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Making new friends has never been easy. But during a pandemic? It couldn’t seem harder. And thanks to the great remote do married people use hookup apps work revolution, many of us have also moved to new cities and are starting from friendship ground zero.
J ust like online dating has changed how someone might meet their future spouse, friendship apps have become the new way to make friends in no time. If you’re looking to find new friends in a pinch, here are 15 best friendship apps worth exploring.
Naturally, the app that changed the world of online dating by having women take the lead would also take the lead on helping people form new friendships. Use the Bumble app in Bumble BFF mode to make new friends when you move to a new city or expand your current friend circle at home. Now you can even find your next career mentor by using Bumble Bizz to network with industry contacts, which might lead you to your next big career move. (iOs, Android, free with in-app purchases)
Hey! Vina is the women’s friendship app that helps you find new female friends. Simply swipe right to find your new BFF. Made for women, by women, the app lets ladies take lighthearted personality quizzes to find friends they’ll be compatible with or join communities of like-minded women, like yogis or working moms. (iOs, Android, free with in-app purchases).
What if you could make new friends virtually and travel the world at the same time? With the Ablo app, you can talk to people from other corners of the world and feel like you’re visiting France, Spain or Italy instantly. Language barrier? No problem. You can chat or video call with a person in another country in your own native language, and the app will translate your conversation for you in real time. (iOs, Android, free with in-app purchases)
Reach was designed to help you achieve friendship goals-not in the trendy way, but in the true meaning of the word. When you first setup your profile, you can define your personality by choosing the emojis that fit you best. (If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many is an emoji worth?) Reach then recommends best friends based on your shared interests and personality types. Message, call or video chat with the people you meet, and together, you can work toward friendship goals in categories like support, loyalty, and companionshipplete activities together in any of these categories to level up your friendship status. (iOS, Android, free).
Friended was created so you always have someone to talk to. You can post about yourself or how you’re feeling for others to see, but all responses come in the form of direct messages so you can hold a private conversation and build one-on-one connections. From there, it’s easy to video chat with the friends you meet, and even play guessing games or take quizzes to learn more about your new friend. (iOS, free with in-app purchases)
Have you already tried one of these apps and found that the lines still get blurred between finding new friendships and forming romantic relationships? Patook is the platonic friendship app that takes its mission seriously by using flirt blockers to stop other users from hitting on you. Of course, knowing this, that means other users on the app are already going into it with the same expectations as you. Patook uses a point system to calculate compatibility based on both mutual interests and dislikes, and you can even add traits you’re looking for to give users bonus points (like a friend who loves to cook or knows how to play a musical instrument). The app also has extra privacy settings so you can control who can see your profile or contact you. (iOS, Android, free).