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Initial releaseApril 2007; 15 years ago (2007-04)
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeInstant messaging
WebsiteOfficial website

imo is a proprietary audio/video calling and instant messaging software service.[1][2] It allows sending music, video, PDFs and other files, along with various free stickers.[3][4] It supports encrypted group video and voice calls with up to 20 participants.[5][6] According to its developer, the service possesses over 200 million users[1] and over 50 million messages per day are sent through it.[2]


The product was created as a web-based application in 2005 for accessing multiple chat platforms,[7] including Facebook Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, and Skype chat.[8] It was developed by PageBites, and required one's phone number to verify the users' account.[9] In March 2014, support for all third-party messaging networks ended.[10]

In January 2018, the app reached 500 million installs.[11]

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  1. ^ a b "Instant messaging app 'IMO' raises awareness among millions amid COVID-19 pandemic". Zee News. 2020-05-30. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  2. ^ a b "Imo Messenger: One of the Best Ways to Stay Connected". 2 May 2013.
  3. ^ "imo video call s and chat". CCM. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  4. ^ " Quietly Building One Solid Multi-Network Instant Messaging App". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  5. ^ Author, AppAdvice Staff. "imo video calls and chat HD by Baby Penguin". AppAdvice. Retrieved 2021-01-05. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  6. ^ "imo free video calls and chat – Apps on Google Play". Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  7. ^ Racoma, J. Angelo. "imo CEO Ralph Harik explains decision to drop 3rd party IM support". e27. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  8. ^ "IMO.IM Is The Best IM Web Service You've Never Heard Of". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  9. ^ "How to create IMO account without phone number | Gadgets Now". Gadget Now. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  10. ^ "IMO Drops Third-Party Messaging Networks: Save Your History Now". MakeUseOf. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  11. ^ "Messaging app imo passes 500 million downloads". Android Police. 2018-01-07. Retrieved 2021-01-05.

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