Enhancing User Control: OpenAI Expands Custom Instructions for ChatGPT to All Users

OpenAI has announced an expansion of the custom instructions feature

OpenAI has announced an expansion of the custom instructions feature, which grants users greater influence over ChatGPT's responses. Initially introduced in July exclusively for ChatGPT Plus subscribers, this feature is now available to all users, including those on the free tier of the service. It empowers users to establish specific preferences and guidelines for the AI chatbot's interactions.

This innovation is designed to streamline user experience by obviating the need for repetitive instruction prompts during interactions with the chatbot, a point previously elucidated by TechCrunch.

For instance, users can instruct ChatGPT to tailor responses to a certain character count or adjust the tone of its replies according to their preferences.

At its debut in July, OpenAI provided an example of an educator employing ChatGPT to devise a lesson plan. With the custom instructions feature, the educator would no longer need to reiterate that they teach 3rd grade in order to receive appropriately customized responses.

Likewise, developers can employ the feature to specify their preferred languages for responses or to exclude languages they don't require.

OpenAI stated, "Our interactions with users spanning 22 countries have deepened our grasp of the pivotal role of steerability in enabling our models to effectively accommodate diverse contexts and individual requirements."

Previously, custom instructions were restricted to ChatGPT Plus subscribers who paid a monthly fee of $20. However, this accessibility has now been extended to both free and Plus users, including those on iOS and Android platforms. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that custom instructions can be utilized even when chat history is deactivated, as highlighted by OpenAI.

To utilize the custom instructions feature, users can initiate the process by clicking on their username and selecting "Custom instructions."

The company plans to introduce this feature to the European Union and the United Kingdom in the near future.