Parents' Guide to

Badoo

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Adults-only dating app uses location to match nearby people.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

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Based on 8 parent reviews

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Badoo

It's full of scammers and fake profiles!

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Personal information is not sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • User's information is used to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (8 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Badoo is a giant, worldwide social-networking site. Countless pictures of people will appear for browsing when a user registers (with messages such as "806,941 people in your area want to see what you look like and find out more about you"). Even if those people aren't all necessarily nearby, some of them likely are and they will know where you are. The user interface is orderly and easy to understand, although it seems to push people toward in-app purchasing options and inviting friends.

Badoo's app store description says it is "100 percent safe and secure," but the app's developers indicate they do not monitor and are not responsible for content posted. During this review, photos of users who appeared to be under 18 were observed. ​Badoo has been cited in reports as having problems with privacy, falsified accounts, and money scammers. It is not intended, safe, or appropriate for teens.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Kindle Fire
  • Pricing structure: Free (You can buy optional subscription packs, "super powers," and contacts-limit increases via in-app purchases ($1.99 to $39.99). Some are auto-renew or auto top up.)
  • Release date: June 17, 2014
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Publisher: Badoo Software
  • Version: 3.6.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android varies with device.
  • Last updated: January 23, 2019

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