Fix: “Unable to load conversation” GroupMe Problem

When attempting to accept an invitation in GroupMe, you may encounter the “Unable to Load Conversation” error. This issue can be quite frustrating to address. The error message might be due to simple technical glitches in the app or, occasionally, it might be due to server problems. GroupMe servers could be down, contributing to this issue.

The Easiest and Fastest way to fix "Unable to load conversation" error in GroupMe.
The Easiest and Fastest way to fix “Unable to load conversation” error in GroupMe.

The Common Causes of this Error

These are some of the common reasons why this error occurs. The most common among these is when the invite has gone unanswered for two weeks, in which case it expires.

  • Poor Internet connectivity, and DNS issues.
  • Issues with GroupMe’s servers related to maintenance, changes, or other technical problems.
  • Invites that have not been answered for 2 weeks.
  • The GroupMe app on your device is out of date.
  • Corrupted Cache or program data, causing the GroupMe app to malfunction.
  • The problem could be caused by account settings or issues with account synchronization.
  • The GroupMe app might not work with some operating systems or hardware settings.

How can you Fix the “Unable to load conversation” error in GroupMe

Now that we know why this error occurs in the first place, the first course of action is to restart your device and the app, and make sure the invite is not older than two weeks. If it is, ask for another invite. If restarting your device or getting another invite does not fix this error, you will need additional troubleshooting. You can follow the steps below, one by one, until your problem is resolved.

  1. Check your Internet Connection: Making sure you have a stable internet connection is a very important step in resolving this issue.
  2. Change your DNS servers: Changing your DNS servers is another potential step to fix the issue with GroupMe messages not loading. Sometimes, the default DNS servers provided by your ISP may not perform optimally due to high traffic, leading to issues like slow loading times or not loading at all. Switching to a more reliable DNS server, such as Google’s, can help you bypass these issues, effectively streamlining your connection to GroupMe’s servers.
  3. Open the link using another Device: Opening the GroupMe invite link on another device will serve you as an effective troubleshooting step. If the problem persists across devices, it will indicate a broader issue, like a server side problem or an issue with your GroupMe account. However, if the problem only occurs on one device, it would suggest that the issue is device specific, which could be due to settings, app versions, or device specific glitches.
  4. Update to the latest Version: Now, make sure that you have the latest version of the GroupMe app. This step is important because if the issue only occurred on one device, it suggests that the app may be outdated on that particular device. Updating the GroupMe app on the problematic device should fix the issue. The app continually enhances its features and fixes potential bugs; these improvements are packaged into updates. An outdated version of the app might not support the latest features and may have unresolved bugs that could lead to the error you are experiencing.
  5. Reset the app to Clear its Cache: Resetting the app essentially clears all the stored data (like cache and temporary files), bringing the app back to its original state as when first installed. Over time, these temporary files can get corrupted and hinder the app’s functionality. Thus, clearing them out can often resolve issues you are facing.
  6. Check GroupMe’s Server Status: Now that you have tried everything, the last step is to verify the status of GroupMe’s servers as sometimes the problem might not be on your end but rather due to server side issues. If GroupMe’s servers are down or undergoing maintenance, you will experience issues with the app’s functionality. There are several third party websites that track the uptime and downtime of various services, including GroupMe. Websites like DownDetector or Outage.Report provide real time information about the status of numerous services.

1. Check your Internet Connection

Restarting your router can refresh your internet connection and improve its performance. It clears any potential internal errors or lags that might be causing the problem with GroupMe.

If checking your connection and restarting your router does not help, then it is time to get the Internet Service Provider (ISP) involved. Your ISP can examine the situation, identify if there are issues from their end (like server issues, routing problems, etc.), and guide you towards a suitable solution. They have more detailed visibility of your network and can provide solutions that are beyond your control.

2. Change your DNS servers

  1. Press the Windows key + S to open Windows Search, type “Control Panel” in the search bar and open it.
    Press the Windows key + S to open Windows Search, type "Control Panel" in the search bar and open it.
    Press the Windows key + S to open Windows Search, type “Control Panel” in the search bar and open it.
  2. Navigate to Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change Adapter Settings.
  3. You will see a list of your internet connections. Right click on the one you are currently using (either Ethernet or Wi-Fi), and select “Properties”.
  4. In the Properties window, scroll down and select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and then click on “Properties”.
    Select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and then click on "Properties".
    Select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and then click on “Properties”.
  5. In the new window, select the “Use the following DNS server addresses” option. Here, you will enter Google’s DNS servers: For the Preferred DNS server, use For the Alternate DNS server, use
    For the Preferred DNS server, use
    For the Alternate DNS server, use
    Select the "Use the following DNS server addresses" option and enter Googles DNS server.
    Select the “Use the following DNS server addresses” option and enter Googles DNS server.
  6. Once you have entered these, click “OK” and close all remaining windows.
  7. Finally, you should reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

By doing this, you are effectively changing your internet’s “phonebook” to a potentially more reliable and efficient one, which will help resolve the issue.

