Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota is an error message that different users have encountered when trying to perform different actions on different platforms.
In this article, we have researched all the possible reasons why you may encounter this error and provided clear solutions to each scenario.
What Does Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota Mean?
Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota is a back-end application error message that indicates that you have exhausted the allowed limit for performing a given action on the platform.
You may already be aware that every web interface that you interact with has a back-end platform where the programs that control the web interface are written and developed.
These back-end programs include limits placed on the number of user actions that can be performed on the platform within a given time frame.
For example, if you are trying to make requests to an application and you make too many requests within a given time frame, say 1, you may receive the error described in the article.
Also, if, for example, you are trying to post a reply on YouTube and too many people are posting replies to the same comment almost at the same time, the back-end platform may also throw the Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota error message.
The same applies if the total reply limit (501) has been reached.
Furthermore, if you encounter this error message when using a platform like Google Sheets in Google Workspace for writing and reading rows, then it is probably because you are performing too many requests on the rows at a time.
Why Does It Say Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota?
The reasons for these limits on the number of actions or requests that you can make on any given platform are as explained below:
1. Prevention of Actions By Bots
It is now common knowledge that individuals, organizations, and even government entities make use of bots to post comments on platforms.
They sometimes do this by spamming comments. That is, they push out so many comments within a short period of time either to push some agenda or to disrupt the discussion of the platform.
By placing limits on the number of actions or requests that can be performed on any given platform, the developers go a long way in preventing spammed comments and requests on these platforms by restricting the number of comments or requests that can be performed within a time frames.
2. Prevent hacking and DOS
Another reason for placing restrictions on the number of requests or comments that can be placed on a platform within a given time frame is to prevent hacking and denial-of-service (DOS) attacks.
You see, hackers sometimes perform actions like brute force attacks, sending too many requests, or performing too many actions on a platform to overwhelm the platform and cause it to stop functioning.
They also do this to break the security controls on the platform and gain access to it.
For example, a denial of service attack is where a system is intentionally flooded with too many actions or requests, causing it to crash and stop processing legitimate requests and actions.
The limits placed on the number of actions or requests that can be performed on the platform ensure that the possibility of denial of service attacks is reduced to the bare minimum.
3. Overwhelming the database
In the point above, we noted that denial of service attacks are intentional and performed by hackers.
However, there are times when denial-of-service is actually innocent and a result of a genuine user performing too many tasks on the platform or too many users performing a single task on the platform.
For example, during black Friday sales, too many people may be trying to complete purchases on a given platform and overwhelm a database. When this happens, the database stops functioning, and the platform goes down for users.
By placing limits on the number of requests that can be performed within a given time frame on a system, the developers are able to prevent the overwhelming of the databases from happening.
Whatever the case, when you see the error message stating that Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota, it usually means that you have performed too many requests or actions on a platform within a short time or too many users have performed a single option on the platform within a short time. Or the total limit for a given action has been exceeded.
It is just a way to control user actions and prevent things like bot action, denial-of-service attacks, and overwhelming databases by legitimate users.
Why Does It Say Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota?
In an ideal world, you should only see the Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota error message if you have made too many requests on a platform or web interface or if too many people are performing an action on the platform or web interface.
However, we have found that this is not always the case. Sometimes, other issues like system malfunction, server downtime, or even a bug on your device may cause this issue.
Here are all the reasons why you may see the Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota error message and solutions for each of them.
1. You’re sending too many requests in a short period of time
If you are trying to use a web application or desktop application when you encounter this error message, it is likely that you are sending too many requests in a short period of time.
In the example provided earlier in the article, say you are trying to use Google sheets which is Google’s version of Microsoft Excel.
If you make too many requests on the Google Sheets within a short time, the server will throw the error once it detects that your request has exceeded the defined system frequency limit at the back end.
You may also experience the error if you have exceeded the daily quota for Getting requests and operations, which is 1000 requests per day. In the table below, we have provided the important API limits and quotas for using Google web apps:
For reading and write requests:
Per day per project is unlimited.
Per minute per project is 300.
Per minute per user per project is 60.
For operations with basic access.
15,000 API operations per day.
For get requests – 1,000 requests per day.
Planning service requests – 1QPS.
If you go above any of these limits, you will get the Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota error message.
Fix – Stay within the limit
If you are working with any Google API or web application, then you need to ensure that you are staying within the request or action limits as provided in the table above.
Although there are other limits that have been set by Google on the number of requests or actions that can be performed on their platform, the ones provided in this article are the only ones that will result in the Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota error message.
If you find that you are within limits set by Google, Google recommends that you increase your delays between requests and continue to increase the delay until you are able to successfully perform the action.
If you’re using any platform other than Google when you encounter this error message, you need to refer to the platform’s documentation regarding its limits on the number of requests or actions that can be performed within a given time frame.
