8 Mobile Apps To Keep Your Long Distance Relationship Alive

By | April 1, 2022

If you’re in a LDR, this app will help keep the spark alive in your relationship.

They say that distance makes the heart closer. Unfortunately, many people in long distance relationships may disagree. In some cases, distance makes people tend to forget.

With the advent of online dating, many people have discovered that the love of their life can literally wash away the ocean. But whatever the reason, the challenge of keeping the fire alive can be well worth the effort.

Luckily, we’re no longer limited to faded love letters and photos. Currently, keeping in touch is possible through an app on your iPhone or Android device. Here are some of them.

Love Nudge

Have you heard of the five love languages? According to Doctor Gary Chapman, there are five love languages: Physical Touch, Acts of Service, Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, and Receiving Gifts. This love language provides clues about how we give and receive love.

With the official Love Nudge app, you and your partner can take quizzes about each other to determine each other’s love language. Then, Love Nudge will create goals and reminders for you to show affection in a way that makes you both feel most loved.

For example, if your partner’s love language is words of affirmation, Love Nudge will remind you to send them a sweet message every now and then. This is a great way to convey your feelings in the best possible way.


For long distance lovers who are still in the secret stage, Antara helps keep your relationship private in every sense of the word. From encryption, secret albums and password protection, Antara helps keep couples connected with privacy in mind.

Best for couples in a Romeo and Juliet scenario with strict parents or those who aren’t ready to go public yet. Between helps relationships develop without the pressure of outside interference.

Download: Between for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)


Have you ever found yourself texting “I wish I was there with you”? Koya is a location-based gift and video messaging app that lets you surprise your loved ones with a recorded message or gift.

Imagine walking into your favorite cafe, receiving a sweet message, and magically getting a gift card that pays for your cup of coffee for the day. You can record previous messages when you visit or send them remotely. Koya lets you share your experiences, even when you can’t be present in person.

Download: Koya for iOS (Free)


Speaking of gifts, Gyft lets you send coupons and gift cards for just about anything. If you’re struggling to get your loved one the perfect gift, Gyft lets them decide what they want for themselves. With over 200 retail partners, it’s easy to find a brand your partner loves. If you are unsure, a generic Gyft card will also work for all its partners.

Gift cards are also a great way to give in a more practical way. With Gyft, your significant other can use gift cards for their weekly groceries at Whole Foods, repair kits at The Home Depot, and more. The best part? Gyft doesn’t charge a transaction fee, so it’s as good as cash.

Download: Gyft for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)


Trying to play streams at the same time takes a lot of effort. When done wrong, many couples will find themselves out of sync. Luckily, there’s an app that can help play streams for both of you at the same time—Rave.

Rave is a stream sync app that lets couples watch Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and more. The best part is that only one of you needs a subscription for it to work. You don’t have to worry about screen sharing lags anymore. Rave even works for almost every operating system out there.


Not a big fan of social media but still want to know what your partner is up to? Twig is the perfect shared journal app for long distance couples.

For couples who only see each other a few weeks a year, every date night counts. Twigs help keep track of everything. From your best vacation throwback photos to milestones like anniversaries, Twig is like a living scrapbook that helps keep track of all your memories. Twig lets you stay in touch while remaining humble.

Download: Twig for iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)


Is your partner trying to do a social media detox? Using Lovebox, you can send small love notes and photos to a physical box. Lovebox displays messages on its screen without asking the user to unlock their phone.

Unlike other apps on this list, the only person who needs to download it is you, and they can feel the excitement. The perfect companion for your desk or bedside table, your significant other doesn’t have to sift through endless notifications to hear from their favorite person.

Download: Lovebox for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)


Old school romantics will know that getting things in the mail is much more feasible than a simple text. Surprise your loved one with an original postcard that you can send straight to their home with TouchNote.

TouchNote lets you send customized postcards anywhere in the world. You can add your own photos, stickers and messages. While each postcard is worth $2 to $4, shipping is always 100% free.

Download: TouchNote for iOS | Android (Free, in-app purchases available)

Keep Long Distance Love

All relationships require effort, especially those with an ocean in between, to maintain them. However, just because a long distance relationship is challenging doesn’t mean it’s impossible to maintain. Long distance relationships may have an added layer of complexity, but they can be just as useful.

Luckily, plenty of apps are readily available for iPhone and Android users to keep in touch in every way. From time zone trackers to personal journals to streaming sync apps, more and more options for remote partnering are popping up every year.

For those who are committed to their partners, modern technology faces the challenge. Regardless, here’s to hope that you and your partner don’t have to keep using it for too long. After all, some experiences are still better in person.