingo on Chrome and click on the padlock located in the leftmost area of the search bar
  3. Click on “Site settings”. This will take you to a new window
How to access Duolingo's site settings on Chrome

4. On the new window, find “Ads”, and select “Allow” on that section

How to allow ads for Duolingo on Google Chrome
This will only allow ads for Duolingo while keeping unwanted ads blocked on other sites

#3 Clear Your Cache & Cookies

Moving on, let’s make sure your cache & cookies are not causing this issue.

If you have no idea what these are, that’s ok. I’m very happy to give you a quick walkthrough, starting with the cache. This is where both Duolingo and Chrome (as well as other apps) store their startup information. There, you can find images, audio, resources, animations, and much more.

By keeping this data close by, both the app and the browser can load much quicker when launched, saving your day precious minutes.

Cookies, on the other hand, are tools that make your browsing more efficient and help developers create more accurate targeted ads.

In 99% of cases, leaving them both alone is actually a good thing. But sometimes a file they’re storing for convenience might become corrupted, causing Duolingo to not work in Chrome.

In scenarios like that, you’re better off clearing them.

Solution: Now, hold your horses. Before you call your hacker friends, let me assure you that this process is very easy and quick. Here’s what you have to do on Android devices and Google Chrome.


  1. On your device, go to “Settings”
  1. Select “Apps”
  1. From the new menu, select “Apps” again
  1. Find Duolingo and select it
  1. Find “Storage” on the menu
  1. Select “Clear Cache” from the available options 

Google Chrome:

  1. Open the browser
  1. Click the Menu button (the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen). Select “More Tools” > Choose “Clear browsing data”
How to clear cookies on Google Chrome
  1. Select “All time” when prompted with a window asking the time range you want to delete data for. 
How to clear cookies, cache & data on Google Chrome
If you’ve never done this before, the process might take a while
  1. Make sure “Cookies and other site data” is ticked. 

#4 Update Chrome

You’re probably thinking, “There’s no way using an outdated browser can be to blame for this”, and while I’d love to agree, I sadly can’t.

Updates are very important, as they come packed with improved features and fixes for experience-breaking bugs. Moreover, as new versions of an app/browser are released, older ones start acting a little strange, so it’s in your best interest to always keep an eye on things.

Usually, automatic updating takes care of installing newer versions, so you don’t have to worry about it. But in some cases, weak networks, bad files, and glitches can prevent the feature from doing its job. In that scenario, it’s up to you to download and install the latest version of Chrome to your devices.

Solution: Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Launch Google Chrome
  2. Click on the three vertical dots located in the top-right corner of the screen and then scroll down to “Settings”
How to access settings on Google Chrome
You can adjust virtually any of your browser’s configurations here

3. Click on “About Chrome”. This will open a new window and your browser will start checking for any available updates. If there are any, you’ll be given the option to install them

How to check for updates on Google Chrome

#5 Check Duolingo’s Servers

Now, I’d like us to rule out the possibility of server failure.

As you may know, servers are located in companies’ headquarters, and are in charge of managing user traffic, backing up data in the cloud, and storing files. All this to give every Duolingo and Chrome user a great experience.

Modern servers are very resistant to threats, but some things, like overheating, coding bugs, and break-in attempts by black-hat hackers can still affect the way they work, which might explain your current situation.

Solution: Chrome’s servers are much less likely than Duolingo’s to fail, so here’s how to check the real-time status of the latter:

  1. Open the search engine and type “Is Duolingo Down?”, then hit Enter
  1. Locate “Downdetector” on the search results, and click on it (or click on this link: https://downdetector.com/status/duolingo/)
How to check if Duolingo is down through Downdetector
Make sure you’re entering the official Downdetector website
  1. Once you’ve entered the webpage, you’ll see a bunch of data, and a large graph
How to check Downdetector's report graph
The taller the spikes, the more likely you are to be experiencing issues

If you see tall spikes in the graph above, then there’s something wrong, and you’ll have to wait for things to get back to normal.

#6 Check Your Internet Connection

Lastly, let’s make sure your internet connection is doing okay.

I know it might go against all logic that you’re here reading this if your network is struggling, but there’s actually a very good reason why it’s possible. You see, it’s one thing to do some Google searching, and a very different one to load Duolingo’s resources, lessons, and animations. One is a very light task, whereas the other can stress your network.

The best way to address this is to look at all possible scenarios.

Solution: First, try calling your provider and asking if they’re having issues in your area. If their answer is no, then reset your modem and see if that does the trick.

Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Without unplugging the modem, turn it around so that you can see the back of the unit
  1. Locate the reset button (more often than not, it’s not a button, but a small hole with a “Reset” label on it)
  1. Use a paper clip or a thin toothpick to press down on the actual button inside this hole. Hold it down until all the lights at the front of the unit turn on, and then turn off
  1. For a brief moment, all lights on the modem will be off, that’s your cue to stop holding down the reset button
  1. Wait a couple of minutes and try using Duolingo on Chrome. If your connection was at fault, you should no longer be having issues.


All done!

I know how it can sometimes be scary to think about becoming your own technician and troubleshooter, but aren’t you glad you gave it a try? I bet you were not expecting to solve this issue so quickly while learning so much.

Win-win, huh?

Remember, it’s always a good idea to consider all angles of a situation and think outside the box. Although most technical difficulties are usually related to a bad connection or faulty servers, keeping a global perspective oftentimes comes in handy.

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