“ChatGPT is At Capacity Right Now”. If you’ve tried to use ChatGPT recently, you’ve probably seen this message more than you’d like. We’re not surprised either: more and more people want to try ChatGPT’s great capabilities for themselves, and this overwhelms OpenAI’s (its developers) servers.
From a technical point of view, OpenAI servers can only handle a certain volume of requests. However, there are several ways we can use to access ChatGPT without having to wait too long.
Check if the server is down
This is the first thing you should check. If the server is down, there is little you can do. To make sure, you can use the Downdetector pages or OpenAI’s own tool.
Refresh the page again and log in again
Sometimes, the simplest solution is the most effective one. Try refreshing the page again: OpenAI will probably let you into ChatGPT if you do this. Refreshing the page sends a new request to the server, which may put you back to the front of the queue. To use a simile, it’s similar to being in a queue, leaving, and then being put back to the top of the queue.
Like refreshing the page, disconnecting from ChatGPT and logging back in will create a new request to the server. Do this if you continue to have problems accessing ChatGPT.
Use a VPN
Believe it or not, your IP may be causing problems when accessing the ChatGPT website. To avoid this situation, you can use a VPN. Another method that has a similar effect is to access the Incognito Mode of the browser you use.
Try another time to access ChatGPT
This is like everything else: if you access during peak hours, the ChatGPT server is more likely to give you the boot. Try to access at times when there are not so many people wanting to use it: early in the morning, late at night…
If nothing works…maybe it’s your turn to checkout
If none of these tricks have worked for you and you have to use ChatGPT, you might want to consider subscribing to the ChatGPT Plus plan. Users who pay for ChatGPT Plus have several advantages over the rest, such as higher availability during peak hours and great response speed. The current price is around $24.2 per month (22.8 euros at the exchange rate).