If you are a ChatGPT Plus user, you might have encountered an error message saying “Authorization error accessing plugins” when you try to use some of the plugins available in the Plugin Store. This error means that one or more of your plugins are not authorized or verified by OpenAI, the company behind Chat GPT. As a result, you cannot use the plugin’s features, and ChatGPT cannot respond to your queries.
This error can be frustrating and confusing, especially if you rely on the plugins to enhance your ChatGPT experience. In this article, we will explain why this error happens, how to identify the problematic plugin(s), and how to fix the issue in a few simple steps.
Why does this error happen?
ChatGPT is a powerful and versatile tool that allows you to chat with an AI-powered conversational agent. You can use ChatGPT for various purposes, such as learning, entertainment, research, writing, and more. To make ChatGPT even more useful and fun, you can install plugins from the Plugin Store that add extra functionality and features to ChatGPT.
However, not all plugins are created equal. Some plugins may have bugs, glitches, or security issues that affect their performance or compatibility with ChatGPT. To ensure the quality and safety of the plugins, OpenAI has a verification process that checks the plugins for any problems before they are approved and published in the Plugin Store.
Sometimes, OpenAI may deauthorize or unverify some plugins that do not meet their standards or have some issues. It can happen for various reasons, such as:
- The plugin has a technical error that prevents it from working properly with ChatGPT.
- The plugin violates the terms of service or policies of OpenAI or ChatGPT.
- The plugin requires an update or maintenance from the developer.
- The plugin has a subscription level mismatch with the user’s ChatGPT plan.
When this happens, the plugin becomes unavailable or inaccessible for the users who have installed it. It causes the “Authorization error” message to appear when they try to use the plugin with ChatGPT.
How do you identify the problematic plugin(s)?
The first step to fix the error is to identify which plugin(s) are causing the problem. It can be tricky if you have installed multiple plugins from the Plugin Store. To find out which plugin(s) are problematic, you can try the following methods:
- Check the Plugin Store for any updates or announcements from OpenAI or the plugin developers. They may inform you about any changes or issues with the plugins and how to resolve them.
- Please turn off all your plugins and enable them one by one until you find the one that triggers the error. You can turn your plugins on or off by clicking on the toggle button next to each plugin in the Plugin Store.
- Test each plugin separately by sending a query to ChatGPT that uses only that plugin’s feature. For example, if you have installed ScholarAI, a plugin that helps you find academic papers and sources, you can test it by asking ChatGPT something like “Find me papers about quantum physics.” If you get the error message, then ScholarAI is the problematic plugin.
How to fix the Error
Once you have identified the problematic plugin(s), you can try to fix the error by following these steps:
- Uninstall and reinstall the plugin(s). It may help to refresh or reset the authorization status of the plugin(s). To uninstall a plugin, go to the Plugin Store and click on the uninstall button next to the plugin. To reinstall a plugin, go to the Plugin Store and click on the install button next to the plugin.
- Re-authorize the plugin(s) if needed. Some plugins may require you to provide your email address or create an account to use their features. When you reinstall a plugin, you may need to re-enter your email address or sign up again to authorize the plugin. You will be prompted to do so when you install or activate the plugin.
- Test the plugin(s) again to verify if they are working properly. If you still get the error message, then contact the plugin developer for assistance. You can find their contact information in the Plugin Store or on their website.
Plugins are a great way to enhance your ChatGPT experience and make it more useful and fun. However, sometimes, you may encounter an authorization error ChatGPT, which prevents you from using them. Various factors, such as your account status, plugin installation, plugin compatibility, or plugin availability, can cause this error. To fix this error, follow the steps above and try using different plugins until you find the ones that work for you. If you still have trouble accessing plugins ChatGPT, contact OpenAI for help or report a bug.