Imo (app)

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Developer(s)Pagebites Inc
Initial release2005
  • Free audio
  • Video calling
  • Instant messaging app

Imo is a free audio, video calling and instant messaging app.[1] It is developed in 2005 by PageBites which requires one's phone number to verify the users' account.[2] It allows sending music, video, PDFs and more with a size limitation of 10 Gigabyte and help people to stay in touch.[3][4] It allows encrypted group video and voice calls with up to 20 participants with various free sticker.[5][6]


Initially, was launched as a web-based application in 2005 for accessing multiple chat platforms.[7] It helps people to message using multiple platform under one central interface. It was web based in 2009 which dosen't require sign up. This also helped users to save chat history which is very handy for the future references.[8]

Imo has supported Facebook Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, etc. It was even supporting Skype chats although this service was pulled out by Skype sometime after it was acquired by Microsoft.[8] In March 2014, they announced to end support for all third-party messaging networks[9]. In 2013, Imo raises $13.3 Million. Later in July 2016, Pagebites released the Windows version of Imo.[10]

User Growth

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


  1. "Instant messaging app 'IMO' raises awareness among millions amid COVID-19 pandemic". Zee News. 2020-05-30. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  2. "How to create IMO account without phone number | Gadgets Now". Gadget Now. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  3. "imo video calls 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. 8.0 8.1 "IMO.IM Is The Best IM Web Service You've Never Heard Of". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  9. "IMO Drops Third-Party Messaging Networks: Save Your History Now". MakeUseOf. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2021-01-05.
  10. "IMO.IM finally release a Windows Phone app". MSPoweruser. 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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