OpenAI’s ChatGPT introduced a new custom instructions feature on July 21st. Initially, this feature was available only to ChatGPT Plus subscribers, but now it’s been extended to free users as well, with exceptions in the UK and EU.
What is the Custom Instructions Feature?
The custom instructions feature allows users to configure roles to define a conversation, thereby saving time in communication.
For example, a user can set themselves as a student learning mathematics and ask ChatGPT to assist in enhancing their math skills. Once configured, ChatGPT will prioritize the user-set role background and provide more tailored responses, like guided answers when asked a question.
In their blog post, OpenAI provided examples like programmers using ChatGPT for coding help. If a user prefers not to write in Python, they can set up their role as a programmer, specify their language, and instruct ChatGPT not to use Python.
How to Use Custom Instructions:
1. Click on Menu: Click on the user account menu in the bottom-left corner, then navigate to Settings > Beta features > Custom instructions.
2. Enable the Feature: Check the box next to Custom instructions, and a settings prompt will appear in the bottom-left corner. Follow the instructions as prompted.
3. Initiate a New Conversation: After completing the setup, click to start a new session with ChatGPT, and a personal preference prompt will appear at the top.
This feature is now accessible to all ChatGPT users across supported countries/regions, except in the UK and the EU.