How to Retrieve Lost Conversations in ChatGPT

by | Mar 8, 2023 | Blog

Lost a Chat in ChatGPT? Don’t Panic! Here’s How to Retrieve It

ChatGPT provides some insight on missing chats.

* UPDATE 3/9/23 *

It appears as though OpenAI is aware of the chaos and is planning to restore previous chats. As of checking this morning, a new message appears (as seen in the image above) saying “Not seeing what you expected here? Don’t worry, your conversation data is preserved! Check back soon.”

It seems all will be okay, humanity is saved.

Winsor asked ChatGPT where it's conversation is. ChatGPT's response is helpful.

Oh no! You’ve lost a conversation in ChatGPT! How are you going to write that report now?!?! 

ChatGPT is taking the world by storm. It is the first and only account-based website to log 100,000,000 active users in a span of two months. Making it the fastest-growing consumer application in history. (Move over TikTok, a new sheriff is online)

That being said, it’s understandable that there are some unexpected bugs happening. One is the dreaded “ChatGPT is at capacity” page. Users who haven’t forked out the $20/month are locked out due to enormous amounts of traffic.

Another bug that appears to be happening around application updates is the loss of conversations. We’ve noticed that during times of application upgrades, the bot is losing all previous chats. Leaving everyone who uses it in a state of mass chaos. Lucky for you, I’m here to help you retrieve those lost chats with trial and error.

Check Your ChatGPT Chat History: It’s the First Place to Look!


First things first, let’s refresh your page and check your chat history. Yeah, I know, it brings us to the “have you tried turning it off and on again?” scenario. But you never know, it could be that simple!

ChatGPT stores all your previous conversations, so there’s a chance your lost chat is still there. Just click on the Chat History button, and you might be pleasantly surprised to find the chat you thought was lost forever.


Ask ChatGPT Support

Unfortunately, all can be lost. This happened once before, and chats were gone for a while and just reappeared a couple days later. It may be worth reaching out to the A Team at OpenAI and asking if they are able to help you restore any of your conversations.


ChatGPT is designed to provide helpful and informative responses, so you can ask it anything you want, and it’ll do its best to help you find what you’re looking for. While there is no way to protect this from happening again, one can take some safeguards like using full-screen screenshot software. I know that can get tedious, but it is the only option now.

I use ChatGPT Prompt Genius to save my ChatGPT history automatically.

To start a conversation with ChatGPT, simply type in your question or topic in the ChatGPT interface and hit enter. ChatGPT will then provide you with a response and continue the conversation from there.

In conclusion, losing important conversations with ChatGPT can be frustrating, but there are ways to protect them. By using the plugins available for use with ChatGPT, you can avoid losing all your important conversations.

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