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Parent reviews for Amino - Communities, Chat, Forums, and Groups

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age 15+
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age 13+
Based on 83 reviews
Adult Written byMatthew Vacanti V. April 24, 2018

Folks need an Education

Ok, after reading through all those comments, parents need to get educated. Firstly the parent that burnt her kids new phone and took her out of school needs an examination herself. Secondly, Amino is made up of hundreds of community's, not one giant one - and heck, you can even make your own! Thirdly, each community governs itself and the creator of the app has no involvement in that whatsoever(they can't revoke an Amino because they failed to enforce their rules no matter how many times you bitch about it). Fourthly, if a community marks itself as being for an older age group and your child ends up there, educate your child. Not blame the community for lack of whatever. Fifly, all gamers yell and curse at each other over stuff(Pokemon included). It's just how it is. Now, I grew up during one of the most rebellious time periods ever and my parents were both Marine Corp. I stood my ground on alot of issues and eventually they saw my point of view(not always, but mostly). The more you attempt to clamp down on what your kid does, the more they'll rebel as they get older plus come up with ways of circumventing what you were trying to do to begin with. When it comes to Amino, there are good communities here. I'm part of a few of em, one's for art, one's for Furs and one's for Minecraft. Nude stuff does creep by every now and then but if you're really that prude, know this: the average child's brain's already developed and thinking for themself by the age of 5. By 5 I was taking computers apart and putting them back together again. By 10 I already knew what the internet was, what virus' were, how to build a website, and the anatomy of men and women. The point is you people overreact way too much when it comes to stuff like this, and a good app like Amino shouldn't be drug down because of it. There, there's my 2 cents as a green party voting open-minded Pagan.
Adult Written byShadowFox 1. February 9, 2018

Good App!

What I think about this Amino is that it is a harmless , and I even have it myself. Even though there are some inappropriate people on the app, you can always block them. Also some people are really fun to RP with ( roleplay ), and some are nice and don't want to know any personal info. I have grown to love Amino and it is my first favorite app.

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Adult Written bySierra M May 13, 2018

Great App

I use this app, as do my younger family members. A lot of people claim it should be 16+ or 18+, but that is incorrect. If your child or teenager has a sexual conversation online, you cannot blame the app. Every app that has a private message feature has people who speak sexually. From my personal experience, if you screenshot the conversation and report it to a leader or the Amino Team themselves, it is usually handled quickly. Flagging the content for the Amino Team to see also helps, as they super ban the user who was being inappropriate. (Note: a super ban is a ban that bans the entire account from the app.) Over all, I rate this app 5 stars, and give it a 13+ age review, as people do swear on this app. I highly recommend this app, as it is a LOT safer than most other social media apps.

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Parent Written byTresa H May 1, 2018

PREDATOR APP!! Don't let your teens near it

Our daughter got this app to practice creative writing. She's always been extremely responsible with apps and creative online tools. After using it for 2 months, she started to become very isolated (always in her room "listening to music on the phone"), secretive, anxious and her grades plummeted. Recognizing the red flags, we checked her social media and were horrified. She'd met someone in a chat room who encouraged her to question her sexuality, engaged her in bisexual role play and they were planning to meet in person!!! It happened so quick. The content we saw was clearly predatory and so, so scary. When we trashed the app and locked down the phone, she begged us to let her say goodbye to her "community". This app is very addictive and has devastated our family. Since taking it away and getting therapy, our happy, conscientious, daughter has reemerged. She says the compulsion, disguised commoradere, escalating mixed messages, shame, and encouragement to hide content from parents/friends made her life miserable. IMO, this app should be illegal.
Parent Written byKaydence T. March 28, 2018

It's completely harmless!

I'm seeing alot of negative and uneducated reviews about this app. It is my responsibility as a parent to monitor my child's usage of the app, you can log into the app on two devices at once so it's easy to monitor. If I see any bad content I either remove him from the community or report any bad behaviour because every community has guidelines on the app and they are all child friendly, as long as you let the community leader know who's doing what, they can resolve the problem. Sit down and talk to your child calmly if they are engaging in sexual content, don't get angry at them, because that just makes them want to do it more. Make sure they understand cyber safety and assure them that if they feel in danger that you can help them no matter what.

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Parent of a 13 year old Written byNick L. January 6, 2018

A pedophile has been talking to my daughter on this site!

