Our Review:

Chatango Review January 2019

Just when we thought that chat sites are long gone and buried underneath the shiny, social media networks of today, one stands out from the rest of the pack. Chatango offers a fresh and new take on text-based messages with random people from all over the world. 

In the earlier part of the 2000s, premises of social networking sites are relatively simple. You think of a username and start chatting with strangers left and right. A few groundbreaking innovations later, we are now being bombarded with social media accounts where we have to verify our identity thrice, upload our best photos, think of the wittiest bio, and project the best possible picture of our lives. 

Chatango does away with all of that. It blends the simplicity of old-school chat sites with some of the innovation of current social media apps of today. While you can still chat with strangers, you can also use Chatango as a way to communicate with your audience and increase traffic to your personal and/or professional website. But we will get to that later.

In theory, Chatango looks to be a chat site full of potential. However, is it as good as it claims or is it just another wishy-washy has been of the 2000s? We took a crack at this chat site to know if it is a must try or a must pass. To find out more, read our review below. 

Sign Up - Registration

  • Quick and easy
  • Only takes half a minute to sign up
  • No email verification needed
  • No Facebook registration
  • Signing up is completely free of charge
Chatango Registration

The simplicity of Chatango's registration gives this chat site an edge over its competitors. Taking less than half a minute, you would only need to fill in your username, email, and nominated password. Click "Sign Up" right after. Faster than you can blink, you are already a registered member. There's even no email verification or approval process. Granted, that might mean lesser security but since the site just asks for your bare minimum information such as age, gender, and ZIP code, we think that it might not be an issue. 

There is no Facebook registration but with the simplicity of signing up, there's no need for one. It is guaranteed free to sign up and download the site's extensions--may it be on your mobile, laptop, or any other device. 

Profile Information

  • Keywords are important for profile searchability
  • You can add images, music, and videos to your profile
  • Dress up your profile by picking unique colours, fonts, skins
  • The moderators do not review photos
  • Only basic pieces of information are needed from you such as email, ZIP code, age, and gender
Chatango Members

Once you've created an account, you should then proceed to flesh out your profile. Although profiles aren't really the highlight of Chatango, it is still important to have more than a bare account. Not only is it fun to customise your profile according to your personality and taste, but you can also have way more interactions with other members this way (and not for the obvious reason of appearing more authentic).

To explain, the web version of the site does not have a user directory. To find others, you need to search for their specific URL and/or usernames. If you don't know anyone on this site, it can get lonely. Therefore, it is highly recommended to have "Keywords." You see, aside from usernames and URLs, you can also use keywords to search for other members. Case in point, it is easier to be found if you use frequently searched keywords such as "anime" and "funny" in comparison to "bookworm."

Despite not being the main attraction, it is essential to have keywords, age, gender, and ZIP code filled out so your profile will be more likely to pop up in search results which will, more or less, lead to an interaction. Dressing up your profile with the artistic freedom the site gives you is just an added bonus. 

Contacting Other Members

  • Embed private or public chat rooms on personal or business websites
  • Chatango is portable and compatible with all social media platforms
  • Create group chat rooms and customise them as much as you want
  • You can block unsavory members and specific words such as profanity
  • MessageCatcher is a downloadable feature for Windows OS which makes sure you don't miss any messages while offline
Chatango Messages

Customisable chat rooms, tons of stranger to chat with, flexible profiles to play with--sure, they are fun. But what makes Chatango great is its portability and compatibility with other websites. This means that you can also use Chatango on other platforms depending on your needs. 

These embeddable chat rooms can be personalised with however you want them to look--colour scheme, size, and font. You can direct the chat room's look to suit your needs. It could look fun and inviting if you want to create a space for you and your avid followers on your personal website or look much more professional and subdued when it comes to business websites. 

Non-Chatango users are called anons. They can participate in public group forums, too. Should they behave offensively or against your own set of rules, you, as the group's administrator, have the authority to ban such partakers. You can also set a message limit per person so the chat flow wouldn't be so long and still be readable for others. 

To embed a chat room to your website, simply copy and paste the HTML code of your group to the website. 

Another thing that makes Chatango great is its accessibility. Not only can you download a mobile app, but there are also desktop and web versions where you can avail the same services. There are only minute differences among the three platforms but each can make your user experience easier. For example, one of the site's greater innovations is the MessageCatcher that works as a sort of a notifier whenever someone sends you a message to ensure you don't miss any. 

Indeed, whatever your needs may be, may it be just to chat with other people from the opposite parts of the world, partake in a lively group conversation, or simply growing traffic on your website, Chatango has enough features to keep the ball going.

Special Features

If you are looking for more reasons to love this chat site, here are some of the special features unique to Chatango:

MessageCatcher

Only operational on Windows, there is a downloadable extension called the MessageCatcher. The MessageCatcher makes sure that you don't miss a single message. It immediately sends an alert whenever a chat hits you up so when you log back in, you can respond right away. 

MINI Chatango Boxes

Embedding a private or public chat group on other platforms is the main selling point of Chatango. However, there are sites that only have a small, available space left and that's where the MINI Chatango boxes come to play. These are smaller chat rooms that you can still customise. You can still also block offensive users and language in this feature.

Mobile App - Design and Usability

  • Available on Android and iOS
  • Can be downloaded for free on App Store and Google Play Store
  • No in-app purchases
  • Lightweight and easy to use; takes up small phone memory space
  • Convenient alternative for on-the-go users
Chatango Mobile

Chatango has a very lightweight mobile app, aside from its desktop and web version, to provide for its on-the-go users. It is readily available on the App Store and Google Play. It is also completely free to download with no in-app purchases. It is an even bigger plus that the app is lightweight and causes no strain on your device whatsoever. 

