I’ve never been in a long-distance relationship, but I can only imagine how hard they must be. Not being able to run over to your SO’s house whenever you want, or having to go weeks or even months without giving them a hug or a kiss has to be incredibly tough. I am in awe of the couples I know who make long-distance relationships work. They require dedication, honesty, trust, and loyalty, but even though they’re hard, they’re worth it if it means you get to be with the person you love.
Fortunately, our modern technology makes LDRs just a little bit easier than they were, say, 15 or 20 years ago. Now we have Skype for video calls, Facebook and Twitter for staying up-to-date on each other’s lives, unlimited texts so that you can talk whenever you want, and tons of apps that promise to keep the romance alive even when you’re far away from each other. If your SO is living hours away and you’re desperate to make things work, you need to take advantage of this technology and download some apps. Here are 12 of the best apps for long-distance relationships:
Skype QikSkype is obviously 100 percent necessary for every LDR couple. But Skype just released their new Qik app, and it's something everyone needs in their lives. Skype Qik is sort of like an updated, more hi-tech version of Snapchat. Instead of sending images, you can send short videos to your friend (slightly longer than 40 seconds). You can send to a group of friends, or to just one friend. The videos live in the app for up to two weeks, which is awesome, and then they're deleted forever. You can only contact people when you have their phone number and vice versa. It's such a cute way to keep in touch. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the coolest thing about Skype Qik: if you don't like what you recorded and you sent it already, you can delete it before the other person opens it and it will disappear. So, if you send something you immediately regret, just get rid of it! Also, no one can save these videos, so they're much more private than Snapchat. It's really easy to use and the whole app is beautifully designed. It's a must-have! You can download this for free for iOs or Android devices or Windows Phone.
AvocadoAvocado is a fun app made to keep couples close. Not only does it come with it's own messaging system, but you can also have a shared calender, send virtual hugs and kisses, send "emotions," and share photos. It keeps everything saved, so you can look back on all of your cute relationship moments when you're feeling sad. You can download this for free for iOs or Android devices
SnapchatI'm sure you already know what Snapchat is, but not everyone has it. Even though Snapchat has it's shortcomings (there was recently a huge data breach), it's still a fun and simple app to use, and it's great for LDR couples. You can quickly send pictures or videos that will play for up to 10 seconds. A blessing or a curse is that you can take screenshots of the pics or videos (the other person will be alerted if you do). Snapchat is really easy to use, and as long as you're careful, you should be okay. You can download this for free for iOs or Android devices.
CoupleCouple is a relationship app that will keep you feeling close with your boo. It gives you a private messaging system, video sharing, secret photos that disappear after a certain amount of time, and shared to-do lists. But it's coolest feature is the ThumbKiss™ which allows you guys to virtually kiss. If you and your partner hold down a button at the same time, your phones will vibrate. How cute! You can download this for free for iOS or Android devices
KayakIf you and your boo are far away enough that seeing each other requires air travel, download Kayak. Traveling is expensive and confusing, but Kayak makes it a little easier. It allows you to compare different prices for flights and hotels and rentals. Don't get ripped off! You can download this for free for iOS or Android devices.
CartolinaIf you guys are getting sick of text messages, use Cartolina every once in a while. It's something different and cute. Cartolina allows you to send messages via a virtual postcard - you can choose the design and colors and all that. Surprise your boo every once in a way with a more personalized message. You can download this for $1.99 for iOs devices.
PathPath is like a personal social network, and while it works for great for groups, it's also perfect for just you two. Path allows you to easily share what you're doing, where you're going, along with photos, messages, and what music you're listening to. You can update them about when you're sleeping or awake. It's another cute way to keep in touch and let each other know what's always going on so you feel more connected. You can download this for free for iOS or Android devices.
BetweenThe cool thing about Between is that it's cross-platform, meaning you can use it even if you have an iPhone and your SO has an Android phone. It's a private couple's app that lets you send texts, voice messages, photos and memos for free. There's a cute Memory Box where you can save your favorite photos and make notes on them. There's also an Events Box that gives special offers so that when you get together, you guys can do fun stuff. You can download this for free for iOS or Android devices.
ViberThis is yet another private messaging/social network type of app that lets you feel connected to your boo in different ways. You can send fun stickers in the private messaging area, make free calls, and make free video calls. It's great if you guys don't have great cell phone plans and don't want to spend a lot of money while talking on the phone. You can also sync it with your computer. You can download this for free for iOS or Android devices.
BlissThis app is great for having fun with your SO even when you guys are hours away from each other. Bliss allows you to play games together, making it seem like you're actually next to each other playing a board game. It's meant for couples who are in bed together, but you guys can do your thing via video call or something and save the good stuff for when you get together. Excitement! You can download this for $11.99 for iOS or Android devices.
KouplyThis is another app that encourages you guys to have fun with your relationship. There are games you can play, or you can challenge each other and compete for points. It also gives you personalized activity ideas that you can save for when you're together. It's a fun way to keep the excitement going. You can download this for free For iOS
TokiiCommunication is incredibly important in a long-distance relationship. Tokii makes it easy with with a MoodMeter that lets you tell your partner how you feel and how they make you feel, games to play together, COMPETEMode which lets you guys guess each others answers to see how well you know each other, and DiscoveryGames which gives you stats and facts about relationships. You can download this for free For Android devices
Which of these apps have you tried? Which is your favorite? Which do you not like? How do you deal with your long-distance relationship? Tell me in the comments!