If importing an audio or video file fails or shows an error message, you're likely encountering a browser issue.
To resolve issues with your browser, try one or more troubleshooting steps.
1. Check your internet connection
If your files are slow to import, check your internet connection. A slow connection is a common cause of errors.
- Check your upload speed and ensure it matches what you subscribed to with your internet service provider (ISP). We recommend upload speeds of at least 3 Mbps.
- Try connecting to a different network such as your mobile phone hotspot or disconnect your Wi-Fi (on mobile) to see if your files upload correctly. If you're able to import the file when switching to a different network, it may be caused by your router settings or ISP.
2. Check your computer's sleep setting
You can set your computer to go to sleep or hibernate after a specified duration of inactivity. However, if you are importing a large file and your computer goes to sleep or into hibernation during the import, it may disrupt the import process and cause the import to fail.
When importing a large file (> 200MB), try temporarily changing or disabling your computer's sleep or hibernate settings.
On a Mac
Note: The steps below are from macOS Monterey. Some options may be different depending on your Mac and version of macOS. Learn about Battery preferences on a Mac.
- Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and click Battery.
- Click Power Adapter on the left.
- Turn on Prevent your Mac from automatically sleeping when the display is off.
- Turn off Enable Power Nap while plugged into a power adapter.
- Click Battery on the left, turn off Enable Power Nap while on battery power.
Note: The steps below are from Windows 11. Some options may be different depending on your version of Windows. Learn how to adjust sleep settings in Windows.
- Select Start menu > Settings > System > Power & battery > Screen and sleep.
- Under Sleep, select Never under both dropdowns.
3. Use a different web browser
Try using a different web browser (like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firebox). If you're able to import the file when switching to a different browser, it may be caused by a browser setting. Try resetting the site settings for httpe://otter.ai or restoring your browser to its default settings. Learn about resetting site settings for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
4. Ensure your browser is compatible with Otter
Check the system requirements and supported browsers to make sure you're using a supported browser and operating system. We recommend using Chrome, but you can use another browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari. Try using a different browser to see if you experience the same results.
5. Use Otter in a private browsing window
When you browse privately, your browser won't use your cookies, site data, or browser extensions which can sometimes cause issues. Learn about private browsing for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
If the import finishes without issues when using a private browsing window, there may be an issue with your cookie, site data, or a browser extension.
- Learn how to clear cookies and site data in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
- Try disabling some of your browser extensions/plugins, such as an ad blocker. Learn how to turn off or uninstall extensions in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
6. Clear your browser cache
Clear your browser cache and cookies and then try to import your files again. Learn how to clear cookies and site data in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.
7. Restart your computer or device
Sometimes your computer or device may act problematic, and restarting may fix it.
8. Reload Otter or close the mobile app
If you're experiencing internet connection issues, Otter may not have properly loaded. Reload the web page and then try to import files again.
If you're using the Otter mobile app, force close and reopen the app. Learn about closing apps on iOS and Android.
9. Reduce the size of your file
You can import large files in Otter, but if they are too large, they might not import properly. You can import files as long as they're less than 5GB in size and you don't exceed your monthly limit.
If you are importing a video file, export it as audio-only to reduce the file size. You can export to audio using QuickTime Player on Mac or VLC on Windows.
10. Update to the latest version of the Otter mobile app
If you're using the Otter mobile app, make sure it's the latest version. Alternatively, use Otter on a desktop browser.
11. Check your virus scanning or security software
Virus scanning software and adblockers on your local system can sometimes interfere with certain websites or actions. Make sure that this software is not blocking Otter.
12. Check if "Data Saver" is enabled in the Otter mobile app
In the Otter mobile app, enabling Data Saver helps reduce cellular data usage by restricting imports/uploads to Otter when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi connection and the Otter mobile app is in the foreground (open and in view).
When importing a large file (> 200MB), try temporarily disabling Data Saver or make sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi connection and the Otter mobile app is in the foreground.
Check your firewall and proxy settings
Customized firewall and proxy settings can sometimes block access to Otter. Check with your network administrator that your firewall and proxy settings are configured to allow a connection to Otter.
Need additional help?
If these didn't fix your issue, contact support for further assistance.