If you’re away from your partner, there’s only so much that texting, FaceTime (and FaceTime sex, natch), and Zoom can do for you before you start to get bored. Even simple stuff like just sitting in a car together in mutual silence can start to seem exciting after a while. Whether you’re in a long-distance relationship spanning different continents or states or you just can’t see each other for the time being, there are loads of free apps out there that let you and your faraway boo stay in touch and feel close to one another.
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Whether you’re looking to show affection for each other in a deeper, more meaningful way via something more clinical like the Gottman Card Decks, just getting to know more about each other via lighthearted trivia on Couple Game, or just wanting some direction on how to spice things up from afar on Honi, there’s (I’m so sorry) an app for that. Here are the seven best apps for long-distance lovers.
1. Couple Game
Ever wanted to find out how well your partner truly knows you? Download this app to access couples quizzes ranging in topics from favorite food, holidays, hobbies, films, music, romance, intimacy, kissing, and more. Whether you’re a new couple or you’ve been together for a while, this easy version of the Newlywed Game will def keep you both entertained.
This highly rated, popular app is both a messenger service and a calendar in one. You can chat with one another, store cute photos together, save important dates in here like anniversaries or when you’ll see each other next, and also call one another with its free calling feature. You can upgrade for an ad-free experience and even more special features as well.
3. Love Nudge
Stan the five love languages? This app is perfect for you. It’s based on the idea of love languages and takes it to the next level by suggesting goals for your partner that you can also customize. Maybe your partner knows that your love language is words of affirmation but could use a light “nudge” (hence the name *wink*) to remember to act accordingly. Instead of nagging your partner with “Why don’t you ever compliment me when I’m down?” (guilty), Love Nudge sort of game-ifies it to make it fun for both of you to show your care for one another in each of your preferred love languages. The App Store version also has Apple Watch compatibility.
4. Gottman Card Decks
When it comes to deepening your relationship as a couple, there are few experts as widely respected as the Gottmans. The Gottman Institute (started by husband and wife team Drs. John and Julie Gottman) uses research-based findings as the basis of their several best-selling self-help and relationship books, and their app is just as legit too. The free app gives you access to 14 card decks with more than 1,000 flash cards, activities like Love Maps to better know your partner, ideas for date night, and Salsa cards for improving your intimacy. The app is sleek and easy to navigate (instructions like “how to use this deck” are included), and it’s got a 4.8-star rating over 564 reviews, which speaks for itself.
This messaging app is designed with LDRs in mind and aims to make the distance between you and your boo more manageable by keeping them top of mind for you with localized updates and a way to see your partner’s photo. You can send selfie notes and other messages, and it gives you updates on their local weather and time in case you are far away and wanna make sure they put on sunscreen for an unusually sunny afternoon or something. Without connects you with only one other person, so there’s no worry that your boo is Without’ing other people on you. This app is also cute because you can add it to your Today View so that when you pull down your notifications, you can see a picture of your partner at a glance.
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For couples looking to spice things up sex-wise, Honi has gotchu. Like many of the other apps in this list, it works using card decks that include dares, fantasies, would you rathers, tips, positions, and quizzes to better know each other. There’s also a feature where you can quite literally try to bring your relationship to the “next level” by improving scores in areas like romanticism, sexuality, and communication.
If you and your boo are in different time zones, WhenDo is a sleek-looking app that shows you your loved one’s local time easily. Sure, you could just pull up the World Clock on your iPhone, but WhenDo is cuter. Plus, you can see a photo of your partner’s face instead of staring down a sterile CIA-office-looking international analog clock—so boring.
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