Omegle was developed in 2008; the period where internet use was rapidly growing. It is actually one of the first sites that offered online chats. Back then, most people used to chat with friends and other people they know.
We can’t really say that this was the first app that connected people worldwide. After all, Yahoo Messenger was already popular those days and it connected people from all over the world.
Omegle was quite different from yahoo mail. For one, people who interacted on Omegle were total strangers. You can meet stranger who is miles away from you, probably from another continent.
You don’t have to create a profile before using Omegle. Also, no registration is required, which makes the site unique since many adult chat sites do require some form of registration. Meet new friends, start talking to strangers and start chats on your own.
Omegle is an adult site that randomly matches strangers from different parts of the world. Site has a number of features which include the following;
Spy mode chat
This is an Omegle version that allows texts only. You don’t need to sign in and no identification is required when you chat in spy mode. One disadvantage of spy mode is that you won’t know the identity of the person you are chatting with.
Here, Omegle users can see each other when chatting. This is enabled by the use of a video camera. While most people can confidently show their faces, others decide to use a virtual mask to stay anonymous.
At the homepage, there is a field text box where users can write what they prefer to talk about. But this is optional. If you add your interests, Omegle will match you with another user who has the same interests as yours.
College student chat
If you prefer to only chat with college students, it is possible to do so. All you have to do is put a college email address, like .ac.xx, or .edu.xx. Your email will neither be seen by other users nor stored. It is only the domain of your email address that will be shown.
Over 10,000 users login to the platform every day
Bots are common in the website
Most people visit the Omegle platform with the aim of finding someone to interact with through dirty conversations. It is impossible to tell who you are chatting with on Omegle especially when you are using the text-only option.
Most users also hide their identity and pretend to be a person they aren’t. Through our text chat interactions with Omegle, we could easily tell that most users are only there for perverted conversations and dirty photos. And this applies to both female and male users.
Even in video chats, most users would shamelessly request to see your private parts even when their faces are visible.
This raises eyebrows for parents whose naïve minors use the sites.
They have a long disclaimer on their website to protect themselves in case of any liability, for instance, when their website is used for illegal acts.
Design and usability
Easy to use interface
[expander_maker more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Considering that Omegle was launched in 2008, we can all agree that design wasn’t much of a priority, and it wasn’t as important as it is today. It is now 10 years since the website was created.
And can you believe that no redesigning has been done so far? But as much as Omegle uses an outdated design, you can tell how easy it is to use the website. You can easily find your way through no matter how young or old you are.
When you are in live chat, the text box is large enough to see what you are typing. The send button is the return and enter buttons of our keyboard. And you can find the exit chat button on the lower left side. Ensure that you click this button twice when exiting the chat.
Site Real-life review
About a decade ago when I was in my teen years, Omegle was my best platform for random stranger chats.
I enjoyed the conversations I had at Omegle. Here, you can interact with people from any part of the world.
The time to visit the website is early in the morning.
I enjoyed the real conversations and we even became only friends with some of the people I chatted with. That was back then. Recently, I tried using the omegle app again just to remember my good old days. I was utterly disappointed.
I participated in 10 chats and out of these, only one user could communicate decently. This was a female user from Austria based on what she told me.
And I can’t really say that the conversation was decent to the end since we exchanged some basic information, chatted for a minute or two then she asked whether we can exchange pictures of our private parts.
I was quite interested and asked how many photos she has already collected that say. She said between 20 and 30, all from men at Omegle!
Out of 9 that remained, 6 of them were an invitation to add their usernames and links to their X-rated profiles. These 6 users sent a message then disconnected so fast before I responded, so I thought there were probably bots spreading malware.
For the three remaining chats, two disconnected as soon as they realised I was a male. And the last one disconnected when it told her my age (30).
From this experience, I don’t think I will ever have a decent conversation on Omegle the way I did those days. So for now, I will stick to dating apps and other adult-oriented sites.
Omegle has been subjected to controversies in all those years the platform has been in operation. For instance, child predators can easily lure underage users into meeting face to face or sending them nudes.
And did I mention that underage teens can access the site in the first place? There wasn’t any age verification method in the app, anyone could access and use it. Also, the platform did not have a profanity filter.
So sexual content and nudity were common on the site. As much as Omegle claims that everything shared in the site is monitored, it hasn’t done much to ensure that no sexual content is shared. They, however, ban users who don’t adhere to their terms and conditions every now and then.
Costs and prices
Services offered for free
Text chat with strangers
Use of tags
Not any. All features are free
The main reason why Omegle was created was to help people make friendships out of strangers. People from different countries, races and religions could make friends on the site. Omegle wanted to create a platform where people from different parts of the world could come together and share their life experiences, ideas, dreams, ambitions, etc.
This is actually what used to happen before. But today, things are quite different. Omegle has now become a platform where people could exchange nudes and explicit content without caring about minors in the site. Bots are also all over the site.
Now, it is almost impossible to have a decent conversation on Omegle. Maybe this is due to the increase of dating sites and social apps where you can interact with real people. Due to this, my advice would be to avoid Omegle and consider other decent dating apps.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Omegle work?
Once you visit the Omegle website, you are given two options, either to go on video or text. You only have to click your preferences and be directed to a chat room when you meet a random user. You are allowed to exit the chat anytime you want.
Which browser can I use?
Omegle can be supported by any browser; Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer, etc.
Can I use a mobile phone to chat on Omegle?
Yes. The site doesn’t have an app but you can visit the website using a browser on your phone number.
How to use the camera on Omegle?
First, enable adobe flash on your browser. Then allow for video chat on Omegle.
What is Omegle’s spy mode?
This is a text-only chat offered by Omegle
I was chatting with a complete stranger and he said ASL. I don’t know what this means
Most people use ASL on online chats as an abbreviation of ‘Age, Sex, Location’.
Does Omegle save chats?
No. chats are not saved on the website, but you can take screenshots of copy-paste your chats.
I can’t access Omegle
If this happens, it may be because your IP address is banned probably because you have violated the site’s terms and conditions.
For how long will my account be banned?
This depends on the reason why you were banned in the first place. Generally, the period lasts between 7 and 120 days. It can at times be permanent.
How can I reactivate my account after it is restored?
First, you have to wait for Omegle to unblock the IP address. If you can’t wait, or if the process is taking too long, simply use a VPN or get a new IP address.
Is it safe to chat on Omegle?
First, Omegle has privacy policies that users have to adhere to. They have however not done much to protect minors from perverts in the site.
Are the chats encrypted?
The omega staff monitor the chats
Can Omegle track users down?
Yes. Your IP address can be used to track your location as all chats and cam site. install VPN to avoid it.
Can Omegle be traced by the police?
The government can have access to a user’s information if they want to, just like in any other internet activity.