When it comes to the best dating apps out there, you probably immediately start think of the big swiping apps — Tinder, Bumble, etc. But there are a lot of other apps that can help your love life too and they aren't about swiping, judging someone's one line bio, or waiting days for someone to answer your "hey, what's up?" message. These other apps deal with all aspects of your love life, from getting over someone to prepping for you first date to building intimacy in a long-distance relationship. So how are these apps different than dating apps where you swipe to meet people?
Well, we're seeing a throwback to things like matchmakers, but updated to modern platforms. But it's not just that, relationship-advice apps, like old-time Agony Aunts, and others are starting to appear, too. Some are more focused on singles, some are more focused on those in relationships, and some will even work for both. So you don't need to think of dating-related apps as being all about swiping anymore — there's so much more you can find on your phone to improve your love life.
Here are seven apps that can help your love life, from getting over an ex to styling yourself for a date:
Get yourself ready for dating. Ona matches you up with dating coaches, dating advice, matchmakers, and dating consultants — everything you need to get feeling ready and confident for dating. If you're like me and find dating really overwhelming, it can be a huge help to prepare yourself before you jump in.
3. The Dating Ring
Sometimes situations are too complicated to ask your friends for help— or you're just not comfortable sharing. Relationup wants to help. As much as I'm all about talking about everything all the time, I get that doesn't work for everyone. This app gives you confidential relationship advice, when you need it.
Crowdsourced advice — from women like you. If you even find relationship advice too jilted or formal, Jyst lets you touch base with advice by women and for women. And it's all anonymous, so you can be as open as you want.
The Couple app makes your own little social network for you and your partner. Send photos, messages, make plans — it's an online bubble for the two of you. You can even send a little buzz back and forth with the Thumbkiss option, to feel more connected.
7. The Ice Break
If you're in a long-distance relationship, you can feel like you run out of things to say to each other. The Ice Break keeps things fresh and feeling connected by sending you questions to answer. You'll keep learning new things about your partner, no matter where in the world you are.
Sure, technology can seem a little overwhelming— but there are so many ways it can help you. And dating apps aren't all about swiping and finding someone, use technology to help you achieve your relationship goals and more.