As per usual, every 3 weeks I go through my daughter Maigret's iPhone 3GS that I gave her for Christmas one year ago. But this last time I that I went through her phone, I had discovered this new application that she had downloaded, called Amino. Curious, I had decided to look at the app. I soon found out that the application allowed for communication to strangers via direct messages, or public rooms where you can post images or text, called forums. I had then decided to check Maigret's messages over the Amino app, only to find out that a pedophile named Mark had been communicating with my daughter! Maigret had told me that she met this man through the "Splatoon" Amino. He had asked my daughter multiple different sexual things, and sent Maigret a PICTURE OF HIS PENIS as well! After finding out that my daughter had been frequently communicating with this pedophile, I immediately took her iPhone 3GS, threw it into a fire, and forced her to watch as it burned. I have also taken her out of public school, and have placed her into a all-Christian private school, and I am now paying for counseling for her. Parents, BEWARE of this HORRIBLE app!

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Adult Written byDévujà E. April 30, 2018

A lot of these reviews are just blown out of proportion.

Listen, it's obviously an app for early adolescents, as well as adults. It even has the Teen rating. For those complaining that sexual content runs rampent all over Amino, you're dead wrong. Sexual content is severely punished across all of Amino, and in basically every Amino. Those Aminos that don't adhere to the no sexual content rule get deleted usually. If an individual is participating in sexual conversation, they'll get banned right away if they're reported. You get banned and are never able to return, and if you make an alternate account that one will probably get found out too and then that one will get banned. Stop calling for class action lawsuits. It's stupid, and you'd just be wasting time and money. It's not Amino's fault your children are engaging in sexual chat and roleplays. So stop saying, "Amino is bad! Amino is full of sick people!". It's not. It's actually pretty rare to actually get involved in sex roleplays and chats without actively seeking them. Maybe you should warn your kids of dangers like this on the internet in the first place, rather being scared to actually sit down and have a talk with them about it.

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Parent of a 14 year old Written byAlessandraa June 17, 2018

A terribly dangerous place! Should be illegal

So, my 14 years old daughter dowloaded this app in November 2017. She told us what it was and said that she was just on there to share her works. What at the beginning was true. I asked some colleagues if they knew if that app was safe and some of my friends told me that it was a totally secure place, I regret believing them. I let my child use the app and noticed that she would lock herself up in her room for hours to chat with her so-called friends, which she met at a summer camp. She would also stand up at 3am just to chat with those pedophiles. One day she forgot her phone at home and she received a message. I was curious, I wanted to see who it was and I read a message of a guy telling her she was the only reason he lived for. I unlocked her phone and checked her chats and omg I was shocked. She spent hours talking with complete strangers, which were way older than her. She was being used as a therapist on various aminos. I discovered that she talked about other people's problems, and some of them starting harassing her if she wouldn't log in by telling her that she didn't care about their mental health and others even sent her nudes or begged her for some. As soon as I discovered it I threw her phone away. She started attacking me and yelling at me that I didn't give a shit about her and was the most selfish person ever. She now goes to therapy herself because she needs to recover from the shock. Now, after 3 months she's finally a happy person again living a normal life. This app should be illegal, don't use it!

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Adult Written byRenee H January 9, 2018

As long as you're careful, it's the safest social media site there is

I'm a leader on multiple communities on Amino and I just wanted to give some insider advice. Amino, while it has a set of rules in place, is entirely self-governed by the individual communities. This means it's up to the leaders of those communities to enforce rules about material being presented and discussed. Many communities, in particular the larger, more kid-friendly topics, have incredibly respectful community leaders who try their hardest to keep the app safe for kids and teens. It's ultimately up to you, the parents, to determine whether or not you think this app is okay for kids, but in my opinion it's worlds safer than Facebook, Instagram, etc. I just wanted to log in and mention all of this from an insider's point of view. The leaders of the communities, for the most part, do as much as they can to keep the app safe for everyone, and yes we can see every message that's being sent.

