Social Media Online Dating Couple: The Long Distance Relationship App by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on March 13, 2020 Lifewire Online Dating Facebook Flipboard Pinterest Twitter Snapchat Instagram YouTube Online Dating Tweet Share Email 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. There is also an iPhone app dedicated to couples in long-distance relationships. It's called Couple (formerly, 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? Couple 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 Couple 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 at the bottom left to choose what action or post you want to make. How to Use Couple You can download Couple for free for Android and iPhone 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 thumbprints 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 Couple? Of course, there are hundreds of other alternatives to using Couple. 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 Couple 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?