Google 404 Error Pages

Since 404 errors – that say Page Not Found – are like Greek to most people, Google is taking a more user friendly approach and they now try to guess the page you are looking for.

July 20, 2012

If you happen to type a web address on Google that doesn’t exist (e.g.,,, you are no longer shown the default 404 Error Page that says “The requested URL was not found on this server.”

Google has switched to more user-friendly error messages that try to guess the page you are looking for.


For instance, if you type, it suggests you the Gmail website instead of displaying the regular “Page Not Found” error. Similarly, a typo like will throw in suggestions pointing to the Google Blog Search Engine. A very neat approach.

Related: How to Track 404 Errors

Update: You will still see the same old 404 page on Google if your erroneous URL has a file extension (like or