10 Best Apps for Making Friends

Remember how easy it was to make friends when we were kids? All we had to do was ask the other kids if they wanted to play—and voila! We got ourselves a squad.

Back in the day, making friends used to be a child’s play. But sadly, getting older often means that connecting and reaching out to other people becomes more difficult. Work and relationships can take too much of our time, leaving us with little room for friendships.

Today, technology is making it just a little bit easier to meet new people. To aid in your quest for BFFs, here are the 10 best apps to make friends!

Bumble (BFF)

Bumble’s same concept applies here—swipe right if you think you have something in common and BFF potential is high. Download the Bumble app for free on your iOS or Android device. Just don’t forget to change to BFF mode, girlfriend!

Peanut

play group with parents who used peanut app - one of the best apps to make friends

Peanut wants like-minded mamas to connect because—newsflash!—motherhood is hard, and you need all the help you can get. Download the app for free and start connecting with mamas like you, near you.

BonAppetour

Dubbed as the Airbnb of local dining experiences, BonAppetour makes it to our list of best apps to make friends. And why not? Food is an excellent way to connect with people. The app works by pairing travelers with locals for an authentic, home-cooked dining experience.

We3

This app believes that three is not a crowd. In fact, it’s the ideal number of people to make meaningful connections. We3 matches three people from the same gender based on compatibility. Looking to form your tribe? This app can help.

Friender

Create matches based on at least one common favorite activity. With a shared interest as a starting point, making meaningful connections will be more comfortable. With Friender, building your profile allows you to connect with like-minded people.

Hey! Vina

Described as the Tinder for Girls, the app makes matches based on activities, interests, and “life stage.” But what makes Hey! Vina as one of the best is the community of women within the app who support and empower each other.

Atleto

group of women sitting outside together after exercising.

Are you looking for a jogging buddy or sparring partner? This app to meet people based on your sports and gets the best match possible based on location, skill level, frequency, and mode. Atleto is the best app to grow your sports network and make friends.

Nearify

This is an excellent app if you are new to a place. It helps you discover big events nearby, such as music concerts, plays, and festivals. It’s also great for meeting new people with the same interests as yours. Nearify is also effective for travelers wanting to discover the local culture.

Nextdoor

Great for someone who’s just moved to a new neighborhood, this app lets you know of things happening within the area. From finding babysitters to upcoming block parties, Nextdoor helps you stay up to date.

Meet My Dog

girl sitting with her dog at the table - meet my dog one of the best apps to make friends

With the Meet My Dog social app, your pet doesn’t need to have a secret life anymore. It’s a location-based app that lets pet owners chat, share pet pictures, and check-in at the park for fun woof meetups.


We are social beings, and wherever we may be, we need friends in order to be happy and have fulfilling lives. Real and lasting friendships are built and tested through time. But as we go through different phases in life—like changing jobs or moving to a new city—we cannot always be around our childhood friends. And while preserving old friendships is great, it shouldn’t stop us from getting new ones.

So give one these apps a try. Your new BFF may just be right around the corner.

About the Author

Imee Rabang is a blogger/writer and bilingual poet from Manila, Philippines. She is an advocate of Philippine culture and supports causes that promote language and national identity. She juggles her time between work, parenthood, and community outreach programs. She also dabbles in photography and graphic arts in her free time.
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