Aside from that, in comparison to its desktop and web counterparts, the Chatango mobile app looks much more compact and easier to use. The desktop and web versions both look so minimal and bare that its user interface might look confusing for some. The mobile app still retains the bareness in its overall design but the elements are arranged more neatly and compactly. It is the most user-friendly out of all the extensions of Chatango. It certainly makes the experience much more intuitive and easier to navigate. 

The mobile app has the buttons that lead to several features. The desktop and web versions do not, making Chatango seem stripped down. Indeed, from our investigation, the mobile app seems to be the most pleasing option out of the bunch.

Field Test

"I don't technically use Chatango for romantic purposes. I mainly use it for business reasons. It might not be the most good looking site out there but it fulfills my need for 'real-time' text chats. I have my own online store that sells clothes and other fun stuff. It is hard to keep track of everything, especially since I just recently gave birth and my husband and I are moving to a new city. Dealing with a lot of changes in a short amount of time can be hard. But with Chatango, I am able to keep track of my customers' queries and can answer them right away. I am also able to interact with them and instill a feeling of community on my website. Chatango is portable and very light. It runs smoothly on my laptop and phone. So, I guess, it took a huge chunk of the burden off my shoulders. Huh. I guess, I never truly realised it until now. Thanks, Chatango!" - Businesswoman, 37

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Summary

Chatango is a chat site that remains relevant today because of the definite use it can provide to its users. Not only can you chat with random strangers from all over the world, but you can also use Chatango to embed a chat box to your personal and professional websites. You can use the chatbox to whichever way you want--may it be to increase traffic to your site, interact with your community, answer queries right away, and so much more! It blends the old school ease of a chat site with the much more relevant features of today's social media sites. 

While Chatango may not look like much as it looks rather plain and dull, it might just be the blank canvass you need to express your personality more. With customisable chat rooms and profiles, the blank background is the perfect canvass for you to paint your personality on. The site is rather flexible with the way it doesn't impose a format like what the other sites do. In fact, you can add whatever you want as long as you know how. 

It is 100% free to use. It is also very convenient since it has a mobile, a desktop, and a web version. You can use Chatango in whatever form you need it to be according to your needs. A desktop version is an app you can download for your personal computer and/or laptop. Its mobile app is readily available on Google Play and the App Store. If you happen to find yourself in a situation where your gadgets aren't available to you, you can still access the Chatango's web version. 

The chink in Chatango's armor might be its usability. While it has a very minimalist design, it is not organised in a way that should make the user experience intuitive and easy to navigate. It will take a more than usual amount of tenacity to truly discover each feature this site offers. 

If Chatango is not up to your speed, and you feel like it won't add up spice to your dating needs, you can check out our other reviews on dating sites. You never know, you might just find there the right fit for you. 

FAQ

What is Chatango?

It is an online chat interface where you can chat with anyone or embed its chat rooms on your personal website. It is completely free to use. It is also light-weight and compatible with numerous sites and forums. 

Is Chatango free?

Yes, it is completely free to use whenever and wherever. You may use its desktop and/or mobile version to their full extent without paying a single cent.

How can I join Chatango?

To join, you simply have to type in your email address, preferred username, and nominated password. There is no email verification. As soon as you've filled those fields in, click "Sign Up," and you are good to go.

How do I log in on Chatango?

Go to www.chatango.com. When you arrive at the landing page, click "Log in" and input your username and password. Click "Enter" to officially log in on the site.

How do I log out of Chatango?

From the top part of the page, you will find the "Account" button. Click the "Log Out" button from the drop-down menu to log yourself out of the site.

How can I block another person on Chatango?

When you receive a private message, you can block the sender by clicking the "Block" link found above the text input box. The "Block" button only appears when the other user has started the chat session. If you do not see the block link, make sure the user is not in your friend's list since the block link does not show up for those found in your Friends List.

How can I start chatting with other members on Chatango?

To start chatting with a member that has caught your interest, you only have to click on their profile and hit the "Chat" button.

It is relatively easier to find members via the mobile app compared to Chatango's web and desktop version. In the desktop version, you have to type in another member's specific URL or username. Whereas in the mobile app, you can browse through the user directory found there.

Does Chatango have an app?

Yes, it does. It is available for iOS and Android mobile phones. it is free to download on the App Store and Google Play Store.

Who is the founder of Chatango?

Chatango is founded by Alec Matusis. It is operated by Chatango, LLC. 

How many are the registered users of Chatango?

Worldwide, there are over eight million registered users. There are even more people using Chatango as a third party app when it comes to embedding chat services on their personal websites. 

How can I edit my Chatango profile?

To edit your profile, go to Settings and then click the "Edit Profile" button. From there, you can fill in your age, gender, ZIP code, and upload your primary photo. You can also set whether you'd want to show up on the user directory or not. You can also personalise your profile some more by adding music, background colour, and text colour. 

How can I find Chatango chat rooms?

You can type in the specific URL of a chat room on the search bar. You can also visit web pages that have an embedded chat room.

Can I delete my Chatango account?

Unfortunately, no, you may not. Chatango does not have any deactivation option. You can only log out and leave that account inactive. 

What year did Chatango start?

Chatango started out in 2010. It is founded by Alec Matusis and operated by Chatango, LLC.

Are Chatango's chat rooms family friendly?

Yes, they are. Most of the chat rooms are more for business rather than romance and erotica. Another common theme for group chats is anime and role-playing.

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