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Enable Bing Copilot on any Browser without Extensions

Are you enabling and using Bing Co-pilot on any web browser without relying on extensions or add-ons? Here's how to access and utilize the AI chatting feature.

The Bing Chat powered by ChatGPT AI is currently available for Microsoft Edge browser. However, you can invoke the developer tools for switching the User-Agent of browser to match Edge browser. It will enable the Bing AI chat to work on any browser without a need of browser extensions or add-ons.

Enable and Use Bing AI Chat on any Web Browser
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Editor’s Note: Bing Chat is now available for other browsers without the need to change the browser User Agent. However, it has limited usage capacity compared to the Edge browser.

The AI-powered Bing Chat is available on the Microsoft Edge browser. However, we can customize the developer settings to mimic the Edge browser setup on the primary browser you use.

It can be done using the Edge browser’s User-Agent string in developer mode. It shall trick the Bing Chat into considering your default browser as Microsoft Edge, and you will no longer encounter the message to Download the Edge browser for using the AI Chat.

However, you will still need the Microsoft account to use the Chat window. You will also need access to Bing Image Creator if you are interested in generating AI images.

We share the guide below to enable developer mode and switch the User-Agent string for Chrome and Safari browsers. You can follow the same based on your browser and enable the chatting feature without installing Edge or even using browser extensions.

Enable and Use Bing Chat on Chrome

Google Chrome offers a developer tools option that allows us to configure the browser’s settings and behavior. It can help to change the User-agent string to mimic the Edge browser from network settings, which will enable the Bing AI search and chat feature without the need for extensions.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Launch the Chrome browser on your computer.
  2. Click on the More vertical 3dots icon menu and hover on the More Tools option.
  3. Select the Developer Tools option under More Tools.
    Developer Tools options in Chrome Menu listIt will invoke the developer tools window.
  4. Switch to the Network tab and select the Network Settings icon.
    Chrome Developer Tools with Network tab and Network Settings
  5. Uncheck the Use browser default option under the User Agent and select Microsoft Edge (Chromium) – Mac from the drop-down.
    User agent changed to Microsoft Edge Chromium on Google Chrome browser from Developer Tools
  6. Close or minimize the Developer Tools window.
  7. Open the Bing Search and switch to the Chat tab to start a conversation.
    Enable and use Bing AI Search and Chat on Chrome browser

You might need to sign in with Microsoft account to use the Bing AI search and chat at its full potential.

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Note: Changing the User Agent from developer tools is a temporary solution, and it will be applicable only to the browsing tab that you’re currently using. If you exit the tab or browser, then you will need to reconfigure the network settings to use the Edge user agent again.

There are a few popular Chromium-based browsers, apart from the Edge, like Brave, Opera, Vivaldi, etc., that we can follow the above-mentioned steps to start the Bing AI.

Enable and Use Bing Chat on Safari

The Safari browser has a Develop menu that is hidden by default which can be used for changing the User Agent of the browser. You need first to enable the Develop menu and then change the agent from the same menu.

If you already have the Develop menu on the menu bar, you can start from step #4.

  1. Launch the Safari app on your macOS device.
  2. Click on the Safari menu and select the Settings option.
  3. Switch to the Advanced tab and enable the checkbox for the ‘Show Develop menu in menu bar‘ option.
    Show Develop menu in menu bar on Safari macOSIt will enable Develop menu to display on the menu bar.
  4. Click on the Develop menu and hover on the sub-menu User Agent for options.
  5. Select the Microsoft Edge – macOS as User Agent option.
    User Agent under Develop menu on Safari macOS browser
  6. Open the Bing Search and switch to the Chat tab for an AI conversation.
    Enable and Use Bing AI Search and Chat in Safari on macOS

You might be asked to sign in with your Microsoft account to use the Chat feature. After doing so, you will be redirected to Bing AI Chat window on the Safari browser without any extension support.

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Note: Changing the User Agent from the Develop menu is not a ‘set it and forget it’ option. You will need to change the user agent every time you want to use the Bing Chat on Safari.

Bottom Line

The Bing Chat, currently (no longer) restricted to Microsoft Edge, uses the User-Agent string to differentiate between the browsers. You can trick the Bing Chat using the Microsoft Edge User-Agent on other web browsers in developer mode.

After changing the User-Agent string, you can reload the page and use the Bing Chat AI after signing into your Microsoft account.

You can also enable Bing Chat using browser extensions that are available for Chrome (which supports all Chromium browsers) and Firefox, which is easy to set up rather than going through the developer setting options. However, it’s up to you what you prefer.

The Safari browser does have Bing Search extensions, but it doesn’t support the Bing AI Chat, so the method mentioned is the only way.

There is a buzz that Bing AI search and chat will be made available for all web browsers without a requirement for an Edge browser. If that happens, then you will not need to change the User Agent string.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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