Parents' Guide to

imo video calls and chat

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Video chat/livestreamer is solid but risky.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

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Based on 2 parent reviews

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Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is 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.
  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

For reliable chat and video calling, this app is a solid choice. Registration and adding contacts is quick, the interface is simple and clean, and video calls both sound and look pretty good. You can go back and forth between a video call and chat (though you can't open your camera in chat when a call is in progress) and track your chat history. It also functions a bit like Facebook or Instagram in that you can create albums and “Stories” made up of text and imagery and share them with friends. Still, as good as this is for adults and older teens, it's not so good for younger kids.

Though the terms of service say the app's meant for users thirteen and over, browsing the livestream feed proves kids younger than that are there. That's not good, since the livestream's onscreen prohibition of pornography seems to have done nothing to prevent suggestive and sexual content, not mention adult-themed conversations not meant for young ears. Even more problematic, when kids livestream, adult users can interact with them in real time--a perfect setup for online predators. Real-time chat can be turned off, but since imo free video calls and chat contains no parental locks to speak of, and its privacy protections are rudimentary, that's just not enough to ensure your kids are safe. Like so much that's made within the social media arena, this app is yet another product offering ease and convenience with a hefty dose of risk. Concerned parents are better off keeping this one for older teens and steering younger kids away from it.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases $.99-$199.99 for in-app currency or $.99/mo.)
  • Release date: September 26, 2016
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Publisher: imo.im
  • Version: 7.1.60
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
  • Last updated: July 11, 2020

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