ChatGPT is sharing your secrets — keep your chats private by changing this setting

ChatGPT logo floating above a keyboard
(Image credit: Shutterstock)

Despite not knowing what year it is, ChatGPT likely knows plenty about you, and unlike a trusted friend, it has to report back everything its learned. Until now, ChatGPT saved users’ conversations to train its impressive AI chatbot on.OpenAI has now introduced what is essentially the ChatGPT equivalent of incognito mode but you’ll have to enable it first.

Data privacy concerns were one of the main reasons that countries such as Italy banned ChatGP, so perhaps the AI could now make its return. Disabling the new Chat History & Training setting will see chats deleted from the OpenAI’s systems after 30 days.

Note: This method is for OpenAI's own version of ChatGPT, not the New Bing powered by ChatGPT.

How to disable Chat History & Training on ChatGPT 

  • Select your account profile -> Settings
  • Select Show Data Controls -> Toggle “Chat History & Training” to off

1. Sign in to ChatGPT

(Image: © Future)

Login to your ChatGPT account or create a new account. 

2. Select your account

(Image: © Future)

Select your account in the bottom left corner.

3. Select settings

(Image: © Future)

Select settings to bring up the settings menu.

4. Select Show Data Controls

(Image: © Future)

Under Data Controls, select Show.

5. Toggle Chat History & Training to off.

(Image: © Future)

Toggle Chat History & Training to off.

Note: it will still take 30 days for chats disappear. 

There you go, now you can give ChatGPT all the gossip without fear of anyone finding out your secrets. 

If you're keen to learn even more about AI, check out how to enable or disable ChatGPT on the Windows 11 taskbar, how to use ChatGPT web plugins or how to use  DALL•E 2 AI image generator to create amazing AI art. 

Andy Sansom
Trainee Writer

Andy is Tom’s Guide’s Trainee Writer, which means that he currently writes about pretty much everything we cover. He has previously worked in copywriting and content writing both freelance and for a leading business magazine. His interests include gaming, music and sports- particularly Formula One, football and badminton. Andy’s degree is in Creative Writing and he enjoys writing his own screenplays and submitting them to competitions in an attempt to justify three years of studying.