How to use new Google Gemini AI chatbot

These are the easy steps to get started interacting with Gemini, the new chatbot powered by AI from Google.

Google Bard chatbot
Google Bard chatbot

UPDATED 2/13/2024: Gemini, the chatbot from Google, is available in most regions, and in this guide, you will learn easy steps to learn how to use it. Google Gemini is a new AI technology that uses natural language to provide more human conversational answers to complex questions.

The chatbot uses Google’s Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA) and machine learning to analyze large text datasets and predict the word that comes next to the other one, which provides the skills for Gemini to communicate and generate responses similar to how humans will answer a question.

Unlike traditional search, the chatbot can answer complex questions, summarize factual topics, or create stories. It can also understand the context so that you can ask additional questions about a specific topic. In addition, it can perform different tasks like setting alarms, making to-do lists, finding information online, controlling smart home devices, playing music, and more.

However, Gemini is not intended to replace search. It’s only a tool to get answers. If you want to search and find answers on the web, Google wants you to keep using its search engine. You even get a “Google it” button to continue with a regular search.

This guide will teach you the basics of using Google Gemini AI experience on Windows 11, 10, macOS, or Linux, or on Android or iOS.

How to use Gemini chatbot from Google

To use the new Gemini chatbot from Google, use these steps:

  1. You first have to open the Gemini website on Chrome on any browser like Microsoft Edge or Firefox. You can also interact with Gemini from your mobile device, including Android or iPhone.

    Bard terms

    Quick note: If this is the first time accessing the chatbot, you will have to agree to the terms to continue.
  2. As you open Google Gemini, you will quickly notice that this is different from your typical search experience. (It’s like chatting with another person in WhatsApp or Slack.)

  3. Second, compose a question as you would typically ask another person in the “Enter a prompt here” box and click the “Submit” button (or press Enter). You can ask the chatbot virtually anything and even use voice to submit a query from the desktop.

    Google Bard question box

  4. When submitting the question, you won’t see the chatbot processing the information or writing the answer like on Bing Chat. Instead, you’ll notice the Gemini (two sparkles) icon with a spinning animation, indicating that the chatbot is processing the information, and then the result will appear. Also, the interaction with Gemini is more like a question-and-answer format instead of a conversational chat experience like when texting another person.

    Google Bard processing answer

  5. Google Gemini is also content-aware, meaning the AI will remember your previous questions, so you can ask follow-up questions without starting over.

  6. On the right side of the question, you can click the “Edit text” button to edit the question. If you edit the question, click the “Update” button to submit the question, and the chatbot will answer the query again.

    Google Bard update question

  7. In the answer, you can open the “View other drafts” drop-down to reveal alternative versions of the response and switch between them quickly. This feature will come in handy if you ask a question that displays a paragraph of text, and from the drafts, you can pick to view the answer in bullet points. (It’s worth noting that the feature also offers an option to generate the answer and read the response out loud.)

    Google Bard drafts

  8. The “More” (three-dotted) button at the bottom-right corner of the answer opens a menu with a “Copy” option to copy the answer to the clipboard.

    Google Bard copy response

  9. In the response, you will also find several options, including a thumb up and down, which you can use to rate the answer to help train the chatbot. The “Modify response” button forces Gemini to make the text result shorter, longer, simpler, more casual, or more professional. Finally, the “Google it” button will take the question and convert it into a regular search query that will then be displayed on a Google results page.

    Google Bard options

  10. (Optional) You can also ask questions about an image by clicking the “Upload file” (+) button, selecting an image (JPEG, PNG, or WebP), and then composing the question.

  11. If you want to share a response, click the “Share & export” button that includes options to export the answer to a Google Docs document or Gmail draft, and the “Share” option allows you to create a public link that you can share with anyone.

    Google Bard create share link

  12. If you want to start a new conversation, forgetting the previous session, click the “New chat” button from the left navigation pane.

    Bard reset chat option

  13. Google doesn’t keep a history of the questions you asked, but it does store the question intent as activities. If you want to view or delete your activities using Gemini, click the “Gemini Activity” option from the top-right corner.

    Bard activity option

  14. Then click the “Delete” (X) button for each entry, or click the “Delete” menu and select the range of history to delete. The “All time” option will erase the entire history of your activities with Google Gemini.

    Quick tip: If you want to prevent Google from saving this information, click on “Gemini Activity” and turn off the activity toggle switch.
  15. (Optional) Click the Settings (gear) button from the top-right to switch to the dark theme.

    Google Bard enable dark mode

Once you complete the steps, you will have a basic understanding of using Gemini and see the difference between it and a traditional search.

It’s important to note that the new Google chatbot is not a search engine. The AI only provides answers to questions based on its knowledge, even though it uses the information from the web to respond to current and other events. When using this service, you will rarely find any citations with links to the source of information.

Also, at the time of this writing, Gemini can only answer questions in text format. It can’t use AI to create images or another type of media format.

Update February 13, 2024: This guide has been updated to reflect that Google Bard is now Gemini.

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