Parents' Guide to

Wink - make new snap friends

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Swipe right to find strangers on Snapchat; not for kids.

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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

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Safety and privacy concerns

This title has:

Too much sex

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Personal information is shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • Unclear whether this product uses a user's information to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Data profiles are created and used for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (10 ):

While making new Snapchat friends sounds fairly innocent, there's not much to recommend this approach which is appearance-focused and leads to contact with strangers. Connections are based solely on an adult dating app swiping system, and there's no way to verify profile information: There's no official connection to the Snapchat app, so becoming friends with someone on Wink - make new snap friends might lead to a very different Snapchat profile than you might expect. People creating profiles aren't required to share photos directly from their Snapchat account, so there's no guarantee that you're connecting with who you think you are. Users can misrepresent their age and location to give them access to more profiles. In fact, many accounts at the time of this review had captions stating that users were younger than they reported in their profile. Reporting or blocking a profile doesn't seem to work consistently, since blocked and reported posts resurfaced in the queue of swipeable profiles. And there are tons of profiles featuring nudity and profanity despite the app's community guidelines forbidding both. For seasoned Snapchat users and social media newcomers alike, Wink - make new snap friends doesn't lead to more connection, only complication -- and potentially creepy encounters.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 31, 2020
  • Category: Social Networking
  • Publisher: 9 Count
  • Version: 1.0.12
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later. Android 4.4 and up.
  • Last updated: February 10, 2020

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