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The ChatGPT voice chat feature of OpenAI is now available: here’s how to use it

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In September, OpenAI launched voice chats for Android and iOS users on ChatGPT, enabling them to have real-time interactions with the chatbot. As revealed by OpenAI co-founder Greg Brockman on X, the capability that was once exclusive to Plus and Enterprise subscribers is now progressively being made available to all free users on mobile.

Since the capacity to produce realistic artificial voices from small speech samples carries some risk, OpenAI decided to limit the use of ChatGPT’s voice feature to conversational assistance only. This feature is made possible via a text-to-speech algorithm that was created in partnership with voice actors to provide a choice of five distinct voices and generates human-like audio from text and short speech samples.

Although some Android users have been able to use voice conversations, many still do not have access to this capability. It might take some time for it to be available to all accounts, and it’s not clear if users must consent in order to utilize it. Nevertheless, paid members have to activate voice chats through Settings > New Features during the initial launch.

Brockman’s announcement regarding the broader release of this capacity was made subsequent to his resignation as OpenAI’s president. His departure came after CEO Sam Altman was fired by the board, which caused turmoil in the organization as senior employees quit in protest and others threatened to resign if Altman wasn’t brought back. OpenAI then put Altman and Brockman back in their original positions.

Using ChatGPT to have a voice chat:

1. Launch the ChatGPT app, then sign in with your credentials.

2. Select Settings.

3. Choose the New Features option.

4. Choose to participate in voice chats.

5. To select your chosen voice, tap the headphone icon located in the upper-right corner.

6. Select Live Activity Permissions by clicking the blue headset symbol.

7. ChatGPT will indicate when you should begin speaking.

8. The voice communication feature might not have been rolled out to your account yet if you are unable to locate it.

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