App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Pre-TikTok video creator is fun, inspires similar concerns.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

App requires access to microphone and camera. Once enabled, creating videos is quite easy.


Depending on creator, videos could include violence.


Some sexy stuff, including users in revealing clothing, dancing suggestively, or singing provocative lyrics. Comments often contain sexual comments or innuendo.


Many songs contain strong language, frequent use of "f--k," "bitch," and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Depends on the song, but there are definitely verbal references to alcohol and marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dubsmash is a short video-creation app that primarily features lip-synching and dancing, much like TikTok. The terms of service specify that users should be 13 or over. A phone number or email address and a date of birth are required to sign up. The default setting for videos is public. There's an option to share with selected friends, but then videos are sent as a message rather than in a feed. Reporting videos and blocking users is handled in-app, but there's no process for approving followers. Also, the privacy settings only include blocked users and allowing others to download your posts. In terms of comments, you can control them from post to post, but not as an overall setting. Users who follow each other can chat. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byThisparent February 8, 2021

Pretty good for kids who can’t have tiktok

It’s pretty safe and my 12 year old LOVES it! She always wanted tiktok but I didn’t think it was safe, so we tried dubsmash. It still has cursing but she doesn’... Continue reading
Adult Written byIrategoodreviews September 4, 2020

Have fun

It’s very great never had a problem with it my 12 year old son was definitely ready for this app
Teen, 13 years old Written bycoolcreativekid July 30, 2015

fun if used responsibly

Dubsmash is a very fun and creative way to lip sync to your favorite commercial jingles, songs, or movie phrases. Some of these phrases do have swear words, but... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymusicgirl123 June 5, 2020

I'm sooo liking this.

Dubsmash has the latest ,coolest, hottest songs of today. I love it. And it dosen't glich at all. Also tag me @ hotunicorn135.

What's it about?

DUBSMASH is a selfie-video creator. Teens can create their own short videos using songs and audio clips in the app or using custom sounds. They can see videos recommended for them, browse by creator or hashtag, or watch videos created by those they follow. Users can like and comment on videos and direct-message within the app. Video creation includes some filters and tools for adding text. One unique feature is the Q&A, which gives a creator a random question (e.g., "What's your morning routine?" or "What do you hate the most?"). If you want to turn off comments, you have to do it post by post, and there's no way to set all posts to private or approve followers. Users who follow each other can chat.

Is it any good?

What was once an original lip-synching tool has re-created itself as a TikTok clone, even including questionable safety and privacy. Some creators are publishing TikTok content on Dubsmash as well, and some are creating new content. The interface for browsing recordings is user-friendly, listing "favorites," "trending," "hot," etc. Upon opening the app, teens will first see videos from those they follow. There's no way to create a private account, though, and videos default to public. Videos can be shared with "only you" and then be sent to friends by direct message. And the privacy settings are sparse, giving users little control over comments, followers, and content. So, just as with TikTok, this one is best with lots of oversight, checking in, and conversations about posts and safety.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about social media rules for what to post, keeping in mind that videos are viewable by anyone on Dubsmash. What's appropriate to share? What's not?

  • Talk about staying safe online, especially when contact with strangers is easy. What would you do if something online makes you uncomfortable? Do you know how to block or report other users?

  • Encourage teens to try creating original content as well as copying the trends. How can you weave your interests into your posts?

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love music and making digital creations

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