Squad - social screen sharing

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Group screen-sharing app has privacy, safety concerns.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

None in the app itself, however the app could be used for educational purposes, study groups, tutoring, etc. 

Ease of Play

User interface is non-intuitive; tutorial tips brief and mostly unhelpful. 


No violence in the app itself; user-generated or shared content could contain violent images or references. 


No suggestive content in the app itself; user-generated or shared content and user chat could contain sexual images or references. 


No profanity in the app itself; user-generated or shared content and chat could contain swearing. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No drinking, drugs, or smoking in the app itself; user-generated or shared content and chat could contain such things. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Squad - social screen sharing is a social networking app that lets users make video phone calls and share photos and other content remotely through screen sharing. The app requires access to users' cameras and microphones, and users can see, hear, and text chat with one another while sharing whatever app, game, video, or web content they're currently viewing. While the iTunes app store puts the minimum user age at 4+ because there's no offensive content in the app itself, the opportunity to connect with strangers and potential for data collection make 13 a more appropriate rating. Users can search for random names and invite strangers to join their broadcasts, and there's no way for parents to control what content is shared with their kids. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byur mom best freind April 1, 2020
I think it is an amazing app for kids to be able to stay in contact with there friends and have fun with each other 100% recommend for kids 12 and older my two... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old February 17, 2019

What's it about?

SQUAD – SOCIAL SCREEN SHARING is a free social networking app in the vein of Skype, that lets you make video calls to friends and share photos and other content via text chat. Beyond that, it lets friends share what's on their mobile device screen through screen sharing. Users can search for friends by name or user name, invite them to join a private room, then tap a “broadcast” button. From then on, guests can see and comment on whatever's on your screen: apps, videos, games, websites, etc. Audio/video controls and split screen functionality let you and your friends conduct video calls while sharing content. Alternately, you can focus solely on broadcasts by choosing the full screen setting.

Is it any good?

Though the idea of viewing and chatting with friends in different locations is appealing, the potential contact with strangers who can share unknown content make this risky for teens. The biggest concern is that though the app asks for access to your contacts -- and the main purpose is to use the app with friends -- it's possible to perform random searches and invite whoever pops up in the search, strangers included. Furthermore, if your kids accept such random invites, there's no way of knowing what sort of chat, audio/video, or web content they'll be exposed to. Though the app provides no access to other users' profiles and you can block users on an individual basis, there appears to be no way to block random invites or the sharing of inappropriate content during live broadcasts. This is fairly worrisome, and the developers offer no information regarding it. The iTunes app store for Squad – social screen sharing is devoid of useful information, and the developer's official website offers no insight either.

In terms of how it works, it functions reasonably well, but is unintuitive, and with the short tutorial video hidden on a secondary screen, you're likely to tap and swipe for some time before anything much happens. If you've opted out of allowing the app access to your contacts, there appears to be no means of accessing it later. Still, the screen sharing mechanic works reasonably well and could be used for things beyond entertainment, such as tutoring or helping kids create remote study groups. All things considered, Squad – social screen sharing feels like an embryonic version of what could one day be a very useful app. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the dangers of accepting online friend invites in apps like Squad - social screen sharing and other similar apps. Do your kids understand why they should never accept an invitation from someone they don't know? 

  • Discuss the pros and cons of screen sharing. What kinds of good uses can it be put to? How can bad people use it to do harm? 

  • Think about setting limits for what kids can share online. Do your kids understand the unique ways in which screen sharing could expose personal info/put them at risk? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 28, 2018
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Size: 106.70 MB
  • Publisher: Olabot, Inc.
  • Version: 1.2.11
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later
  • Last updated: December 11, 2020

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