Viber

App review by
Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Media
Viber App Poster Image
Message or call with stickers, doodle for visual fun.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of play

Very easy to set up and use. Links automatically with any contacts in your device who are already using Viber. Intuitive user interface, easy-to-understand and commonly used icons. Settings also are understandable and offer lots of custom options. Clear steps are required to invite non-Viber users to the app, as well as to purchase credits and place calls with non-Viber users, who are listed separately in the Viber contacts list from free-to-call Viber users. 

Violence

One in-app purchase sticker includes an image of a cartoon boy with red marks on his face from being slapped by a girl, who is walking away angrily. A few other paid stickers related to sports-show unsportsmanlike conduct or fistfighting.

Sex

A few in-app purchase stickers include suggestive content -- for example, a cartoon man shirtless in a bed hugging two women, a cartoon woman wearing a thong swimsuit, and a sticker that says "Booty Call."

Language

A few of the in-app purchase stickers contain mild profanity or coarse language.

Consumerism

No third-party ads. In-app purchases include sticker packs (which are mildly promoted with a "more stickers" icon at the bottom of the free stickers on the messaging screen) and credits to call non-Viber users. A promotional message with "Try Viber Out" occasionally fills the phone's screen to encourage people to use the pay-for-credits service to call people who aren't using Viber. 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

A few stickers include alcoholic beverages and cigarettes. One in-app purchase sticker says "Hung Over." 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Viber can be used to send free text messages, photos, video messages, and phone calls to other Viber users. It can be used anywhere, even internationally, with Wi-Fi or 3G access. Use Viber on Android, iOS, or Windows phones and some desktop computers. Viber accounts can be created through Facebook or a cell phone number. When a person creates an account, the app identifies and lists Viber users already in the contacts. Group messages can include up to 100 participants. Make calls to non-Viber users and landline phones by purchasing "credits." There are thousands of stickers, some free, to include with messages (some in-app purchase stickers are not kid-appropriate). Users also can draw messages or doodle on photo messages.

User Reviews

Educator Written byMami K. October 4, 2016
Teen, 13 years old Written byamandafran February 15, 2015

I love this app

This app is great! It's like texting and social media at the same time. Sure some of the stickers may have some swearing and bad language but overall mos...
Kid, 11 years old December 7, 2015

16+?!?!?! No way

it is definitely not a 16+ app I use it and I'm only 11. this app is very safe and I use it all the time to chat with my friends

What's it about?

To create a VIBER account, enter your cell phone number and then provide your Facebook details or name and image. Tap a contact, type a message in the chat field, and tap the bear icon to add a sticker. Tap the phone icon to make a voice call; tap the microphone and hold to record a voice message. Tap the "x" to view image-based message options (photo, gallery, video, doodle, location). Two check marks mean the message was delivered. Access account settings by tapping on the gear icon.

Is it any good?

Viber is an impressive, free messaging app that includes more privacy and customization options than some similar apps. It works well (sound quality reportedly varies, depending upon connection quality; it sounded just fine during this review), and it's visually appealing. You can view your contacts who use Viber under one column and those who don't under a "Viber Out" column, which makes it easy to distinguish which are free and which will need in-app purchase credits to call.

Although the ability to call and message any other Viber user (even internationally) for free is the big draw, the options to draw or doodle on messages, change message backgrounds, and choose from thousands of stickers are fun creative perks that may nudge this app up the favorites list. Some of the stickers in the in-app purchase sticker packs are not for kids, but they can easily be avoided by sticking with the free ones. Viber is a standout in the growing crowd of messaging apps.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about messaging apps. Read Common Sense's Trend Alert about messaging apps and talk to your teen about why it's not a good idea to share iffy secrets online.

  • Remind your teen that Viber's ​free status depends on messaging and calling others who also have the app; otherwise, they (or you) have to purchase credits. To find out more about different calling rates, go to Viber Out

  • Even though the alcohol-related stickers on Viber can be (mostly) avoided by not going to the in-app purchase sticker packs, their existence on a messaging app displays the prevalence of alcohol use in all forms of media. To learn more about portrayals of alcohol and how they may affect your teen, watch Common Sense's Dealing with Drinking in the Media video.

App details

For kids who love creating and sharing

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