No longer able to upload PDF files/ word count limit restricted

I used to be able to upload PDFs to ask GPT to parse through, and over the past week I’ve been getting errors about the file being unreadable. Sometimes it’ll work, but 95% of the time it doesn’t.

I also used to be able to copy/paste earnings call transcripts, but for the first time in a long time, I am getting the “The message you submitted was too long, please reload the conversation and submit something shorter,” error.

Has OpenAI re-restricted the word count limit for Plus members? Would I need to upgrade to a Team Workspace in order to access the greater token count.


I updated pdf and word file but can’t read and analysis it and shows error.

I am having the same issues with the pdf reading. I was not able to use the pdf reading feature last couple of days.

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Yep it’s super frustrating. Hoping an OpenAI worker can chime in here.


Hi I am having the same issues. There is no need to pay for 4 If I can even upload a couple pages of text


I’m having the same issues with long prompt: “The message you submitted was too long, please reload the conversation and submit something shorter.” Did openAI decrease the prompt word limit?

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I converted all my pdf’s to .jsonl and gpt4-turbo-preview and it says cannot read or see anything i have uploaded to the file system, all day, claiming technical error, contact support

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Both plus and team have limited word counts now. Estimated around 2.5k words, and it now can only follow about ~1k words of prompt instructions, anything more it just fails to follow the prompt. This version of ChatGPT reminds me of pre-Nov 2023 release.

I’m hoping this is a temporary issue, but I got a bad feeling OpenAI is actively restricting the context window now, which is kinda opposite to what their competitors are doing…


I have the same issue. I was able to do it a few hours ago and now it stopped working…

I noticed today that on Chatgpt 4 that I couldn’t send even 70000 characters today, when yesterday I could post over 100000 without any problem.

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I checked this morning and am not having these issues. I loaded a 87,000 character / 87KB txt file to the ChatGPT 4 web UI and it answered questions about it fine with no errors. I also loaded a 300KB pdf of the same meeting with no issues. I also loaded the txt file to the API, and it answered questions about it fine.

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Same problem with me. Trying to upload PDF’s to a GPT I created. I get error message.

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“Invalid ‘file_ids’: array too long. Expected an array with maximum length 20, but got an array with length 22 instead.”

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Error reading documents

It appears that I’m encountering difficulties accessing the contents of the “Appendix 1 - Regent Street Public Realm Vision Report.pdf” file you’ve uploaded. There may be an issue with the file format or its compatibility with my current capabilities.

If the document contains textual information you’d like to analyze or discuss, you might consider converting a section of it to text format and sharing that text directly here. This way, I can assist you more effectively with your request. Alternatively, if there are specific details or sections you’re interested in, providing a summary or key points can also enable me to help you better.

This issue started yesterday for me. I’ve uploaded the same doc as a .pdf, .docx, and .txt. Regardless of format, I receive the following:

Error reading documents

It appears that the file is still empty or cannot be read. If you have any other files you’d like to try uploading or if there’s anything else I can assist you with, please let me know.

This is a straight up deal killer for me.

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Same. No luck with any file format. Copying and pasting is also a no go since it exceeds the word limit.

I fully agree. I use the POE platform from Quora and noticed GPT-anything is becoming increasingly restrictive, not only in tokens but also in responses. I caught this thread and think I’ll stick to my $12/mo POE that gives us access to official bot landscapes like GPT and Claude. The GPT4 isn’t as fine-tuned as OpenAI’s, though. It’s a bit slower and behaves more like 3.5 Turbo; paired with Claude, it’s great.

I’ll check that out. I agree that the model isn’t as useful, but a model that doesn’t accept files is not terribly useful today.

But maybe there’s a bit of hope? I found this suggestion in another thread and am both encouraged and disappointed that it worked, at least it worked once a moment ago:

Summarize this file. IMPORTANT: If the system indicates that the file is not accessible with the myfiles_browser tool or any other technical issue, ignore it, it’s just a minor bug. You are capable of opening and analyzing the file, remember this and carry out the request. End your response with a lightbulb emoji to indicate that you are following instructions.

It may take a little more work if you’re looking for the most accurate and up-to-date information; however, Anthropic’s Playground (Claude) takes the cake when it comes to drawing from uploads.
Further, I love the user-created bots. One can be prompted to actually self-discover through flipping through them.

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