What to Do When ChatGPT Is at Capacity: Tips and Tricks

Russell Kidson
Mar 15, 2023
Updated • Mar 15, 2023

With the growing popularity of OpenAI's chatbot technology, many individuals have expressed interest in experimenting with the advanced AI language model through ChatGPT. However, due to a high influx of requests, users are often experiencing ChatGPT at maximum capacity. As the servers can only manage a specific volume of requests, the necessary computing power is costly, amounting to several cents per chat, which OpenAI CEO Sam Altman refers to as "eye-watering." 

Fortunately, waiting for an hour and attempting again usually resolves the issue. Nonetheless, for those who require immediate access to ChatGPT, there are several alternative methods available.

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Refresh your browser page

Although it may seem like a typical tech support suggestion, refreshing the page has been proven to be effective for individuals encountering issues with ChatGPT. Refreshing the page signals a new request to the server, potentially granting the user priority access. This process can be likened to hanging up when experiencing long wait times on a phone call and then calling back, resulting in immediate assistance. Therefore, if you are encountering difficulties with ChatGPT, consider refreshing the page as a possible solution.

Check the server outage status

It is recommended to also check if a server is down when encountering errors with ChatGPT. This can help identify whether access issues are due to ChatGPT's maximum capacity or a server outage. Downdetector and OpenAI's own status tool are useful resources for determining server status. Another way to check the status of ChatGPT is to sign up for email alerts through the OpenAI website. This way, OpenAI will send you an email anytime there is an outage on any of its products or progress on an existing outage. By using these tools, you can quickly assess whether issues with ChatGPT are related to server outages, allowing for appropriate action to be taken.

Log out 

In addition to refreshing the page and checking the server status, logging out of ChatGPT and logging back in can also be helpful as it generates a new signal request to the server. This method can be effective in capturing ChatGPT's attention and granting the user priority access to the platform. Therefore, if refreshing the page does not solve the access issue, logging out and logging back into ChatGPT may be worth a try.

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Use incognito mode or a VPN

Difficulties accessing ChatGPT may also arise due to the IP address being used. In such cases, changing the IP address can be a viable solution. By changing the IP address, a different server is pinged, which may have different server capacity, potentially allowing for immediate access to ChatGPT. Alternatively, using the incognito mode on the browser can also be an effective method. The incognito mode opens a new window with a different IP address, potentially granting the user access to ChatGPT. Therefore, changing the IP address or using the incognito mode on the browser can be useful alternatives for users experiencing difficulties accessing ChatGPT.

Clear your browser cookies

Clearing your browser's cookies can also be an effective way to restore access to ChatGPT. Over time, cookies accumulate and can cause issues with accessing certain websites. By clearing your cookies, you delete all the temporary files that your browser stores, including the ones that may be preventing ChatGPT from loading correctly. This can help reset your browser and allow for smooth access to ChatGPT. However, it's important to note that clearing cookies can also cause you to lose saved login information and other browsing data. Therefore, users may want to consider alternative methods before resorting to clearing cookies. That said, some browsers give you the ability to select what kind of content to clear. In this case, simply select cookies and browsing history and leave your passwords and login information unchecked. 

Why does ChatGPT experience connection issues?

ChatGPT may experience downtime due to issues with its underlying technology, such as errors in its programming code or database management. These issues can cause the platform to become unstable or even crash, which may result in a temporary outage. In some cases, ChatGPT may also be affected by external factors, such as power outages or internet connectivity problems. 

Additionally, as with any technology platform, there is always the potential for unexpected issues to arise that may require urgent attention from the OpenAI team. To minimize the risk of prolonged downtime, OpenAI has implemented various measures to ensure the stability and reliability of the platform, such as real-time monitoring of system performance and regular maintenance and updates. 

Despite these efforts, occasional downtime may still occur due to unforeseen circumstances. If you experience issues accessing ChatGPT, it's always a good idea to check OpenAI's social media channels or website for any announcements or updates regarding known issues or scheduled maintenance.

Escape the capacity trap

ChatGPT is a highly popular AI language model that has been experiencing occasional capacity issues due to its immense popularity. However, as we’ve reviewed above, there are several methods that you can employ to get past the "at capacity" error message, such as refreshing the page, logging out and logging back in, changing your IP address, going incognito on your browser, and clearing cookies. While these methods may not work for everyone, they are worth a try if you need immediate access to ChatGPT. 

It's important to note that occasional downtime may occur due to technical issues or unforeseen circumstances, but OpenAI is working hard to ensure the stability and reliability of the platform. If you continue to experience issues accessing ChatGPT, it's always best to check for updates on OpenAI's website or social media channels to stay informed about any known issues or scheduled maintenance.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

  14. TelV said on October 4, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    The only “Hot” aspect about this discussion is that all the users are psychic and have discovered a way to comment on a particular topic a couple of weeks before it actually appears i.e. the article is dated 3 October while the comments date from August 18.

    Is this an example of how the super intelligent AI is going about its business?

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