Don’t want to pay? You can access GPT-4 for free now anyway

Don’t want to pay? You can access GPT-4 for free now anyway
Amaar Chowdhury Updated on by

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Now that OpenAI’s latest language model has been out for a while, let’s go over how to access GPT-4 for free.

For while, OpenAI’s most advanced language model was only available to those with a ChatGPT Plus subscription. Only very recently though they’ve rolled out free access to all users who are existing OpenAI API developers for their more advanced model. It’s also available through a range of platforms – including Microsoft Bing Chat AI.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in engaging in, and it’s not too dystopian for your liking, you might be wondering how to access GPT-4, which is the latest framework that ChatGPT is making use of.

How to access GPT-4 for free using Bing AI

Bing Chat AI released months ago, and Microsoft welcomed the capabilities of GPT-4 into its new product. It’s accessible through a mere click of a button, the only catch is that you have to use Microsoft Edge to get there.

Time needed: 3 minutes

  1. Download Microsoft Edge

    You’re going to need to use Microsoft Edge to access Bing AI

  2. Sign In

    Open Microsoft Edge and click Sign in

  3. Access GPT-4

    Select open “Chat” in the top left corner

You’re good to go! It’s as simple as that, you now have access to Bing AI Chat powered by GPT-4

How to access GPT-4 on ChatGPT

If you’re interested in using GPT-4 for personal use, or you want to use it integrated into ChatGPT – you’re going to need to look at the ChatGPT Plus paid plan. We’ve already had a look at whether you can access GPT 4 for free, which you can’t unfortunately. Your only option at the moment is to head on over to and sign up for their paid plan.

Once you’re able to login to ChatGPT, you can select the GPT-4 model through a dropdown list.

A screenshot from ChatGPT detailing the drop down menu where you can access GPT-4

Then you can use GPT-4 to your liking. Or at least, to their liking. There’s a usage cap in place at the moment meaning you’re going to be limited to 50 messages every three hours, which is reasonable for personal use.

However – the best part may be that if you’ve got access to ChatGPT Plus – you’re also going to be able to have beta access to web browsing and plugins.

How to access the GPT-4 API

If you’re hoping to use GPT-4 for commercial use, you’re going to have to put your name down on the API waitlist.

OpenAI have stated that they’re trying to grant access to everyone eventually, though there is a quiet stipulation stating the following:

“During the gradual rollout of GPT-4, we’re prioritizing API access to developers that contribute exceptional model evaluations to OpenAI Evals to learn how we can improve the model for everyone. We are processing requests for the 8K and 32K engines at different rates based on capacity, so you may receive access to them at different times. Researchers studying the societal impact of AI or AI alignment issues can also apply for subsidized access via our Researcher Access Program.”

We’re going to be keeping an eye out for the latest information on GPT-4, so make sure to check back in periodically for the latest from us. In the meantime, we’ve considered ChatGPT vs GPT API so you’re clear on the differences.

Is the GPT-4 API openly available?

It is important to note that GPT-4 API is not publicly available. It is only accessible for a certain number of individuals who are on the waitlist. When selected the fee is $20 monthly as a result of OpenAI wanting to manage the demand and ensure the fair usage.

How to access GPT-4 Playground

In March, OpenAI introduced GPT-4 ‘Playground’, a new AI model that extends the functionality of ChatGPT. It’s specifically used to summarise large pieces of text of up to 25,000 words, write a blog post, translate text and even write your own books.

You can access GPT-4 playground via a subscription to OpenAI’s ChatGPT Plus program, meaning access if limited to those who pay $20 per month. You can then access GPT-4 playground by choosing the chat mode in the ‘Playground’.

If you need to access the APIs in Playground, you’ll need to join the waitlist.

So, while you need a subscription service to access GPT-4 playground, there’s still a free version of the playground with GPT-3.

Is OpenAI API free to access?

No, OpenAI API is not free to access via OpenAI. If you’re interested in accessing the OpenAI API, you can get $5 worth of free tokens before you need to start paying.

This token system depends on which model you’re using. Existing models include the Whisper model that, at the time of writing, costs $0.0006 per minute. Or the Ada model which costs $0.0004 per 1,000 tokens.

If you don’t fancy splashing out on OpenAI’s paid plan, there are plenty of ChatGPT alternatives that could be worth considering.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is GPT-4 available?

GPT-4 has arrived now, and is available through the ChatGPT Plus paid service.

Does ChatGPT use GPT-4?

ChatGPT uses GPT-4 on the paid subscription service, though the older public version uses an older GPT model.