Amino: TikTok alternative app with chat rooms

The primary objective of social networking apps is to connect people with each other directly or indirectly. In a direct connection, a person talks/chats with a person who is known to him/her. Indirect connection takes place between two unknown internet users. For example, you can send a direct message to anyone on Twitter.  Facebook is a great app for direct connection and Twitter for indirect. If you’re looking for a mix of both the apps, you should try Amino.

Amino is a social networking app that is greatly focussed on communities and chatting. It has 13+ million users and a rating of 4.8. The app is available for IOS and Android devices.

To install Amino, your mobile device should have at least 163 megabytes of free storage memory. The application requires 10 permissions. You should be at least 13 years old to use it.

Getting Started

While registering a new Amino account, the app asks you to enter a password and an email address. The app doesn’t ask you to verify your email address or phone number. Once Amino saves your details to its database, the app will log you in and then it prompts you to choose a profile picture, enter the birth date, and the full name.

The app also asks you to choose the topics you like to discuss. When you choose your interests, Amino opens its main interface. This interface boasts the following 4 tabs and an option to create a new story:

  • Discover, Communities.
  • Chats, and Me (Profile).

Profile

The profile interface of Amino displays your name, profile picture, and 2 tabs – Stories and Walls. The app lets you use GIF images as a profile picture. You can either use the “Find GIFs online” option or upload GIF manually. The app allows you to add a frame to the profile picture. Frames are not free. You’ll have to buy them using your Amino coins. If you don’t have the coins, you’ll have to buy them.

Apart from GIFs, Amino supports PNG, JPG format images. It also provides an option to upload a profile cover and add a bio to your profile. You can add smileys to your bio but cannot add an image to it.

Below the profile picture, you’ll find two sections – Wall and Stories. Wall is an interface where you can post updates. Amino enables users to sort the posts displayed on the wall by their date. It also lets you control who can post on your wall and who cannot.

The Stories section displays the list of stories you’ve created. It also displays an option to create a new story. While creating a story, you’ll be asked to enter a title, description and upload a music/video file.

Amino lets users share the profile of a user on other social networking websites and messaging apps. If you find the profile inappropriate or fake, you can report it in this application.

Discover

Here, you’ll find interesting stories shared by the users of the amino app. You can comment on the story or bookmark/share it. Users that have shared their stories are called creators. You can follow the content creator and see the number of views their content has got.

Achievements

Amino automatically adds an achievement badge to your account. The app uses a metric called Reputation to calculate the achievement level. There are up to 20 levels you can reach in Amino. To reach the highest level, your reputation level should be 500k. The reputation increases each time you interact with another user, comment on a story, create a new story, etc.

Search

Amino includes a search tool which you can use to find users, stories by name. This utility also enables you to find communities by a keyword, link, or their id. Below this tool, the app displays your recent searches and an option to delete them.

Also read: TikTok app review

Communities

The Communities interface is divided into two sections – My Communities and Post Feed. The 1st section displays a list of groups you have joined or you can join. You should tap on the group to see its details.  Amino allows you to create a community and manage it with an app called ACM (Amino Community Manager).

Amino lets you see the number of users that are active in the community. It also allows you to chat with active members. The post feed section displays a list of posts that were shared in the communities you’ve joined. If you want to see the posts without interacting with other users, this section is for you.

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Pros

Entertaining: The Discover interface of the Amino app gives you free access to short entertaining clips.

Engaging: The live chat feature of this application keeps your profile in front of other users. Thus, it is easy to make friends and get new followers.

Cons

Profiles: Verification of phone number or email address is not required. Thus, you may not know is the person you’re chatting with is fake or real.

  • Features
  • UI
4.8

Summary

Amino is a great app to pass time, discuss topics, and make new friends. It has a nice user interface and many features.