Lip Sync Battle App

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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DIY karaoke battles mimic amusing TV show.

Parents say

age 8+
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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

It's pretty easy to pick a video, add filters, and sing along. Some features don't work as consistently as you might expect, so it can be hard to tell if your video has uploaded properly. 

Violence

Depends on what you choose to sing: Some available songs feature lyrics that feature violence, but you can avoid them.

Sex

It depends: There are many sexually explicit songs available, but you don't have to choose them.

Language

There's a giant range of songs on offer, from Disney songs to explicit rap music. There's G-rated content, but there are also songs featuring profane language -- all of which is spelled out in the karaoke lyrics.

Consumerism

TV tie-in, and there are seasonal and themed mask sets available for in-app purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

It depends on the song you choose: Some available songs glorify drinking to excess and drug use, but others are more tame.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Lip Sync Battle App is a social-networking app inspired by the Spike TV show of the same name. It's similar to Dubsmash and Musical.ly: Kids can upload videos of themselves lip-synching to a wide range of popular songs, and they can layer filters and masks over their video as they sing along. Kids can also create a profile and follow other users, and they can compete in their own lip-synch battles by asking people to rate their performance against another person's uploaded video. Read the app's privacy policy (the same policy used by all Viacom television-related apps) to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

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What's it about?

In the LIP SYNC BATTLE APP, users can create a profile and create videos of themselves lip-synching to any song from the app's enormous music catalog. Once you pick a song, you can add Snapchat-style filters to adorn your face or decorate the background. Once you start recording, a few lines of the song appear on-screen, and the words appear in bold as you're supposed to sing them. You can choose to perform a short selection of a song or the whole thing. Once you've recorded a video, you can save it to your device, share it publicly on the app, or challenge a friend to a battle. When you create a profile, you can invite friends to create accounts to follow you, and you can follow other users, plus you can browse publicly shared videos and battles. 

Is it any good?

Part karaoke game, part social network, this app is an amusing, but limited, way to create and share lip-synch videos. Some of the built-in features are strong: The filters are cool and pretty fun, and it's neat to have a taste of what it's like to compete head-to-head with another performer in your own lip-synch battle. Still, the app's features are limited, and it can feel clunky to browse other users' videos and view the battles. It's also hard to understand exactly who else can see your videos and who can rate them. The privacy settings aren't especially clear, and the sharing features aren't especially customizable. In some ways, this feels more like a way to extend the experience of the TV show rather than a rich way to create and share content. Plus, though the music library is extensive, it's still limited to premade music, and the app lacks the speedy, creative appeal of Musical.ly or the fun and flexibility of Dubsmash. Fans of the TV show can certainly check it out, but those other apps might hold more long-term appeal.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about your rules for privacy and social networks. Talk about when it's OK to share information and what kind of information should be kept private. 

  • Before downloading, discuss your family's rules around profanity and sexual references in music. What are your teens allowed to listen to? What kinds of videos can they post?

  • Talk about songs that might be fun to lip-synch to. Think about what kinds of movements or dances might work well with the different filters available and the limited space available on camera.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
  • Release date: October 15, 2016
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 125.00 MB
  • Publisher: Wurrly LLC
  • Version: 1.0.5
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.3 or later

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