How to log in to ChatGPT – all you need to know

We take you through the process step by step with top tips to keep in mind

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If you’re new to the global AI phenomenon that is ChatGPT, the first thing you’ll want to know is how you can start using the AI chatbot. Learning how to log in to ChatGPT isn’t too perplexing, but there are a few things to know about it. So in this article, we’ll take you through how to access ChatGPT from square one – and all the key information you need to know about being logged in to OpenAI’s service.

Using the AI chatbot and its impressive natural language processing capabilities starts with setting yourself up with a ChatGPT account (once you know what ChatGPT is and what it’s used for). You’ll need one before you can log in to ChatGPT and begin to use the platform. If you are having issues with getting to ChatGPT, this may be due to an unstable internet connection or you may need to clear browsing data. Check out our ChatGPT at capacity article, or our ChatGPT down piece to see more on connection issues.

Below we’ll take you through how to do that, step by step. Let’s start with your login credentials.

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ChatGPT login steps – account set-up

Step

1

Head to ChatGPT

To start, you’ll need to head to Open AI’s ChatGPT login page. This is the first port of call in your browser.

Go to: https://openai.com/chatgpt

Then select either Login or Signup-page. You can create a new account from either.

Step

2

Choose your login route

You have four options of ways to log in to ChatGPT. The first three  options allow you to use existing credentials:

  1. Log in with a Google account
  2. Log in with a Microsoft account
  3. Log in with Apple
  4. Create a new account

If you select any of the first three, you will need to already be logged into those accounts to gain access. If not, you will need to log in to your preferred account through a new tab or window.

How to log in to ChatGPT_2 - create a new account

At this point, if you are logged in to ChatGPT with an existing account, you can continue using ChatGPT. If cookies on your device show that you are still logged in to your Apple, Google or Microsoft account, you can easily log back in with a couyple of clicks or taps.

For tips and suggestions on how check out our How to use ChatGPT article. You can also check out our sister title WePC’s ChatGPT prompts list.

Step

3

Create a new account

You can skip this step if you’ve used an Apple, Google or microsoft account to log in. However, if you didn’t, you can use good old email and password to create an account.

Simply enter your email address and select continue.

On the next page you will be asked to enter a password and to select ‘continue’ once more.

How to log in to ChatGPT - email and password

You are actually creating an OpenAI account, not just one for ChatGPT. This allows you to log in to other services like DALL-E.

Step

4

Verify email

You’ll need to confirm your account and OpenAI will send a verification email. Click the link in the email to complete this step.

OpenAI will ask you for your first and last name, followed by your birthday.

How to log in to ChatGPT - confirmation email

You will need to be 18 or over to create an account.

Step

5

Add a phone number

To have an account with OpenAI, you will need to provide a mobile phone number.

This is for security and extra verification of your account, and to ensure that it is you logging in when you come back to the platform.

You will receive a security code via message at each login. Provide the code sent to you and you can log in.

Step

6

Choose your tool

Once you are logged in you can choose the OpenAI tool that you want. You have the choice of:

  • ChatGPT
  • Dall-E
  • API

DALL-E is OpenAI’s AI image tool, while API accessi s for more professional access – allowing users to integrate ChatGPT into their own tools. Select ChatGPT and you will go through to the tool itself.

How to log in to ChatGPT - pick your tool

Step

7

Start to use ChatGPT

Now you’re logged in to ChatGPT you will see a notice advising that ChatGPT is a “free research preview”, with a couple of notices about how OpenAI collect data, and about feedback.

Select ‘Next’ two times and then ‘Done’ to move past these and you can begin to use ChatGPT!

Log in to ChatGPT Plus

Once you are logged in to the ChatGPT dashboard you can use the free version of ChatGPT and try it for yourself by entering inputs, prompts, or questions into the chat box. For free, you can make use of the GPT-3.5 model.

Or, if you want the latest more advanced model and version of ChatGPT, you can sign up to ChatGPT Plus. This uses the GPT-4 model of the application, provides priority access, and offers new features first. Find out more about ChatGPT Plus and what it is in our article. If you want to upgrade it will cost you $20 per month.

Final thoughts

So that’s how you log in to ChatGPT, with links through to our other useful guides dotted throughout this article. We hope you enjoy using the tool and find it useful while discovering all of the things it can do for you. Keep in mind it isn’t always perfect, information isn’t always 100% correct, and it is a work in progress. But it’s a remarkable application and is used by more than 100 million users globally for a reason!

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.