Whether you’re going away to college, or starting a job, moving to a new city is a terrifying endeavor. The hardest part of moving though, is leaving behind the people you love.  After all, if you’re an introvert like I am, those friendships were not earned lightly. And even if you’re an extrovert and making new friends comes easily to you, there’s a good chance your new environment is going to put some stress on your time and your ability to get out there and shine.

Regardless of the situation you find yourself in, prioritizing new friendship is a great way to make your move easier. And, with the advent of technology what better way to expand your social circle than with an app? So,  without further ado, here are 10 apps that are perfect for making friends in 2019!

Bumble BFF

Bumble BFF is the same concept as the original Bumble app, but just for platonic friendships.  You make a profile with photos and a short bio, as you would for Bumble, and you swipe left or right on potential matches. The big difference between the apps is that for Bumble BFF, starting a conversation isn’t gendered, so it can be on either person to make the first move before the match expires. I tried Bumble BFF and unfortunately there weren’t any BFFs within 30 miles.  When I opened it up to 50 miles and 100 miles I had about 10 people to swipe through before I ran out. This doesn’t mean you won’t be successful using it if you live in a larger city though!

      Cost: Free

      Platforms: iOS, Android

Meet My Dog

Turn your pup into a way to socialize with Meet My Dog! Your pet could be an easy option for making new friends, and it certainly gives you a topic to break the ice with. Meet My Dog works like a social network for canines, although their owners have to fill out all the profile information.

      Cost: Free

      Platforms: iOS, Android

We3

If a one-on-one makes you feel too awkward for the first time meeting a new friend, go for safety in numbers with the We3 app.  This app connects you to two new people rather than just one. Similar to other apps, you set your own interests and swipe through potential friends in your surrounding area, and create your “tribe” of 3.

      Cost: Free

      Platforms: iOS, Android, PC

Friender


Friender is an activity focused app, so you create your profile based on activities you enjoy. Only users with at least one common interest will be suggested for you. This app only suggests users who live in your area.

      Cost: Free

      Platforms: iOS

 

Hey! VINA

Hey! Vina is a women-only friend-finding app. You swipe to find matches. In this case, however, you’re looking for platonic friends based on shared likes and interests, rather than partners whose profile pictures catch your eye.  

      Cost: Free

      Platforms: iOS

Meetup

Meetup is an app based on attending events, rather than meeting people. But the two definitely go hand-in-hand. Chances are, if you attend events, join a local club or class of your interest, you will meet people that you can build a friendship with! The number of events and activities the app covers is impressive. Many of the events are free, although some charge for attendance. The freemium app costs nothing if you plan to attend Meetup events, but if you want to organize your own, you’ll have to start paying $9.99 a month.

      Cost: Free – $9.99/month

      Platforms: iOS, Android

Nextdoor

Maybe your best friend is living only a few doors down from you. The Nextdoor app aims to connect you with your neighbors. You start by putting your address in, and then get in touch with people near you by such things as getting involved in local events, finding babysitters, and putting up classified listings.

      Cost: Free

      Platforms: iOS, Android

 

Rendezwho

Rendezwho is a very focused app. This app aims to match you with that one friend you are really going to connect with, regardless of where you live. It includes results from all over the world. You can use messages, GIFs, and quizzes to see if you can find your new best friend.

      Cost: Free – $0.99

      Platforms: iOS, Android

Patook

Patook connects people through relying on a points system. Once users create their profile, they are asked to rank various traits (gender, interests, languages, etc.) of their preference. The app then matches you with those who accumulated the most points based on the traits you ranked. In order to connect to a person, the user can either send an anonymous message or both users must mutually rank each other. Along with finding people who match with what you consider important, there are also public discussion boards that are seen in reference to your location.

      Cost: Free

      Platforms: iOS, Android, Mac, Pc

Peanut


Peanut is a new app for mothers to meet other mothers, founded by Michelle Kennedy, who worked at the dating app Badoo before giving birth in 2013. She felt very isolated as a new mother, and wanted to find people who felt similar feelings and understood what she was going through. Postpartum depression can make women feel especially alone, so it is great to have an app where they can connect with someone navigating through the same emotions.

      Cost: Free

      Platforms: iOS, Android

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