Omegle is a free online chat room where random strangers can anonymously meet from around the world and have fun. You don’t need to register an account or provide any personal information to start chatting. You can instantly start chatting with other users and you can also choose whether you want to have a text or video chat. Most people prefer having video chats with other users and talk with them over the webcam.
Omegle started off in 2009 as a text-only chat service and became very popular and was gaining over 3 million page views per month. In 2010, Omegle introduced the video chatting feature, which became the signature of the platform. To video chat with other users on the website, you need to give access to your microphone and webcam and after your face verification, you will be able to chat with other users.
To start chatting, click on the Text or Video button and Omegle will pair you with a random stranger. If you prefer, you can use the unmoderated section for video chat. To find strangers with common interests, you can add your interests (things you wanna talk about). If no match is found, you will be connected to a random stranger instead. An interactive “Spy mode” gives you a random question provided by a third person who will watch Stranger 1 and Stranger 2 discuss on the topic. Or you can be the third person who asks the questions. To end a chat or start a new one, press the stop button or the esc key.
College students can enter a college email address ending in .edu or .edu.XX or .ac.XX to verify you’re in college. This will allow you to chat with other college students. For privacy, they don’t show complete email address to other users, instead only show the domain (i.e. @domain.edu). Omegle doesn’t have any official mobile app available for Android or iOS, but the website works just fine on any web browser and provides the same chatting experience as you get on the desktop.
Omegle is a good choice for a socializing platform from where you can meet with complete strangers who has different views, interests, culture and have casual chat with them and be yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Is it safe to use Omegle?
Although the platform is largely safe, you should be careful given the unprecedented and uncontrollable human nature. The people you encounter may not behave appropriately and that they are solely responsible for their own behavior. You should never share your or any other person’s private identifications such as name, email, physical address. Disconnect immediately if someone makes you uncomfortable.
- What are some of the Omegle alternatives?
There are several random chat sites available such as Chatroulette, Chatrandom, Bazoocam, ChatAvenue.
- Is there a mobile app?
The site works great in both mobile phones and tablets so there is currently no official app you can use.
- Are the chats and video monitored?
- How to use parental control?
Most antivirus these days comes with website filtration feature to restrict access to certain websites. Also, there are many software that are commercially available that provide this form of protection.