A Girl’s Guide to the Best Apps for Friends
September 17, 2019
The Best Apps for Girl Time
It should come as no surprise that at She Explores Life, we value female friendships above most personal connections. In fact, our little site wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for my bond—and ability to communicate—with some of my best girlfriends. While I’m the closest of friends with some badass women, many of them live in different cities or have equally busy lives, making face-to-face time a challenge. So, I decided to take advantage of my technology and find the best apps for friends who want to keep in touch (and have a little fun while they are at it).
If you take your female friendships seriously, but seriously lack the time it takes to get together regularly, then consider using tech instead. The following are some of the best apps for friends who want to stay connected throughout the day.
6 of the Best Apps For Friends
A quick and informal poll of the women on my social networks and the answer came back fast and clear and loud. Marco Polo is the favored app among women. This video app is easy to use and fun, fun, fun. Just start your video, say what you need to say and you’re done. If the friend you are messaging happens to have their phone, they can watch you live and interrupt you with emojis and short videos that pop up with their responses. If not, the video saves and they can watch it when they have free time to respond.
What we like best: It’s fun to see your friends throughout the day in various environments. They can share the cool things they are doing without committing to a long discussion, and there’s nothing like an unexpected video touch-base with your bestie.
This app made our list for best apps for friends because it is favored by women who travel. It is especially useful if you travel internationally where data and phone plans often get sketchy. Free and easy to use, WhatsApp uses your phone’s cellular or Wi-Fi connection for messaging and voice calling. If you lose data, no worries, you can still stay connected. I’ve found it often works better than all other options while traveling by air.
What we like best: WhatsApp is great for both one-on-one chats and group discussions. Plus, because it uses your phone’s 4G, 3G, 2G, EDGE, or Wi-Fi connection instead of your cell plan’s voice minutes or text plan, WhatsApp is completely free. And if you’re connected via Wi-Fi, it won’t eat into your data plan.
While you probably don’t need an introduction to this app, it’s still worth mentioning here. This visual platform allows you to see your best friends’ life in full color. While it was once an app with fairly limited functionality, now you can follow your friends’ daily adventures through their stories, which appear at the top of your screen in little circles. Here you’ll find snaps, videos, boomerangs and other fun snippets of all the cool things they are doing. You can also direct message and group message through Instagram, making it a decent option for communication.
What we like best: Recently Instagram has created the “close friends” options for stories. This means, you don’t have to share your more personal moments with all of your followers, allowing for a more personalized experience with your best friends.
Facebook gets mixed reviews among the masses, but there’s no denying that FB messenger is convenient and tends to work even when other facetime apps don’t. Additionally, the addition of Stories has made the social network a bit more interesting and desirable to use (FB owns Insta…of course). But one of the things I do love about FB is your ability to make and join moderated groups. Creating a closed group allows you and your friends a place to go and leave memes, photos, videos and posts throughout the day for one and other. You can also plan and manage gatherings with the event feature and take polls.
What we like best: Facebook is undeniably an all-in-one app. You can use it on your phone or your computer (making chat a whole lot faster). You can make phone calls and create stories…The options really are endless.
This app is quickly growing in popularity. You can leave voice and video messages for your best friends in a snap, make audio and video calls, create group chats, use cute stickers and gifs and so much more. If that’s not enough for you there are extensions that allow you to share things like music and videos right in your chat. You can even send money through the app!
What we like best: The end-to-end encryption keeps your convos safe. And let’s get real…there a girl’s locker room talk isn’t meant to be heard by all.
Speaking of Locker Room Talk. Sometimes the girls like to get down and dirty in their communications. Kik is probably one of the best sites for your awesomely inappropriate memes, photos, girl talk and more. You can use a fun screen name and participate in both personal and group chats. The app allows for video chat as well as video and voice messages.
What we like best: The option for anonymity and the incredible end-to-end encryption are some of this apps best feature. Beware though. Lots of creepers like this option for both of the aforementioned reasons.