How to Install ChatGPT as a Mac App on macOS Sonoma for Free

Apple’s macOS Sonoma has brought a plethora of features to enhance your computing experience, and one of these is the ability to easily create apps from your favorite websites. This is particularly useful for services like ChatGPT, where having quick, streamlined access to the website can be a real game changer. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to install ChatGPT as a Mac app using Safari’s “Add to Dock” feature.

Step 1: Open Safari

First things first, open your Safari browser. This feature is specific to Safari, so using Chrome or Firefox won’t work in this instance.

Step 2: Navigate to the ChatGPT Website

Type in the URL for ChatGPT or search for it in your Safari browser. Make sure you are on the official ChatGPT page.

Step 3: Access the Share Menu

Once the ChatGPT page has fully loaded, look at the top of your Safari window. You’ll find the share icon in the toolbar (it looks like a square with an arrow pointing upward). Click on this icon to open the share menu.

Step 4: Choose “Add to Dock”

In the share menu, you’ll see several menu options; select the one titled “Add to Dock.” This essentially saves the website as a standalone app you can open from the Dock and/or from Launchpad just like regular Mac apps.

Install ChatGPT as a Mac app from the Share menu in Safari.

It’s worth mentioning that you can also perform the “Add to Dock” action from the menu bar by choosing File -> Add to Dock as demonstrated in the screenshot below.

Choose File -> Add to Dock to save ChatGPT as a Mac App from Safari.
You can also save ChatGPT as a Mac app from the menu bar on macOS Sonoma and later.

Step 5: Rename (Optional)

After selecting “Add to Dock,” you are given the option to rename the web app. You can keep it as ChatGPT or change it to something else that you’ll easily recognize.

The Add to Dock panel used to save ChatGPT as a Mac app.

Step 6: Locate the ChatGPT Icon in Your Dock

Once you’ve added ChatGPT to your Dock, you should see the icon appear. It’s usually at the end of your Dock, but you can click and drag it to change its position.

Step 7: Enjoy Your New ChatGPT Mac App

Congratulations, you now have ChatGPT installed as a Mac app! Just click on the icon in your Dock whenever you want to use ChatGPT. It will open in a window that’s separate from your main Safari browser, giving you an app-like experience.

    Additional Tips and Tricks

  • Internet Connection: Remember, since this is essentially a shortcut to the web version of ChatGPT, you’ll need an active internet connection to use it.
  • Customization: Feel free to customize the web app further by changing its icon. You can do this by opening the Settings window from the menu bar when you have the ChatGPT app opened. From there, you can replace the icon with any image you’ve prepared.

Install ChatGPT as a Mac App and get a More Native Experience

ChatGPT Mac app settings window.
Double click on the ChatGPT icon image in the Settings window to change it.

And that’s it! You’ve successfully turned ChatGPT into a convenient app on your Mac. This process can be used for virtually any website, making your most visited pages more accessible than ever. Enjoy the seamless integration of ChatGPT into your macOS Sonoma experience!

How to Enable a Finder Extension on macOS Ventura

In this tutorial, we will explain what Finder extensions are and how to enable a Finder extension on macOS Ventura.

What is a Finder Extension?

A Finder extension is a type of macOS plugin that adds functionality to the Finder app. These extensions can be created by developers to add new features to the Finder, such as the ability to perform custom actions on the files and folders you are viewing in Finder. Once enabled, Finder extensions can appear in the context menu when you right-click on a file or folder. A Finder extension can also add a custom button to Finder’s toolbar.

Image showing user interface elements added to the Finder via a Finder extension.

How to Enable a Finder Extension on macOS Ventura

Step 1: Open the System Settings app

The first step is to open the System Settings app. You can do this by clicking on the System Settings icon in the Dock or from Launchpad. You can also open the System Settings app by clicking on the Apple menu at the top left corner of your screen and select “System Settings” from the dropdown menu.

Screenshot showing how to open the System Settings app from the menu bar on macOS Ventura.

Step 2: Click on “Privacy”

In the System Settings window, click on the “Privacy & Security” option in the sidebar. Scroll all the way down in the main pane and choose “Extensions” as highlighted in the screenshot below:

The "Privacy & Security" section of the System Settings app on macOS Ventura.

Step 3: Enable the Finder Extension in the “Added extensions” List

Click on “Added extensions” to view the app extensions list. You will see a list of all available extensions provided by your installed apps here. It’s worth noting that other types of extensions are displayed in this list as well. To enable a Finder extension specifically, simply click on the “Finder extensions” checkbox that appears below the app name.

The "Added extensions" list in System Settings is where you enable Finder extensions on macOS Ventura

Step 4: Use the Extension

Once you have enabled the extension, open the Finder app and you can begin using the extension. It’s worth noting that some extensions may require additional permissions to work properly. If this is the case for your Finder extension, ask the the app developer what additional steps are required to get the Finder extension working.

