ChatGPT App Now Uses Bing to Search for Answers

In the latest release notes, OpenAI announced that the iOS ChatGPT app now lets Plus users leverage Microsoft's Bing to find answers to their questions.

To try out this feature, users need to enable Browsing in the “new features” section in the app settings. Then, users need to select GPT-4 in the model switcher and choose “Browse with Bing” in the drop-down. The feature for mobile is currently in beta. ChatGPT does not yet have an Android app.

This integration has already been available as a beta to Plus users of the ChatGPT web app, while the free version only surfaces information up to September 2021.

OpenAI says that Browsing is particularly useful for questions about current events and other information that “extend[s] beyond [ChatGPT’s] original training data.”

Another feature available to the iOS app users is the option to disable chat history. When chat history on the device is disabled, conversations won’t be used to improve OpenAI models nor appear in the history on users' other devices. However, it will be stored for 30 days. The company has also made the iOS app available for download in 11 more countries. These include Albania, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, Korea, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom.

Back in January this year, Microsoft made a multibillion-dollar investment into OpenAI. In May, Microsoft announced that Bing would become the default search engine for ChatGPT.