- The Copilot app lets you access the chatbot AI without having to install the Bing mobile app on Android or iPhone.
- The new Android and iPhone apps feature the experience already available with the standalone version of Copilot on the web.
UPDATED 1/16/2024: The Google Play Store and Apple AppStore have a new Microsoft Copilot app for Android and iPhone devices. Microsoft recently published a new app in the Google and Apple app stores that allows you to access the chatbot AI without having to install the Bing app on your phone.
The app is technically a web application that brings the web version of Copilot, located at Copilot.Microsoft.com, to your phone. I have downloaded the app on my Pixel 8 Pro, and it offers the same experience you can already use on the web. For example, you can ask questions in natural language, create drafts of emails and documents, and access the DALL-E 3 model to create images with AI.
The app also includes an option to access ChatGPT 4. However, the option isn’t anything special using the mobile app since you can already access this feature by choosing the “more creative” option when selecting the style tone in the chatbot from any other device. The most significant advantage here is that to get GPT-4 with OpenAI, you have to pay for it, and on Copilot, you’re getting it for free.
The interface of the Copilot app is identical to the one available with the Bing mobile app, emphasizing voice prompts rather than typing a question. Also, you can ask a few questions without signing in, but you must use a Microsoft account to get full access to the chatbot AI.
Microsoft initially was pushing the chatbot as “Bing Chat” in an effort to make its search engine more relevant, and while, in the beginning, it seemed like Bing was gaining some terrain in the search market, slowly, the hype of Bing Chat started to wind down, and then the company decided to rebrand all its chatbot AI offerings to “Copilot.”
Now, Copilot is a service accessible from its standalone page, through Bing, on the Chat page, on mobile through the Bing app or the new Copilot app, and Windows 11 (and 10) through the dedicated Copilot feature that slides in from the right or through the assistant available on Microsoft Edge.
Updated January 16, 2024: Microsoft has officially announced the apps for Android and iOS to access Copilot and easily sync your conversations from the desktop to your phone. This app will also give you access to GPT-4, DALL-E version 3 for image creation. Microsoft will soon integrate Copilot into its Microsoft 365 app, but to access the chatbot from Word, Excel, and other apps, you will need the Copilot Pro subscription.