Proposal for Ephemeral Chat Feature in ChatGPT

The ChatGPT interface has become a valuable tool for generating conversational AI responses for a myriad of uses. However, a common use-case involves single-instance interactions or queries that do not require long-term retention. Presently, the user must manually delete these transient conversations to manage their chat history effectively.

The proposal aims to introduce an ‘Ephemeral Chat’ feature, allowing users to select an auto-delete option for conversations they anticipate will be transient in nature.


  1. Privacy and Security: Users discussing sensitive topics may prefer the peace of mind that comes from knowing their conversations aren’t stored long-term (in the UI).
  2. Convenience: For those using ChatGPT for quick, one-time inquiries, automatic deletion saves time and keeps the chat history uncluttered.

Proposed Feature:

  • Auto-Delete Toggle: A simple user interface element that allows users to set chats to be automatically deleted after a certain period or when the chat window is closed.
  • Customization: Users can customize the auto-delete timing based on their preferences (e.g., immediately, after 1 hour, 24 hours, etc.).