Parents' Guide to

TTYL | Talk with Friends

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Talk to whole squad, voice-only; beware of being always on.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+


Its a kind of fun application good for all ages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

Talk to friends using this handy app, but control notifications to avoid too much contact. The interface is simple yet colorful and easy to navigate. The option to share the music you're listening to while you are logged in makes it seem like a fun hangout spot, and the greeting announcement when friends log on gives it a modern-day chat room kind of feel. Kids can't call friends who aren't online, making it easy to unplug and not be disturbed. That said, the "poke" feature and greeting notifications might make kids feel like they should always be available, so some teens might need some help in setting boundaries. Kids will need a phone number to create an account, but it doesn't ask for a birth date or other personal information. All in all, it's a new take on an old way to communicate, and may offer more connection than texting.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 26, 2019
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Publisher: TTYL Inc.
  • Version: 1.0.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 11.0 or later
  • Last updated: January 3, 2022

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