OpenAI expands ChatGPT’s ‘custom instructions’ for free users.

OpenAI expands ChatGPT's 'custom instructions' for free users.

OpenAI’s Custom Instructions Now Available to All Users


OpenAI’s custom instructions feature, previously only available to ChatGPT Plus subscribers, has now been made accessible to all users. This addition brings a new level of personalization to the ChatGPT experience, allowing users to provide specific instructions and preferences that shape the AI’s responses. With custom instructions, gone are the days of having to repeat your instructions at the beginning of each new conversation. Instead, you can now set your preferences in the ChatGPT settings, and the AI adapts accordingly.

Customizing Your ChatGPT Experience

The custom instructions section in the ChatGPT settings offers two text entry fields that allow users to provide input on how they would like ChatGPT to interact. The first field prompts users to share information about themselves, providing suggestions like “Where are you based?” and “What do you do for work?” This allows the AI to gain context about the user and tailor its responses accordingly. The second field enables users to convey how they want ChatGPT to respond, with questions such as “How formal or casual should ChatGPT be?” and “Should ChatGPT have opinions on topics or remain neutral?”

This new feature opens up endless possibilities for users to shape their interactions with ChatGPT. Some users have already explored unique applications of custom instructions, ranging from bizarre to practical. One user shared an interesting encounter where they pushed the boundaries of the AI’s capabilities by setting the custom instruction to repeat the letter “a” 1,500 times and leaving an incomplete sentence. As a result, ChatGPT produced a text output that seemed to explore unconventional topics. It’s fascinating to see how users can experiment with the AI’s responses by tweaking these settings.

On the other hand, many users have found custom instructions to be incredibly valuable in enhancing the accuracy and effectiveness of ChatGPT. By providing specific instructions and preferences, users can guide the AI to generate responses that align more closely with their needs and expectations. This level of customization empowers users to have more productive and tailored conversations with ChatGPT.

Exploring the Limits of Customization

However, there are also some concerns regarding the personalization of ChatGPT. OpenAI reassures users that it will not use instructions that violate its usage policies. Additionally, if users opt-out of saving their chat history, any settings that inadvertently reveal personal information will not be stored or used by OpenAI.

While some users have embraced the customization options, others have expressed reservations about the level of personal detail required. OpenAI could have opted for a collection of more generic presets with simple yes-or-no functionality, such as “orient answers toward kids” or “assume user has AI expertise.” This may have been perceived as less intrusive and still allow for a personalized experience.

Nonetheless, the introduction of custom instructions marks a significant step in the evolution of AI interactions. Users now have the ability to mold the ChatGPT experience to better suit their needs and preferences. As more people explore this feature and push its boundaries, it will be interesting to see how customization continues to shape the future of AI interactions.

OpenAI has demonstrated its commitment to innovation and user-centric design with the introduction of custom instructions. With this new era of personalized AI conversations, it’s essential for users to protect their data and engage with ChatGPT’s custom instruction feature thoughtfully. Embrace the possibilities and embark on a journey of tailored interactions with ChatGPT.