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Adult Written byDJ K. February 28, 2018

Best App Ever

I joined Amino a couple years back (or close to a couple years) and I adore it to death, I made my own Community called “Yuri Amino” #FamilyFriendly I would recommend this app to everyone _______________________ Some parents don’t like the Trolls that go around and say “Kill yourself” Since the older Generation doesn’t understand (this also includes Overprotective parents (Which also disgust me)) Most of the time when someone on the app says “Kill yourself” that doesn’t correlate to bullying It’s just him being a troll , and all trolls want attention Every community that you join within the app has leaders and curators Curators can’t ban/Strike Members, they are only able to delete messages and hide posts and profiles Leaders in the other had are capable of banning members, striking members and hiding posts and profiles When someone posts “porn” in the chats, you should show that to the leaders and they will handle it because porn is against the guidelines of the app __________________ There are communities (usually smaller) that are ran by Kids (usually 13 and under) and you can tell right away, that they really don’t know what they are doing and they aren’t the most mature leader on the app, also they have tons of biasness an example would be that let’s say their friend comes at you and starts calling you names, and you take that to the leader, since the leader is biased and likes his friend, he will ignore it or just ban you instead So I would recommend staying away from “Unlisted”/ “Smaller” Communities to avoid this problem ____________________ A lot of these over protective parents kinda puts down the app because of a couple bad eggs , which to me is bullshit Because literally EVERY app will have bad eggs in it, so get the F- over it (I don’t like overprotective parents, you can tell) Again, I like this app, and il forever recommend it (Also communities about sexuality and Genders isn’t inappropriate, it’s just your kids being with other people that they identify with , and You OVERPROTECTIVE PARENTS can’t change their gender or sexuality, if your kids are gay/Les then you can’t change that, It’s simply impossible, they will never open up to you if you keep trying to punish them for it, so just Stop, just because you don’t like Gays or les people doesn’t mean you have to Force your kid to be Straight If you don’t like them being Gay/Bi/Les or whatever, then maybe you shouldn’t of been a parent , because parents are suppose to support their child, not force them because your biased about something If it’s about drugs and alcohol, then yes , to whatever you can to stop it But (AGAIN) if it’s about gender and sexuality then LEAVE IT ALONE (overprotective parents is the biggest reason why kids run away and Rebel) If you want to talk about this then you can find me in “Yuri Amino” I’m the owner of it

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Parent Written bySweetheartt June 17, 2018

Just bad, don't waste your time on this crap

This app is bad on so many levels. Other people already shared their experience of amino and told about the violence, the bullying and the harassment which occurs on the app, so I don't feel the need to say anything about it or else this review would be longer than a dictionary lol. I can't really blame the app for having so many pedophiles on there, but it doesn't make anything to avoid them either. I've been insulted and called a slut multiple times by some sick people just because I refused to talk with any of them. Most communities are filled with some complete assholes who need to hate on everything immediately. When I reported a dude who sent me nudes nothing happened. His account didn't get banned or anything, but when I once got reported by a kid for no fucking reason (I guess he was a troll) my account got disabled immediately. The curators are rude and told me that I'm too sensitive and shouldn't get angry about getting banned. Unfortunately, I wasn't the only victim. I once got invited to a group where everyone was bullying a 14 year old because she lied about her age and her punishment was to be called names and shouted to kill herself by over 30 people. Don't let your kids get near this app, it gets really addicting and may cause you depression.

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Adult Written byAnonymous A. February 27, 2018

Disappointing

I tried this app myself a few years back. I was disgusted to find out that although there were many communities you could join, the app actively encouraged you to switch on notifications, and stay active on the app. When you create an amino, the app proclaims you must stay active on it or your leadership will be taken away and the community you worked so hard on demolished. Not only that, but the app itself is extremely addicting to most people. A person I used to know ended up revealing mine, themselves another person I used to know's exact location, as well as sending them photos of me and the other person without consent. I warned them about the danger, but they did not listen. When I used to talk to them, they were on it all day and night, addicted to it, becoming irrational whenever someone took it away from them. They would gain a new " hubby" each week who was really just a stranger on the internet, and could interact with those strangers a lot better then they would real people. (That's just one experience I had with a big time amino addict.) Overall, Amino encourages addiction to it, to the point where in some cases you lose touch with the real world.

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Adult Written byLindsayM 7 December 31, 2017

Horrible app - lead my daughter to self harm and worse...

