It’s February 14 and you better have planned something romantic for your partner. But just in case you didn’t, these free apps offer great date night ideas for Valentine’s Day.
There is something for everyone here. One app gives you ideas for what you can do tonight, based on where you are. Another turns your relationship into a quiz, while some apps test how right you are for each other. And as always, there’s some romantic music to go with it.
All of these apps are for people who already have a special someone in their lives. If you’re single, we have you covered with free dating sites to help you find love.
1. BaeLife (Web): Date Ideas to Stay In or Go Out, Updated Daily
Stuck for ideas on what to do for Valentine’s Day? BaeLife is a cool app that gives you a list of recommendations, whether you’re staying in or want to go out for the night.
The recommendations come from a host of places, like what you can watch on Netflix and chill, best restaurants from Time Out, recipes you can cook together, conversation topics, plays, gigs, or movies to watch, and so on. There are even activities like making a DIY gift for geeky partners. Forward the list to your bae and the two of you can pick what feels right.
BaeLife worked best in North America and the UK, in our brief test. You should also hook it up with FourSquare to discover what you’ll like if you still use the app. Unfortunately, you can’t use check-ins on Facebook or other social networks for recommendations.
2. 36 Questions in Love (Web): What Every Relationship Needs to Ask
In a famous study, psychologists Arthur and Elaine Aron (yes, they’re a married couple) investigated what makes people fall head over heels for each other. They distilled their research to 36 questions for the couple, which you can take on this Valentine’s Day.
The theory of the questions is that for an old couple, a new exercise like this can rekindle the kind of intense excitement you felt when you first fell in love. And for a new couple (or a pair on the verge of becoming one), the questions end up drawing you closer or proving you don’t belong together.
Either way, the 36 questions are an intimate activity for a romantic time. The questions get really personal and make you think about yourself and your partner. It takes about an hour or two to get through the list, and every couple needs to do this.
3. Happy Couple (Web, Android, iOS, Windows): Quiz Each Other, See If Answers Match
How in sync are you and your partner? To find out, try this cool app that sends you a short quiz daily. The more your answers match, the more points you earn to “level up” your relationship status.
Each day, the app asks five questions. Three are the same as your partner’s, and two are random. Pick from the multiple-choice answers, or add a custom note. Once both you and your partner have answered the same questions, you’ll see if you matched or not; and if not, you can see the responses and comment on them.
It’s a fun little app and one of those cool Valentine’s Day games couples should play. Plus, even after V-Day, you’ll still get daily checks to discover more about each other. And that’s the best part of a relationship, isn’t it?
4. Kindu (Android, iOS): Find Secret Desires Without Embarrassment
There are things you might fantasize about doing with your partner but are too shy to bring up. Kindu is an embarrassment-free way to find out which of each other’s desires overlap and keep the rest secret.
Here’s how it works. Both you and your partner install the app and add each other. Go through the free Starter Pack of Kindu cards to see fantasies like cooking a romantic dinner or giving a sensuous massage. And yeah, you can make a custom card of your own too. Obviously, a lot of the ideas are more adult in nature, and that’s why the secrecy is important.
For each Kindu idea card, tap love, hate, or “maybe”. If you and your partner’s taps match, you’ll both see it. If they don’t match, the idea card is kept secret and discarded. So even if you have a Princess Leia gold bikini fantasy, your partner won’t ever know if they’re not into it.
5. YouTube’s Romantic Playlist (Web): 18 Most Popular Valentine’s Day Songs
What’s a romantic evening without some mushy music in the background? Billboard found out 18 songs on YouTube that surge in traffic on every Valentine’s Day. From the dulcet tones of Elton John to the Barry White’s inimitable deep vocals, here’s the full list.
The good news here is that you don’t need to go hunting on YouTube for these. We’ve got your back with a no-signup playlist on Cue YouTube. Fire it up in a desktop or mobile web browser and start playing.
Of course, it’s always more romantic to make your own playlist. And for that, we have a suggestion of love songs to stream on Valentine’s Day. Or if you’re feeling a little lazy, use one of these 10 romantic playlists on Spotify.
No Matter What, Get a Card
No matter which of these apps you end up using, don’t forget to pair it with a heartfelt card. You can personalize it with a poem quickly too. And in case it’s too late to go out and get a card, at least make an e-card.
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