Was Loving this app, until all the crashes 2/5
By Fix the crashes......
I was a fan of Bloomz! I loved the instant communication I could use from my phone.
I’ve gotten great feedback from my parents as well.
However , with the new iPhone updates (iOS ), I can’t access it at all, which is highly frustrating!!!! I’m only able to use it with my laptop. Therefore, pictures that I have from my phone can’t be uploaded .
Bloomz support please fix this! This is unacceptable -the bugs and crashes have not been fixed. When I hit the Bloomz app from my phone , it does nothing 😡😡😡😡
Needs A LOT OF WORK!!!! 1/5
I have to use this app because my kids teachers want us to use it. From a teachers perspective, I’m assuming, it’s easy and user-friendly.
But ... as a parent who uses it for more than one kid ... it is very confusing and wastes my time. It’s a plain headache.
Posts get lost!!! Teachers send important info as updates and it just trails to the bottom of all the updates list. I spend valuable time scrolling scrolling scrolling looking for that one update telling me when PE will be. How about a search bar??!! And it would be nice if we could flag or file important updates/announcements!!!! If there is a way to do it and I’m missing it ... please tell me. I’m very tech savvy and I think this wasn’t designed with “multiple children” parents in mind. Yes I am aware you can select the child’s class to see only those posts and notifications. But even though that’s a necessary function, above issues are still ... issues.
I have more issues and suggestions but frankly, I don’t have the time to review anymore. I won’t suggest people use this app. Until you guys can find a simple more “Apple” way of designing it.
Newest “update” 1/5
By xo Jules
Two days ago my Bloomz app was working great. But then I updated it as well as a few other apps yesterday and now it won’t open at all.
Why can’t I block someone?! 2/5
I appreciate having this app, but I wish there was a way to block another parent from seeing your posts just like you’re able block people on other social media platforms. I don’t feel safe posting anything in my child’s classroom page because of the fear of harassment by another parent. I really wish I could share and participate more within my child’s group. Please consider making this an option for safety reasons...
Used to be great 1/5
This app used to be great. It's terrible now. I got an invitation code from one of my child's teachers and when I enter it, it freezes on the screen asking which child. Can't do anything with it. It's literally a bunch of words on top of each other and I end up force closing the app. Trying to join on the webpage gives me an invalid code message. KISS- keep it simple stupid.
Not happy 1/5
By Sad Teacher :(
This app crashes, doesn’t send notifications properly, is not user friendly,... the list continues. The idea is amazing, execution is terrible.
Parents in my classroom won’t join because the app is so bad. Makes my work harder for those on the app and communication with those off the app. Not fun. I won’t be using this next year. It got worse than it was last year!!
Very frustrating 2/5
The two stars are for the concept behind the app and that is it. Being able to communicate with my child’s teacher and other parents is great; however, I never want to use it because of all the issues.
When the red number of notifications shows up on my home screen and I click on the app, I am not redirected to new posts or announcements. I am left to try to scroll through and try to figure out what the new information is. This may not be so annoying save for the fact that while scrolling, I constantly get kicked to either the top or bottom of the feed, and sometimes randomly in the middle.
Sometimes the “home” button disappears and there is no way for me to push a button to return to the top of the feed.
Post dates are hidden in very tiny, hard to read font at the very end of the post. This is aggravating when I just want to see quickly if it is a new or old post (since the app doesn’t do this for me, as mentioned above).
There are some other irritating issues but overall, the app is too much of a pain for me to get anything out of it. Issues arise constantly, despite the frequent “bug fixes.”
There are a few things I would tweak 3/5
I love how easy it is to communicate with parents. I don't love that the code for students is only good for a limited time because we aren't all uploading projects at the same time and my classroom doesn't have access to iPads. I also thought the conferencing section is a great idea but I would like to put in specific times rather than a range.
Lots of bugs 1/5
The app is constantly crashing on IOS 11 even after this latest update.
Crashes when downloading pics. 1/5
Crashes when downloading pics. Please fix it.
Won’t even open! 2/5
First I can’t see anything on the feed for my classroom and now the app won’t even open since the latest iPhone update! Does nothing but crash every time I try to open it. I loved Bloomz and recommend it to all my teacher friends, but I’m really getting fed up. Fix this now!!
Frustrating App 2/5
I like the idea of teachers being in better contact with me as a parent, but this app is simply frustrating. Nothing about this app is intuitive. NOTHING.
Notifications are almost impossible to resolve so the bubble goes away. I don’t want to disable them because I want to see some of the messages. Maybe it is the teachers who haven’t done things correctly, but they should be able to figure it out.
For example: My wife and I were invited to a parent/teacher conference, but because my wife was slotted for a time and I wasn’t, I either have to sign up for a different time or decline the event completely.
While I was trying to resolve this, I got into a circle of pages which were all in the same event. But to get out of it, I had to hit back 9 times to cycle through the same 3 pages.
If your child’s classroom uses it, I guess you’re stuck with it, but there has to be a more intuitive app than this.
