How to Use ChatGPT for Free (5 Ways)

Using ChatGPT for free is great for users wanting to tap into advanced AI for tasks like writing content or answering tough questions. Even though OpenAI now offers a paid subscription for more features, you can still use ChatGPT at without cost.

Here’s a simple guide, including 5 ways to use ChatGPT for free and easy steps to follow.

1. OpenAI website

Getting started with ChatGPT for free is straightforward on OpenAI’s platform.

Step 1: Go to the OpenAI website

Navigate to the OpenAI website and find the ChatGPT section. Since OpenAI often updates their site, make sure to find the latest link to ChatGPT.

Step 2: Sign up or log in

If you’re new, sign up by entering your email and other required info. Just log in if you have an account.

Step 3: Use ChatGPT for free

After logging in, you’re ready to use ChatGPT within OpenAI’s free usage limits.

2. Third-party sites

You can also use ChatGPT for free on some third-party apps and sites, even though there might be some limits. These places connect to ChatGPT through OpenAI’s API to offer services like writing help and coding assistance.

For example, I’ll use Bing Chat (Copilot), a chatbot that’s smart like ChatGPT. However, you can find more websites that include ChatGPT, besides Bing Chat.

Step 1: Research and choose a platform

Search for trustworthy third-party platforms that work with ChatGPT. Make sure they keep your data safe with a good privacy policy.

Step 2: Sign up or log in

You’ll likely need to make an account, just as you would on OpenAI’s website. Just follow the sign-up steps the platform gives you.

Step 3: Start using ChatGPT

Check out what the platform offers and start asking ChatGPT your questions.

3. Browser extensions

Browser extensions can provide quick and easy access to ChatGPT functionalities directly from your web browser.

I’ll use the Sider extension as an example. But, the Web Store has many GPT-integrated extensions you can try and find the right one.

Step 1: Find a ChatGPT extension

Look in your browser’s extension store for ChatGPT extensions. Pick one that has positive reviews and high ratings.

Step 2: Install the extension

Follow the steps to add the extension to your browser.

Step 3: Use ChatGPT via the extension

Click the extension icon on your browser toolbar to start using ChatGPT. You might need to sign in with your OpenAI account for some extensions.

Here are some ChatGPT featured extensions you might want to check out:

4. Mobile apps

You can use ChatGPT on both Android and iOS devices through mobile apps that give you free access.

Step 1: Search for ChatGPT apps

Go to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and search for ChatGPT apps. Choose ones that are highly rated and have good reviews.

Step 2: Download and install

Choose an app and download it to your phone or tablet by following the on-screen instructions.

Step 3: Start using ChatGPT

Open the app and sign up or log in if needed. Now, you’re ready to start using ChatGPT for different tasks.

5. Open-source

Another great way to use ChatGPT for free is through open-source platforms, and it’s quite simple.

Step 1: Explore Open-source projects

The AI community often creates open-source versions or alternatives that work like ChatGPT. GitHub is a great place to find these projects.

Step 2: Download and implement

When you find a project you like, download it and follow the setup instructions. Be aware, you might need some tech skills to do this.

Step 3: Use the implementation

Now you can use the open-source version for your needs. These might not have all of ChatGPT’s features, but they’re still very useful and free.

To learn more about using GPT through open source, check out this video: “ChatGPT Code Interpreter For FREE! – Open-source Implementation (Installation Guide)”.

The video shows you how the Code Interpreter API works with CodeBoxes. It explains how this setup keeps your Python code running safely and efficiently, thanks to CodeBoxes’ sandboxing that prevents code from accessing off-limit system resources.

Final thoughts

Even though OpenAI’s ChatGPT subscription plan gives you premium features, the free version of ChatGPT is still really useful for lots of things. You can use ChatGPT for free through OpenAI’s official site, third-party sites, browser extensions, mobile apps or open-source.

Just keep an eye on OpenAI’s updates or changes in access rules to get the most from ChatGPT without spending money.

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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.