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How free users can access ChatGPT custom instructions


OpenAI recently allowed free users to assign custom ChatGPT instructions, making it easier for everyone to use. Personalized instructions were previously only available to those paying the $8 ChatGPT Plus monthly subscription. The latest update allows you to optimize the program according to your daily needs.

There are two months left until ChatGPT turns a year old, but it has already changed the world. These days, most people use it to summarize work notes, check schoolwork, and make other tasks easier. Through personalized instructions, this AI program becomes more convenient and versatile. Best of all, setup only takes seconds!

This article explains how to enable ChatGPT custom instructions. Then I’ll explain how to maximize results with effective ChatGPT prompts and show examples.

How to Enable ChatGPT Custom Instructions

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The old version of Custom Instructions was only available in beta for Plus subscribers. Now you can open this feature by doing the following:

  1. Log in to your OpenAI account at chat.openai.com.
  2. Next, click on the three dots next to your email address on the left of your screen.
  3. Then select the Personalized instructions option.

You can also open custom instructions on Android and iOS apps. If you prefer the mobile experience: follow these steps for your smartphone:

  1. Open your ChatGPT app.
  2. Next, press the three-line button.
  3. Select the Settings option.
  4. Then press Personalized instructions.

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Both will open two text boxes asking, “What would you like ChatGPT to know about you to provide better answers?” and “How do you want ChatGPT to respond?”

The first question asks for your preferences which she will follow for her future results. On the other hand, the second asks how he should write the answers to your questions.

Enter your custom instructions in the text boxes and click the save button when done. You only have 1,500 characters for each box, so make them count.

How to Create Effective ChatGPT Prompts

Visual representation of a user typing a well-structured prompt to get helpful answers from ChatGPT.

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ChatGPT custom instructions are only effective if you create them. Therefore, make sure they clearly define what you want so the bot can provide relevant information.

In other words, you need to create effective prompts. Start by creating a ChatGPT roleplay with instructions in the first text box. For example, a teacher might enter the following prompt:

“I am a fourth grade science teacher. I cover topics like states of matter and how it transforms from one state to another. Also, I make sure my language is suitable for students around 10 years old by using simple words and sentences.

This example follows another rule of thumb for effective ChatGPT prompts: add as much detail as possible. Also, he uses an assertive tone and an active voice, which means they sound like commands, not requests or suggestions.

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Let’s move on to the second question in the OpenAI Custom Instructions to illustrate the next factor in effective prompts: “How would you like ChatGPT to respond?” Follow the previous steps and include examples.

For example, a teacher might ask the bot to “use language appropriate for fourth graders around ten years old” instead of asking, “Can you use words that fourth graders can understand?” Next, you need to provide examples that ChatGPT can use as references.

Place a sentence or paragraph from your student assignments under this prompt so the bot can use it as an example for future results. However, make sure that your custom instructions fit within the 1500 character limits of the text boxes.


OpenAI gave free users access to custom instructions for its AI program. Thus, everyone can customize the chatbot according to their daily needs.

This feature is available on PC, Android and iOS. However, they are only as good as your prompts. Follow the lessons above to write the most effective ones.

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ChatGPT Custom Instructions Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use ChatGPT Custom Instructions for free?

Custom instructions were exclusively for ChatGPT plus subscribers as a beta feature. Nowadays, free users can enter them into their accounts by opening the settings. However, you should enter effective prompts to get the best results. Follow the tips above to write the best ChatGPT commands.

What is the best way to use ChatGPT?

The best way to use ChatGPT depends on your preferences. Using the desktop version may be more convenient if you often use the program for work. On the other hand, casual users can opt for both Android and iOS versions. Thanks to recent updates, all versions share most features, depending on your OpenAI subscription.

How can I use ChatGPT offline?

You cannot use ChatGPT without logging in to a Open AI account. Also, most AI programs, such as Microsoft Bing and Google Bard, require registration. Fortunately, creating accounts only takes a few seconds and does not require any payment. However, additional features, like ChatGPT’s image recognition, are usually behind paid subscriptions.

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