ooVoo Video Call, Text and Voice

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
ooVoo Video Call, Text and Voice App Poster Image
Powerhouse app with group video, text, calls; watch privacy.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Mostly easy to use, with clear feature icons at the bottom of the screen and the ability to access it via Facebook. There's a very helpful FAQ page on the ooVoo website for people new to video chat or who are having trouble connecting with others across platforms. The app will instantly link users with contacts in a user's phone and in Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter accounts using ooVoo, if permission is granted. On the downside, users must seek out and change settings to establish privacy on ooVoo​, and the default mode is public.

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Ads appear unless users purchase ooVoo Premium for $29.99/year or $2.99/month. Other in-app purchases vary as far as calling minutes to cell phones and land lines worldwide. Ads may be intended for an adult audience ("Are you interested in men, women, or both?" asks one).

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that ooVoo Video Call, Text and Voice is a free app that teens can use to group video chat with up to 12 people, even if they're using different platforms (iPhone, Android, desktop computers, and more). ooVoo users also can send texts and make regular phone calls, including to international numbers (in-app purchase is required). Ads on the free version can be removed by purchasing ooVoo's premium service. ​The developer's terms indicate people must be 13 or older to use the app. An important privacy and safety note: Unless teens change their account settings to limit or restrict public access, anyone can search for, see, and contact them.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBethanyNicolee April 7, 2015

awful!

if I could give it 0 stars I would, "you can oovoo upto 12 people at one time" with my experiences this, 12 people would not be possible as calling 2... Continue reading
Adult Written bygollyg July 1, 2016
Kid, 12 years old March 20, 2015

You can't judge

CSM can't really judge social networking sites, and here is why: you never know what is about to happen.Sure, people could get into some iffy territory, bu... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 6, 2015

OovoO Is Great

OovoO can be used by 10+ if they know Internet Safety and are mature enough. They should always know who they are talking to. Anyway, Kids can decline a reques... Continue reading

What's it about?

First, create an OOVOO account, using an email address or a Facebook account. The app will ask for access to your contacts; either approve or deny. Your contacts (and ads) will pop up on the main "Friends" screen. Any friend requests also will appear. Tap "Dial a Friend" to make a phone call using a phone number, or tap a friend's name to text, video chat, or call them. When video calling, you can minimize or maximize yourself or other callers. ooVoo is a powerful app that gives teens multiple ways to communicate with peers and adults.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Encourage (or require) your teen to use the app's privacy settings so only people they know can contact them via ooVoo, and remind them they can use the block and/or report features if someone contacts them in unwanted or harassing ways.

  • Since ooVoo includes group video chats, discuss respectful group communication and healthy group dynamics with your teen. Although they may know a lot more about video calling and online social networking than you do, some important lessons about ethical social behavior and being kind to individuals in groups remains the same across platforms, digital and otherwise.

  • Don't understand why your teen wants to use this and other social media nearly 24/7? Read Common Sense Media's report "Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives."

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows app, Windows Phone
  • Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
  • 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
  • Size: 34.30 MB
  • Publisher: ooVoo
  • Version: 2.1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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