ChatGPT has become an essential companion for all sorts of tasks. From composing emails to writing codes, and from helping recruiters and job seekers alike, it has found a place on everyone’s browser. It sits almost permanently on most people’s browsers, with a lifespan greater than most other tabs.
But even if it need not fear being closed like many other fateful tabs, it still cannot keep you hooked (without interfering with productivity). You still need to navigate to other tabs. With ChatGPT Chrome extensions, however, you can reduce getting lost in the multitude of tabs and achieve much more than basic ChatGPT permits.
In this article, we’ll explore 10 ChatGPT Chrome extensions that can supercharge ChatGPT, making it an even more powerful and useful tool.
Why use ChatGPT Chrome extensions
Awashed with and overwhelmed by the enormity of ChatGPT-related news and articles, you must have wondered–like many others, myself included–whether there is anything ChatGPT cannot do. It turns out, it has a fair number of limitations and drawbacks. For one, its knowledge is quite dated; it has been trained with data from before September 2021. And so this makes it unsuitable for research on current topics.
Another significant feature it lacks is voice search. This is quite a surprise because voice has become one of the most popular forms of interacting with the web. Humans may have ceased talking to one another but that does not mean they are loath to talk to their devices, too. 71% of consumers say they prefer to search using voice rather than type.
These and many other limitations can be bypassed with ChatGPT Chrome extensions. By using ChatGPT Chrome extensions, we can expand its capabilities and enhance its functionality.
Top 10 ChatGPT Chrome extensions to get the best out of ChatGPT
Whatever you use ChatGPT for, in your professional and personal settings, these ChatGPT Chrome extensions can make the experience of using ChatGPT more smooth and flawless.
Here are the top 10 ChatGPT Chrome extensions that you can use to enhance the functionality of ChatGPT and make it an even more powerful and helpful assistant.
- ChatGPT for Google
- ChatGPT Writer
- YouTube Summary with ChatGPT
- ChatGPT Prompt Genius
- ChatGPT for Search Engines
- Superpower ChatGPT
Let us now dive deeper and explore what each of these ChatGPT Chrome extensions does and how they complement ChatGPT and enhance its functionality.
Note: To use these ChatGPT Chrome extensions, you’ll need an OpenAI account and be logged in to ChatGPT in the browser you have the extensions installed.
1. ChatGPT for Google
ChatGPT for Google is one of the most popular ChatGPT Chrome extensions with over a million installs. It displays results from ChatGPT alongside the search results. This makes it convenient in comparing ChatGPT’s answers with Google’s results and fact-checking its answers.
It is open-sourced and works with popular search engines besides Google, such as Bing, DuckDuckGo, Yandex, Baidu, and even Yahoo!
It has several customisation features. You can set it to always show ChatGPT answers, or only when your query ends with a question mark, or only when you desire it–ie, you can click a button the generate its answers.
You can also set the language of the results to one of your choosing–Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Chinese, etc–besides English, of course.
And you can use your own ChatGPT API key for faster response, and for it not to be bottlenecked by ChatGPT’s capacity.
Another feature is the ability to copy the answers and also share them as links. Anyone with the links will be able to see the answers.
This extension is the reverse of ChatGPT for Google. It serves you the latest results from the internet inside ChatGPT and cites the sources along with links. This allows you to check if the sources are authentic or trustworthy and verify that the chatbot is not making stuff up–hallucinating, in other words.
The extension gives you the option to choose the number of web results to show, the time period and location.
This enhanced version of ChatGPT makes it much more suitable for research and writing content. ChataGPT’s tendency to hallucinate is a huge drawback for meaningful research and writing that this extension helps mitigate.
One of the major limitations of ChatGPT is the lack of voice search and voice response. Talk-to-ChatGPT removes that silence.
This ChatGPT Chrome extension lets you chat with ChatGPT using your voice. And better still, it reads out the answers using Google Text-to-Speech technology and supports a number of languages including Italian, German, and Hindi. It also supports input in several languages.
With this extension, you can not only give up typing but also the need to attend to your computer to use ChatGPT.
The speech output is quite slow and there are occasional pauses. You can change the talking speed, AI voice and language, tone and input language among others from the settings menu.
4. ChatGPT Writer
If you are someone who writes a lot of emails, then this extension is a godsend. ChatGPT Writer composes emails and writes email replies in mere seconds. And not just write generic, tone-deaf emails but personalised, tone-sensitive emails according to your input.
To use the extension, click the ChatGPT Writer icon next to the “Send” button. Then give it the context and click the Generate Email button–or Generate Reply, if you’re writing a reply.
