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How to use ChatGPT on Mac: 2 Ways explained!

ChatGPT, the impressive artificial intelligence (AI) tool, has shocked the world because of its human-like responses. Recognizing its potential, some tech giants have already integrated the software into their products, making it easier for users to access its features and capabilities. However, Apple seems unlikely to provide native support for ChatGPT on macOS.

Fortunately, there’s a workaround. If you’re a Mac user, you can still use ChatGPT on your device. In this post, we’ll discuss how you can easily use ChatGPT on Mac.

What can you do with ChatGPT on Mac?

Think of ChatGPT as a cooler version of your favorite search engine. Here are some of the many things you can do with ChatGPT on your Mac:

  • Help brainstorm and generate ideas
  • Offer personalized recommendations
  • Breakdown complicated topics
  • Write original songs
  • Develop an app
  • Write code in any programming language
  • Extract data from the text
  • Solve math questions and other homework
  • Create resumes and cover letters
  • Summarize the latest research and articles
  • Complete essays
  • Translate text
  • Make quizzes
  • Generate posts and captions for social media accounts
  • Help make a travel itinerary
  • Find data sets
  • Help with job search

How to use ChatGPT on Mac from the browser

No official ChatGPT app is available for Mac — at least not as of publishing this article. If you own an iPhone or an Apple Watch, you may be interested in how to use ChatGPT on the iPhone or Apple Watch too.

While there is some speculation that OpenAI is about to develop and release a ChatGPT app soon, the original and traditional way of accessing ChatGPT is via its website. Here’s how you can use it:

  1. Open Safari or any browser of your choice.
  2. Go to openai.com → click Try ChatGPT.

    Click Try ChatGPT from Open AI on Mac
  3. Select Log in if you already have an account. If you don’t have one, click Sign Up.
  4. Enter your email address or use your Google or Microsoft account to create an account. You’ll be prompted to click a captcha to verify that you are a human. Click Next.
  5. OpenAI will ask you to verify your email. Just click the button to be redirected to your email, or log in to your email and verify.

    Verify your Mail for ChatGPT on Mac
  6. Next, you’ll be prompted to input your name and verify your phone number. Enter your phone number and select Send code. Check your phone and enter the code you received in the field on your browser.

    Verify your Phone number for ChatGPT on Mac Browser
  7. You’ll see a welcome screen with a This is a free research preview. Follow the onscreen instructions and click Done.

That’s it! You can now use ChatGPT on your Mac using your preferred browser.

Overview of ChatGPT on Mac Browser

How to access ChatGPT from Mac’s menu bar

If you always need ChatGPT, it can be a hassle to keep opening your browser to log in to ChatGPT. There’s actually a more intuitive and easy way of accessing ChatGPT: via the MacGPT app.

What is MacGPT for Mac?

MacGPT is an app developed by Jordi Bruin. It reproduces all the options on the ChatGPT website so you can converse with the chatbot right from a chat window on your Mac without logging in to ChatGPT through a browser.

You just need to install MacGPT on your Mac and access the app from your menu bar or create a keyboard shortcut to make it easier for you to use the functionalities of ChatGPT. 

However, you must log in through your browser before launching a chat window via MacGPT.

How to download MacGPT on Mac for free

  1. Visit Bruin’s Gumroad page.
  2. Input a fair price for the app. You can get MacGPT for free by placing 0 in the fair price box, but you can always send donations to the developer, ranging from $1 to $100,000,000,000.
  3. Click I want this.

    Download MacGPT from Bruin’s Gumroad page on Mac
  4. Enter your email address and select Get. You’ll receive a receipt in your email. 
  5. Got to your email inbox, click View Content → Click Download. If you get a prompt asking your permission to allow downloads from app.gumroad.com. Click Allow.

    Click Allow to Download MacGPT on Mac
  6. Once done downloading, select the MacGPT application → click Open once a prompt appears.
  7. Log in to your OpenAI account from MacGPT and begin using it!

Note: You need your Mac to run macOS Monterey or macOS Ventura to launch MacGPT.

How to use MacGPT

As mentioned above, MacGPT simply mirrors ChatGPT, so it functions in the same way as how ChatGPT would on your browser. You should see similar example prompts you can use to get started. 

You have the option to select from Web or Native. The Web option is similar to how ChatGPT looks on its website.

MacGPT says that the Native option gives you a much more fluid experience. To do this, you’ll need to enter your OpenAI API Key.

  1. Click the How do I get an API Key? option, which will redirect you to ChatGPT.
    Some users might be redirected to a page where they have to click User Settings.
  2. Sign in and click +Create new secret key.
  3. Click the green button to immediately copy the API.
  4. Paste this code to the API key field in MacGPT’s Preferences/Settings → hit Submit.

That’s it! You can now use MacGPT in Native mode.

You may also type in your own query in the text field below. After you hit Send, you should see the chatbot typing its response. If you want it to stop, just click the Stop generating button. You can also select Regenerate response if you want it to try to answer your query differently.

How to use MacGPT on Mac

Features of MacGPT

While it mostly mirrors ChatGPT, it does have some special features unique to the app. For starters, you can set a keyboard shortcut for the app to access it with a combination of keys.

  • To assign a keyboard shortcut, open MacGPT → Preferences/Settings → click the text field beside Open chat → then press the key combination for the shortcut. Please note that the shortcut works only if the MacGPT application runs in the background.
  • You should also see its icon on your menu bar. The next time you want to use it, just click the MacGPT icon on your menu bar and begin typing.
  • You also have the option to keep the MacGPT window on top so that it floats above all your other windows. Just open MacGPT → Preferences → tick Always On Top.
Features of MacGPT

Wrapping up…

ChatGPT is already an excellent tool for conversational AI, but having MacGPT makes it more intuitive and easier to use. With the help of MacGPT, you no longer need to open your browser whenever you want to chat with ChatGPT.

Did you download MacGPT? How was the experience for you? Share it below!

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    Rachel, an experienced Apple technology writer since 2021 and a long-time user since 2003, began her journey with a silver iPod Classic. Currently, she owns an array of modern Apple gadgets. At iGeeksBlog, her expertise shines through in the crafting of comprehensive how-to articles, informative guides, and well-curated roundups.

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