Final Thoughts

Finder extensions are a powerful tool that can add a lot of functionality to the Finder app on macOS Ventura. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily enable and use a Finder extension to streamline your workflow and make working with files and folders on your Mac even easier.

Want to use Finder extensions on your Mac now? Check out these great apps:

  • File Cabinet Pro provides a Finder extension that allows you to create various text documents right in a Finder window.
  • Desktop Ghost Pro provides a Finder extension that allows you to show and hide all the icons on your Desktop from the Finder when you are viewing the desktop directory.
  • Open Directory in Terminal allows you to open the selected directories in Finder in a new Terminal window or tab.

How to Redeem a Promo Code on the Mac App Store on macOS Ventura

Redeeming promo codes on the Mac App Store is a simple process that allows you to download and use apps for free. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the steps to redeem a promo code on the Mac App Store on macOS Ventura.

Step 1: Launch the Mac App Store

The first step is to launch the Mac App Store on your Mac. You can do this by clicking on the App Store icon in the Dock or by searching for it using Spotlight.

Step 2: Sign in to your account

Before you can redeem a promo code, you need to sign in to your Apple ID on the Mac App Store. Click on the ‘Sign In’ button located at the bottom of the sidebar on the left-hand side of the screen. Enter your Apple ID and password and click ‘Sign In.’

Step 3: Access the Redeem Page

Once you’ve signed in, click on your name in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. A dropdown menu will appear, and you should select ‘Redeem’ from the options listed.

Screenshot of the Account page on the Mac App Store.

Step 4: Enter the Promo Code

On the Redeem page, enter the promo code you received in the text field provided. Make sure to enter the code exactly as it was given to you. Promo codes are usually case sensitive, so be sure to enter uppercase and lowercase letters correctly.

The Mac App Store redeem page.

Step 5: Confirm your Redeem

Click on the ‘Redeem’ button to confirm your code. If the code is valid, the app or item associated with the code will start to download. If the code is not valid or has already been used, you’ll receive an error message.

Step 6: Download and Install the App on your Other Macs

Once the code has been redeemed, you can download and install the app from the Mac App Store on any Mac signed in with the same Apple ID you used when you initially redeemed the code. You can do this by clicking on your name in the bottom left-hand corner of the Mac App Store screen again. The app will now appear in the “Purchased section” of your account and you can download it at no charge.

The Mac App Store Purchased page.

That’s it! You’ve successfully redeemed a promo code on the Mac App Store on macOS Ventura. Promo codes can be a great way to try out new apps for free, if the App developer is nice enough to give you one.

Mac Tutorial: How To Enable an App Extension

Starting with OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), Mac applications can include embedded app extensions. App extensions add custom functionality to your Mac. How you can use an app extension depends on what kind of extension it is.

At the time of this writing, there are four different kinds of app extensions available on the Mac:

Action: Action extensions can manipulate content in another supporting app. Action extensions often work in text editing applications like Text Edit.

Finder: Finder extensions add functionality to the Finder.

Share Menu: Share extensions allow you to share content with other

Today: These are widgets that can be added to the Today view in the Notification Center.

While there are several different kinds of app extensions available, every app extensions requires the user to enable them in System Preferences before they can be used. If you recently purchased an app and cannot figure out why you are unable to use a feature advertised in the app description, there is a chance that the feature you are looking for requires you to enable an app extension.

How to Enable an App Extension

To enable an app extension, open the System Preferences app on your Mac. In the System Preferences window, click on “Extensions.”

Screenshot of System Preferences on OS X El Capitan annotated instructions 'Go to extensions pane.'

Once you are in the “Extensions” section of System Preferences, you will see a list of all the app extensions you have on your Mac. To enable or disable an app extension, simply check or uncheck the box next to each extension in the list. That’s all there is to it.

App extensions pane in System Preferences on Mac.

Tutorial: How to Redeem a Promo Code for a Free Download on the Mac App Store

Update on April 17th, 2023: The Mac App Store has been redesigned since this tutorial was written. You can read an updated version of this tutorial for macOS Ventura here.

Sometimes, Mac developers are kind enough to give promo codes out so people can download a copy of their paid applications for free. A promo code is simply a combination of characters you can use on the Mac App Store to get the app for free, but how do you use them? It’s easy. First, open up the Mac App Store application. After the window has finished loading, you will see to your right a link that says Redeem. Click it.

Screenshot of the Mac App Store  window, annotated  with an arrow pointing to the 'redeem link'.

After you click the link a sheet will pop up asking you to log in with your Apple ID to redeem your code, so go ahead and log in!

Mac App Store screenshot of login sheet.

After you log in, you will be brought to a screen with a title that says “Redeem Code”. At the bottom, you will see a text field where you can enter your redeem code. Enter it and the application will start downloading! That’s it!

Mac App Store screenshot of the "Redeem Code"  window.