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Pair: The Long Distance Relationship App

An iPhone App Specifically Made for Couples

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There are so many alternatives couples can use for staying in touch during times spent apart. We’ve got smartphones, texting, Skype, video chatting, instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter and a whole bunch of other social media site options.

Now there’s an iPhone app that has been completely dedicated to couples in long distance relationships. It’s called Pair, and it’s surprisingly a great tool for showing that special someone just how much you care about them!

What’s This App All About?

Pair can only be used between two people. You could hypothetically try it out with a friend, but the features on the app are all about expressing romance and love, so you may not feel totally comfortable with sending a “Thinking of you…” thought bubble to a casual friend or co-worker.

If you’ve tried the Path app before, you’ll probably love the Pair app too. It functions very similarly and the layout is similar. It features a timeline structure of your activity and includes a little plus sign button in the bottom left to choose what action or post you want to make.

How to Use Pair

At this point, the Pair app is only available for iOS devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch or the iPad. The developers are working on an Android app, and you can sign up on their website to be notified of its release for download on Google Play.

You can download Pair for free from the App Store and create a free account. Before you can start interacting with the app, you have to send an invite to your partner and have them accept their invite. Once your partner has clicked on the confirmation link in the email, you can check out all the features that make the app so special and great for couples.

App Features

Dates: Keep track of your anniversary, birthdays or any other important dates.

Shared Tasks: Create a shared to-do list with your partner.

Moments: Share photos with each other in this section.

Settings: Change your profile picture and set up your notifications.

Facetime: Access Facetime from within the Pair app by clicking on the circle located in the upper right corner of the timeline.

Message: Use the message/send form at the bottom of the timeline to say something.

Photo: Tap the camera icon to take a new photo or choose a photo.

Camera: Film a short video within the app to add to the timeline.

Sketch: Select the paintbrush icon and use your finger to draw something.

Thought bubble: Tap the thought bubble button to instantly let your partner know that you’re thinking of them.

Thumbkiss: Play a game of “Thumbkiss” by trying to catch each other’s thumb prints on the touchscreens of the app.

Location: Allow the Pair app to post your current location.

Live Sketch: The live sketch option allows you to draw together on the same screen.

Why Should You Use Pair?

Of course, there are hundreds of other alternatives to using Pair. If you’re already using Instagram to share photos with your partner and text them several times a day then maybe you don’t have room to keep up with another mobile app.

The nice thing about Pair is that it puts everything in one place, just for you two. And you sure as heck won’t find some of the features there on any other apps. Thumbkissing, anyone?

Pair: Full Guide Review

I played around with Pair for a bit and definitely do think it’s an adorable little app. I still prefer Path’s interface a little more, but I think a lot of couples could have a lot of fun with Pair when they’re apart for long periods of time.

As always with these iOS apps, I’ll be watching for the release on Android since I can only use Pair on the iPod Touch right now.

If you’re in a relationship and love playing around with mobile apps, I say go ahead and give this a try. Download it now from the App Store.

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