Why ChatGPT is not working?

Find out the reasons why ChatGPT might not be working for you. Also, know how you should fix it and if there are better alternatives to ChatGPT!

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We can all agree that ChatGPT has become an integral part of our lives. From easy to highly sophisticated tasks, ChatGPT is the way to go for us! However, ChatGPT isn’t as perfect as we think it to be, it may have some issues.

ChatGPT undergoes some network difficulties just like any other piece of software, and it might be annoying when you're attempting to use the chatbot and it keeps saying "Network Error." Let’s first dig into what this new term means exactly.

What is a Network Error?

ChatGPT will display a network error notice if it cannot establish a connection to the server. It can say something like "Network Error," "Cannot connect to the server," or "Connection timed out." This error indicates that the chatbot is unable to retrieve information from the server and cannot respond to your requests.

I’m sure this keeps you wondering why your smooth ChatGPT surfing has been halted. So read till the end as we try to figure out different reasons why ChatGPT might not be working for you!

1. Too Many Users

A common cause is when several users attempt to use the chatbot at the same time, which frequently results in a server overload issue (ChatGPT is at capacity) when many users are locked out of the website. This can be annoying because there aren’t really a lot of things you can do about it.

2. Internet Connectivity

Your Poor internet connection might lead to the server meltdown, too! Having a smooth internet connection is necessary.

3. Geographical Location

Believe it or not, your geographical location is one of the factors, too. The majority of developed nations have access to ChatGPT but nations like China, Russia, Egypt, etc. seem to forbid the deployment of AI bots. So, if you’re in one of those countries, ChatGPT won’t be at your service.

These were mainly the factors responsible for ChatGPT not working for you. But, what do you do if you desperately need to use this AI chatbot? Where do you go?

There must be some solutions or alternatives right? Well, you’re correct! Here are some things that you can do to ensure your productivity isn’t compromised due to the listed issues:

Check ChatGPT’s server status

This is a great place to start your journey of fixing ChatGPT. Get to know if OpenAI’s server is down to a greater extent and it’s just not you facing all the trouble, then we can go around looking for different solutions or alternatives.

Clear your browser’s cookies and cache

Although unlikely, ChatGPT might not load in your web browser due to a corrupted browser cache. Although switching to a different browser permanently is an option, clearing the cache and other settings only takes a few minutes. Remember that this procedure will erase your browser's cookies and active sessions. So that means, you'll need to log into every account from scratch.

Look for an alternative

The best and fastest fix though is an alternative or rather an advanced ChatGPT-based tool that might help you save time from doing the ‘boring’ things you read above and get you straight to work. Merlin ChatGPT extension is exactly that tool, which is trusted by users across the globe. Just like ChatGPT, it makes your tasks simpler. Take a look at this prompt, “Help me say Happy Birthday to my friend in a creative way”


And just like our other messiah, ChatGPT, it’s given me the perfect answer. Tools like Merlin are a great alternative nonetheless but more so when we face Network Errors due to ChatGPT’s server overload or our geographical location.


ChatGPT errors are somewhat common, with many users reporting their experience online. But it’s important to ensure our productivity doesn’t stop due to these errors as we try to fix them or rely on other alternatives to get our job done.

Is Merlin Free to use?

Yes, Merlin allows 51 free queries per day. In its free account, you get access to over 10 different features of Merlin which helps you get most out of ChatGPT

Are these the only methods to fix ChatGPT?

No, the listed fixes are relatively easier than the other ones. For instance, changing browsers could be one fix as chatgpt might not be compatible with your browser but at the same time, it could prove to be somewhat of a mundane process to switch to a new browser completely,

Why should I use Merlin?

Merlin is a ChatGPT-based tool in itself, so there’s not much difference except Merlin can be used with a single click (Ctrl+M) on any website without having to switch tabs. This saves time and finish tasks efficiently!

Experience the full potential of ChatGPT with Merlin

Kalpna Thakur

Kalpna Thakur

She is Marketing powerhouse of Merlin AI, Automation master & Growth extraordinaire, brings 10X growth with every initiative!

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