Are you looking for a new friend? But maybe not just any friend: maybe a friend who could help you get healthy, or learn to play the piano? Or maybe a friend who could help you keep track of your Facebook friends?
Whatever kind of friend you’re looking for, the App Store has one for you.
Here are three apps that can help you find the most amazing friendship of your life:
Best Apps For Friendship
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A simple way to join a like-minded social circle, Meetup matches people based on their shared interests. Read: female programmers, bar hoppers, and even nature photographers. Themes range from general (Free Comedy and New Friends NYC) to niche (Southern California Bulldog Crew), and you can search by demographic, so you don’t land at a happy hour with a bunch of 20-somethings—unless you want to!
best friendship apps yubo
If you like to take your time getting to know new people before jumping into a friendship, Yubo is a social networking app that lets you swipe to find new friends, chat with them in app, explore different interest groups, and even live video stream with your new acquaintances.
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The female-centric Bumble dating app burst onto the scene in 2014. Since then, the founder has launched the buzzy BFF mode as a way for women to meet women simply wanting friends. And though the swipe-happy app is a hit with younger millennials, there are success stories belonging to those born before the early ‘80s.
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Created to empower women through female friendship, Hey! VINA is touted as “the Tinder for girlfriends.” But the Tinder-ness begins with the user interface and ends with the algorithm. That’s a tech-fancy way of saying that just like the dating app, you swipe left and right on possible lady friends based on proximity, mutual friends, and quiz data. Once you match, the app suggests a spot to meet, like a hiking trail or a wine bar.
Cost: Free; VIP subscriptions start at $6 a week
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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, but do you even know your neighbors? A private social networking app, Nextdoor is your window to everything happening in your neighborhood, be it block events, furniture swaps, or even car break-ins. Beyond being just a news source, though, the app encourages in-person meetings, leading to new friendships.
meet new people apps
- Meetup (Free)
meetup_680.jpgMeetup works across thousands of cities. Its aim is to help bring together groups of people that have common interests. By signing up, you can immediately check out what your local area has to offer. Whether it’s simply a group full of people of a similar age, or a keen bunch of tech or fitness fans, there should be something for you.
- Nextdoor (Free)
nextdoor_680.jpgWant to get to know your neighbors more easily but never seem to run into them? Nextdoor is the perfect alternative. It’s a private social network for your neighborhood, allowing you to exchange information on the local community through your smartphone. It’s ideal for making first contact with your new neighbors, plus you can keep on top of local recommendations or classified ads.
- Bumble (Free)
bumble_680.jpgBumble might be most famous for being a dating app, but it offers more than just romance. You can tweak some settings specifically to look for new friends in the same way that you’re looking for a date. It’s ideal if you want new people but not more romance.
- Peanut (Free)
peanut_680.jpgPeanut is an app that hopes to build a community of women who also happen to be mothers. You can spend time in the app chatting via a group chat facility, but Peanut has a strong focus on arranging meet ups. It’s ideal if you’re worried about being isolated while on paternity leave, as well as great for gaining advice.
- Skout (Free)
skout_680.jpgSkout works on preferences and proximity, much like a dating app but for friends. You can use it to meet new people, no matter where you are, even if you’re just visiting a new area. You can gain updates from nearby users, buy and send gifts for them or simply see who’s checking you out. It’s ideal for those who travel regularly but want to meet people.
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