How to Create Custom GPTs (9 Easy Steps)

GPTs, or Generative Pre-trained Transformers, are AI models that generate text like humans. They learn from lots of text to understand and use language. GPTs can do things like answer questions, write essays, or send emails.

Custom GPTs are like your own special ChatGPT. You make them do specific things you want, like answering certain types of questions or helping with tasks. Follow 9 of these steps to create the GPTs you want.

Step 1: Upgrade ChatGPT Plus

To make custom GPTs you need to get ChatGPT Plus. It’s a paid version with costs $20 a month. Go to your ChatGPT account, find the Plus plan, and upgrade.

Step 2: Find the GPT Builder

In ChatGPT, look for and click an Explore GPTs, then Create a GPT.

Or go to the Setting, click My GPTs, then Create a GPT.

Step 3: Start making your custom GPT

In the GPT Builder, you’ll see a box where you can type. Tell it what you want to do.

For example, if you’re creating a GPT for marketing purposes, you might type something like, “Make a GPT for marketing”.

Step 4: Tell your GPT what to do

Here, you decide what GPT should do. Type in what job you want it for, such as answering questions or writing stories. Be clear so it knows what to do.

For instance, if you want to name your custom GPT, you can respond affirmatively to the automatic naming suggestion for your custom GPTs. As I shown in the image, the “Market Maven” name sounds catchy and focus on marketing tasks. Good choice!

This step is foundational. The instructions you provide here will guide the subsequent customization and training of your GPT.

Step 5: Make the GPT yours

Now, make your GPT unique. Give a name and pick a picture for it. You can also add special instructions on how it should talk or act. For example, if your GPT is focused on marketing, you might name it something like “Market Maven” as step 4.

Here, you can also add specific instructions about how your GPT should communicate. This could include the tone of voice (friendly, professional, humorous, etc.), style of responses (brief, detailed, bullet points), and any particular language or jargon it should use.

Step 6: Improve the GPT better

Now, tweak how your GPT talks and acts. Tell it more about how you want to respond. Be specific to get the best results.

Specificity is key in this step. The more detailed you are with your instructions, the more accurately the GPT will perform.

Step 7: Try out your GPT

After you’ve set up your custom GPT, “Market Maven”, it’s time to see it in action. You’ll do this in a special part of the GPT Builder called the “playground” area.

In the playground, start by asking “Market Maven” questions or giving tasks related to marketing. For example, I asked: “What are the latest trends in digital advertising?”.

Pay attention to how “Market Maven” responds. Does it understand your requests? Are the answers relevant and useful?

If the responses aren’t quite what you expected or wanted, don’t worry. Please go back to the previous steps to tweak the instructions. Maybe you need to be more specific about the tone, style, or type of content you want it to generate.

Testing and adjusting is an iterative process. I suggest go back and forth a few times to get it just right. Each time you make a change, come back to the playground to see the effect.

Step 8: Add extra features

After setting up the basic functions and customizations, you can add more features to your GPT to make it even smarter.

One key feature is the ability to upload files that your GPT can use as reference or knowledge sources. For example, if the GPT is focused on marketing, you might upload marketing strategy documents, case studies, or product information.

Besides uploading files, you can also set special skills or capabilities for your GPT. These could include language translation, data analysis, image recognition, or other advanced AI functions.

Step 9: Save and share

All done? Save your GPT. In the GPT Builder, you’ll find different options for saving it. These options determine who can access and use your GPT.

If you choose Only me option, this mean just only you can access and interact with it. On the other hand, if you select Anyone with a link, it becomes accessible to people who find a link.

Final thoughts

You’ve made your custom GPT! Now, have a play with it. Try different things and see what it can do.

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Louis Muswell

Louis Muswell

Louis Muswell is the Founder of AI Discovery. He has over 10 years of experience in AI research and development. Louis has created an online platform for AI enthusiasts to explore the depths of artificial intelligence, making it accessible to everyone.