App Guide


Name: Yubo 

Owned By: Twelve APP

Category: Social Networking

Operating System: IOS and Android 

Available for download: Yes 

Desktop version: No 

Approximate release date: 2015 (Originally The Yellow App)

Age Rating*: Rated 17+ for the following:

  • 17+Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

Brief Description*: Welcome to the Yubo Community! We’re a social platform where you can find new friends through live streaming and authentic interactions. All based on your own interests! Sounds good? It’s about to get better.

*Information from the App Store

  • Ability to live stream

    Users can live stream YouTube on Yubo.

  • Ability to connect with strangers

    Users can join communities through the app and connect with strangers.

  • App upgrades

    Users can subscribe to the Yubo Power Pack.

  • Can be used for online dating

    Even though the app was not made for online dating, many use Yubo’s swipe function to connect with strangers nearby. Many connect through Snapchat or private messaging for relationship purposes.

  • Collects user’s information

    Yubo may collect usage data to track users across apps and websites owned by other companies. They also may collect additional data that could be linked to your identity, including purchases, user content, usage data, contact information, and identifiers. However, there is data that may be collected that’s not linked to your identity, including location, user content, diagnostics, contact information, and sensitive information.

  • Connected to Snapchat

    Users can connect their Snapchat account to invite friends to join Yubo.

  • Group video chat feature

    Users can group video chat with up to ten friends.

  • Gaming feature

    Users can play games with each other while live streaming. Some games on the app include Would You Rather, guessing games, and Q&A’s.

  • Inappropriate content

    The content on the app is not inappropriate; however, there have been reports of minors being asked to send nudes through private messages.

  • Marketing (sponsored content)

    There are advertisements within the app.

  • Snapchat photo/video lenses

    With Yubo’s partnership with Snapchat, users can use Snapchat lenses and share them with friends on live stream.

  • Swiping feature

    Similar to Tinder, users can swipe on users' profiles that are located nearby to connect with them via live stream or private message.

Reviewed By: Ryan

Here are some of the basics about Yubo. It’s a social media app where you can “easily make friends – whether it’s from your local community or across the world.” Yubo allows you to live stream YouTube and video chat with up to 10 friends. Yubo partnered with Snapchat to offer Lenses so you can use the Snapchat filters.

You can invite others to join Yubo via Snapchat and other social media platforms and “earn rewards.” You are able to use the swipe function to find others with similar interests from around the world. You can “check their Tags to figure out if they have similar interests. If yes, go live and start a conversation.”  You can find a Community based upon similar likes such as art, games, music, sports, LGTBQ and dance. Yubo offers games such as To Be Honest and Would You Rather.

I jumped on Yubo with a static account (no interactions or posting) to check it out. I found many youths referencing drugs and being marijuana friendly. Some of the profile pictures and videos were of their bodies and in swimsuits and other questionable dress.  Youth also state in their bios that they “don’t send nudes so don’t ask for nudes.” I can deduce from that, that people are going to Yubo to search for someone that will send them nudes.

Much like Tinder, you can view other user profiles and swipe left if you don’t want to connect and swipe right if you do. In order to see the total list of people that added you, you must purchase the Power Pack. You can subscribe to the Yubo Power Pack at three different levels: $9.99 per week, $13.99 per month or $21.00 every 3 months. Many of the user bios stated that they won’t pay for the Power Pack and then share their other social media usernames, (Snapchat, Instagram, Discord).

This would be an easy app for predators to try and connect with youth. This is an app that basically allows youth to meet strangers online. Here is a review about Yubo for more details.  Here is a list of 25 other apps that are similar to Yubo. With any piece of technology, you should have a Technology Contract in place before they use it. 

I would not recommend Yubo for anyone under 18 years old.