Have you heard about the powerful new langauge model ChatGPT, and are wondering if it’s actually legit?

While everybody’s hyping it up and talking about how crazy powerful it is, it can cause you to wonder whether it’s actually true.

So, is ChatGPT legit, can the apps in the app store be trusted, and how can you make sure you’re using the official version?

In this article, I’ll be covering all of that and more!

Is ChatGPT Legit?

OpenAI Logo And ChatGPT

Yes! ChatGPT is completely legit, and is one of the most revolutionary pieces of technology that we’ve seen in a very long time.

ChatGPT is an extremely powerful language model that can generate text on just about everything. And because it can remember parts of your conversation and the context of your prompts, you can actually have a back-and-forth conversation with it on almost any topic.

It was created by a company called OpenAI, which was launched in 2015 by Sam Altman and Elon Musk, and has since gone on to release several impressive projects – both earlier versions of ChatGPT, and image generation models like DALL-E 2.

For more information on who owns ChatGPT, click here!

Anyhow, if you are using the official version of ChatGPT that can be found on OpenAI’s website, then it is absolutely legit. It’s also completely free to use, so you’re welcome to try it out yourself!

Note however that some people have created fake apps or websites pretending to be ChatGPT, in order to trick people who don’t know any better.

Let’s talk more about that!

Beware Of Fake ChatGPT Apps

Since its release to the public, ChatGPT has regularly been ‘at capacity’, making users wait if they want to be able to use it.

This has led to some people turning to their phone’s app store, looking for paid apps that may help them ‘cut the line’, so to speak.

However, there is currently no official app for ChatGPT. While you can add a shortcut to your phone using the advice I’ll share in the next section, no official app has been released.

If you download these, they will usually try to trick you into paying for access, often after a limited trial.

However, there are a few things to note.

First, ChatGPT, as mentioned earlier, is completely free to use. There is currently no way to ‘skip the line’ without paying for OpenAI’s official ‘Plus’ tier for $20 a month, and there are no apps that will allow you to bypass this for free.

So, even if the app actually does provide access to ChatGPT, it is offering no additional benefit over using it in your browser. Even if it’s free, it’s likely to have additional ads that wouldn’t be present on the website.

Secondly, many fake apps pretending to be ChatGPT are actually using different language models – such as GPT-3 to generate their responses.

These are less powerful than ChatGPT. So, while you will get AI-generated responses back, they will not be as good as if you were actually using the real ChatGPT.

Therefore, there is no reason at all to download any of the fake ChatGPT apps you’ll see in the app store!

How To Get A ChatGPT App On Your Phone

Although some of the non-official apps on your phone’s app store may indeed send data through ChatGPT, they are far from ideal.

Instead, it is best to use OpenAI’s official website wherever possible.

But, did you know that you can actually set an app-like shortcut directly to it?

To create a link to ChatGPT (that opens just like an app) on iPhone, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the page where you’d use ChatGPT, by tapping here.
  2. At the bottom of the screen, tap on the share icon.
  3. Scroll down, and tap ‘Add to Home Screen.’
  4. In the top-right corner, tap on ‘Add.’

To create a link to ChatGPT on Android while using Google Chrome, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the page where you’d use ChatGPT, by tapping here.
  2. Tap on the icon with three dots, to pull up a menu.
  3. Tap on ‘Add to Home screen.’

In both cases, a ‘ChatGPT’ app icon will be added to your home screen.

Tap on it like you would any other app, and your browser will open up directly to ChatGPT’s page – effectively allowing you to use it just like an app, but without any annoying ads or microtransactions!


ChatGPT is absolutely legitimate, as long as you are using the official service on OpenAI’s website.

While fake apps and websites have popped up amidst all the hype, not all of these are completely safe to use.

So, be sure you’re always using the service at Chat.OpenAI.com, and you’ll have nothing to worry about!

Keep in mind that your chat history is saved and can be reviewed by staff however, so don’t share anything you wouldn’t want read by someone else!

I hope that you’ve found this article helpful, and that it’s answered all of your questions.

If you have any other questions about ChatGPT, ask them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Have fun,

– James McAllister

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James McAllister

James is the owner of JamesMcAllisterOnline.com. He started his first blog at the age of 11, and has since gone on to start several successful businesses. In total, these businesses have sold hundreds of thousands of units and have touched millions of lives. Here on JamesMcAllisterOnline.com, he shares his knowledge that brought him to where he is today. If you want to connect with James, follow him on your favorite social networks!

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