How to Start Using ChatGPT: A Beginners Guide

ChatGPT, created by OpenAI is a groundbreaking technology. It’s a conversational AI that allows people to interact with computers conversationally. It is able to answer a wide range of questions and help with a large variety of tasks. It holds the promise of revolutionizing our day to day lives and the workplace

This easy-to-follow guide will walk you through the process of signing up, crafting effective prompts, and leveraging the power of Chat GPT.

How to Sign Up for ChatGPT

Signing up for ChatGPT is simple and hassle-free. Just follow these steps:

    • Visit the OpenAI website and locate the “ChatGPT” section.
    • Click on the “Log in” or “Sign Up” button to begin the registration process.

You can log in with a Google or Microsoft Account, or create your own. If you create your own, you will have to verify your e-mail address. If you use Microsoft or Google Authenticator on your phone, you may also have to approve the request there.

    • Once you accept the terms and conditions, you can click submit and complete your registration. After your e-mail address is verified, you can login with your new credentials to access the Chat GPT interface.

How to Ask Chat GPT Questions

After creating an account and logging in, you will be presented with a simple interface. At the bottom of the screen you can type a question or write a request for Chat GPT to generate some text for you in the Send a message box.

Answers will be typed out before your eyes and can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes to write depending on how in-depth the question is and how difficult it is for Chat GPT to come up with an answer.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chat GPT

As a new user, there are many common questions that come up related to Chat GPT. The following FAQ is designed to help get you started.

Is Chat GPT Always Accurate?

No, while Chat GPT sounds incredibly confident but may not be 100% accurate. Chat GPT was trained on data available on the internet along with other sources. The internet does not always have factual information and can have many differences of opinions that the chat bot is unable to correctly differentiate between.

Is Chat GPT Free to Use?

Yes, it is free to sign up for an account and use Chat GPT. OpenAI offers a premium subscription service called Chat GPT Pro but it is not required to use Chat GPT. You only have to sign up for a free account.

How Much is Chat GPT Pro?

OpenAI, the developer of Chat GPT offers a premium subscription called Chat GPT Plus. It costs $20 per month and gives subscribers access to the latest version GPT-4 and priority access to the service when it is being heavily used.

Is Chat GPT Plus Worth It?

It depends on how often you use Chat GPT. We believe it is worth it, because we use it every day and makes work a lot easier. Chat GPT-4 is a big improvement over Chat GPT-3.5 in our testing and we like getting responses faster and improved uptime.

When is Chat GPT the Busiest?

We have found that Chat GPT is the slowest in the morning to mid-afternoon based on Pacific Time. Likely many people are using the service for work and the strain on OpenAI servers goes down as people begin leaving for the day on the east coast.

Does Chat GPT Give the Same Answer to Everybody?

No, Chat GPT generates responses to questions individually. Meaning that you may not receive the same response that someone else does when they ask the same question.

The model and training data that Chat GPT uses is constantly being updated. Chat GPT is also contextually aware of the question being asked. So, if you are asking a follow-up question to a previous prompt, it will take into account the prior question and response. Differences in punctuation, spelling, words and sentence structure will also make a difference.

Is Chat GPT Confidential?

No, the information entered into Chat GPT may be used for training purposes by its developer OpenAI. You should not assume that the information being entered will not be repurposed. That being said, Google, Microsoft and other tech companies may use or save your data as well.

Can You Download Chat GPT for Free?

No, you cannot download Chat GPT at this time. Due to the large amount of data that Chat GPT is based on, it is hosted in large data centers supported by Microsoft Azure Infrastructure.

You can create a free account at and use Chat GPT after creating a login.

Companies are working on smaller versions of Chat GPT that can run on personal computers, smart phones and other devices that will likely be available in the near future.

Chat GPT Free Alternatives

If you want to take advantage of the newest version of Chat GPT without paying a monthly subscription, you can by using Microsoft Bing Chat which is powered by OpenAI GPT-4 and offers many of the same benefits. The answers are usually shorter, but will also cite sources.

Google Bard is a much-anticipated competitor to Chat GPT. You can sign up for a free account through the Google Bard website.  There is no longer a waitlist to try this exciting new technology.  It was recently updated to a new bigger and faster model.  In testing, Google Bard runs faster than Chat GPT and provides similar results for a range of queries and will likely improve rapidly over time.

You may have to join a waitlist and wait to receive an invite prior to using Google Bard.

Google Bard answering a comparison question against OpenAI Chat GPT

How to Use Chat GPT with Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s web browser that competes with Google Chrome and replaced Internet Explorer. Microsoft Edge has integrated Chat GPT-4 functionality in the form of a large blue b button in the top right of the screen.

If you click the B button, it will open the Bing Chat side panel where you can chat to ask questions, have it compose e-mails, blog posts, paragraphs, and even generate images using OpenAI Dall-E 2 image generation technology.

Screenshot of Microsoft Bing New Chat Powered by Chat GPT-4 in the Bing Panel of Microsoft Edge

What is Quora Poe?

Quora Poe (Platform for Open Exploration) is an AI Chat App developed by Quora, the largest question and answer site on the internet. It utilizes Chat GPT technology along with AI models from other providers. It promises to let people switch between new AI models for testing and gives users a mobile first app interface that looks more like texting than a chat bot.


Chat GPT is an exciting new tool that everybody should learn about and explore. It is the future of the way that people interact with computers and will transform day to day life and businesses much like the personal computer did.

There are many competitors to Chat GPT such as Google Bard, and Quora Poe with many more under development.

The technology will soon be integrated into many popular office applications such as Google Workplace and Microsoft Office 365 providing higher visibility to more people even if they don’t know that they are using Chat GPT.

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