How to use ChatGPT 4o immediately on your phone, MacBook, and the Web (2024)

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The latest version of OpenAI's generative AI software, ChatGPT 4o, was released on Monday and is now available for all users.

ChatGPT's current flagship iteration — GPT-4o codename "omni" — improves on the speed and capabilities of the previous GPT-4 large language model.

OpenAI claims GPT-4o is "much better than any existing model at understanding and discussing the images you share.For example, you can now take a picture of a menu in a different language and talk to GPT-4o to translate it, learn about the food's history and significance, and get recommendations," the company writes in an introductory blog post.

These innovations will make GPT-4o a stronger competitor against Google's Gemini AI. On Tuesday, Google leaders revealed plans to expand AI capabilities across various Google products including the Gemini AI assistant. Google's plans were explained in detail at its annual I/O conference.

How to enable GPT-4o on your phone

GPT-4o is currently only available to subscribers of ChatGPT Plus, a $20/month model that debuted in February 2023.

While the latest version of the chatbot will also be available to free users, OpenAI is rolling out GPT-4o in phases, with paying users getting early access to the new software.

Free ChatGPT users will gain access to GPT-4o in the coming weeks, as detailed in OpenAI's initial announcement on Monday:

"GPT-4o’s text and image capabilities are starting to roll out today in ChatGPT. We are making GPT-4o available in the free tier and to Plus users with up to 5x higher message limits. We'll roll out a new version of Voice Mode with GPT-4o in alpha within ChatGPT Plus in the coming weeks."

  • Install the ChatGPT app on your phone from the App Store or Google Play Store
  • Sign in to your OpenAI account
  • Tap on the menu in the top-left corner (iOS) or top-right (Android)
  • Choose "GPT-4o"

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For those without a ChatGPT Plus subscription, you won't be able to change your version of GPT as seen above.

When GPT-4o launches on the free tier, the same steps will apply to activate GPT-4o (logging in with your OpenAI account, then selecting GPT-4o from the dropdown).

Paid users will instead see a dropdown menu like the one below (via Beebom).

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How to use GPT-4o on

Much like the Android and iOS versions of ChatGPT, the web edition of GPT-4o is not yet available for free users. ChatGPT Plus users can enable GPT-4o on the browser edition of ChatGPT already, while free users must wait a few weeks to enable GPT-4o.

  • Open
  • Sign in with your OpenAI account
  • Click the drop-down menu on the top-left corner
  • Select "GPT-4o"

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Chat GPT will prompt free users to upgrade to GPT-4 with a ChatGPT Plus subscription, giving them the option to switch between GPT-4 and GPT-4o.

How to use GPT-4o on OpenAI Playground

While free access to GPT-4o is not yet available on or through the ChatGPT apps, it is theoretically available on OpenAI Playground.

To access GPT-4o on the OpenAI Playground, the steps are pretty simple.

  • Boot up OpenAI Playground in your web browser
  • Sign in with your OpenAI account
  • Click the drop-down menu on the top-left corner
  • Select the "gpt-4o" model

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While the OpenAI Playground version of GPT-4o is supposed to be available to free users, as you can see above I was unable to replicate this workaround. I was able to change between different editions of GPT-3.5, but I could not access GPT-4 or GPT-4o.

How to use GPT-4o on macOS

ChatGPT is now available as a desktop app for macOS. Unfortunately, much like the web and smartphone versions of ChatGPT, the macOS version is also experiencing a staged roll-out process for GPT-4o, with paid users getting early access to the latest iteration of the AI.

For those with a ChatGPT Plus subscription, the process is slightly different for macOS than for the web or smartphone apps.

  • Download the ChatGPT macOS app from the App Store
  • Install the DMG file to your desktop
  • Open the ChatGPT app
  • Log in to your OpenAI account
  • Access to GPT-4o should be granted on login, though you may need to wait for app access approval, as the macOS desktop app is also being rolled out in a staged process similar to GPT-4o.

How much does ChatGPT cost?

ChatGPT is free, but if you want immediate access to the best version of OpenAI's software it will require a ChatGPT Plus subscription.

  • How much will GPT-4o cost? GPT-4o will be available for free but is currently only available with the GPT-4 Plus subscription.
  • How much does GPT-4 cost now? $20 per month ($240 per year).
  • How much does 3 cost now? GPT-3 and GPT-3.5 are free.
  • How much did 3 cost at debut? $20 per month ($240 per year).

You can also opt for a more flexible pricing scheme using BatchAPI, which is geared for developer use.

While plenty of people find various reasons to use generative AI for personal use, GPT-4o carries greater weight as a development tool designed to be incorporated into other systems. For an idea of the development cost for using GPT-4o, the cost listed on the OpenAI site as of Tuesday is $5 for 1 million tokens (one token being 4 characters) of input, while receiving 1 million tokens of output will cost $15.

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How to use ChatGPT 4o immediately on your phone, MacBook, and the Web (2024)


How to use ChatGPT 4o immediately on your phone, MacBook, and the Web? ›

How can I use GPT-4 in ChatGPT? If you are a ChatGPT Plus subscriber, you will have access to GPT-4 via the ChatGPT website. Under the model selector in top left corner of ChatGPT, select "GPT-4" to try it out.