I got a cell for my 11 year old daughter so that she could always reach me. I checked in on her phone activity, but clearly not frequently enough. As soon as she found this app, her phone suddenly was nowhere that I could find it - she began hiding it. I can't tell the timeframe exactly, but she fell in with a crowd that encourages self harm... And then found the anorexic group, giving my young daughter tips on how to be 80 pounds or less.. leading her to believe she's fat (she's quite thin.. anything less, and I'd become worried for her). After thoroughly inspecting her phone, my 11 year old was uploading images of her body (for "thinspiration") and images of her harming herself. THIS APP IS DANGEROUS AND NOT FOR CHILDREN. At least, not if you love your kids. This is a predator's dream app.

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Parent Written byBobby C April 12, 2018

My kids love it

I have this app and while there are some Amino communities that are not appropriate, if you teach your kids about online safety they will be fine

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Adult Written byUnimportant1926 July 2, 2018

Not a properly run app. A danger to the mental condition of a child.

I am not writing this because I am concerned for my own child, as I have none. I am writing this because I have been on the app for several months now and have come to many conclusions. - Not properly supervised. While they make a great deal out of writing their guidelines, letting leaders from different Aminos add their own, these are rarely kept. Leaders in several of the amino's I have been on ignore inquiries, questions and people with trouble. Of course it is not their duty to help you sort out your life, but it is their duty to keep the communities running properly. Very few manage this and I have yet to meet one who acts above the age of a scored teenager when a mistake is pointed out to them. This problem led me to figure out that Team Amino, those who should have final say and control always take the easy and quick solution to these problems. Instead of doing their research and finding people to run the larger communities, they turn a blind eye to them. Even with proof of screenshots, TA does nothing but say they will look into it and then proceed to do nothing. Because of this, the app has been allowed to establish a toxic environment that is very unsuitable for kids and even teenagers. Those who are vulnerable, insecure and lack the ability to brush off angry trolls can be severely damaged by the behavior members on almost all amino's display. These members are there because the leaders do not do anything to remove them and TA does nothing to make sure the leaders do their job. - Moderators I have met some who were really kind and I have met those who feel like they have been given a crown, land and title because they are a "curator" - while in fact, most are chosen because of friendship, not for their ability to help others or sort out problems. On some amino's where there are 15+ curators, 5 are inactive, 5 are rude beyond normal human behavior, 3 have no idea what they are doing and only 2 try to do their job. And when they are reported, nothing is done by the leaders and nothing is done by TA. All of this leads me to say that the app is surely for those above 18 years of age. I myself am 22, but had I been 15, this app would have torn me apart mentally. I have now left the app because as a law student, it made me sick to my stomach that actions like these does not have consequences. So of you allow your child to use this app, be aware of what they do on it. I hated when my mother got all into my business and checked my phone, but this app makes me believe there is a reason why parents need to do such a thing. It is not just in private chats, it is scornful comments, twisted beliefs and other attention seeking young people who have no idea what to do with their emotion. For the few months I was on the app, I heard of 16 deaths in the family, 9 attempted suicides, 11 divorces and so much more. People lie about serious stuff like this on amino to get attention, get sympathy and create gossip. These lies are not something young children should have thrown in their faces. Not once did I ever ask for all of these stories, but I got them because they were suddenly sent to me. 70% of the people on Amino will go to scary lengths to create a lie. It should also be noted the app is notorious for "dating" with children as far down to the age of 10 get a girlfriend or boyfriend. This often happen in private chats and can become very improper, so do watch out for that if your child is on amino. As an ending note: If your child is on amino and you are fine with it, I urge you to at least keep an eye on him or her. Is there ever a time where they get sad right after having been on their phone? Leave the room suddenly or something third? Talk to them. Pry it out of them if you have to, because there is no doubt in my mind Amino can ruin a teenager from the inside, if they do not know beforehand what they are getting themselves into.
Adult Written byKaren V. February 24, 2018

Down the rabbit...quickly

On the surface, this app seems fairly harmless. I’m not a prude and consider myself to be very open minded and tech savvy. With that said, this app is dangerous EVEN with monitored use. My 14 yo daughter found her way in to role play and the direct message feature. Folks, there’s no way to describe where that led except EXPLICIT, HARDCORE PORN. I can’t even begin to describe the damage to my child’s psyche. Bottom line, it’s absolutely not safe and I’d give a 21+ rating if I could.