Works well 3/5
Seems to works well. Sometimes a little confusing, but easy enough to communicate.
What happened? 1/5
Something happened to my Bloomz! Nothing is working on the app correctly! Loved it before now I can't get messages and my classroom board totally disappeared! Help!
Great tool for classroom communication 5/5
User interface could be a little bit more intuitive but overall very easy to use app that serves its purpose nicely.
App hasn’t worked correctly for two weeks. So tired of uninstalling and reinstalling. Bet I’m gonna be asked to do that one more time...,
I previously gave 5 stars, BUT.... 1/5
All the sudden, after this last update, (I have the latest update!!!!) I can't get NE new information. I get a notification on my phone, that shows me the 1st few words of the post from a teacher, even personal messages that they send directly to me, I have tried clicking on the notification, I've tried sliding down, 2 refresh it, & still nothing! It won't show me NOTHING! Soooo Frustrating, this is the 2nd update that has done this, but this time, it won’t open, I try 2 open it & it immediately closes. PLEASE FIX!!!! I NEED this app 2 work!
My Previous Review...
❤️ Bloomz! Thank u 4 making a free app 2 stay N contact with my kids teachers, sum thing besides Drama-filled Freakin' Facebook! I despise that app! But I ❤️Bloomz! Simple, & it's come a Long way since last year!! Keep the updates coming....
Not working with iphone updates 2/5
This app is not working with the new updates on my phone. It will tell me I have new notifications but it will not pull them up. I can not see information posted in classes or anything. Please fix this ASAP!! I LOVE this app and would give it 5 stars usually but it’s keeping me out of sync with my parents and it’s providing to be useless and a pain right now😑
Great idea bad execution 2/5
Teacher loves this and the idea is fabulous but as a parent and tech lover, HATE this app. Constantly asking me to get a new password and glitching. Sick of dealing with it
Doesn't work with iPhone since update 2/5
Last year we used this app and it worked well. Then they did an update and now my iPhone doesn't work with the app. I often can't click on links, the teacher doesn't get my messages.
I would give it higher stars if it worked with my iPhone 6.
Disappointed . . . 1/5
I love using this app to converse with parents but since the last update, it has been super glitchy and crashes often. PLEASE FIX...I have messsges that need to be sent out by tomorrow evening.
That was my first review I sent out last month. Since then I’ve upgraded to an iPhone 8 and there’s no change. My app still crashes AND in addition to that, I am not able to upload photos in a post OR private message. I wish I had the option of giving 0 stars!!!
PLEASE GIVE THIS APP A MAJOR UPGRADE OR ELSE I’LL BE FORCED TO DELETE IT!
Awful. Just awful 1/5
It’s so glitchy. Uploading photos is a complete nightmare. It took 3 hours to upload 5 photos. THREE HOURS of trying and I finally got 5 of 30 photos to upload. That’s it. This app gets worst every time.
Not good 1/5
This new update won't even let me log in! It is frozen on the Bloomz opening page. I have information I need to share with parents and I can't. Even before the latest update it was acting crazy showing notifications that weren't there and such. About to switch to remind if they can't get it fixed. There have been so many bugs lately. Edit: the new update is even worse! Not getting notifications, page is slow,
Can’t load pics. Ridiculous!! Fix
Great for communication 4/5
Don't use it for much more than sharing information and pictures and it works great for that. Haven't used all of the tools but love what I have used.
Too many thorns in Bloomz 1/5
By Joelle's mon
- Will not update messages or reminders
- Not sending messages to group or teachers
- Will not send notifications
- constantly crashing
- cannot contact tech support
Overall: does not allow users to do what app intends to accomplish-communicate.
Can't get verification email 1/5
By AZ Twin Mommy
I recovering emails from my group but I can't login to the app. I never received my verification email despite requesting it be resent multiple times.
Not user friendly 2/5
There is a delay of close to an hour from when messages are posted to when I am notified that I have a message waiting for me. I would real time notifications. There are so many instructions of how to use the app all over the screen that it makes it unpleasant to use and look at. Why can't I turn all of these bullet points off? I've read them and I understand them. I want to X out of them but there is no option for this. I want the app to give me notifications right to my phone but the app doesn't do this. Why not? Instead it comes thru as an email that I have to open. I'm a teacher and a mom and I would never recommend this to my school.
It's alright, when not crashing 1/5
[Lowered my review for iOS 11]
It does what it needs to do, but can be frustrating to use. Current annoyances:
On iOS 11:
- it will just stop refreshing any of the data even if you tell it to manually sync.
- getting in and out of private messages doesn't always respond, messages are not refreshed, and the navigation will cause many app crashes.
- viewing calendar items do not respond to touch (I.e. scrolling), and trying to interact with anything in the calendar item view will crash the app.
- it's annoying to have to pay to download pictures and videos. They're free on the web but not on the phone? I paid, but I feel that if a school is going to force people to use this platform then the parents shouldn't have to be nagged until they pay. I think the schools should have to pay if they're going to force the use of this platform.
