Omegle is a free online chat website which allows users to connect with others across the world at random. It’s a way for people to make friends online, and can be used either as video chatting platform or simple text chat. There is no need to register meaning it’s quick and easy website to use, however, this does often result in people abusing the site as they know there will be no repercussions due to the anonymous nature of it.
While Omegle is the most popular website out there that offers this service to individuals across the world, there are other options out there if you feel like you’ve had enough of it. In this article, we are going to take a look at the best Omegle alternatives out there and tell you a little bit about each one. Let’s get started.
Apps like Omegle – The top four
Holla is almost a like-for-like alternative to Omegle in almost every way. The premise of the site is that you connect to strangers at random across the world via video chat. The website is free to use without registration, however, you do have the option to register for an account by linking either your Google or Facebook account which gives you a couple of options which can help you to meet likeminded users.
In order to use the Holla website, all you need to do is head to the website, grant access to your laptop’s webcam and then hit start. To sign up to an account you need to click on the three lined icon on the upper right hand side of the screen and link your Facebook/Google account to the website. This will then allow you to search for specific genders during the chat search.
There is, of course, a downside to both the anonymity factor that the site provides and the fact that you can search for certain genders. These two features combined could lend itself to people who are interested in unsolicited activity.
Chatroulette is another random video chat platform which pairs users with each other from all corners of the globe. Where Chatroulette differs from Omegle and Holla is the fact that everyone who uses the website is required to sign up to an account using personal information.
While this personal information won’t be shared with those you match up with, it does provide Chatroulette with a point of reference for those who partake in illegal activity while on the website.
Chatroulette offers users with the ability to filter who they are paired with by location, meaning that you can avoid all users from countries where a different language is spoken. The site, however, doesn’t offer any sort of filtering system beyond that, meaning there is no way of influencing who you will be paired with in terms of gender, age and sexual orientation.
During conversations on Chatroulette, users are able to kill the chat if they a) don’t like what the other person is sharing on their webcam and/or b) don’t like what they are saying to them on text chat. If something particularly disturbs you then you are able to report the user right away.
Additionally, the website possesses a strong moderation system, meaning all illegal activity should be blocked fairly swiftly without the need to report.
Chatous is the first platform on this list that is exclusively a mobile phone app as opposed to a website. Chatous is free to download on iOS and Android devices and is a free video and/or text chat platform that pairs users together either randomly, or via a variety of optional filters.
To use Chatous, you don’t need to have an account but by signing up to one you are able to purchase tokens which allow you filter down who you are paired with based on gender. This can either be a great tool for girls who want to avoid talking to creeps, or a dangerous tool all the same for said creeps. Either way, Chatous does offer this feature so bare that in mind when considering your Omegle alternative.
One really cool feature on Chatous, though, is the fact that you can link up with users based on a shared interest. To do this you need to select the search bar on the top of the screen and type in a particular of interest of yours and select the hashtag option.
For example, if you want to pair up with someone who is interested in football then you would type in ‘football’ and then select ‘#football’ from the options provided. The app will then link you up with anyone else who has typed in #football into the search bar and you can be rest assured that you are talking to someone with similar interests to you.
Yalla is the final platform that we’d like to bring to your attention and just like Chatous, it is exclusively a mobile phone app. It will sometimes automatically download in Arabic, however you can change the language of the app once you’ve downloaded it – and it is well worth downloading.
Yalla offers users the option to have randomised video chat on a one-to-one basis like all of the platforms already discussed while also throwing in randomised group chats to the mix too.
Yalla also possess a multitude of chat rooms covering a variety of topics which users are free to join if they are looking to talk to likeminded individuals on topics that particularly interest them. In many ways, you could look at Yolla as a video chatting version of Reddit.
To conclude, if you are sick of Omegle but want to still chat to people across the world, then there certainly are a whole host of options available to you. If you want to just video call your friends, then you could just download Zoom. Or, if you like speaking to randoms but don’t necessarily require video, then you might want to find some Kik group chats to join.
However, if you are looking for a similar experience to Omegle but with more moderation and accountability then we would suggest Chatroulette. However, if you’re looking to connect with people based on your interests then we would suggest that you give Yalla a go.