Apps for Couples???!! Did you even know that this was a thing? Oh, but it is! And we’ve found some of them to be quite helpful in keeping our crazy busy lives organized and in staying connected as lovers.
Whether you and your love live in the same house or are separated by an ocean, relationships can be complicated, time consuming, and a challenge to continually make feel fresh and new. But, while our world’s obsession with cell phones and other tiny pocket screens has its downfalls, one of the great things about mobile technology is that it has created ways, like the apps on this list, to keep us more connected than ever before, no matter the geographical limits.
How it Works: The Between app allows couples to share pictures, texts, schedules/calendars and notes .
Our Thoughts: This app is first on our list because it’s our hands down favorite. There IS a paid option, “Between Plus”, but the free version has so many great features that we haven’t found a need for the paid option.
The home screen is hub for the app and with a simple scroll, you can check everything. One of our favorite features is the ability to Sync the app’s calendar with Google Calendar or iPhone calendar. The calendar also allows you to classify your entries as “work, travel, entertainment, date, personal etc.”
Another bonus is that the notes we create are editable by both of us (great for creating grocery lists!) Scott also noted that Between would be awesome for times that he’s on deployment and doesn’t have cell phone coverage.
Between is available on both Apple & Android devices. There is also a desktop version but that only offers the chat option.
How it Works: Similar to Between, the app offers the ability share lists, moments, and communications.
Our Thoughts: While the home screen for Couple focuses on connecting with each other via call, FaceTime, and location options, the menu bar is the nerve center. There’s a lot to like about Couple but, the hard part is that it’s features are a bit hidden so, to use it to it’s full potential takes some hunting.
They’ve packed a ton of cuteness into the text options including the ability to “live sketch” together and even a “thumb kiss” where you can both touch your thumbs to the screen at the same time and make the screen turn red.
Couple is available on both iPhone and Android.
How it Works: The Ice Break is an app that’s designed to improve “communication, engagement and affection” in your relationship through a series of Ice Breakers. Ice Breaker are questions that are designed to start conversation between you and your lover. The questions range from family values to religion to sex.
Our Thoughts: We had both had this app on our phone when we first started dating and it WAS helpful in starting conversations about all sorts of topics. We like that you can choose to make your answers private or make them public and read what other couples on Ice Break think about the same topic.
When you answer questions on Ice Break, you get “Date Night Coins”. In the future, the app developers are hoping to partner with companies so that you can trade in your coins for discounts on restaurants and couples adventures.
This app is a great pick for couples early on in their relationship who are still getting to know each other.
The app is available on iPhone, Android, and Desktop.
How it Works: Avocado allows you to create and share lists, calendar events, pictures, videos and even sketches with your significant other. The app is free to download but does offer an “Unlimited” option for $1.66 per month or $14.99 per year.
Our Thoughts: Appearance wise, the app is pretty bland and doesn’t offer any super great features that made us want to use it again and again. While the basic option offers less storage for notes, media etc, it will work just fine for most people. The only added bonus that might make us consider unlimited is the ability to sync the Avocado calendar with our Google Calendar.
One kinda cool, kinda creepy feature we discovered is that it alerts you when your partner’s phone battery is getting low. At first, it weirded us out but then we thought about the fact that it might be helpful as a way to let you know when your love’s phone might be dying so that you don’t freak out when you don’t hear from them.
Avocado is available for both iPhones and Androids.
How it Works: Stayed Up All Night is really a website, not an app. It lets you create, decorate, add music to, and share custom virtual mix tapes.
Our Thoughts: This. Is. AWESOME!!! We’re from the “mix tape generation” and we became instantly nostalgic on this website. We created a mix tape together and one of us wanted to theme the tape and add only slow jam love songs..the other of us then added the song “Booty Work” (bet you can’t guess who added what!)
Stayed Up All Night adds the songs you choose via YouTube or Soundcloud so there are tons of options. The only downside is that you can only share the mix tape privately (or publicly) on Facebook so, if your partner doesn’t have Facebook, you’re out of luck.
6. Pillow Play
How it Works: Think of Pillow Play as “Guided Relationship Meditation”. The app was developed by a Certified Sex Therapist and uses short guided intimacy building exercises. The segments range in length from 5-25 minutes. Each episode seeks to improve your relationships emotional, physical, and/or sexual intimacy.
Our Thoughts: This app is a great option for couples who are struggling with intimacy or making time for each other.
You can choose between a female British voice or a male American voice as your guide. We found the male voice to be a better fit for us. The first 4 episodes of Pillow Play are free, after that, it’s $7.99 per month and might be a really good first alternative to couples therapy.
Pillow Play is only available for iPhones.
How it Works: With LokLok, you can share moments by syncing your lock screen with your partners. From there, share doodles or notes to both of your screens without ever having to unlock your phone.
Our Thoughts: This is a fun app but not super necessary. (how hard is it to unlock your phone to read a message?!) Still, we might have given this app more of a try if only it was available for iPhones.
How It Works: Kindu offers romantic, flirtatious and sexy suggestions to you and your partner. For each idea, you have the option to choose “No”, “Maybe” or “Yes”. After you’ve logged your answers, Kindu matches your responses with your partners allowing you to see what new adventures you both might be into.
Our Thoughts: This app is super cute and is awesome for couples who are in a romantic and/or sexual rut and are looking to spice things up. It’s also great for those who may not be comfortable articulating their desires and takes the possible awkwardness out of discussing new fantasies. The major downside is that it’s only available for iPhones which does not work for our iPhone/Android romance.
How It Works: Theatre is another on this list that’s actually a website, not an app but it’s too cool not to include! With Theatre, you can download moves and watch them with your long distance love. The description on the website also says that you can read books and listen to music together.
Our Thoughts: Where the heck was this when we were still long distance and watching Netflix together while on the phone trying to sync our start times by counting down “3…2…1!”???!!
Honestly, this was the only one on the list that we didn’t actually try because we’re FINALLY in the same state…town…house so, we didn’t have to. But if it works half as well as the reviews and website claim then this one is a winner for anyone in a long distance romance!
How It Works: Desire is self described as a “game for couples”. Challenge your partner to dares that range from mild and loving to chili, hot and heavy! The more dares you accomplish, the more points you get. The points unlock more dares and the more risque the dare, the greater the point value.
Our Thoughts: We’ve had this app for awhile but deleted it because it often wouldn’t recognize our password. We’re giving this one another try and so far, so good. We like that the dares have a countdown clock so, the time limit kinda raises the stakes. This one is just plain ole’ fun and keeps the element of flirtation and spontaneity going strong!
Desire is available for both iPhone and Android.
Comment below and let us know what apps on this list you try or if there’s any others that you’ve used and think we should review! If you want to stay on top of all of our latest blog lovey dovey-ness than be sure to subscribe below!