2. On YouTube, the 500 reply limit is exceeded
If you encounter the Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota error message when trying to type a reply on a YouTube comment, then it is likely that the conversation has reached the 500 limit on the number of replies that can be made on a comment.
That is, the 500 limit only applies to replies to a comment. It does not apply to the number of original comments on a platform.
This 500 limit began when you needed a Google+ account to post a comment or reply on Google platforms, including YouTube.
At the time, 500 was the limit to the number of replies that could be posted on any given Google+ conversation, which could be on any Google platform.
Unfortunately, Google has retained this limit, and so, as of the time of writing this article, a single comment on YouTube or any Google platform cannot have more than 501 replies to it.
Fix – Check if the reply limit is exceeded
If you are trying to reply to a YouTube comment or on any other Google platform, check the number of replies that already exist on the comment. If it has exceeded 500, then you are unable to post any more replies to the comment.
If you encounter this error on any platform other than a Google platform, you should also refer to their documented limits to see if you have exceeded it.
If you encounter this error when the number of replies has not hit the 500 limits, then check the next fix below.
3. Corrupt cache
Some users report that they encounter the error message Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota when trying to reply to a comment that has not hit the 500 limits.
Some users encounter this error even when there has been no reply to the comment in question. When this occurs, it is likely that the cache memory on the device has become corrupt.
Normally, the cache is supposed to store information about your use of an application or website to enable you to access and navigate the application or website faster every time you load it.
However, when this cache memory becomes corrupt, it can result in some malfunctioning, such as stating that you have reached the resource limit when you have not actually.
An issue like this, it is usually caused by a corrupt cache either sending out too many get requests to the application or website in a short time or presenting previous actions that you have performed on the application or website as a new action.
Either of these can result in the Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota error message.
Fix – Clear the cache
The method to clear the cache depends on the platform where you encountered this error message.
If you encounter this error message on YouTube mobile app, then follow the steps below to clear the cache:
1. Long-press the YouTube app
2. Select App Info
3. Select Clear Data
4. Select Clear Cache
Confirm to clear the cache when prompted
1. Navigate to Settings on your device
2. Select General
3. Select iPhone Storage
4. Select YouTube
5. Select Offload app
6. Confirm the action
7. Select Reinstall app
If you’re using a web browser:
To Clear Cache on Chrome and other similar browsers:
1. Click the menu button at the top-right of the browser
2. Select History
3. Select Clear Browsing Data
4. On the page that opens, ensure that only the Cached Images and Files option is checked. In the time range, select All time
5. Click Clear Data
1. Open Safari
2. From the Menu Bar, click Safari
3. Select Preferences
4. Select Advanced from the top bar
5. Check to Show Develop menu in the bar and close
6. Back on the Menu Bar, click Develop
7. Click Empty Caches
Clearing the cache has resolved the issue for many users. After clearing the cache, go back to YouTube or the platform that you want to post the reply on and see if you can now do so.
4. Your device is infected
This is probably the last thing that you want to hear, but when you encounter the error of Resource Has Been Exhausted Check Quota, and you have tried all the fixes already provided in this article, then you need to consider the fact that your device may have become infected.
Remember in the previous section that we talked about hacking and denial-of-service attacks?
Well, if your device is infected by malware, for example, a Remote Access Trojan or RAT, your device could be used by the hacker to send out too many requests to the platform, be it on Google web API, YouTube, or any other web platform.
The aim of such actions is to send too many requests in order to crash the platform or system. Unfortunately, you will not be able to actually see the request being sent out of your system because they are sent anonymously using remote commands.
You may only get an inkling that your system is infected when you receive the resource exhausted error message even though you know that you are within all the necessary limits.
Fix – Install antimalware solution and scan your device
Whether you are using a computer or mobile device, you need to immediately install an anti-malware solution if you don’t have one already and then scan your device for possible malware.
On mobile devices, most good anti-malware software is actually free, so you can take advantage of this.
One of the best anti-malware solutions that we have found for mobile devices is Malwarebytes Antimalware. Not only does it provide extensive security against malware, but it is also very light and does not slow down your mobile device.
If you are using a computer, you can also download any of the good anti-malware software such as Malwarebytes Antimalware, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, and so on.
These solutions usually offer free versions that have feature limitations. You can use such free versions to scan your system for viruses and other malware.
5. The platform is down
Have you ensured that you are not exceeding any limits? Have you cleared the cache on your device and scanned it for malware?
If all of these are in order, then it is most likely that the platform where you are experiencing this issue is down. Whether it is on Google web API, YouTube, or any other web platform, the error message can be a result of a temporary downtime on their servers.
When this happens, there is nothing much you can do other than wait for it to go away.
Fix – Wait for it to go away
When such errors are a result of server downtime, the owners of the platform are usually aware of the issue and are working to resolve it.
Therefore, when you encounter this error, and you have confirmed that everything is in order at your end, then you simply need to wait and try again later.