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You can now use ChatGPT without an account

You can now use ChatGPT without an account

OpenAI will no longer require an account to use ChatGPT, the company's free AI platform. However, this only applies to ChatGPT, as other OpenAI products, such as DALL-E 3, cost money to access and will still require an account for access. "We're rolling this out slowly, with the aim of making AI accessible to anyone curious about its capabilities," OpenAI said in a blog post.

Since ChatGPT first launches in late 2022, interested users will need to sign up for an OpenAI account. The chatbot proved popular and made ChatGPT one of the fastest growing services ever. The company then added paid subscriptions to access products like the DALL-E 3 and more advanced models. Users will need an account to save and review chat history, share chats, and interact by voice.

OpenAI says more than 100 million people in 185 countries use ChatGPT weekly. Traffic tracker SimilarWeb found that ChatGPT remains the most visited AI chatbot site, with an estimated 1.6 billion visitors in February, even as Google's Gemini has started to catch up. However, its traffic has fallen slightly from its peak in May 2023 when the number of estimated visits topped 1.8 billion.

OpenAI said it has introduced "additional content protection measures for this experience", including blocking signals in a wide range of categories, but did not provide further details about what these categories are. The option to opt out of model training will still be available, even for those without an account. ChatGPT users can toggle whether their ChatGPT activity can be used to train OpenAI's AI models.

Meanwhile, other OpenAI products, like the newly announced AI voice cloning service Voice Engine and video creation platform Sora, are only available to a limited number of users and partners and are not part of the benefits of having an OpenAI account.