Has it ever happened to you that day after day, while walking down the same street you spot a cutie passing by? Their face gets so carved up in your memory that you desperately want to meet and talk to them. Still, you are aware you will never have the chance to do it.
What if we told you that you are wrong?
Because we are hereby presenting happn to you! It is a tool which helps you find the people you like, and this article will guide you through the main aspects of this interesting app.
Naturally, after our very brief introduction, you must still be anxious to find out what this happn really is.
So, let us tell you that happn is a dating app. Still, it is like no other ordinary dating apps that all look alike and that you have come across before.
The working principle of the application is a novelty and it is different from anything you have seen before.
Before we deal with how the app works, let us check some basics behind.
The app was officially released in January 2014 in Paris, France and has been active and gaining popularity ever since.
As displayed on their website, they were “revolutionary” from the very beginning, as confirmed by The Telegraph’s short and yet precise review, “happn, the newest, hottest, dating app, is so surprising.”
The innovative creators of this surprising dating app had a bit different point of view when designing the app.
They saw how nowadays people got used to online dating and creating accounts on multiple dating websites and platforms.
The focus, in this case, is shifted from the actual everyday experiences we come across.
As opposed to previously said, the French gave us an option which does not include swiping left and right all day long looking for a seemingly perfect match.
Messrs. Fabien Cohen, Didier Rappaport, and Antony Cohen, from FTW And Co, realised how the usual dating apps completely disregard the people we meet on a daily basis while walking home from work, sitting at our favourite café, going shopping, riding a bus or subway, and the like.
Being reluctant to let go of the real world focus and experience, they decided to come up with an app that allows you to roam freely anywhere you like and still gets the job done, i.e. it helps you meet your potential significant other.
Now is the right time to say that happn is a location-based social-search dating app which allows users to like or dislike each other, and chat if they both let the application know that they like each other.
Without further delay, let us check how the app works and what its basic features are.
As happn already advertises itself on its own website, this app helps you find the people you’ve crossed paths with.
This is made possible since the app checks the location of your phone and the location of phones of other users you might find interesting (we will get to the part where we explain how to do this).
Once it locates a person (i.e. user) of your potential interest nearby, it notifies you that your paths have crossed.
In order for this app to do its job properly, the location service in your phone’s settings must always be turned on.
Otherwise, you will not receive any notification and as a consequence, there will be no crushes received since the app will not be able to detect that another user who matches your interests is nearby.
What specifically separates happn from other apps is:
Simple registration/login process – you just download the app to your mobile device and you are almost ready to use it right there and then.
Still, once you have downloaded the app from AppStore or Google Play, you can log in using your Facebook account or your mobile number.
In the first case, the app will automatically use the photo and personal details you provided on your Facebook profile, while in the second you need to provide these manually from scratch.
Controlled possibility of contact – we are not saying this as if it was something bad.
The point here is that only those people that you have approved of can get in touch with you. In this way, you are in full control of who says Hi to you or sends you a message.
This concept of reciprocity which is integrated into the app guarantees that there will be no undesired spams or harassment by other users.
Face preservation – the app lets your crush know you like them only if they like you back.
We know that it is not very pleasant when you approach someone and tell them that you like them only to be refused in return.
As opposed to this, you can send a heart to someone via the app, and the crush will not know it unless they heart you back. If and when this happens, only then you can start a conversation.
Your privacy is protected – the app does not reveal your details to third parties, nor does it reveal the fact that you are using the app.
For example, as we mentioned one of the options to register is through Facebook.
However, happn will under no circumstances post contents on your Facebook wall nor will it notify your friends on Facebook that you are a happn user.
A reliable source of contacts – by linking the app account to your Facebook account, you avoid dealing with fake profiles.
We all know how frustrating it can be when somebody creates a false Facebook account using a cute profile photo and starts sending messages to you, only for you to discover later how the person behind the account is somebody else.
Integration with other accounts/profiles – the app supports the option to link your accounts from other apps.
For example, you can connect it to your Instagram account and thus automatically upload photos from therein. Or, you can add Spotify which will help potential crush to check whether your musical tastes are alike.
As for the general functioning of the app, the idea of the creators was to simplify things as much as possible. Because dating should be easy – I like you, you like me, let’s meet and see what happens.
The simplicity of the app means that after you create the account and set your preferences, you are ready to go (pun intended!).
