3 methods to work together with Gemini from the MacOS desktop


Google Gemini chatbot

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On the uncommon event I would like to make use of synthetic intelligence (AI) for analysis functions, I flip to Google’s Gemini. I primarily use Gemini as a result of the AI is the default assistant on my Pixel 8 Professional and I am used to the platform. 

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After all, the Android assistant differs from the total Gemini AI platform you’d use on a desktop. However how do you work together with Gemini on MacOS? It is simple. Let me present you just a few methods.

1. Internet browser

That is the plain choice for accessing Gemini on MacOS. You possibly can open your default net browser and level it to https://gemini.google.com/app. This strategy provides you on the spot entry to the Gemini platform. I like to recommend logging in to your Google account from the identical browser, so all of your queries are accessible from different gadgets.

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Utilizing the online model of Gemini ensures you might have entry to all of the Gemini options. Some consumer apps can solely entry the text-based question function, so should you want entry to the picture era software, you will wish to go down the browser route. I’ve examined Gemini on hottest net browsers and it really works positive.

2. Gemify AI: Powered by Gemini

This tiny app queries Gemini with out you having to log in to your Google account. For those who do not care about syncing queries throughout your system and solely want the power to speak with Gemini, Gemify AI is a superb choice. 

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Gemify AI is free and could be put in from the MacOS App Retailer. This app would not have a lot in the best way of configurations and would not embody top-bar entry. Nonetheless, the app remains to be a really efficient method to make use of Gemini. 

The app additionally options the power to share queries through the MacOS share software and might copy queries to your clipboard. You too can swap to full net mode, which requires you to check in to your Google account to entry extra Gemini options.

The Gemify MacOS app.

Gemify is an excellent selection should you want a local MacOS consumer.

Screenshot by Jack Wallen/ZDNET

3. Make it an internet app

This feature is a little bit of a cheat as a result of it simply makes use of an internet browser able to putting in net apps. For instance, should you use Chrome as your go-to net browser on MacOS, you are able to do the next:

  1. Open Chrome
  2. Go to gemini.google.com
  3. Click on Menu > “Save and Share” > “Set up Web page as App”
  4. Give the online app a reputation
  5. Click on Set up

As soon as you have created the online app, you will discover it within the Launch Pad. Open the app and pin it to your dock for simple entry. With the app opened, you will see that you’ve entry to all the Gemini options however with out all the trimmings of the online browser (so it feels such as you’ve created a local app).

A Gemini web app created with Chrome.

Any net browser that permits you to create net apps will work.

Screenshot by Jack Wallen/ZDNET

The online app route is my favourite technique of accessing Gemini from the MacOS desktop. Not solely does this strategy offer you entry to all of the options, nevertheless it additionally appears and appears like a local app. There are additionally a number of command line takes on Gemini entry (some use Golang and others use npm for set up). I’ve but to get one in every of these choices to put in correctly, however I will proceed attempting. If you wish to go the command line route, you need to know that you’re going to additionally must create a Gemini API and add it to a configuration file. 

Nonetheless, one in every of these strategies offers you quick access to Google’s AI platform on MacOS. After all, these strategies may not be crucial in future releases of the working system, as Apple plans on integrating AI into MacOS. That integration may embody Gemini however solely time will inform.