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ChatGPT login not working? Here are some possible fixes
Like any online service, ChatGPT may not always work as expected. Whether it’s a strange error preventing you from logging in or the page simply not loading at all, you may find yourself locked out of your account. So in this article, let’s quickly look at some possible reasons why ChatGPT’s login might not be working and what you can do to start chatting again.
Why can’t I log in to ChatGPT?
Unfortunately, you cannot use ChatGPT without signing up for an OpenAI account and providing your phone number.
That said, if you find yourself unable to log into ChatGPT, there can only be a few reasons why. For starters, it’s possible that you might have entered an incorrect email or password — don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. But if you’re sure your login details are correct, it’s also likely that ChatGPT is facing a system failure or server outage at the moment.
Your device or network could also be at fault, preventing you from reaching ChatGPT in the first place. In such cases, we’d recommend clearing your browser’s settings and troubleshooting your internet connection.
ChatGPT login not working: How to fix
Here are some of the most common reasons why you might find ChatGPT’s login not working and what you can do to fix the problem.
Check your internet connection
If you’re reading this article, you definitely have a working internet connection. However, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect either. In some rare cases, your internet may work fine for certain websites and fail to load others. This can happen if your provider has a problem reaching certain IP addresses or geographic locations.
ChatGPT’s creator OpenAI relies on Microsoft’s Azure data centers, so it’s worth checking if you can connect to similar services. For example, you can try accessing microsoft.com or the Bing search engine. Alternatively, you can check connectivity via a third-party service like Cloud Ping Test. If you get an error along the lines of “Connection timed out”, it means that you cannot connect to any Microsoft-hosted services.
Is ChatGPT down or unavailable?
If you can connect to other Microsoft services like Bing, it’s worth checking if ChatGPT is facing a temporary outage alone. OpenAI maintains an official status website that should update as soon as an issue is identified.
When ChatGPT is up and running, the status page reads “All Systems Operational” in green. Any other message indicates an ongoing issue with the service. You can either scroll down to find out the exact problem or simply check back in a few hours.
Try a different login button or authentication method
ChatGPT allows you to log in via several different methods, including your Google, Microsoft, and other third-party accounts. If you’ve gone a few months without logging into ChatGPT, it’s possible that you don’t remember which of these third-party options you selected. And selecting the wrong option may result in an “Account already exists” or “User not found” error.
Start with trying to log in to ChatGPT via your primary email and password. If that fails, try logging in via the “Continue with Google” and “Continue with Microsoft” buttons. If you see the “User already exists” error message, it simply means that you’re trying to sign up for a new account instead of logging in. Simply navigate to the ChatGPT login page instead.
Use a different device and internet connection
If all else fails, you may have a misconfigured device or browser that’s preventing you from logging in to ChatGPT. You may not know about it, but you can also access ChatGPT via its official mobile app these days. The app can be found on the Android Play Store and iOS App Store for free, so there’s virtually no downside to trying it out.
I’d also recommend switching internet connections when you try this step. If you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, for example, switch over to mobile data and vice-versa. This will help completely rule out connection problems on your end.
Switch to a different chatbot built on the same foundation
ChatGPT’s underlying large language models (GPT-3.5 and GPT-4) have become the industry standard for many other chatbots. For example, Microsoft’s Bing Chat uses the latter and also offers extra features like the ability to search the internet. We have a dedicated post on the best ChatGPT alternatives, but we recommend starting with Bing Chat as it’s the closest in functionality and capabilities.