If you are in a relationship, the person you talk to the most is your significant other. In case both of you use Android or iOS phones, then download Between now to make your communication simpler and easier than ever.
Between is many things rolled into one. It’s a chat app for the two of you, it’s a shared calendar, and it’s a place to quickly send each other those everyday things like a photo or a shopping list. Everything is saved, everything is searchable. It’s an app that just works.
Setting up Between is easy. Download the app to your smartphone and sign up for the service. Then invite your better half, who will get a notification to download the app too. You’ll both be connected and you’re good to go.
You can choose to fill out your profiles, adorn it with a photo, add your birthday, and even state your gender, although I don’t really see the point of that. And of course, you can choose that nickname you use just between the two of you.
Once you are set up, it’s just a matter of using the app’s many features. Let’s quickly run through them.
Notes & Photos
The life of a couple often involves sending each other stuff, and it needs to be quick and efficient. Between makes this easy with its “Memory Box”, which is a place for all your notes and photos.
You can quickly create a new note and add whatever details you need in it, like making a grocery list and sending it across. There’s no shortage of great iPhone shopping list apps, but it’s nice that this is included as part of a private space between you and your partner. If the other person wants to add something, like “Do we need bread?”, the app lets them do that by commenting on a note. And yeah, notes can be saved by starring them, and you can share them with other apps.
Things work similarly for photos too, where you can quickly send each other your images. In the app’s settings, you can also choose the quality of the images (High or Low) so that the app doesn’t compress any life out of the picture. A nice feature is that you can share multiple photos in one message, creating a mini-album of sorts. And again, like notes, you can comment, save and share them.
Perhaps the biggest challenge in a relationship is matching your schedules. A shared calendar is the obvious solution. But while Google Calendar with its many awesome features would be the go-to choice, I’d prefer Between. The more you use it, the more you realise that Between’s ability to put all your communication in one place is what makes it so great to use.
The calendar part is uncomplicated. Tap a date on the calendar, add an event with title, location, timing, and whether it repeats. Choose how much in advance do you want to be notified about this event and you’re done. Your calendar view will show little red dots on days with events, and tapping that day will display a quick preview of those.
Between’s chat feature is a no-frills affair. Type away in the chat box, hit the Send button. If you want to leave a voice message instead, there’s a button for that too. Messages can be deleted and exported easily. And you can personalise the font size, background image, and more.
The app also lets you buy stickers, like Facebook chat stickers, if you like that sort of thing.
Home & Notifications
The homepage of the app acts as a big dashboard. By default, you can share any photo as your common background, with today’s date printed on it. A box at the bottom shows you how many items there are in your memory box at the moment, a quick countdown to an event, and how many items are in your Event Box, a space for special offers for couples.
There’s also an activity tab where all your recent communication in notes or calendar are shown. Chat notifications go directly to your device’s notifications menu, while a little counter on the chat icon in the app tells you how many unread messages you have.
Families & More
The simplicity of Between is what makes it a brilliant tool to make communication easier between you and your loved one. It just works, every aspect of it. And on top of that, it’s completely free, so you’d be crazy not to use it.
Of course, if you want a bigger solution for a whole family, there are apps to manage households, like Famjama and Cozi.
Finally, there’s also something to be said about the charm of analogue communication, in the form of a common whiteboard or anything else. How do you manage communication in your household or with your partner? Would you prefer to go digital or stick with real-world analogue items?