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This App Contains...
In App Purchases
Live Streaming
Videos can be shared
Location Tracking
Photo Sharing
Photo sending/receiving
Stranger Danger
Interacting with strangers

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About Badoo - Free Chat & Dating App
In-App Purchases
Mature 17+

What is Badoo - Free Chat & Dating App?

Badoo is a social networking app, meant to connect users, ages 17 and older, in similar locales, often who’ve crossed paths but never met. The Badoo app is free to download and use, but developers strongly encourage users to make in-app purchases to “get the most out of” their experience. 

While Badoo is said to make location-based matches, many users report being matched with people hundreds of miles away, rendering those matches useless for those looking to meet people nearby. 

Badoo requires credits to initiate a conversation. If a user wants their profile to be seen by more people there is an option to boost, but boosting requires an additional fee. If a user wishes to initiate a conversation with a top-rated user, they must pay to send a message. Badoo also offers other avenues of acquiring credits, like taking surveys or downloading apps through the site.

Is Badoo - Free Chat & Dating App safe for my kids?

Badoo is not safe for kids or teens.  Any app that connects strangers based on their location is cause for concern. Using location data, Badoo shows when and where a user may have crossed paths with another user in real life, which is interesting in theory but borders on creepy.

Like dating app Tinder, Badoo relies on location data to serve matches to members, and also features a similar swipe feature. Badoo utilizes profile verification to ensure members are real people, which potentially cuts down on the number of scam profiles.

Even though the app is meant for building your social network and making real life connections with people nearby, many users choose to use Badoo as a dating app.

Despite the verification process Badoo has in place, users have reported seeing a large number of underage users on the platform, some even as young as 12 years old. 

If a user finds something suspect about a profile, they are encouraged to use the “Report Abuse” feature, which alerts Badoo’s moderation team to investigate.

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  • Gary S.

    teens shouldn't be on dating apps. its just not safe