Article last updated on:
December 27, 2023

You’re most definitely here because you:

  • Want to get ChatGPT Plus (GPT-4)
  • But you can’t get it….
  • Because there’s a waitlist.

Matter of fact, you may see this message:

“Due to high demand, we’ve temporarily paused upgrades.”

OpenAI, ChatGPT’s Maker

In this guide, we’re covering all about this limitation.

Let’s go!

How long is the ChatGPT Plus waitlist?

Currently, there is not information. We’re expecting OpenAI to release this information at the beginning of December 2023.

Here’s more info:

  • ChatGPT Plus Waitlist Duration: No official timeframe.
  • Scaling Time: Can range from weeks to months.
  • Variable Factors: Time depends on OpenAI’s expansion challenges.
  • Notification Option: Users can sign up for updates on availability.
ChatGPT Waitlist

Why is there a waitlist for ChatGPT Plus?

The recent pause in OpenAI’s ChatGPT Plus subscriptions is a direct response to a surge in demand, largely attributed to the exciting announcements made at OpenAI’s DevDay. This development has sparked considerable interest, as it opens up a wide range of applications across different sectors.

This event, held earlier in the month, introduced a variety of new functions specifically for the paid version of ChatGPT.

  • Reason for Subscription Pause: Surging demand following DevDay announcements.
  • DevDay Impact: Introduced new capabilities for ChatGPT Plus.
  • Custom Bots Feature: Utilizes GPT-4 for specialized tasks.
  • Examples of Custom GPTs:
    • Canva-specific model
    • TherapistGPT
    • Tweet enhancer for X
  • General Purpose Models:
    • Book creation tools
    • Photo critique tools
    • QR code generators

These enhancements are focused on the ability to create custom bots using the advanced GPT-4 language model. These bots can be tailored with specialized data, enabling them to perform distinct, targeted functions.


Upgrading for already-subscribed users is still an option.

A very select number of users may still have access to purchasing GPT-4. However, that’s around 3% of the total audience.

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Ch David and Daniel

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