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You may have heard about ChatGPT but did you know that Google has a similar tool?

Let’s find out today how to use Google’s AI tools within their suite of products and see how to use Gemini in Google Docs.

What is Google Gemini and is it similar to ChatGPT?

Google Gemini is basically Google’s answer to ChatGPT. You can test it out here.

Even though Google AI researchers invented many of the innovations that led to the release of ChatGPT, Open AI’s ChatGPT really captured the mainstream attention. 

Google subsequently launched Google Bard which is now rebranded as Google Gemini.

In practical terms, Google Gemini works in a very similar way to ChatGPT. You give it a prompt (could be a question, request or statement) and it gives you an answer based on its training.

Where Google Gemini and ChatGPT differ is in their premium upgrades (you can read more about the difference between Gemini and ChatGPT here) 

One thing Google allows you to do is to use Gemini in their suite of apps (Google Docs, Sheets etc)

How to get Google Gemini in Google Docs 

The first thing you need to do is to upgrade to Google’s Premium plan which you can find here

When you sign up, you will be welcomed with this message when you open Google Docs (I had to wait a day or two for it to appear)

google gemini welcome message

When you have Gemini in Google Docs, you will see this when you first open Google Docs:

Google Gemini in Google Docs

And when you already have some text in Google Docs, you will see this small symbol that you need to click to use Google AI in Google Docs,

important icon for using google gemini in google docs

That’s it, you are ready to go!

Now let’s see what you can do with AI in Google Docs

What you can do with Google Gemini in Google Docs

So, what can you actually do with AI in Google Docs?

You can ask Gemini to write you a first draft of almost anything.

Here are some prompts/ideas to get you started.

  • Write me a LinkedIn post about Elon Musk’s spat with open AI  
  • Write an email to my team introducing our new software update, highlighting its features and benefits. 
  • Write a cover letter to Airbnb for an interview I might have as a customer success manager.
  • Generate a blog post outline based on the following topic: “The impact of AI on the future of work.”

You can also edit text by selecting the text with your mouse and clicking the pen on the right-hand side of the screen. 

Here are some of the current editing features:

  • Change the tone of your writing
  • Summarise
  • Make your text into bullet points
  • Elaborate
  • Shorten
  • Rephrase

Unfortunately, some of the features tend not to work very well but I guess it is early days.

How to export Google Gemini chats to Google Docs

You can of course just use the Google Gemini App and copy and paste the text into a Google Doc. 

But I found a better way. 

At the end of each chat in the app, there is a share button and you can create a new Google doc: 

exporting your chat from gemini to google docs

Super handy!

Google Business Plans with AI

Google also offers their Gemini AI tool in their apps with Google Business. This is super confusing for customers but you can also sign up for Google Gemini in your Google Docs here

This plan only gives you a 14-day trial whereas I got a 45-day free trial when I signed up for as part of the Google One part of Google.

Using AI for Work and School (A warning)

Using AI tools like Google Gemini can be a huge timesaver but they can also be problematic. AI tools often get things wrong yet it can be difficult to tell what is correct and what isn’t unless you are a subject expert.

Thankfully, Google has a feature where you can check the accuracy from Google’s Search engine. This also leads to a problem as many websites publish AI content although Google have been making an effort to remove spam.

Using AI to do your work or schoolwork can also cause problems as Universities attempt to maintain academic integrity. What is the point of a teacher correcting hundreds of essays written by Gemini?

That’s where AI detection tools come in.

AI Detection for the Age of AI 

We are undoubtedly in a new era as AI can dramatically speed up our workflows. That does not mean we should use AI for everything.

Doctors should still use their experience

Writers should still use personality to engage readers 

And students should still learn critical thinking 

For that reason, we developed an AI detection tool. It’s called Winston AI and it scans any text and tells you whether the text was written by a human or by an AI tool like Google Gemini. 

We have a 99.98% accuracy rate for AI-written content. Not bad right?

You can test out Winston AI for 7 days free here.

Conor Monaghan

Conor is an AI expert and English Teacher. He spends his time researching and writing about AI tools to help educators and publishers to become more productive.