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Parents' Guide to

ooVoo Video Call, Text and Voice

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Powerhouse app with group video, text, calls; watch privacy.

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age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Good app

Video call chat is very good best in the world I like it So amazing app in the world
age 18+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Using different communication tools such as Facebook, FaceTime, and Skype comes more naturally to most teens than talking into a telephone, so they'll love that ooVoo offers group chat across multiple device platforms, as well as the abilities to text and call individual friends. For people seeking to call internationally, ooVoo offers call minutes as in-app purchases to more than 70 countries. Users can video chat with friends who don't have ooVoo, but the process is much more complicated. The desktop and premium versions include even more features (such as video messaging and file sharing) and no ads. Video and sound quality are generally good, although that can reportedly vary with device and network quality.

For teen's safety, it would be nice to see the restricted profile access as the default setting, but parents and teens can easily change that setting for improved privacy and safety. Users can block people they don't want contacting them via ooVoo, and they can report any other user for harassing behavior. Used wisely, ooVoo can be a fantastic communication tool for teens and adults.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Mac , Android , Windows app
  • Pricing structure: Free (In-app purchase: ooVoo premium $2.99/mo., $29.99/year. Credits for international calls vary in price.)
  • Release date: June 16, 2014
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Publisher: ooVoo
  • Version: 2.1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up
  • Last updated: January 23, 2019

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