How to use ChatGPT in iPhone? ›

To get started with ChatGPT on your iPhone, follow these simple steps:
  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. In the search bar, type "ChatGPT" and press search.
  3. Look for the official ChatGPT app by OpenAI in the search results. ...
  4. Tap on the "Get" or cloud icon to download and install the app on your device.

How to effectively use ChatGPT? ›

Tips for writing effective prompts
  1. Give it some context or a role to play.
  2. Give it very detailed instructions, including how you would like the results formatted.
  3. Keep conversing and asking for changes. Ask it to revise the answer in various ways.
May 24, 2024

How to use ChatGPT 4 Plus? ›

How can I use GPT-4 in ChatGPT? If you are a ChatGPT Plus subscriber, you will have access to GPT-4 via the ChatGPT website. Under the model selector in top left corner of ChatGPT, select "GPT-4" to try it out.

Is ChatGPT safe on iPhone? ›

Always interact with ChatGPT via its website, or its official mobile app. The fake applications may harvest your data, make you pay for functions that are supposed to be free, or even install malware on your device. Your account information and chat history are only as safe as your password.

What is the best ChatGPT app for iPhone? ›

Here are the 13 the best Chat GPT apps for iPhone
  • KnowItAll AI ChatBot (Powered by ChatGPT 4)
  • TypeGenius AI Keyboard.
  • Nova.
  • Poe.
  • Chat with Ask AI.
  • ChatOn.
  • Chat AI: Ask Chatbot Assistant.
  • AI Chat - Assistant & Chatbot.
Apr 17, 2024

How to use ChatGPT correctly? ›

Here's the short version of how to use ChatGPT:
  1. Go to or the mobile app, and log in or sign up (it's free).
  2. Enter your prompt on the ChatGPT home page. If you're using GPT-4o, you can use a text, image, or audio prompt.
  3. Once ChatGPT spits out a response, you have a handful of options:

How to use ChatGPT smartly? ›

10 Tips to Use ChatGPT Effectively
  1. Provide Clear and Concise Instructions. ...
  2. Break Down Complex Problems into Smaller Ones. ...
  3. Feed with Examples. ...
  4. Experiment with Phrasing. ...
  5. Use System-level Instructions. ...
  6. Utilize User-like Behavior. ...
  7. Specify the Format. ...
  8. Iterate and Refine.

How to get the best answer from ChatGPT? ›

Tips for users to obtain the best answers from ChatGPT for FAQs
  1. Providing clear and specific questions or prompts. ...
  2. Requesting clarification if responses are unclear. ...
  3. Verifying information from trusted sources. ...
  4. Breaking down complex questions into simpler components. ...
  5. Using common language and avoiding technical jargon.
Sep 29, 2023

Can you use ChatGPT-4 on multiple devices at the same time? ›

Yes, the same subscription works across all of your devices.

Can ChatGPT-4 browse the web? ›

Instead, all subscribers need to do now is choose "Browse with Bing" from the GPT-4 model selector, according to the notes. ChatGPT is able to access the internet through Microsoft's Bing web browser.

Is paying for ChatGPT-4 worth it? ›

The free tier of ChatGPT is good, but GPT-4, at $20 per month via ChatGPT Plus, can be a good deal smarter and more accurate. GPT-4, OpenAI's most powerful artificial intelligence large language model (LLM), is available through a subscription to ChatGPT Plus, which costs $20 a month.

How to use ChatGPT on macbook? ›

For both free and paid users, we have launched a new ChatGPT desktop app for macOS that is designed to integrate seamlessly into anything you're doing on your computer. With a simple keyboard shortcut (Option + Space), you can instantly ask ChatGPT a question.

Can I use ChatGPT on my phone? ›

Yes! You will be able to use ChatGPT Team on your iPhone or Android. We recommend updating both the ChatGPT app and your phone's operating system to the latest version available. You'll be able to switch your personal and ChatGPT Team workspaces under the Account Switcher field in the Settings of your app.

Is ChatGPT free? ›

Yes, Chat GPT is free to use. As per some estimations, OpenAI spends approximately $3 million per month to continue its use for the people. However, OpenAI has also introduced its premium version which will be chargeable in the coming future.

Is there a ChatGPT widget for iPhone? ›

Follow these simple instructions to add it to your iPhone: Step 1: Unlock your iPhone using Touch ID or Face ID. Step 2: Press the screen for a long time to access the wallpaper gallery. Step 3: Swipe to find the Lock Screen wallpaper where you want to display the ChatGPT widget.

How to use ChatGPT 4 for free on iPhone? ›

1. Use ChatGPT 4 for Free on Bing Chat
  1. Head over to (visit) and click on “Chat now”.
  2. Now, switch to the “Creative” mode and ask your questions. This mode uses the GPT-4 model.
  3. You can also install the Bing app (Android / iOS — Free) on your smartphone and enable the “GPT-4” toggle.

Is ChatGPT available as an app? ›

Yes, ChatGPT offers official mobile apps for iPhone and Android. You can download it on your device's app store. How do I add a ChatGPT shortcut to my smartphone home screen? To add a ChatGPT shortcut to your device's home screen, download the official app on your smartphone.

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