ChatGPT History Is Gone and Not Showing – How to Recover the Lost Conversations

I’m an active lurker on the OpenAI community forum, and I’ve noticed that there was an increase in topics like “Previous conversations temporarily unavailable” recently. They often (but not always) come with a message like this:

Due to high demand on our systems, previous conversations are temporarily unavailable

If you’ve recently had problems with your ChatGPT conversations history, read this article. I’ll try to help you as much as I can!

Why Are My ChatGPT Conversations Gone?

There are two major reasons why your ChatGPT history is gone:

  1. You deleted the conversations.
  2. You’re not logged in.
  3. There’s a technical issue.
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First is that you might have accidentally deleted all your conversations.

There’s this button in the ChatGPT menu in the bottom left corner that allows you to delete all your previous conversations and clear out the chat space a little.

It happened to me once too.

Unfortunately, if you deleted them yourself, there’s no recovery. They’re gone for good.

The second reason why your ChatGPT history disappeared is that you’re not logged in. ChatGPT sometimes has weird glitches that log you out but still show the chat interface.

Check again if that’s the case and just log into the account.

Another reason why your ChatGPT history is gone is that there may be some technical issues on the OpenAI side. Most of the time they will leave a notification like this:

Due to high demand on our systems, previous conversations are temporarily unavailable

Other times, there will be nothing but a blank screen.

If you want to know how to restore the lost ChatGPT history, read further.

How to Recover the Lost ChatGPT Conversations

Depending on the reasons, it may or may not be possible to recover the lost ChatGPT conversations.

If you deleted the conversations, they’re gone forever. You will not be able to restore them unless you saved them beforehand in a file.

If the problem is technical, 99% of the time, you can get your ChatGPT history back by logging out of your OpenAI account and then logging back in again. It will refresh your cookie and cache files and your ChatGPT conversations will be back.

Sometimes, OpenAI servers get overloaded and ChatGPT service gets disrupted. The OpenAI team may need to take some parts offline in order to figure out the issues and conversations history may be a part of the outage.

To keep an eye on the ChatGPT uptime status, visit this page. You will see green, yellow, and red bars indicating the status.

If OpenAI is experiencing outages or any other sort of problems, they will indicate it there and you only will have to wait.

When Will Chat History Come Back?

If the technical issue is on the OpenAI’s part, you may not be able to access ChatGPT history for some time.

The last time it happened and OpenAI figured out the problems, the service wasn’t immediately rebooted. Instead, they showed this message:

We continue to roll out the restoration of ChatGPT service. Users are not able to retrieve conversation history at this time. We are working to restore this feature.

In this case, it’s impossible to say for sure when your ChatGPT history will be back. You’ll just have to wait.

But the good news is that it’s not gone. You will eventually get access to it.


  • Dee Miller

    Dee Miller is the founder and the writer at Go Find AI. Dee has been into AI since about 2018 when he first realized how revolutionary the AI tech is. Today when AI is all the hype, Dee is looking to make navigating the AI space easier for the newcomers.

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