It works on all sites and in all Chromium-based browsers, such as Chrome, Edge, and Brave. It can generate emails in any language.
This is a do-it-all extension. The ChatSonic extension for Google Chrome can, among other things, generate images by integrating Stable Diffusion with ChatGPT, compose emails, write blogs, tweets, and LinkedIn posts, and summarise email and Twitter threads.
It is, as it trumpets itself, ChatGPT with superpowers. It is built from ChatGPT doing away with its limitations such as its lack of knowledge later than 2021, inability to generate images, and lack of voice commands. ChatSonic has all of these–and more.
One of the drawbacks of this extension is that it is not free, unlike the others we’ve discussed so far. There’s a free trial but with a limited quota that you can’t do much with it.
6. YouTube Summary with ChatGPT
YouTube is an indispensable tool for learning and also for research. But because of the way YouTube’s monetisation system works, creators are incentivised to produce videos of certain duration. But most viewers do not have the time to watch the whole video. So, we skip, skip and skip until we find what we’re watching the video for.
This no longer needs to be the case. With the YouTube Summary with ChatGPT, we can easily transcribe any YouTube video along with the timestamps. And what’s more, we can get the summary of the video in a fraction of the time it’d take us to watch the video.
It is not 100% accurate, as to be expected with any transcription tools, but it gets pretty close.
To get the summary of the video, click the OpenAI icon. If that doesn’t work, you can copy the transcribed text and paste it into ChatGPT and ask it to summarise the text.
A similar ChatGPT Chrome extension is YouTube Digest. It does more or less the same thing as the YouTube Summary. It lets you download the transcription as PDF, or .docx.
7. ChatGPT Prompt Genius
ChatGPT is a tool, and as a tool, it is only as useful as the user makes of it. The utility of its answers and the quality depend much on the prompt. The way to get the best out of ChatGPT is to master the art of prompting.
Knowing how to give the right prompt to get desired answers not just in ChatGPT but in the burgeoning field of generative AI will be a useful skill in professional life. Proficiency in prompting will be an advantage in plenty of industries as proficiency in Excel is.
This is where ChatGPT Prompt Genius comes in handy. It is an extension that has tens of curated prompts for various use cases. It also has hundreds of public prompts that can be found on a dedicated subreddit.
Besides, it has some cool themes that you can use to customise and personalise ChatGPT.
You can also download your prompts and the answers in different formats such as PDF, PNG and as a markdown file.
If you’re looking for a ChatGPT Chrome extension that works everywhere and does almost everything, this is it. Merlin integrates ChatGPT with every site you visit. It makes replying, summarising, and simplifying a dragless process.
Whatever site you are on, you can summon the extension and let it do what you want. If you’re writing a blog and think your content is a little bland, you can spice it up using Merlin. Simply select the part you want to modify and press Ctrl+M or Cmd+M to summon Merlin. You can then ask it to insert puns, make them rhyme and so on.
You can likewise use it on social media platforms to write replies, add comment, or in email services to compose emails and write replies.
An important thing to note is that it only gives you 31 prompts a day unless you subscribe to the “Pro” plan.
9. ChatGPT for Search Engines
ChatGPT for Search Engines is not a lot different from some of the other ChatGPT Chrome extensions mentioned above. It can be used to display ChatGPT answers alongside Google Search results; and you can continue conversations with ChatGPT from the search results page.
What this extension is better used for, however, is prompt templates. It has hundreds of prompt templates that you can modify to generate unique responses. There are prompt templates for blogs, social media content, emails, marketing, case studies, and more.
There are also examples of prompts from other users that you can use to draw inspiration from. If prompts are what you are looking for, then this is one of the best out there.
10. Superpower ChatGPT
This extension makes using ChatGPT a lot easier. Superpower ChatGPT adds a couple of UI elements that, though small, make ChatGPT intuitively more user-friendly.
It adds a search functionality that you can use to search the conversations. This is especially helpful if you have long conversations or several conversations.
And you can bookmark your prompts and ChatGPT’s answers. It also adds a time label to the conversation and word and character count.
Superpower ChatGPT allows you to easily copy the responses, and export them as HTML or as Markdown language. There are also quick shortcut prompts that you may frequently use; you can add to this list your own custom prompts.
The popularity of ChatGPT has resulted in the mushrooming of extensions related to ChatGPT. There are potentially thousands of them and all of them have something to offer, no doubt. But we hope the ten ChatGPT Chrome extensions mentioned here will help you get the most out of ChatGPT.
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