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Great news for ChatGPT users! OpenAI recently added a voice chat feature for both Android and iOS devices last September. This feature lets users have real-time conversations with the chatbot.

Initially, only Plus and Enterprise subscribers could use this feature. But now, OpenAI plans to make it available to all free users on mobile gradually. Greg Brockman, one of OpenAI’s co-founders, announced this update recently.

OpenAI focused on making voice conversations possible, using a text-to-speech model. This model creates human-like audio from written text or short speech samples. They collaborated with voice actors to offer a choice of five different voices.

Although some users, especially on Android, have access to voice chats, many are still waiting for this feature. It might take some time for it to be available to all accounts. It’s not clear yet if users need to do something specific to access it. Initially, paid subscribers had to activate it through Settings > New Features.

Greg Brockman made this announcement after stepping down as President of OpenAI. This move followed the board’s removal of CEO Sam Altman. The company faced turmoil, with some senior staff resigning in protest. Eventually, Altman and Brockman were reinstated to their previous roles.

To start using voice chat on Chat GPT:
  1. Open the Chat GPT app and log in.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Click on New Features.
  4. Opt in for voice conversations.
  5. Select your preferred voice by tapping the headphone icon.
  6. Grant live activity permissions by clicking the blue headset icon.
  7. Chat GPT will let you know when to start speaking.
  8. If you don’t see the option for voice conversations, it might not have been rolled out to your account yet.

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