8 Apps That Are Like Tinder for Friends

A group of girls who met on a Tinder for friends app, at the beach smiling as they take a picture.

We all know that adulting can be hard at times, and finding a new social group to belong to doesn’t necessarily get easier with age. The desire to make new friends could come from moving to a new city, graduating, working at a new job, or even outgrowing the ones you’ve had since you were a child.

If you feel like it’s time to find some new besties to tell it all to, the good news is that you’re not the only one. Along with the popularity of social media and dating apps, comes friend-seeking apps, designed to bring common people together in hopes of creating a new and fulfilling friendship. Here are a few apps to help you get started finding your new BFF:

Meetup
Meetup organizes online groups that host in-person events for people with similar interests. This app can be great for people who feel more comfortable meeting in group settings. Another point to consider is this app may be better suited more for extroverted people since each outing will always be in groups. Similar to confirming an RSVP for an event, Meetup lets you respond Yes, No, or Maybe to an event.

Bumble BFF
Usually known for it’s dating app, the company Bumble has Bumble BFF and it’s becoming popular for connecting like-minded people nearby. This app also has recommendations for your first friend date. When you do find a potential friend match on the app, you have to start a conversation within 24 hours to keep the connection active. Another cool thing is once you download Bumble, you have the option to remove Bumble Date from your app altogether.

Friender
Who can turn down an app with the word friend in it? Friender is a mobile app that connects people with similar interests. When you build your profile, suggested matches will have at least one favorite activity in common with you, which could help in starting a conversation.

The League
Similar to EliteSingles, where working professionals connect with singles, The League is a site that’ll connect you with ambitious and go-getter potential friends, exclusive events, and inspiring groups. In order to get into The League, you must pass a screening process as it’s vetted to accept people with competitive credentials.

Patook
This app is known for strictly making platonic friends. With its main goal being to connect compatible people together, Patook members can use a point system that will allow them to give out points for traits they like and see the points be shown next to their name on the app.

Nextdoor
Nextdoor keeps you up to speed with everything happening close by. Only members who live within your neighborhood can join your neighborhood group unless you used a shared link invitation to friends who live outside of your area. This social networking is great for people who want to get to know their community better.

Hey! VINA
Self-described as the “Tinder for (girl) friends,” Hey! VINA was designed for women to meet female friends at any time. What’s cool about this app is that it encourages you to share more about yourself, including your activities, interests, and what you are going through in your life that could help you meet friends that are going through similar events.

REALU
This app was specifically designed to help you connect with people in real-time. Connecting with new people in real-time allows you the opportunity to connect with people everywhere, such as in a coffee shop, in the library or event at a mall. The creators of this app wanted to solve the problem of people being glued to their phones when they’re in an unfamiliar place by themselves.

Finding a new relationship can feel like starting over, and finding new friends can feel like the same process. Don’t get discouraged if the chemistry isn’t there with certain people. Any kind of relationship takes time to grow. These apps can connect you with online groups and nearby people who are looking for a future friend just like you!

Tori Glaude

Tori is a D.C. life coach on a mission to empower women to achieve their goals. Her debut book is entitled “Sour Grapes into Wine: How to Leave a Toxic Relationship to Create a Productive Lifestyle.”

When she’s not writing or working in television production, Tori enjoys kickboxing and trying out new restaurants.

You can reach out to Tori directly at her website here.

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