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OpenAI global rate limit exceeded: Quick Fix

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If you frequently use OpenAI, you might have noticed the ‘Global rate limit exceeded’ or ‘Rate limits and 429: Too Many Requests’ error on the website. Usually, when there is a lot of traffic on the website, you might see such an error.

The rate limit is the maximum amount of tokens and requests that you can submit per minute. If due to any circumstances, the number of requests increases, then the website is unable to respond to the overwhelming requests.

In this article, we discuss what steps you can take in case of the OpenAI global rate limit exceeded error.

Wait it out or login again

The best option is to wait it out. Due to heavy traffic and tens of thousands of simultaneous requests, OpenAI servers can go down, taking down services like ChatGPT alongwith them. Usually, the website will work fine after some time.

If you don’t want to wait, then try to log out and then log in again. This works most of the time. If it doesn’t work, then move on to the next steps.

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Check with any third-party website

You can take the help of any third-party websites like Downdetector to check whether the website is working fine or not. If the servers are down or are under heavy load, there is nothing you can do but wait for the issue to be resolved.

Here is how to know if ChatGPT is down

Try the paid plan

If you are experiencing a rate limit on OpenAI, then you should opt for the paid plan. Free users can post a maximum of 20 requests and 150,000 tokens per minute while paid users can send in 3,000 requests and 250,000 tokens per minute.

Contact OpenAI

You can try to contact OpenAI support or post your query on their social media accounts. You can also take the help of relevant forums on Reddit or the OpenAI community.

We hope that by following the above steps, you have successfully countered OpenAI ‘Global rate limit exceeded’ error.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: