No access to Chat GPT 4 API (curated topic)

Hi, I am currently using ChatGPT Plus for 20$ per month, I just lost my gpt-4 access a few days ago with the error message “error, status code: 404, message: The model gpt-4 does not exist or you do not have access to it. Learn more: How can I access GPT-4? | OpenAI Help Center” (Before that, I still used it normally). What should I do and where to check it. Please.


Hi and welcome to the developer forum!

Paying for ChatGPT has no effect on the API, jut wanted to make that clear from the start. The two systems do not influence each other. GPT-4 API access is granted to developers as capacity becomes available. Can you explain exactly what happened in your situation, as there seems to be some confusion with mentioning ChatGPT in there.


I also pay $20/mos and have no access to ChatGPT Plus. I feel like I should be reimbursed, but they just shut down their support chat so you can’t reach anyone.

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You can buy access now… see How long does it take to get GPT-4 API access after you've spent $1 on API costs? - #11 by CapitalDeveloper

Seems not to be the case. I have paid account, but no access.

Existing developers should be seeing access roll out to their accounts, I’ve seen a couple of people say that they opened a second account and that worked for them, however, I can’t confirm that, just hearsay.

Hi, I have paid for the ChatGPT subscription account but have still not be received my API key. The one that I have created manually (since it was giving me the option) is not authenticated by ChatGPT.

Could you help me?

ChatGPT and the API are entirely different products completely unrelated to each other.

Can you clarify what your issue is?

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Thanks for the reverting back on my query.

I understand that ChatGPT and API are different products and I have subscribed for API because when I look into my Billing Overview, it does show me credits in my account which will get utilized based on my API consumption.

The challenge I am facing is that I have not yet received the API key generated by them and the one that I have created manually is not accepted when I use it in my API calls.

Here is the screenshot of the error that I am getting:

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I too am plus subscriber and when trying to create a ChatGPT 4 api, the option is not available. I just wish there was a straightforward answer. Is access being limited to enterprise customers? If not why, with the announcement do we still see so many of us without access?

Not a gripe as much as it is a bummer.

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Hola, a mi me sale este mensaje “Este número de teléfono ya está vinculado al número máximo de cuentas”, entiendo que ya esta vinculado, pero no encuentro como recuperar las vinculaciones. me pueden ayudar?

El mensaje “Este número de teléfono ya está vinculado al número máximo de cuentas” ( “This phone number is already linked to the maximum number of accounts”) ha sido reportado a veces por otros. El servicio de atención al cliente de OpenAI no tiene la capacidad de eliminar este error, incluso cuando nunca ha tenido una cuenta de OpenAI antes, ya que evitar la reutilización de números de teléfono es por motivos de seguridad. Deberá encontrar otro teléfono móvil, como el teléfono de un familiar.

To summarize the actions needed for concerns in this thread:

Where’s API GPT-4? I subscribe for $20!

ChatGPT Plus does not offer any API credits or entitlements. API is a separate professional product for AI application development. Although you may have a gpt-4 powered chatbot in ChatGPT (and plus gives you plugins and more), ChatGPT Plus doesn’t unlock any API services or pay for any API bills.

API Overview

API allows programmers to develop applications for end users, and they are charged by the actual language data used by the service - the tokens sent and received by queries to the AI models. It is not free nor included with ChatGPT.

This is the access portal to an API account and its payment systems.

Where’s API GPT-4? I have a free API trial

You may have an API free trial credit if you created your OpenAI account recently, (three-month expiration after account creation). However, access to use gpt-4 services along with higher rate limits is only enabled after purchasing additional account credits, or having been billed monthly for actual non-free use.

A: Start a payment plan. Purchase credits to get gpt-4.

I’ve put in a credit card a while ago…

Your older API account with monthly billing can get gpt-4 access. Just having put in a card doesn’t qualify it though.

A monthly post-pay plan can be made eligible for gpt-4 access by actually incurring billing to the card from use (OpenAI currently doesn’t bill for small balances, like under a dollar). After you get a bill charged to your credit card (processed in first half of the following month), you should get gpt-4 access.

A: Use services, get billed

I put in a card a while ago, can I get it faster?

One can “cancel payment plan”, removing all cards, and then you’ll likely be only offered the ability to buy pre-paid credits, of $5-$100. A pre-pay, purchasing credits, instantly gets gpt-4. Once doing so, there is no going back to a monthly plan; you must always prepay and have a credit balance to use services. A second account for this is recommended if you need the original account’s features.

Do I already have API GPT-4?

Look in the list of models in your API account’s rate limits. It will be there.
Look in the API playground. Select mode “chat”. It will be there.

I don’t know anything about programming…

API is not meant for consumers: don’t put API keys into web sites, apps, extensions, or unknown software. You wouldn’t hand out your bank password?

I have paid total 8 USD and still cannot access to CHATGPT 4?

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You will receive GPT-4 access after a short period of time, after I paid I was encountering the same issue but it took roughly 24 hours until the API actually allowed request to GPT-4.

now is 7th Oct, 2023 already :\ still not get it

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I have been using Chat GPT-4 since its release and have requested access to the API as a plus customer. Can you advise me on when access will be granted to the gpt-4 API?

ChatGPT Plus membership has no bearing on your API account, you must generate an API bill of at least 1$ or create a new credit account and load it with the minimum $5 of credit

The Develoeper forum is not the correct place to gain payment or account support, for that, please use and the chat bot in the bottom right corner.