8 Apps For Widening Your Friendship Circle

Meet your new buds in no time.

Nov 30, 2019

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We have all made changes in our lives like moving to a new city, a new school, or a new job. So, no matter why, there’s nothing like a loyal, dependable, good friend at your side to ease the transition or fulfil your soul.

Being human means that we rely on others for love, support, and companionship, so it’s only natural to want to widen your friendship circle during different periods of your life. Feeling shy to strike up a random conversation? Why not try a friendship app.

We can find our partner on apps, so why not look for friends the same way? Create a profile that shows what you’re all about and swipe through the hundreds of nearby users to find someone who matches your inner foodie. If you’re starting a new chapter in life, or just looking to make new friends, check out these eight apps to meet your new BFF. 

 Hey! Vina

Hey! Vina is like Bumble or Tinder –just for friendships – and not life partners. According to Good Housekeeping, founders Olivia June and Jen Aprahamian created the app that's just for women to help them find their inner circle and empower them while they search for their

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Bumble BFF

Bumble BFF works like their dating app, only this one’s for platonic relationships only. Swipe right on the people in your area who interest you most and start widening your circle. Over 50 million people have already made connections on Bumble.

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MeetUp

It’s likely that no matter your city, Meetup has you covered. Dedicated to activity-seekers, Meetup’s aim is to bring people together who share common interests. Sign up to see a list of the local events or Meetups happening nearby.

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Meet My Dog

For the shy dog owners out there, Meet My Dog just solved your friendship woes. Use their app to see which dogs are in your area, talk to their owners, and set up playdates so both of you walk away with a new friend.

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Nextdoor

You don’t need to greet your new neighbors at their doors with a welcome basket to make that good first impression anymore. Nextdoor is a private social network for your neighborhood that allows you to see who your neighbors are so you can form connections, while seeing what’s happening in the neighborhood.

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Skout

Skout is a great app for meeting people, even if you’re just traveling and want company for sightseeing.  Receive updates from nearby users, send gifts, or see who’s interested in striking up a conversation. Operating since 2007, Skout's motto is: "the world has no limits, so why should you."

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Peanut

Moms have plenty on their plate without having to worry about meeting other moms during maternity leave or connecting with new mamas when they need advice on which sunscreen is the safest for babies. Peanut allows moms to swipe left or right on the users who meet their interests, values, and even have children the same age as theirs so they can get together, share their knowledge, and ask questions.

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Friender

On Friender, you’re bound to meet someone who shares the same interests as you. The app’s programmed that way! Once you create your profile, choose your favorite activities from a list of 130 and the app will send you people who share a love for at least one of your  preferred interests.

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REBECCA WOJNO, CONTRIBUTOR
Rebecca is passionate about reading, cooking, and learning about people doing good in the world. She especially loves writing about wellness, personal growth, and relationships.