Once you are outside, the app will send you notifications whenever it locates a potential crush in your vicinity.
Now, if you have any privacy concerns, mark this – the app does not show your exact location to other users.
On the contrary, the app only notifies other users that you are nearby, or to put it this way – the app notifies you on potential crushes only when they are within the reach of 800 feet.
If the other users are at a larger distance, you will not be able to see their profile, nor will they be able to see yours.
Before we go further, know that happn uses the term crush instead of match, as is the case other dating apps or websites.
By the same analogy, instead of traditional “liking”, you send out hearts and charms.
Now that all of the above has sunk in, we can tell you that once somebody’s profile pops up on your screen, there are two paths to choose from.
The choice is entirely up to you. Of course, you choose based on your perception of the other person.
Should it happen that you do not like what you see, and you never want happn to suggest this person again, you just click the Cross button.
What is good to repeat here is that people you don’t like will never be able to send you any messages.
This spares you the trouble to explain over and over again that you do not want to meet or go out with someone.
If, on the other hand, you like the person, you can send them a heart.
Again, when you do this, the person on the other side will not know this unless and until they like you back. Then your screens will show that you have a crush (i.e. match).
Moreover, if you really, really, like someone and you are not the waiting type, there is one more option for you to take into consideration.
The option we are talking about is the charm option. Once you hit the charm, the other person will instantly be notified that you like them.
At this point, we have an additional privacy issue to share with you.
Namely, if you started communicating with someone and you realize that you are no match, after all, you can notify the app that you are Not interested anymore.
In a similar fashion, if a person on the other side displays an unwanted behaviour or is openly rude, you can block or report them at any given time.
Another interesting feature of happn is that every time a profile shows up on your screen, the app will show the number of times you have crossed paths with this person.
What you can also do in this app is to check out somebody’s profile at any time and see at what time and place of your last encounter was.
As we have mentioned briefly, signing-up to happn is rather simple.
Once you download the app to your mobile device, you can register using your Facebook account. Having completed this step, this dating app will upload your relevant personal details to your app profile.
The details we have in mind are your first and last name, photo, age, etc.
In this case, you need to pay attention that your Facebook account is fully updated (real, and full, name and the right age) and that your profile photo is representative.
Otherwise, other users of happn might skip you not knowing who is hiding behind an incomplete or inadequate Facebook profile.
As you will remember, signing up through Facebook is not the only way. Namely, happn also offers the option to sign up using your phone number instead of your Facebook account.
If you opt for this method, there are a few steps you need to go through in order to complete your sign up process.
First, you will have to select the option “Use my phone number” and then you have to input the number in the given field.
After that, you shall receive a code confirming you have registered successfully. The following steps include providing your personal details, such as full name, date of birth and e-mail address.
After the personal details, you need to set gender and search preferences so the app knows who you are interested in.
When signing up using your phone number, the final step you need to complete is to provide your photo.
As can be seen from the above, the registration process is fairly simple.
There is no need to provide multiple details or enter and confirm passwords that you inevitably forget in the end or you mix up them up with the passwords for your other accounts.
Moreover, the sign-up process is quick and you can sign up even on the move.
Tips and Tricks
Now that we have introduced happn to you and have informed you about some of its basic features, for sure you must be thinking how fun this app is! And it indeed is. Before you rush off to sign up (if you haven’t already!), allow us to present to you some additional pieces of advice you will find useful.
- Let go of your fear to use happn! As opposed to other dating apps and website, this app spares you the disappointment (even embarrassment) when someone does not like you back. So, send those hearts without fearing consequences. And besides, the more you send the greater the chances to get a heart (crush) in return.
- Always make sure that your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi signal, or that your mobile data (3G or 4G) are on. The app will not function when these are off.
- Similar to the previous point, always take care that the location service in your smartphone’s settings is on. Since the main postulate of the app is to find crushes in your vicinity (i.e. people you have crossed paths with), without the location service on the app is virtually useless.
- Regardless of how you signed up (i.e. via Facebook or by providing your phone number), always personalize your account. Once you have registered, you will have the chance to update your account. So if any of the data are not true, or you do not the photo as automatically taken from Facebook, you can change these so as to be representative of you and your personality. (It is understood that you will choose such photo(s) which are in no way offensive to other users of the app.)
