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Have you ever passed someone in the street and been sure you’ve shared some unspoken chemistry? Wish you’d just said something? Happn wants to end missed connections, finally letting you use your best lines with every singleton you pass in the street! Started in 2014, this easy to use app uses your phone’s location data, sending your profile to every user you pass in the street (within 250 metres), just in case they caught your eye. But, even if you missed them, each users profile can contain up to 9 photos, giving you 9 more chances to steal a glance before you decide to say hello. Every time you leave the house (or, if you live close enough to a main road, everytime people pass your house) a new list of matches will appear in your feed, and you’ll have the opportunity to say who you’d like to see again and who you wish you’d avoided. Location based data can seem a little creepy, particularly when it is in such close range, but don’t worry your information is safe. The app will only alert other users where they were when you crossed paths, and your address will never be shared (unless you want it be…). You will also only receive mentions from people you’ve said you’re interested in, so there shouldn’t be any rando popping up in your inbox that you’d cross the road to avoid. Sign up takes only a minute, and the app is available for IOS, Android and Windows, so it couldn’t be easier for you to get going on happn and start turning missed connections into meet cutes.
It couldn’t be faster to sign up to happn. Sign up using your mobile number or facebook profile, and provide simple information such as your name, date of birth and gender, and you can probably be on happn in all the time it takes to get your shoes on. The last thing you need to let them know is what you’re looking for, so let them know before you head out looking for love.
Happn doesn’t have a search function. It’s based on proximity, and a small number of factors you’ve said you’re looking for (age and gender). So, the only way to find people is to get out there and hope you cross paths with the right person. Each time you check your app, you’ll hopefully have a new list of potential matches to sort through. If you like what you see, just click the heart at the bottom of their picture. You’ll then just have to cross your fingers and hope they like you back. If they do, that’s called a crush, and the app will then allow the two of you to get chatting.
Don’t want to wait for them to sort through every other stranger they pass? Say hello like you wanted to when you first saw them. This is a great way to get the attention of people you’re the most excited about, but be sparing, you only get 10 free hellos. Want any more, and you’ll need to sign up for a premium account.
Profiles aren’t particularly detailed on happn. The main focus is your picture, name and age. You can discover a little more by clicking on each profile, but it doesn't give a lot away: a job maybe, a short description. Probably the most telling detail is the ability to sync your spotify and happn profiles, so you can see exactly what your crush was listening to so intently on those Air Pods.
You don’t HAVE to get a premium happn account. Most of the services you’ll want are readily available on the free service. But, if you live in a very busy city, and you’re finding you just pass too many beautiful people each day, you can streamline the process by upgrading to premium. Premium allows you to see not just the people you pass, but which of them have said they like you. It also lets you send as many ‘hellos’ as you like, and put yourself to the top of the pile for the people you’re most interested in. It’s the perfect way to let them know how keen you are, especially when you want to reach someone who, like you, just finds they pass too many beautiful people each day.
There’s no way to cancel happn premium in-app, and you’ll have to go through either through the App Store or the Google Play Store. They also don’t have customer support for helping you through this, so you’ll have to contact Google or Apple should you get stuck.
You might have missed the chance to say hello in person, but you can still SAY it over the app. Don’t just type messages to your crush or send them emojis, use happns voice message tool and let them know exactly what you wanted to say to them, and how you want to say it..
Happn is the app for a person who likes to be out and about, and this feature will suit them perfectly. Add a note to your profile to say what you’re up for doing, whether that’s drinks, dinner, or just hand out, and for the next six hours it’ll show on your profile so all of your crushes know where to take you on that spontaneous first date.
One of the strangest, but probably the most fun aspects of happn is Crush Time. This in-app game presents you with four profiles from people you’ve passed that day and asks you to guess which one has already said they like you. Guess correct and you’ll be able to get in touch with your admirer instantly. If you guess wrong, you still get to like they’re profile, but you’ll just have to keep your fingers crossed they like you back.
Want to avoid awkward moments in the lifts at work when you cross paths with the Keith from accounts? With a premium account you can schedule invisibility, meaning if you know you’re not going to want to match with anyone for the duration of the work day, or your family barbecue, you can schedule the app to make no matches between your stated hours. Sorry Keith.
One of the reasons the free service can have quite so many features is the number of ads in the app. While these aren’t too intrusive, they can get annoying. A premium account will allow you to continue rescuing nearly missed connections ad-free.
There’s something more romantic about happn than most other dating apps. The idea that the love of your life could be that person smiling at you from across the train makes every trip out of the house more exciting when happn hopefully allows you to say hello. The app is simple to sign up for, and even easier to use. It follows the same style of functionality as most tindr like dating apps, but its focus on location gives it a novel difference. The fact it finds matches based on proximity means you’ll find singles that go to the same bars, gigs and restaurants you do, making a connection even more likely. And, best of all, its strongest features are all available on the free version, so you can really get a handle for it before you decide to upgrade. So, don’t hang around waiting for your dream partner to come to your door, get out there in the world and see whose path you might cross, and just hope they’re on happn too.
I love happn! It’s got the spontaneous feel of old school dating, but all the help of technology. And the more places you go, the more people you connect with. A fun app.
Happn is fun, and I will continue to use it, but maybe it’s a bit of a gimmick? There are a few fake profiles, and also people seem a little reluctant to meet. All the same, have had a couple good dates. Mixed bag.
I met my gf on happn, on our uni campus. It’s v good for enclosed spaces like a campus, but I had a few good dates with girls from all over my town. Obviously, you do have to put work in and chat to ppl, but overall I’ve had a great experience.
This app is fun, especially the crush game and voice memos. It’s something a bit different if you’ve been around the block a bit dating apps wise, and was a nice refresher. I’ve been on some good dates from happn, plus it’s good to fiddle with.