11 Apps that make you new friends in no time


There is no lonely feeling than rolling through everyone's group pictures on Instagram, while recognizing you do not have a girlfriend yourself. Not having many friends is often painted as a sign that * you are * the problem, but it is not true. Sometimes it's just for that life continues to change. Perhaps you were touching you. Perhaps your good friends moved away or disappeared in relationships – or maybe both things happened at once. Or maybe you're getting rid of some poisonous friendship (good for you!).

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There are a million reasons to let go of some friendship and drive new ones, but sometimes the IRL options can be sparse. You may feel "eh" about your coworkers, or too shy to approach someone in your dance class. Fortunately, there are so many low-level efforts that you can connect to new people online.

Here are 11 friendship programs worth trying:

1. Bumble BFF

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Bumble

If you've ever used Bumble for dating, Bumble BFF is literally the same concept, just for platonic friends – you still make a profile with some pictures and a quick movie and swipe right on your faves. The main difference is that the timer to start a conversation is not gender so it's on one of you to make first moves before the match expires.

2. Friender

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Frie Weekender

You have to trust an app with the word "friend" in it, right? Friender is another swipe-y app, but the profiles you see are not random. When you build your profile, add your interests so that the suggested matches have at least one favorite activity in common with you. It gives you a little more to talk about, plus the chance to meet people with the same interests as you.

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3. Hi! WHIZ

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Hello! WHIZ

Of course, as "Tinder for (girl) friends", VINA was designed especially for women to meet female friends at any time. You can match based on shared activities and interests and your "life stage" because different moments in your life can lead you to more friends (or those who specifically get what you're going through).

4. Groundnut

Peanut is a new app for mothers to meet other mothers, founded by Michelle Kennedy, who worked on the dating app Badoo before she was born in 2013. She described feeling very isolated as a new mom and wanted to find people who understood what she was going through . Because postpartum depression can make women feel special alone, it's good to have an app where you can connect to someone navigating the same, sometimes messy emotional terrain as you are.

5. ATLETO

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ATLETO

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If you need special marathon friends or tennis competitions, do not look any further. The ATLETO is about helping you find people based on your favorite sports and encouraging you to host events and meet IRL. And honestly, jogging or cycling together is quite low when it comes to first conversations with someone.

6. Meetup

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Meeting

If you have more specific interests, like sticking in a bar or being part of a writing group, Meetup probably has something you're looking for. You simply enter your location and browse events by category. Voila! You will find your crew in no time.

7. REALU

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REALU

The creators of REALU "believe that social media should improve our interactions with real people, not deter them" and would solve the problem of people clinging to their phones while in a new location. The app allows you to connect to people in real time, so if you're alone in a cafe and find someone close to who is alone in a bookstore, you can send a message and meet.

8. Approach

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Nearify

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Nearify makes it all you use Facebook for longer: It shows you all the major events nearby. While you may need to be a big challenge to go to these alone, it may be great if you and a friend want to expand your circle (or just have a great night).

9. Skout

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Skout

Skout has been around since 2007, so they have long been in the friendship and dating game. It's quite simple: You use it to connect with people wherever you are, which is especially useful if you travel alone and want to take a pint with someone … or even connection (Skout has no rules!).

10. Nextdoor

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The door next door

If you have moved to a new neighborhood and difficult to connect to new people (a specific suburban problem) Nextdoor will know everything that's happening nearby – from farm sales to childcare. It's not as simple as "Hi, I'm looking for friends!" but in a way it can feel like a more natural integration in your society.

11. Meet my dog

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Meet my dog

If you think "I already have a dog, why would I need more best friends?" meet my dog, an app for other dog owners to meet each other's dogs, is for you. You can set up puppy date, or just admire each other's Frenchies. What do you need more?

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