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Adult Written byA C. October 17, 2016

Not safe

My 12 year old son enjoyed chatting with others who he thought enjoyed similar interests and writing stories was slowly introduced to role play chats that moved into mature language and sexual content and was told to lie about his age and to hide this from his parents. Obviously, this app is not safely monitored for children. We do our best to educate and monitor their internet actions but I learned how easy it is for good kids to be targeted and slowly sucked into participating in a way that is not of their usual character.
Adult Written byMaruchan October 17, 2018

Tricks children into thinking it's a safe spot.

It's definitely not. I have been a user of many different amino communities for several years. As of right now I am 22 years old. And look, the worst community I have encountered is FURRY AMINO ( watch OUT for this one. "Furries " will try and convince your child that this is simply akin to liking lion king or bugs bunny. It is not. There are overwhelming numbers of grown adults well into their 50's using this app, sharing things and nearly everything has sexual undertones. There are saying chats, endless talk about sexual preference , most children take it upon themselves to post their own sexual interests in their bios too. I don't think it's right to have kids as young as 13 putting their links and fetishes up for the world to see. The first hour of using this community I came across a sexualized drawing of a dog-man with his underwear bulge extremely detailed and posing seductively on a poll.. they did not remove it and they told me it was NOT inappropriate. Not to mention some of the artists drawing these sexual drawings are TEENAGERS. they use this app to sell sexual art to older people which in itself is definitely a legal grey area at best. People ask for roleplays of "romantic " nature more often than they ask for roleplays of any other nature, children are posting borderline pornographic art and the adults eat it up. The entire community is sinister and sexual. Tell your kids they can like animals characters without having to expose themselves to obvious fetishists who just lie about the whole thing to drag children into. They are mainly depressed gay men or depressed older men looking for emotional support through the community and latching onto the innocent and trusting nature of the younger users .) So look If someone like me, who is clearly of legal age in both the United States and Canada , find using this app to be an extremely uncomfortable and at times sexually agressive experience, maybe you should think twice about letting someone who's young, impressionable, and trusting use this app unsupervised . Have a positive relationship with your children and their interests and they will be much more inclined to turn away from these predators that the communities seem to turn a blind eye to.

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Adult Written byUndeadYasminePyscho September 28, 2018

Best App Ever

I use this app everyday of my life,to be honest I think making an app just for teens and kids was a good idea. Sure adults that wanna abuse this app will come on it,and make your kid their taget but that can happen on SnapChat,Facebook,Instragram,etc. IF a kids gets anything sexual than that's why amino lets the user either oick join chats or decline the requst. From my team using this app I have changed from a shy and loner to a more confidnie girl with firends. I have met kids and people all around the world and most of them like the same things as I do. Don't get me wrong I have seen people abuse this for bad reason but I just screenshot it than chat a leader and send the picture to them and the user's link and the leader than bans them. This apps let's people see a totally different side of them out.T his app let's people be the real them the them that their parents won't be.There are people here that will actually listen and understand each other unlike your real life family. Amino let's you meet a family of friends that make you more happy and make you laugh much more than your real family ever have. Sure it has it's up and downs but everything that is made has those. Thanks to this app when I was in a bad place and I wanted to kill myself the friends I made on Amino changed my mind and made me happy me happy so I didn't died.So adults here please stop seeing the bad and that's it if you are gonna comment about the bad things you see on your child phone on this app don't blame the app blame your kid since your child could've decline the chat request and report that user. And to other user's comment on this website saying the truth about how you think about Amino App not a lie.Amino Team thank you so much for making this app. Thank you for reading my comment.

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Adult Written byAce W. November 17, 2017

Not good

this is coming from a kid and I dont care if im the only one telling the truth. im 13 and im in many aminos. im not saying all are bad but in the majority there is a lot of sexual content, swearing, and violance. please don´t let your kids get on this app. it will tear them down and make then frell completly useless. I am an artist and i have met amazng people on the art amino but there are also A LOT of people who dicaurge you. ive been told that my art sucks and i should just stop trying. but im not the only one. I search for victums in every comunity and i target then to be the nicest to. it hurts me as a child to think that this is what we are being exposed to. i have been in many chats with kids under the age of 14 and ive had to talk to them and tell them that they are not useless and that people love them when i don´t even know them. this app hurt people and is not ment for the light hearted kids that are in it. please, please, please parents.do not let your kid have this, for their sake.

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