How to Access, Install, and Use ChatGPT-4 AI Plugins (And Why You Should)

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ChatGPT is more popular than ice cream on a hot summer day. Getting the most out of it, however, is tough. Recently, OpenAI added plugins to the paid version of the service, ChatGPT Plus, and it has become easier than ever to get useful information from ChatGPT-4.

ChatGPT plugins are AI chatbot enhancements that increase what it can do. For example, Kayak and Expedia plugins can answer travel questions in real time. These plugins can be found in the ChatGPT plugin store.

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While OpenAI has created a few, the vast majority have been written by third-party developers. All ChatGPT plugins are designed to work with GPT-4; they cannot work with the free ChatGPT-3.5 system. Today there are 263 plugins, with more being added every day.

These plugins offer many services. They can help you write superior ChatGPT tips, assist you with restaurant reservations, provide financial advice, and provide timely links to AI-enabled astrological predictions. For now, you can use all plugins for free. This will change.

Note, however, that ChatGPT plugins and ChatGPT extensions are not the same thing. ChatGPT Chrome extensions, such as WebChatGPT and Compose AI, make it easy to use any version of ChatGPT with your Chrome web browser.

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Plugins add more search functionality to the chatbot and integrate it with third-party services. Extensions, like any Chrome extension, are simply added through the Chrome Web Store. Plugins are more complicated. Here’s how to find and install them.

How to install ChatGPT plugins-4

What you will need: A ChatGPT Plus account, a computer and an Internet connection.

To access the new features, you need to subscribe to ChatGPT Plus. To do this, log into your ChatGPT account and click the Upgrade to Plus button in the lower left corner. Enter your payment information and pay a recurring fee of $20 per month. After your first payment, you get instant access to your new features.

Beta features are turned off by default. To activate them, click on the three dots next to your username in the lower left corner and select Settings.

Click the Beta Features tab in the Settings menu. Click the scroll buttons next to Browse with Bing and Plugins to enable access to the Browse with Bing and Plugins features of ChatGPT.

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Exit Settings to start using the new ChatGPT features.

How to use ChatGPT Browse with Bing

ChatGPT Browse with Bing plugins and ChatGPT are separate features. But the Browse with Bing feature is useful and I have to mention it too.

Also: How to use Bing Chat (and how it’s different from ChatGPT)

It does exactly what it says. Instead of being limited to data from September 2021 and earlier in ChatGPT, you can access current information. This is a real difference maker. Here’s how to use the Browse feature with Bing.

1. Select the AI ​​model and functionality

Start a new chat in ChatGPT. At the top center of the screen, you have the option to use GPT-3.5 or the more advanced GPT-4 model. Hover over the GPT-4 button and the navigation beta option will appear. Click to select it.

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2. Write your request

Use ChatGPT as usual. Browse with Bing is best when you have a question or query that requires recent information or data. For example, ask for the latest news on a specific topic, such as a company’s stock performance or the score from a recent game.

3. Browse the results

Behind the scenes, ChatGPT does the navigation for you, providing accurate, relevant, timely and quoted information.

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Click on each citation number to be transported to the web page where ChatGPT found its information.

How to use ChatGPT plugins

To get started with these third-party plugins, follow these steps.

1. Select the AI ​​model and functionality

Start a new chat and hover over the GPT-4 option above. Click on the plugins option.

2. Go to the plugin store

Click the drop-down arrow below the GPT-4 button. A button to access the plugin store will appear. Here you can browse a list of ChatGPT plugins.

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If you find one you want to try, click the green Install button next to it. After installing it, you can access it whenever you want from the same menu.

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3. Explore plugins

Browse and test plugins to find out which ones are best for your needs. If you don’t like something, it’s as simple as a quick uninstall. New plugins are added every day, so check the plugin store regularly.

Here, I’m messing around with the Kayak plug-in and Vancouver waterfront hotels.

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Frequent questions

What are the caveats of ChatGPT-4 plugins?

  • These are all betas, and boy, does it sometimes show. Sometimes they will give you painfully wrong answers. Other times, plugins will fail.
  • There is currently a hard limit on the number of plugins you can have active at the same time. You can turn them off, but only up to three can work at any one time.
  • For now, you can only browse the web or use a plugin. You can’t do both at the same time. Some plug-ins duplicate web access in their functionality, so it’s not as big a deal as it might seem at first glance.
  • Note that, when using plugins, you are still limited to 25 ChatGPT-4 queries every three hours. Once you pass that threshold, you will be dropped back to ChatGPT 3.5. So before you start your session, first be very clear about what you are trying to achieve.
  • This is a new type of software, and OpenAI says no plug-in can be used for malware, scams, or spreading misinformation. Nor can it be used to bypass or interfere with OpenAI’s security systems, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. User beware!

How to use ChatGPT plugins-4

Once installed, simply choose to use the template with them activated. That’s all there is to it. Under the hood, the ChatGPT APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) are called, but you don’t have to worry about the technical details. Just write your prompt and go.

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By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can unlock the full potential of ChatGPT Plus. Remember, as with any tool, it is up to you to verify the accuracy of the information you provide. Even the ChatGPT-4 and more advanced plugins are still prone to making mistakes. Good luck and happy exploring!

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