Omegle: Chat With Strangers Online and Stay Safe
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Omegle is an online service that allows you talk to strangers. It has been around for over a decade, and is one of the best sites for anonymously striking up random conversations online.

However, as with everything where people don’t have to reveal details, it can also be a ground for unsavory behavior. We’re going to tell you what Omegle is, how to use it, and how to stay safe.

What Is Omegle?

Leif K-Brooks was 18 years old when he founded Omegle. The site quickly grew in popularity and is still going strong to this day. Its core concept has remained the same: pairing anonymous strangers together so they can chat. While it originally launched as text-only, video was quickly introduced.

Using Text and Video Chat

You can either access Omegle through the official website or via the iOS app. To jump straight into a chat on the website, click either Text or Video. You may need to prove you’re not a bot first, but after that you’ll quickly be paired with someone.

Screenshot of Omegle's homepage

Don’t be discouraged if your fellow chatter immediately discloses their gender, their desire for you, or their want for you to visit a suspicious link. Sadly, Omegle is full of spammers. Simply press the Stop button to end the chat and press New to begin another. You can also press Esc for both actions.

When you do find a real person, use the chat box at the bottom to type your message and press the Send button or hit Enter. Try talking to them about anything you want. Your favorite food, world politics, why Superman is better than Batman… it’s all good.

A chat on Omegle

If you want to talk to someone with a matching interest, input your interests into the What do you wanna talk about? field on the homepage. Omegle will try to find someone with one of the same interests. You can also link to Facebook and import your interests from there, if you wish.

If using the video chat, your browser will probably ask you to authorize access to your webcam and microphone. This works the same way as the text chat, in that you can talk as long as you like before disconnecting and moving on to someone else.

Alternative Modes of Omegle

On the homepage of Omegle, you can access alternative versions of the text and video chats. Click Spy (question mode)to pose a question to two strangers, then watch as they debate it between them. Don’t worry, they both know that they’re being watched.

Alternative modes of Omegle

Click College student chat if you have an education email address and only want to talk to other college students. You must verify your email before accessing this.

For the real risk takers, there’s an Adult and Unmoderated Section for video. This is where you are far more likely to see explicit content, so be aware of that before proceeding.

How to Stay Safe on Omegle

Omegle brands itself as a “great way to meet new friends.” Whether you’ll really be able to create a friendship through it is debatable—every time you enter Omegle, you are matched with someone at random. At the same time, the website also discloses that “predators have been known to use Omegle.” As such, you do need to keep your wits about you and stay safe.

Take note, Omegle doesn’t permit anyone under 13 to use their service. Those under 18 can only use it with a parent or guardian’s permission.

1. Do Not Share Personal Details

This is internet safety 101. Do not give out information that could be used to identify you offline. If someone says “asl”, they’re asking for your age, sex, and location. You aren’t obligated to provide it. If you are giving someone your birth date, the name of your school, or phone number, it’s too much.

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You don’t really know that the person you’re talking to is who they claim to be. Besides, think how easy it would be for you to pretend to be someone else. No matter how trustworthy someone may seem, be cautious.

2. Do Not Share Social Media Profiles

Your accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat or wherever should not be shared with the other person. You might not think about it at first, but social media profiles contain information about places you’ve visited, who you’re friends with, and other identifiable information.

While you can make your social media accounts private How to Make All Your Social Media Accounts Private How to Make All Your Social Media Accounts Private Want to keep your social media life private? Hit the link to get a full guide to the privacy settings on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Snapchat. Read More , if you grant someone access then they could extract that information permanently if they so choose. Instead, keep things on Omegle, where once you disconnect you’ll probably never talk to that person again.

3. Do Not Visit External Links

As mentioned, it probably won’t take long before you’re confronted with a message asking you to visit an external site. No matter how reputable it might appear, do not click on that URL.

Spam link sent via Omegle

These people are often trying to phish you by sending you to a page which will attempt to inject malware on your system, or pose as a company in order to get your personal information.

4. Do Not Agree to Meet Anyone in Person

Omegle is not designed to encourage people to meet up offline. Obviously that would require you to share personal details, which we’ve already warned against. But there’s also no accountability. You can’t refer back to previous conversations or link up with that person again because it’s wiped as soon as you disconnect from Omegle.

There are plenty of services to help you make real-life friends Tinder Is Awful for Finding Friends, Use One of These Services Instead Tinder Is Awful for Finding Friends, Use One of These Services Instead Plenty of resources on the internet will offer new friends, but only a few of them will deliver on the promise. Here are the best. Read More .

5. Disconnect If You Feel Uncomfortable

Remember, the whole point of Omegle is that you can chat to strangers, plural. If at any point you feel uncomfortable with what the other person is saying or doing on their webcam, or something doesn’t feel right, simply press the Stop button to immediately end the chat. Of course, you can also close the browser window entirely for a swift exit.

Other Ways to Chat With Strangers

While Omegle is one of the original “chat with strangers” platforms, it’s definitely not the only one out there.

If you’re after a messaging app with a difference, like appearing as an emoji or only interacting with people whose phone batteries are dying, check out our list of weird messaging apps to chat with strangers 5 Weird Messaging Apps to Chat With Friends or Strangers 5 Weird Messaging Apps to Chat With Friends or Strangers Use these weird and unique messaging apps to talk with friends or with strangers. Have fun! Read More .

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  1. akash
    February 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    hi how are you what your name

    • Brooklyn
      May 15, 2015 at 12:47 am

      Hi Brooklyn and you?

      • ?
        March 27, 2019 at 1:32 am

        Who is thisssss
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  2. painter
    November 14, 2009 at 2:15 am

    I personally really like this site because it gives me a chance to meet and talk to people I would never get to know in real life. The only thing that saddens me is that I cannot find a person again. Though that is normally fine, I met a very nice person and my computer died, making it impossible for me to talk to them again. ;(

    • Anonymous
      May 19, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      Everyone just asks me for sex! Is this meant to happen I'm just asking?

  3. Anonymous
    September 5, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I find all of the various stranger chat sites amusing in their own way. There are quite a few ones out there now.

  4. wako
    August 2, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    think its fake to be honest

  5. Sorin
    May 25, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Omegle is bullshit ... Iddin.com is better . You can share photos with your conversational partner and i have it on good authority that they will provide webcam service soon.

  6. George
    April 29, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    The majority of the users just asked my asl and then disconnected. I had some good convos to though, so ya never know

    • Yabba
      November 7, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      what is asl actually

      • James Bruce
        November 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

        Age, Sex, Location

  7. Amber
    April 5, 2009 at 6:05 am

    The first "person" spammed me with a huge ASCII smiley three times, without actually ever saying anything. The second person asked me if I had parents around. That's just creepy. Never know what you're gonna get.

    • dustin
      April 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      I hate getting g spammed