Don’t get scammed by fake ChatGPT apps: Here’s what to look out for

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If you’re a fan of ChatGPT and its capabilities, you’re probably curious if there is a mobile app you can download for on-the-go chatbot conversations. Well — there is, but for now, it’s only available in the U.S. on iOS

Also: OpenAI dropped a free ChatGPT app for iPhones. Does it live up to the hype?

But some people have found it difficult to find OpenAI’s official ChatGPT app in the App Store, leaving sketchy and scammy apps more visible to download. Most apps on the App Store that claim to use OpenAI’s technology that powers ChatGPT aren’t legit, and your personal information could be at risk.

Also: How to use ChatGPT in your browser with the right extensions

Scammy apps will ask for unnecessary information and permissions, unload malware onto your device after downloading, or trick you into paying lots of money for a useless subscription. Here are some tips to prevent downloading an app with malicious intent.

1. Check the app permissions

Some of these apps are a privacy risk, as the app’s permissions are unnecessarily overreaching compared to the app’s purpose. 

Before downloading an app that claims to be ChatGPT-adjacent, check out its app permissions. Is there a good reason why a chatbot needs to access your contacts? 

2. Double-check the developers

OpenAI is the developer behind ChatGPT. So, any other chatbot apps on the App Store and all chatbot apps on the Google Play Store

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