Kicking 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.
Here’s Where It Gets Interesting
Happn 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, her profile shows up in your timeline. You can see how many times you’ve crossed paths with her, and check out the time and place of your last chance encounter. If you notice the word “NOW” next to her profile, that means she’s 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 in her, you can “Heart” her. If she “Hearts” you back, then you’ve formed a “Crush” and you can exchange messages.
She won’t know you liked her unless the interest is mutual. If you want to guarantee she knows, you can send her a charm. People you don’t like will never be able to send you any messages.
Happn 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 she’ll return the favor and you’ll get the “Crush” that way.
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.
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. You’ll get 10 credits for free when you sign up, and after that a bundle of ten costs $1.99. Charms cost one credit each. Women can use charms for free.
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Setting Up An Account
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.
You 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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