The Ultimate Happn Review

happn app logoKicking yourself for not starting a conversation with that attractive woman sitting across from you on the subway? What about that hot blonde who ordered the 102 degree, half-caf skinny latte at Starbucks, then left before you had the chance to say hi?

Happn is the remedy to those “If I’d only…” missed connections.

A free mobile dating app available for iPhone or Android, Happn first launched in France, but quickly spread to 25 major cities around the world.

Here’s Where It Gets Interesting…

Happn app screenHappn is location based, but what sets it apart from apps like Tinder is the proximity restriction. The entire concept of the app is built around finding matches with the people you have actually encountered, or almost encountered, during your day.

Any time another Happn user comes within 250 meters (about 273 yards) of you, their profile shows up in your timeline. You can see how many times you’ve crossed paths,  and check out the time and place of your last chance encounter. If you notice the word “NOW” next to a match, that means they're currently within range. For privacy reasons, the app will not display the exact distance.

You can see an index of every user you’ve come across recently, listed chronologically and by the amount of time you've been near each other. If you’re interested, you can “Heart” the profile. If they “Heart” you back, then you’ve formed a “Crush” and you can exchange messages.

Your matches won’t know you liked them unless the interest is mutual. But if you want to guarantee a person knows you're into them, you can send a charm. People you don’t “like” will never be able to send you any messages.


Happn crush timeHappn also has a “CrushTime” feature, which is a little game users can play within the app and hopefully spark a connection.

CrushTime randomly notifies you that one of a selection of four Happn users you crossed paths with that day liked your profile.

You then try to guess which user it was. If you guess correctly, it’s an instant “Crush.” An incorrect guess will still “like” that user’s profile, so hopefully they’ll return the favor and you’ll get the “Crush” that way.

I'm Free To…

There's also one other way you can meet intriguing singles – check out the “I'm Free To” feature.

You access it by tapping the blue + icon in the middle of the menu bar. That will bring up a selection of brightly colored circles, each one containing a date suggestion:

Happn date suggestions

Choose one you'd like to do that day, and any Happn users who cross into your proximity for the next 6 hours will be able to see it. Any takers can spend 1 credit to respond “I'm in,” and if you're interested in meeting them too – instant date.


  • Easy to set up – your profile is created from Facebook, and you can synchronize your Instagram photos to the app.
  • You can use Spotify to share songs and playlists, allowing users to get to know each other better through music.
  • Arranging a date can be more convenient than on a mainstream site, because if you cross paths frequently chances are you either live or work in the same area.


  • Matches are based solely on proximity, so you won’t have any to choose from until you cross paths with another user. If you don’t live in a major city, larger online sites like are a better bet.
  • Information on your matches is limited to photos, first name, age and profession. Search criteria is based on age, gender, and location. Because of the limited filtering and data you have on the other users, it’s impossible to curate your matches as much as maybe you’d like to before meeting them.


Easy to set up and use, but because the matches are solely based on proximity, you need to live in a major metropolitan area to use it. If you do, it’s likely worth downloading and trying out, especially if you’re just looking for more casual meetups rather than a long-term relationship.

Happn Cost

Downloading and using Happn is free.

Men have the option of buying “charms”, which guarantee a woman will see that you’re interested in her. Charms cost one credit each. Women can use charms for free.

You’ll get 10 credits for free when you sign up, and you can earn free credits as you do various things within the app, like inviting friends. Credits can also be purchased in bundles of 10 for $1.99. 

There is also a premium membership option, called “Happn Essentials”:

Happn Essentials features

Here is what a Happn Essentials premium membership costs:

Happn cost

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Setting Up Your Happn Profile

Once you’ve downloaded the app, login via Facebook. Your basic account information – first name, age, job, employer, and school – is auto-populated, and you just need to adjust the search criteria. Your options are limited to the gender you’re seeking, and an age range.

The “About Me” section is optional, and has Tinder’s same 500-character limit. Take the time to write a few short paragraphs, because an engaging, creative profile might prompt her to “Heart” you if she’s undecided about your photos.

Pro Tip: For short profiles, focus on three things about yourself that you think the woman you’re looking for would be into. Try injecting a bit of humor or quirkiness to make your profile memorable.

For instance, a line like “I brake for butterflies” will catch her attention far better than “I love nature”. For more essential tips on making a big impact with a short profile, click here.

You can use up to 9 photos in your Happn profile, although it’s best to use a range of 4-6. It’s difficult to look equally attractive in 7+, but fewer than 4 isn’t enough to showcase all the aspects of your personality. Check out this article for everything you need to know about choosing your best online dating photos.

Happn app Review screenshotYou can link the app to both Instagram and Spotify, and you have the option to pause the app if you don’t want to be matched with anyone around a particular location.

Signing in to the app for the first time is not as exciting as most other dating apps, because you won’t have any potential matches until you cross paths with another user. Keep it active during the day, and fellow users will start popping up as you come within 250 meters of each other.

Once a match is made, you have the option to “Heart” or pass on her profile. If she also likes your profile, the two of you will form a “Crush”, at which point you can exchange messages. If you decide to pass, she won’t show up on your list of matches again, no matter how many times your paths cross.

Messaging is similar to mobile apps like Hinge and CoffeeMeetsBagel. But unlike those apps, your Happn conversations don’t have a built-in expiration date. Don’t take too long to ask her out, though – you don’t want her to lose interest or decide you’re not serious about meeting up. If you’re not sure how to tell if it’s the right time to ask her out, here are some tips straight from the experts.

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