Imo Instant Messenger Review

  1. Free video and voice calls
  2. imo on mobile
  3. What do we like?
  4. What we don’t like
  5. imo on desktop
  6. What do we like?
  7. What we don’t like

Free video and voice calls

Imo is considered to be one of the many messaging apps vying for users. While the app deserves praise for its clean design and free HD-quality video chat, it doesn’t offer a wider ecosystem of tools that sets it apart from its peers.

imo on mobile

What do we like?

  • Free HD video calls.

  • Large installed user base on Android.

  • Clean visual aesthetic for Android and iOS.

What we don’t like

  • Does nothing but voice and video.

  • Stickers can be distracting.

  • The subscription model in the application.

The mobile version of Imo supports HD quality voice and video calls, as well as text messages with a library of stickers. You can even participate in group video calls.

Imo supports Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

The end-user experience for Android and iOS is different, according to online reviews. The Android version has been installed more than 500 million times; it has a 4.3 rating with over 5 million ratings. Overall, Google Play users seem to love Imo and rate it the same or better than similar apps.

The Apple App Store paints a different picture, with a rating of 3.3, just under 35,000 reviews, and a very high one-star rating.

Particularly in early 2019, Android users often complained that Imo was not working properly with Samsung phones; on any Samsung device, Imo generates audio interference.

imo on desktop

What do we like?

  • Imo offers apps for Windows and MacOS.

  • Desktop apps are synced with your mobile app.

What we don’t like

  • You cannot install the desktop version without installing the mobile app first.

  • The desktop version does not support US phone numbers.

  • The desktop versions feel late, with less precise designs and fewer features.

The main problem with Imo on desktop is that you cannot launch the app without first installing the app on your mobile device. Even worse, if you live in the United States, the app (at least version 1.2.50) doesn’t support the United States in the recognized list, even though Americans are free to download and use mobile apps.

While it is good that Imo offers native desktop clients, they are not as fully featured as their mobile counterparts. They are updated less often and the approach of the service seems to be geared towards mobile devices.

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