OpenAI releases official ChatGPT app for iOS; coming soon to Android

May 19, 2023

OpenAI has released the official ChatGPT app for iOS. The AI-powered chatbot app is currently available for users in the U.S.

ChatGPT's official app is here for iPhone

You will need an OpenAI account to use the app/service, if you already have one, just sign in to get started. Creating an account is free, but you will have to provide your email address and phone number while signing up.

When you have logged into your account, you will be able to start using ChatGPT. The experience is similar to the web version, just tap the text box at the bottom, type in your query, and the chatbot will provide the relevant answers. You may use your voice to type your query, ChatGPT uses OpenAI's Whisper API, if you choose to use it, the app will request permission to record input from your device's microphone for the speech recognition feature.

You can use it to write poems, letters, code, etc. Since it is identical to the web version, the same limitations apply to the mobile app, which means ChatGPT for iOS cannot provide data from beyond September 2021, as its database has not been updated since.

Tap and hold on a reply from the bot (i.e, long press), to access a context menu that lets you copy the text, select text, or to regenerate the response to your question. You may also upvote or downvote the response's quality.

The app syncs your chat history across devices. Tap the menu button in the top right corner to access your history. This is also where you will find the Settings. One thing that stands out in the ChatGPT for iOS app, is the haptic feedback, it's a nice touch. You may disable it from the app's settings if you don't like it.

ChatGPT for iOS has an in-app purchase that costs $20 per month, this is for the ChatGPT Plus subscription that lets you use the service without waiting in a queue. It also grants access to GPT-4's functions, which are in beta. The IAP is completely optional.

Download ChatGPT for iOS from the App Store, as I mentioned earlier, it is currently only available for users in the United States.  It will be expanded to more Countries in the coming weeks. For those of you who are not located in the US, but want to try the app right now, there's a way to do it. You may bypass this restriction by signing out of the App Store on your iPhone, and use a secondary account based in the US region. Tap on your profile in the App Store, scroll down the list of app updates, and tap on sign out.

Note: The option to sign out may not appear if you have set up account restrictions under Screen Time.

Create a new Apple ID and set your Country to the United States while signing up. Don't give a fake phone number or email address, use your real number and email, as they will be used to receive verification codes from Apple. The App Store will ask you to enter your payment information, you may skip this. But you will need to enter your street name, city, state, zip code and phone number. You can provide fake details for the first 4 of those, but I recommend using your legitimate phone number. Once you have done this, use the account to log in to the App Store, and you will be able to download ChatGPT for iOS from any Country. You can switch back to your regular account after the app has been downloaded.

I don't think you're missing out on much if you're already using it via your mobile browser, as they are functionally identical. I also found that the ChatGPT app is using quite a bit of the battery (22% in 17 minutes), and my iPhone was warm to the touch.

Now that the official ChatGPT app is available on the App Store, it is up to Apple to clean up fake ChatGPT apps on its storefront. There are far too many clones out there that try to phish users with subscriptions.

OpenAI has confirmed that the official ChatGPT app for Android is coming soon. If you don't like signing up to access ChatGPT, maybe you want to give Microsoft Bing Chat a try, although it is currently rolling out slowly, so you'll probably have to wait for it to be available.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

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  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

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    Quoting the article,
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    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

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    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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