7 apps to meet new people and make friends

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Making friends may not be easy for many people. But apps to make friends help you overcome shyness and the hustle of everyday life and meet new people from all over the world. Without having to leave the house, directly from your Android phone or iPhone.

We've rounded up the 7 best options for meeting friends online. Check out!

Patook

Patook is an app aimed strictly at friendship and does not tolerate flirting. To ensure the safety of users, it has an algorithm that detects, bans and blocks those who try something more.



You can filter the profiles you want to see according to preferences, such as personality, food and even zodiac sign. The service shows people who are nearby and, if you identify yourself with a profile, you must drag it to the right.

If the identification is mutual, they can chat via text message, voice and video call.

  • Patook (free): Android | iOS

Virtual friend

The Virtual Amigo is a kind of online wall, where you can share questions, outbursts or comments on various topics. Users can view and comment on each other's posts to help, give advice or chat.

The app allows you to write anonymously, but if you want to follow someone and talk in private chat, you'll have to create an account on the service. The chat function is limited to text messages, with no option to send files, audio or make calls. But the app serves the purpose of connecting people well.

  • Virtual friend (free): Android

MeetUp

MeetUp lets you get out of the virtual world and meet people in real life. The app shares events that will take place near you, separated by categories. By confirming presence, you can chat with other participants through the application itself.



In the integrated chat, you can share your location. So, if it is a walk or meeting that is not at a fixed location, you will be able to easily reach the group.

  • MeetUp (free): Android | iOS

Bumble

Better known as a dating app, Bumble also offers a friendship mode, aimed at those who are not looking for romantic relationships. Just choose the BFF option when creating your account.

To find people with similar tastes, indicate your interests and preferences and share photos that show your personality. Compatible profiles will be displayed, and if you want friendship, just swipe right. If the two agree to be friends, they can chat through the app.

  • Bumble (free): Android | iOS

Slowly

Slowly seeks to rescue the magic of the experience of making friends by exchanging postcards with strangers. Just create an avatar and choose a nickname, no need to identify yourself. To find people with common interests, define your favorite subjects.

The service allows you to randomly select someone or select who you want to send the message to. Then, just write the text, select a stamp and send the postcard.

Shipping time will be the same as washing for the card to arrive by post. Therefore, it can vary from hours to up to 2 days, depending on the distance between sender and recipient.

  • Slowly (free with in-app purchases): Android | iOS

I make


Hago looks like a virtual party. The app brings together online games, lives and chat rooms in one place. In each of these features, there is the opportunity to meet interesting people to make friends with.


If there is an affinity, you can follow the profile and chat in a private chat. In addition to exchanging text messages and files, they can also invite each other to play games.

  • I make (free, but offers in-app purchases): Android | iOS

Ablo


Ablo lets you meet people from all over the world, even if you don't know another language. The app offers real-time simultaneous translation service. That is, if you speak in Portuguese, the other person can read the content in their own language.

Randomly, the app puts users from different continents in contact with each other. But it is not possible to choose the location in the free version.

The chat features text messaging and video calling capabilities, as well as photo and GIF sharing.

  • Ablo (free, but offers in-app purchases): Android | iOS

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