Long-distance relationships are not easy to maintain, but when done with the right person, any hurdles that may get thrown your way won’t faze you. It’s just a matter of communication and trust. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, however, couples residing in different cities or countries face even more challenges as travel restrictions make it difficult for partners to reunite with each other.
If you and your significant other have been struggling with the distance and time difference, we’ve gathered a few apps below that can help strengthen your bond virtually. From Between and Gottman Card Decks, to Kast and Without, read on to find out what these apps do and where you can download them.
While you’re at it, here are some tips for maintaining your relationship during the coronavirus crisis.
Between is a messenger app that allows couples to organize all their photos, videos and notes on one platform. It also includes a shared calendar where you can mark down important dates like your anniversary, birthdays and more. Additionally, you can use the app’s free call feature to switch things up once in a while.
Designed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman’s The Gottman Institute, Gottman Card Decks contains 14 card decks with more than 1,000 flashcards that feature questions, statements and ideas for improving a relationship. The app also includes “Love Maps” that will help you get to know your partner better, as well as decks that help improve intimacy.
If you and your partner love to binge on TV shows or movies together, Kast is the perfect app to create viewing parties where both of you can watch programs simultaneously. You can even invite up to 20 other friends to share their screen or camera, while another 100 can watch.
Without was created for all types of relationships and for those with separation anxiety. Whether you’re in the same city or not, the app displays details about your significant other’s neighborhood like the weather, as well as a photo of their face when you swipe to your Notification Center.
Available on the Apple App Store.