With a busy workweek and myriad social obligations, it’s often difficult to find time for ourselves let alone our significant others. However, most would agree that a healthy relationship requires plenty of quality time as well as mutual effort. Thankfully, there are plenty of apps on the market specifically designed to help strengthen our romantic relationships. Some assist you with synchronizing time slots and planning date nights, while others propose ideas to spice up the romance. Below are 10 of our favorites.
You won’t be surprised to find that this free relationship app allows you to privately share texts, voice messages, and photos, but it does have a few unusual features. You can see when your partner is awake or sleeping, and you can wake them up with an alarm. Then there’s the “Aunt Flo” feature, which let’s you know when your girlfriend or wife gets her period. It’s a good-looking app and the free Wi-Fi calls, private texting, and photo album make it worth checking out.
You’ll find a solid mix of the usual features here. You can chat and share photos privately, send love letters, create a relationship story, and sync your calendar for important dates. The “Wishbox” is a nice idea that enables you to sync to-do lists and find good ideas on what to do together. You can even add the app to your lock screen for a shortcut to your partner.
This messenger app is packed with features to help you record your relationship. There’s a shared homepage and a timeline where you can add photos and notes. You can also chat privately, use it to locate your partner, and set date reminders. It’s also loaded with a ton of suggestions for possible gifts, along with ideas for your next date. You can set a passcode to keep prying eyes out.
You’ll find a private, secure place for two on Avocado. You can share a calendar, lists, photos, and even doodles in this app. There’s also a built-in messenger, although it’s not as snappy as some of the best messaging apps on the market. It does keep an archive of your relationship, however, and sports a minimalist UI that’s pretty attractive on both smartphones and tablets.
Here’s another option for private, one-to-one chats. With Between, you can share text messages, a calendar, photos, memos, and voicemails with the press of a button. Uploaded photos are automatically organized into a timeline, too, and you can comment on each of them. Cute touches include a counter that lists the days since you met and a Memory Box for saving really special photos or memos. It’s a handsome, robust, and easy-to-use app.
This private, real-time messenger also allows you to share videos, photos, and voice messages. There’s a wide range of stickers, you can sketch together in real-time, and you can even make calls from directly within the app. There’s a shared calendar, you can share your location, and there are suggestions for date night. The secret photo option also allows you to send a snap that will automatically disappear after a set amount of time, a la Snapchat. One unusual feature unique to Couple is ThumbKiss, a feature which makes both phones vibrate simultaneously when touched in the same spot.
Twyxt is a messenger for two. It has unique emoticons and lets you save special messages and photos in a “Keepsake” section. The best feature is probably the auto-generated calendar of your relationship, which is good for sharing lists and event details. Best of all, it’s completely private and comes with optional PIN protection.
LokLok takes the annoying process of unlocking your phone out of the communication process. The app syncs both of your lock screens, allowing you and your partner to use it as a message board of sorts, without requiring you to launch the app. Draw images, send selfies, and type personalized messages directly from the lock screen and your partner will see them instantly.
Kouply allows you to award points to your partner whenever they do or say something sweet or thoughtful. Keep track of the totals and see who’s been naughty and nice at the end of the month. Because if there’s one thing central to a healthy relationship, it’s monetizing kindness into a worthless digital currency to hold over your partner’s head. And you thought Bitcoin was the future…
Suggesting new things to spice up the romance can be awkward. This is especially true if your significant other shoots down the idea you’ve proposed. Kindu makes the situation less awkward by allowing you to suggest these ideas and desires from within the app. Your partner can mark these proposals with a “definitely,” “maybe,” or a “no.” The “Show and Tell” feature allows you flirt and share intimate photos.