How to fix ChatGPT "Unexpected server error" 2024

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If you're experiencing the "Unexpected server error" on ChatGPT during your interactions with the chatbot, you're not alone. Recently, numerous ChatGPT users have encountered this issue, suggesting it is a widespread problem.

Although ChatGPT is one of the best AI chatbots on the market, it is not without its flaws. It is not uncommon for users to encounter issues such as internal server error or the "Failed to get service status" error.

Our guide aims to provide you with clear, actionable steps to get back to your conversations as smoothly and quickly as possible. But, before that, make sure you check out ChatGPT Plus.

How to fix ChatGPT "Unexpected server error"

To fix the "Unexpected server error" in ChatGPT, first check the server status for any reported issues or ongoing maintenance activities that could be triggering the error.

In case the servers are unavailable, please wait for the issue to be addressed. Meanwhile, consider using ChatGPT alternatives like Google Bard (now Google Gemini) or Bing AI for your research/text-generation needs.

If the servers are operational yet you continue to face the issue, consider these troubleshooting strategies.

Flush your DNS cache

Clearing the DNS cache can resolve issues related to outdated or corrupted DNS records. You can do this by opening your command prompt or terminal and running the command ipconfig /flushdns on Windows or sudo dscacheutil -flushcache on macOS.

Switch your DNS to Cloudflare

Sometimes, your default DNS server might be slow or experiencing issues. Changing your DNS to Cloudflare ( for IPv4 or 2606:4700:4700::1111 for IPv6) can provide a faster and more secure connection. Adjust your network settings to use these DNS addresses.

Change your network connection

If possible, switch to a different network. For instance, if you're on Wi-Fi, try using a mobile data connection or vice versa. This can help if the issue is related to your current network's configuration or stability.

Toggle your VPN on and off

If you're using a VPN, try disabling it to check if the service works without it. VPNs can sometimes route your traffic through servers that may be restricted or experiencing high traffic. Conversely, if you're not using a VPN and have access to one, try turning it on.

These troubleshooting steps are standard practices for resolving common connectivity issues, including the "Unexpected server error" in ChatGPT. While they are effective in many cases, it's important to note that they do not guarantee a resolution for all scenarios.

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