A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
FREE STRANGER CHAT, ANONYMOUS CHAT :BLINDMATCH is, as the name suggests, an anonymous chat experience where users can connect with strangers to build relationships or just chat. There's no registration. To get started, users pick a username and can add a picture or profile to share if they decide to add someone as a "friend." Then they can select a chat to chat with men, women, or either. The terms of service state that if users select a specific gender for chat and no one is available, they will be matched randomly. Users can chat with one user for as long as they like and can award hearts and flames to the other person, although it's never explained what these mean. There are rankings for users who get the top hearts and flames. If two users choose, they can become "friends," which allows them to maintain a chat over time. The premium version of the app ($5.49/week, $8.49/month) offers some features like the ability to set gender and add emojis. These were unlocked with the free version during our trial, so it's unclear how the premium features work. There are also chat stories available. These are tales that are told via a chat experience between two people. For example, there's a scary story where a girl texts her mother to say that she's hearing noises in the house. At the time of review, users couldn't create their own chat stories. During chats, users can also select and watch a YouTube video together. The developers promise that video chat is coming soon.
Is it any good?
If you're genuinely interested in meeting new people, this simply isn't the way to go, and though some of the chat stories are clever, they're still not worth downloading this app. Free Stranger Chat, Anonymous Chat :Blindmatch doesn't require registration, but that just results in a somewhat creepy experience with no hope of connection. You don't know if you're chatting with a man or a woman, but you also can't even be sure it's an adult. After being matched with men over several attempts, the conversations all took a predictable path: Hi, name, "Let's be friends" and, if we didn't agree quickly to that proposal, our match disappeared to find the next willing chat partner. The chat stories may be the most interesting part of the experience as some of them were cleverly written. Pop-up ads are intrusive, but perhaps not as bad as in some other free apps out there. However, lots of users report overall bugginess and bots. The app also suffers from a lack of overview and offers buttons for features that aren't yet available. If they simply weren't there, they wouldn't be missed, but having clickable icons for things you can't use is frustrating. Overall, this one isn't for kids, and isn't worth a download.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about chatting with strangers in apps like Free Stranger Chat, Anonymous Chat :Blindmatch and the risks of sharing personal information online. What are your family policies around sharing your name, phone number, email, and other person information online?
Talk about blind chat and online trust. How do you know who you're really talking to? What are some reasons people might not share the truth about their identity on this type of app?
- Device: Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free ($5.49/week; $8.49/week)
- Release date: February 20, 2020
- Category: Social Networking
- Size: 12.00 MB
- Publisher: BlindMatch - Chat, meet with friendly strangers
- Version: 7.0.3
- Minimum software requirements: Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: March 11, 2021
Our editors recommend
For kids who love social networking
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