What the heck is a 401 unauthorized error? how to fix it

The 401 Unauthorized error is an HTTP status code that means the page you were trying to access cannot be loaded until you log in with a valid user ID and password.

If you just logged in and received a 401 Unauthorized error, it means that the credentials you entered were invalid for some reason.

401 Unauthorized error messages are often customized by each website, especially very large ones, so be aware that this error can present itself in more ways than the common ones:

  401 Unauthorized  
  Authorization required  
  HTTP Error 401 - Unauthorized  
 The 401 Unauthorized error is displayed within the Internet browser window, just as web pages do. 

How to fix the 401 unauthorized error

  1. Check for errors in the URL. It is possible that the 401 Unauthorized error appeared because the URL was typed incorrectly or because the link that was clicked points to the wrong URL - one that is only for authorized users.
  2. If you are sure the URL is valid, visit the website's home page and look for a link that says Login or Secure Access . Enter your credentials here and try again. If you don't have credentials, follow the instructions provided on the website to create an account.
  3. If you are sure that the page you are trying to access does not require authorization, the 401 Unauthorized error message may be an error. At that point, it's probably best to contact the webmaster or other website contact and let them know of the problem. The webmaster of some websites can be contacted by email at webmaster@ website.com , replacing website.com with the actual name of the website.
  4. The 401 Unauthorized error can also appear immediately after login, indicating that the website received your username and password, but found something invalid (for example, your password is incorrect). . Follow any process found on the website to regain access to your system.

Errors like 401 Unauthorized

The following messages are also client-side errors and therefore related to the 401 Unauthorized error: 400 Bad Request, 403 Forbidden, 404 Not Found, and 408 Request Timeout. There are also various server-side HTTP status codes, such as the often seen 500 Internal Server Error. You can find many others on our HTTP Status Code Errors List.