It seems that this app creator has not listened to any of the issues from previous reviews. All of those problems are still there, from difficult navigation, to the never disappearing alert notification. I’ve had group chats disappear, half of my class rosters do not show up, and the very worst case was a bizarre override of my child’s last name.
This could be such a great tool for parents and teachers but it falls terribly short.
Not working properly 3/5
The App sometimes works, sometimes does not. I get notifications of the teacher, but when I open the chat... it does not show the latest msg. Hence frustrating. Calendar is not merging with my iPhone calendar. And much more. Please improve and fix bugs. I’ve deleted the app so I can reinstall it.
Constant glitches and issues 1/5
App never seems to be working correctly on iOS, even after two years of having this app, there's always glitches that is really bothersome. Like the app constantly shows there's a new update from my child's classroom when there is none. As soon as I open the app, the notice disappears, but then when I close the app, the alert comes right back on. And no new updates! It's like they are trying to get me to open the app as many times as possible. Uploading photos from my phone takes a long time and there is always a handful missing from the upload. Today, (after the most recent update last night) the app just refuses to open. This app seems to be getting worse with each update and each passing year.
Can't save photos... 1/5
By JoJo Jackson
Really! I have to use my computer to save photos uploaded of my kid? It's 2017...can't that be done from my phone?
Notifications not working 1/5
Why am I not receiving push notifications for this app? Even though I have it clicked to receive it. I went under the Notifications settings on my phone (iPhone 7plus) but Bloomz isn't one of the apps to receive notifications from. Not even listed. I'm missing out on so much because I don't check my email daily.
Can never log in 1/5
My kids teachers use this app every year and I wonder why every time. Every year I have an issue of signing in again. I click on forgot my password but then when I put in the only email I have ever had it says it's an invalid email. When I tried to set up a new account it doesn't recognize the code our teacher sent out and I'm putting it in just like the teacher said to. I had this same problem last year and I bet I will have this same problem next year.
By Rals mom
I’d like to rate this higher but I can’t actually use it on my iPhone bc it won’t open and stay open. It won’t load and then forces itself closed. Super annoying.
Notification badge count won't go away 1/5
Title says it all. Notification badge count should be zero after they are viewed.
Love it 5/5
Everyone of my child's teachers are on it. It is a fun & productive way to stay connected.
Please fix notifications!!! 1/5
I've cleared them MULTIPLE times and no matter what it says that there is something to see so I go into the app and .... nothing! So frustrating.
This app has changed my life - made connecting with families so simple. Just what I needed!
Has potential... 1/5
I tried using this app for the families of my preschoolers. I theory it sounds great. Most everything works as expected. My issue is #1. With customer support/service. There is no phone number so you can get help with the app and I have contacted "support" more than three times in a week with NO response. #2. The time zone continues to "default" to New York time zone. I have tried updating, signing in/out of the app. With this "glitch" all of my postings to all of my parents are off by an hour. This is causing confusion! VERY FRUSTRATING!
Update didn't fix anything.... 1/5
Was really like the app...until it stopped working...and the update didn't help at all. Can't even access what I need to on the website via a computer either...what is going on???
Clunky, doesn't update information unless you hit refresh and didnt share messages about a field trip. Meh.
Phantom notifications 3/5
By Nikki doodle dandy
The app is great, but I keep getting phantom notifications which are annoying.
Two thumbs up 👍🏼👍🏼 5/5
This app is awesome. I've been using it for two years now and it's an excellent way to stay in the now about my son. My child's teacher communicates back and forth with me about my sons performance in school. If he misses homework or if the teacher sends home a letter etc. she informs me RIGHT AWAY. No more writing notes back and forth. The teacher even shares wonder pictures of my son and other students during class lessons and even field trips. Great way to keep up with memories being made as my child is away at school. I highly recommend this app for active parents 👍🏼👍🏼
Can't even open the app 1/5
By Horrible Speller
I can't even open the app to view the messages from the teacher.
9/18 - even with update I still can't open on iPhone 7.
Working parents can get cute photo updates 4/5
We used it last year and will again this year
Absolutely terrible. Homophobic?! 1/5
Created profile with my child and when my spouse did the same, it knocked me out as a parent. What -- can't have 2 parents of same gender!? Can't get back to my profile to fix. Contacts outside of class blows security. Don't need likes -- it's not FB.
No Message Notifications 1/5
By blue faced monkey
This app sounds great and is fairly easy to use. But, I'm highly disappointed that I do not get notifications when parents send me messages. I hoping they fix the bugs in the app. If not I will be switching to Remind.
Who knows how to get the notification bubble off this app? It's crazy annoying to me. You can't accept invitations only dismiss- dismiss is a super misleading word. Not informative about what that will actually do to the invite. I like that they can post pictures and message the class but the user interface on the parent side is ridiculous. My kids school uses it so I would really love an update.
Awesome idea, poor execution 3/5
If the app weren't so buggy, it would be a 5 star app, as the idea is fantastic. Please hire some QA testers to help turn this into the diamond that it currently isn't, but has no reason not to be!