Article last updated on:
December 27, 2023

Not sure how to start a new chat/conversation in ChatGPT?

In this guide, we’ll teach you how to do it.

Using & Starting a new chat in ChatGPT is 100% free.

The very first step is to sign up for ChatGPT. Then you can start a new chat.

How to start a new conversation in ChatGPT

To start a new chat, you can simply open a new ‘’ page. Alternatively, click the “+” icon in the sidebar.

Let’s break down each step.

A. Desktop

This section is for computers.

Method 1: Button

The official ChatGPT website:

Starting a new chat in ChatGPT
  1. Open the website:
  2. Click “+ New Chat
  3. A new conversation will be started.
    • If you’ve got an empty chat (like in the image above), nothing will happen.
    • You can only start a new conversation when you’re already in one that started.
  4. Ask ChatGPT anything.

Note: You need to open the sidebar in order to start a new conversation.

With the sidebar closed, the “+ New Chat” button won’t show up.

Method 2: New tab

You can also open a new page to start a new chat.

Opening ChatGPT in a new tab
  1. Click “+” in your browser (to open a new tab)
  2. Type in “
  3. Have a conversation with ChatGPT
  4. Type “+ New Chat” — when you want to start an ew chat.

This is how you tart a new conversation on desktop.

B. Mobile

First of all, you need to download the ChatGPT app.

Method 1: Button

How to start a new chat in ChatGPT on iPhone
  1. Open the ChatGPT app
  2. Click the “pen on paper” icon
  3. Start chatting with the AI

This is the simplest way to start a new chat in ChatGPT mobile.

Method 2: Menu

A way to start a new chat in ChatGPT mobile
  1. Open the ChatGPT app
  2. Click the 2-lines icon (top left)
  3. Select “New Chat

This method is great if you want to see all your existing conversations and then start a new one.

Method 3: Re-open app

ChatGPT - Home Screen on an iPhone
  1. Close the app (make sure it’s not running)
  2. Re-open it
  3. Start chatting with ChatGPT

This is another way to close the existing conversation and open a new one.


This is all you need to know about starting a new conversation with ChatGPT.

We’ve shown you how it works for both desktop + mobile devices.

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Ch David and Daniel

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