How to use ChatGPT

ChatGPT chatbot AI from Open AI
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If you're wondering how to use ChatGPT, you're not alone. This intelligent chatbot, developed by OpenAI, took the internet by storm in late 2022, promising a conversational tone thanks to its machine learning. 

It isn't just there for a quick chat however, as ChatGPT can answer questions on a range of topics; provide definitions, explanations and recommendations; provide problem-solving advice; and even generate text on a given topic (helpful for writing or translating).

We're here to show you how to use ChatGPT. So, if that's what you're here for, all you need to do now is read on.

How to use ChatGPT

Note: the following steps were taken using Chrome browser, but as ChatGPT runs in a web page, you should be able to recreate the steps using a browser on any device.

1. Head to chat.openai.com (opens in new tab). You'll need to have an account to use ChatGPT so either select Log in to use an existing account, or select Sign up to create a new one.

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2. Select Sign up again and follow the steps to create an account manually, or select Continue with Google/Microsoft to log in using one of those accounts. Here, we're using a Google account.

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3. Enter your name and select Continue.

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4. You'll need to link a phone number. Select your region and enter a phone number, then select Send code.

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5. Enter the code you receive.

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6. You're in. Read the message that pops up and then select Next.

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7. Read the second message about data collection and privacy, then select Next.

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8. Read the third message asking for feedback, then select Done.

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9. Now you're all set up. Type in a question in the chat box at the bottom to get started. Select New chat in the top left at any time to begin a new conversation. 

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10. Select the send button.

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11. See the response. The more complicated your question, the more extensive an answer you'll receive.

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12. OpenAI want feedback for ChatGPT, so select the like/dislike button next to an answer to submit your thoughts.

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13. Type your feedback and select Submit feedback.

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There you have it — you now know how to use ChatGPT. Enjoy finding out how quantum mechanics works. Bear in mind that ChatGPT will sometimes make stuff up to fill in any gaps it doesn't know. For that reason, you certainly don't want to rely on it for any serious work where accuracy is paramount. 

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Peter Wolinski
Editor, How To & Cameras

Peter is Editor of the How To and Camera sections at Tom's Guide. As a writer, he covers topics including tech, photography, gaming, hardware, motoring and food & drink. Outside of work, he can usually be found telling everyone about his greyhounds, obsessively detailing his car, squeezing as many FPS as possible out of PC games, and perfecting his espresso shots.