3. Open the link using another Device

  1. Before anything else, make sure the other device has the GroupMe app installed. You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store.
  2. Open the app and log in to your GroupMe account using your credentials.
  3. Now, you need to access the link. You can do this by emailing or messaging the link to yourself, then opening it on the other device. Alternatively, if the link was sent via a common platform like email or another messaging app, you can open that platform on the other device and access the link from there.
  4. Once you have the link on your other device, tap on it. This should open the GroupMe conversation.

Note: If you are still facing the same issue on the other device, it might indicate a problem beyond the scope of your devices, which will need different troubleshooting steps. However, if the conversation loads successfully, you know that the problem lies with your original device or its settings. In such a scenario, you should consider solutions like updating the app on the problematic device, clearing the cache, or even reinstalling the app.

4. Update to the latest Version

  1. Open the Microsoft Store app on your PC.
    Open the Microsoft Store app in Windows.
    Open the Microsoft Store app in Windows.
  2. On the botton left corner of the Microsoft Store window, you will find the Library button, open it.
  3. In the “Downloads and updates” section, click on the “Get updates” button. This will check for available updates for all apps installed through the Microsoft Store, including GroupMe.
    In the "Downloads and updates" section, click on the "Get updates" button.
    In the “Downloads and updates” section, click on the “Get updates” button.
  4. If an update for GroupMe is available, it will be listed and the download will start automatically. If you have several updates and want to prioritize GroupMe, you can click the down arrow next to the app name and select “Update now”.
  5. Wait for the update to complete, then open GroupMe to verify if the invite link is working.

5. Reset the app to Clear its Cache

  1. Click on the “Start” button, then select the gear shaped “Settings” icon.
  2. In the “Settings” window, select “Apps”.
    In the "Settings" window, select "Apps".
    In the “Settings” window, select “Apps”.
  3. In the “Apps & features” section, you will see a list of all the installed apps. Scroll down (or use the search function) to find “GroupMe”.
  4. Click on it, and then select “Advanced options”.
    Click on GroupMe, and then select "Advanced options".
    Click on GroupMe, and then select “Advanced options”.
  5. In the new window, scroll down to find the “Reset” section. Click on the “Reset” button. A warning will pop up about the app’s data being deleted. Click “Reset” again.
    Click on the "Reset" button.
    Click on the “Reset” button.
  6. Wait for the reset process to finish (you will see a check mark when it’s done). Then, open GroupMe to verify if the issue has been resolved.

6. Check GroupMe’s Server Status

  1. Go to in your web browser.
  2. On the DownDetector homepage, you will find a search bar at the top. Type “GroupMe” into the search bar and select it from the drop down list that appears.
  3. You will be redirected to the GroupMe page on DownDetector. Here, you can view a live outage map, a graph depicting outage reports in the last 24 hours, and comments from other users. This information can help you ascertain whether there are any ongoing server side issues with GroupMe.
    Downdetector page for GroupMe's servers.
    Downdetector page for GroupMe’s servers.

Remember, server related issues are usually resolved by GroupMe’s technical team, and all you can do in such a scenario is wait. If you find there’s a widespread issue, it’s likely the cause of the “Unable to load conversation” error, and it should be resolved once the server issues are addressed by GroupMe.

Need more help?

Contacting GroupMe Support can provide professional assistance in resolving the issue. If you have tried all other troubleshooting steps to no avail, reaching out to the experts seems to be the only way to get this issue solved. 

When you describe your problem to them, including the error messages you have encountered and the steps you have already taken, they can analyze this information to determine the root cause. It could be that there’s a bug that needs to be fixed in an upcoming update, a server issue that’s currently being addressed, or an issue specific to your account that needs to be resolved internally.

Unable to load Conversation error in GroupMe - FAQs

What could cause this error in GroupMe?

There could be several reasons behind this error, including an unanswered invite that has expired after 14 days, issues with your internet connection, server-side problems with GroupMe, account synchronization errors, an outdated version of the GroupMe app, corrupted temporary data or cache, or device incompatibility.

Can I use GroupMe on multiple devices?

Yes, you can use GroupMe on multiple devices simultaneously. All your conversations will be synced across your devices as long as you’re signed in with the same account.

What should I do if I can’t update the GroupMe app through Microsoft Store?

If you’re having trouble updating GroupMe through the Microsoft Store, make sure that your device meets the minimum system requirements for the latest version of the app.

How long does it typically take to get a response from GroupMe Support?

The response time from GroupMe Support can vary depending on the volume of requests they’re handling. However, they usually respond within a few business days.


Hamza Mohammad Anwar

Hamza Mohammad Anwar is an intermediate JavaScript web developer with a focus on developing high-performance applications using MERN technologies. His skill set includes expertise in ReactJS, MongoDB, Express NodeJS, and other related technologies. Hamza is also a Google IT Certified professional, which highlights his competence in IT support. As an avid problem-solver, he recreates errors on his computer to troubleshoot and find solutions to various technical issues.