We never really realize the importance of personal interactions until it’s gone. Fortunately, there are apps to keep us connected.

The entire Luzon is in lockdown—schools, bars, restaurants, and shops are closed until further notice, and the majority of us are urged to stay at home as much as possible. This doesn’t only mean that we’d have to temporarily pause our daily routine, it also means that we’d have to distance ourselves from our friends in the meantime.

It’s true, we never really realize the importance of social life until it’s gone. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to keep your relationships intact while you’re holed up in your house. 

Here’s a list of interactive apps that will keep your friendship alive:

 

  • BUNCH: For when you want to play mobile games 

5 Interactive Apps To Stay Connected With Your Friends
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Social gaming apps have been a rising trend. More so now, since we are all confined to our homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you miss playing games with your friends in person, then Bunch is a good alternative while you’re at home. 

Bunch is the first group video chat app for mobile games. All you need to do is start the game via Bunch and text them the link. What sets this apart from other online games services? It allows you to see the reaction of your friends as you try to beat them on Flappy Bird or burn their house down on Minecraft.

Available on: iOS and Android

 

  • ZOOM: For when you want to have non-stop chikahan (because admit it: YOU ARE CLINGY)

5 Interactive Apps To Stay Connected With Your Friends
Pop girl Dua Lipa recently used Zoom for her Future Nostalgia ‘new age album release party’ with her family and close friends

Zoom is one of the most famous video conferencing apps right now. What makes it unique from the others is that it shows a grid of videos so you could see everyone’s reaction as you speak. The best part about the app? Only one has to download it. Everyone else can simply click the link and jump right in from their tablet, desktop, or mobile phone. 

So if you want non-stop chikahan with your friends, Zoom is a great app to use!

Available on: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and works with PSTN and H.323/ SIP room systems

 

  • TELEGRAM: For when you want to create specific group chats for a specific group of friends 

5 Interactive Apps To Stay Connected With Your Friends
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Self-isolation can really get overwhelming when practiced for too long. Companionship of any kind is definitely needed during these times, and this is where Telegram comes in. Telegram is a free messaging app where you could create specific group chats for a specific group of friends. Additionally, you also have the opportunity to create GIFs, secret group chats, and more! It’s like Facebook messenger, but on steroids! 

Available on: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows NT, macOS, and Linux

 

  • DISCORD: For when you want to talk with your gamer friends

5 Interactive Apps To Stay Connected With Your Friends
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To keep yourself occupied while on lockdown, you may use Discord. Discord is a great app for games of all types as it lets you meet other people who share the same passion as you do. If you want to play games and make new friends at the same time, Discord could be just the gaming social app you’ve been looking for!

Available on: macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in web browsers

 

  • NETFLIX EXTENSION: For when you want to throw a Netflix party

5 Interactive Apps To Stay Connected With Your Friends
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Sure, you have used Netflix before. But here is probably what you did not know: Netflix has a new browser extension where you and your friends can watch a show simultaneously from anywhere you’re located. It lets you play and pause shows in sync with your friends.

If you want to get kilig together with your friends while watching Crash Landing On You, then throw a Netflix party!

Available on: Google Chrome


Need more things to do during this time of social distancing? You may read life-reaffirming books, take online courses, or donate to our frontliners!