ChatGPT is a popular online platform that lets you chat with an AI-powered chatbot. You can have fun conversations, ask questions, play games, and even generate creative content with ChatGPT. However, sometimes you may encounter an error message that says “ChatGPT is at capacity right now”.
As was admitted by the OpenAI CEO himself, there may be some limitations that prevent ChatGPT from being used, and the conversational agent may return a frequent capacity error message
Despite its incredible and growing popularity, the demand for ChatGPT is outstripping current infrastructure capabilities. While the problem is primarily due to ChatGPT, there are ways to get access to the platform again.
So, we are going to tell you in a brief way what exactly it means. And then, we’ll also give you some quick tips to try to fix it, although I’m afraid it’s not going to depend too much on you, but rather on ChatGPT itself.
What is the error “ChatGPT is at capacity right now”?
The ChatGPT is at capacity right now error appears when there is too much overload on the platform servers. This means that there may be more people using ChatGPT than the capacity of the servers it is hosted on can handle.
GPT is an online tool that is hosted on servers, which like any server have a maximum capacity of traffic they can support. Normally the company will make sure to have enough power on the servers to support the traffic received, but there can always be exceptional peaks of traffic well above the planned.
When this overload is reached, you get this message, which means that ChatGPT has exceeded its maximum capacity at this time. It’s like a message telling you that they can’t support any more users, and it pops up so that you have to wait and can’t log in to overload the servers even more.
Another possible cause of this error is that ChatGPT servers are under maintenance. This means that ChatGPT is updating its system or fixing some issues and is temporarily unavailable for use.
How to fix ChatGPT is at capacity right now error?
As you have seen, the negative part is that it is an error that does not depend on you, but on the OpenAI servers. There are several ways to fix this error and get back online with Chat GPT. Here are some of them:
Check the status of ChatGPT
Check if you are the only user affected or if it is a generalized problem by consulting a site such as “Down For Everyone or Just Me“. This site records in real time the various problems that web services are experiencing, which can help you determine the extent of the problem
Incognito mode allows you to browse without storing any cache data or cookies on your browser. This can help you avoid any corruption or interference from your browser’s data that may cause the error.
You can activate Incognito mode on many browsers, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and more.
Log out and log back in again.
Logging out and logging back in can help you reset your connection with Chat GPT and clear any glitches or bugs that may prevent you from accessing it.
Create a second OpenAI account
A second OpenAI account can save your day if your first account is temporarily restricted from accessing ChatGPT. This restriction may occur if your first account consumes too many resources for the platform.
To create a second account, simply use the same phone number as your first account, as OpenAI will send a validation code via SMS to the number you entered. This method allows you to bypass the restriction and access ChatGPT again
Avoid peak hours.
In case you often encounter this error, it is also advisable to try to use ChatGPT at other times, to see if it does not coincide with so many people.
Peak hours are when most users are online and using ChatGPT which increases the chances of server overload. They usually occur between 1 PM – 4 PM according to DownDetector.com which tracks website outages.
Use a VPN
In addition, you can also use a VPN to pretend that you are connecting from another site whose servers are freer.
Subscribe to Chat G PT Plus for priority access
Finally, you can also pay for the premium version of the service, which is ChatGPT Plus, and which will give you priority access as well as other benefits such as custom avatars, voice chat options, advanced settings, and more. And if you don’t want to pay, you can try one of the alternatives, such as Bing Chat or Google Bard.