imo Instant Messenger iPhone App Review

Screenshot of imo app
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Instant messaging apps provide a streamlined solution for keeping in touch with friends on various social networks and family wherever they are located. The imo instant messaging app for iPhone is easy to use and takes only minutes to set up for multiple accounts. With messaging and free voice and video chatting to keep you in contact with people all over the world, imo provides a full-service contact solution without SMS or phone call charges.

The Good

  • Unlimited free messages and video and voice calls
  • Group chat
  • Hundreds of free stickers

The Bad

  • Doesn't work in areas without an internet connection
  • Complaints that contacts were spammed by imo

Skype Alternative

The imo app supports numerous social networking sites and chat networks, including AIM, Yahoo, Facebook, and Google Hangouts. When imo lost its ability to interface with Skype in 2013, the company rebranded itself as the alternative to Skype and added video chat to tempt platform switchers.

Imo includes a lot of features, including the ability to add friends to separate groups to keep things organized. Imo makes it easy to set a status message and includes a searchable chat history and support for voice messaging. The addition of a sticker package enhances the chat features.

Imo supports push notifications so you’ll be alerted when you get a new message or call.

How It Works

Click on any of your friends to launch the chat screen, which is easy to use. Simply type your message and hit send. You can create customized groups for messaging to several recipients. The app includes hundreds of stickers so you can express yourself within the chat format. With the addition of video chat and voice calls, this app provides a full-service communications service.

There are a few privacy issues to keep in mind. When you add your Facebook account, for example, the imo app asks for permission to do several things that may make some users pause. In addition to accessing your basic information and Facebook chat, the app also requests permission to access your friends’ information. Some users have reported that their friends received spam from imo as a result.

Unfortunately, you can’t opt out of these settings since it is an all-or-nothing request. This is not something unique to imo, as pretty much any Facebook application requires some sort of privacy permissions. 

The Bottom Line

Imo is a solid app for keeping in touch with friends on a variety of instant messaging networks, and it provides free high-quality voice and video calls. It supports multiple social sites and is a cinch to set up. 

What You’ll Need

Imo is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later.