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How to Fix “The message you submitted was too long, please reload the conversation and submit something shorter” in ChatGPT

ChatGPT can be used to summarize or paraphrase long pieces of text.

For example, someone might paste a transcript from a YouTube video and ask the model to summarize it.

The transcript might contain 10,000 words—which will overwhelm the model.

However, there is a secret character limit in the model to prevent overwhelming messages.

Without the character limit, ChatGPT will frequently experience technical issues or outages.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix “The message you submitted was too long, please reload the conversation and submit something shorter” in ChatGPT.

Why is the message I submitted too long in ChatGPT?

The message you submitted was too long, please reload the conversation and submit something shorter

The message you submitted is too long in ChatGPT because you’ve exceeded the character limit.

The character limit might vary based on the platform or app that you are using the access the bot.

According to ChatGPT’s training data, the bot has a limit of around 500 to 1,000 characters per message.

However, this is outdated as I’ve tested the bot myself and found out that the character limit is around 15,500 characters.

This can change based on technical considerations like computational resources, the size of the input buffer, the memory capacity of the device, or the server hosting the bot.

The limit is set to prevent users from overwhelming the bot with long messages that can be difficult to process.

How to fix “The message you submitted was too long, please reload the conversation and submit something shorter” in ChatGPT

To fix “The message you submitted was too long, please reload the conversation and submit something shorter” in ChatGPT, you can either shorten your message or split it up.

If you’re shortening your message, make sure that it’s under 15,000 characters.

Fix 1: Shorten your message

  • The message that you’re trying to send exceeds the maximum character limit allowed by the system.
  • Based on my testing, the character limit set by the model is approximately 15,500 characters.
  • Try to reduce the length of your message to under 15,000 characters to avoid errors.

Fix 2: Split up your message

  • Instead of sending one long message, you can try splitting it up into different parts.
  • For example, if you’re trying to ask ChatGPT to summarize a transcript containing 20,000 words, you can split the transcript up into 2 parts containing 10,000 words each.
  • Copy and paste the first part of the transcript into ChatGPT and ask for a summary, then copy and paste the second part and ask for a summary.

Further reading

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Lim How Wei

Lim How Wei is the founder of followchain.org, with 8+ years of experience in Social Media Marketing and 4+ years of experience as an active investor in stocks and cryptocurrencies. He has researched, tested, and written hundreds of articles ranging from social media platforms to messaging apps.

Lim has been quoted and referenced by major publications and media companies like WikiHow, Fast Company, HuffPost, Vice, New York Post, The Conversation, and many others. One of his articles about the gig economy was quoted by Joe Rogan who hosts The Joe Rogan Experience (arguably the most popular podcast in the world), in the This Past Weekend podcast by Theo Von.

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