- Personalize your search and gender preferences so the app can find better crushes, i.e. matches for you. For example, if you do not precisely define whether you are interested in men or women, the app will notify you whenever you cross paths with any of these. Needless to say, if you are interested in only one of the two, you might think the app is wasting your time. So, be careful and set your preferences at the very beginning.
Now what’s left for you is to go for a walk or to the supermarket. Just make sure that your internet connection and location service are on.
Pros and Cons
So far in life, we have learnt that there are always two sides of the same coin. The same can be said of this app. Although it has multiple advantages, there are also some drawbacks worth mentioning. Let us go step by step.
- The app is unique and fun. If you are tired from the usual, stale stuff, this is the app for you.
- Free choice of registration. You can do it either through Facebook or your phone number.
- You are in full control of who can get in touch with you.
- It works quite well for people who live in populated places or who are out a lot.
- It’s for adults only (18+), so you don’t need to worry about teenagers wanting to experiment with an “older” lady/guy.
- You can incorporate other apps and accounts (Instagram, Spotify) and write a short bio, something like an attention grabber.
- Your identity is protected and the app does not reveal your details to third parties. At the same time, it keeps your real-time location hidden. It merely hints to a potential crush that you are nearby.
- It is equally fit for both men and women.
- It supports your personality, whether you are shy and introvert or bold and daring. It will not let you potential crush know you liked them until they return the heart you sent them. Only then you will get “It’s a crush!” notification. If you muster the courage to let someone immediately know you like them, you have the charm option at your disposal.
- When using happn, you don’t lose connection to real life. This means that you do not have to spend your days, or nights, in front of your desktop searching for a (soul)mate.
- In order for you to meet someone via this app this other person must be a happn user as well.
- You must be out there, not sitting comfortably at home waiting for your perfect crush.
- Your location service and the internet need to be constantly switched on. This is relevant from your battery consumption point of view. So, to use the app properly without thinking it will consume your battery, the battery on your phone needs to be “healthy” or you need to have your power bank with you at all times.
- You might get discouraged if you do not get hearts back soon enough.
- You need to pay for the premium package.
happn Mobile App
We already commented on the fact that the idea behind the app was to help you connect with people you come across while you are outside.
This is why it was only natural to develop an app which would primarily be used by mobile devices.
This is why happn is available only as a mobile app for the time being.
Depending on the operating system that your phone supports, the app can be downloaded either from AppStore for iOS users or from Google Play Store for Android users.
The download is free and the functionality of the app is best displayed in iPhones running version iOS 7.1 or higher and Android Smartphones running version 4.0.3 or higher.
Whichever the case, once you download the app you just need to sign up and you are ready to use it.
Since there are so many choices when it comes to online dating apps, let us have a look at some demographic data showing the areas where the app is mostly used.
- France – 17.02%
- Brazil – 14.05%
- United States – 13.11%
- India – 6.33%
- Netherlands – 5.15%
Having been designed by the French, it is only natural that the greatest number of users comes from France.
Interestingly, users from Brazil almost go in line with the French users. The difference in the per cent of users between these two is rather small.
Still, do not be fooled by the fact that the shares as distributed between these 5 countries are seemingly low.
The remaining percentage is shared by 247 other countries which is not something one can easily dismiss as irrelevant.
There are some indications that men are more likely to use the app than women, but still, it’s worth a shot.
We’ve got used to the fact that nothing is for free nowadays.
This can be partially applied to happn. We already said that the app download, sign up and basic version are free.
After you register, you can send out hearts to people and wait for them to return the favour.
With this basic version, there are many things you can do. However, the app also offers a Premium package.
The premium package includes a variety of additional options such as receiving an unlimited number of Hi messages you can send to crushes.
For example, with the basic version, you get 10, so once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. You and also set your invisibility mode or hide some of the personal details (for example, age) you do not want to be seen.
Subscriptions for this premium package are available for the period of 1, 3, 6, or 12 months. Some of the latest price indications are as follows:
- 1 Month – 24.99 $ / Month
- 6 Months – 15.00 $ / Month
- 12 months – 10.00 $ / Month
Now that you have the prices, you just need to decide whether this is too much for you to pay.
On the other hand, remember that cutie that you crossed your path with this morning on your way to work?
The Chances of Having Success
Just like with everything else in life, the chances of having success in meeting the right people when using happn completely depend on you.
What do we mean by this? Well, we mean that you literally need to get out there in search for your perfect crush.
You will have no success if you are sitting at home all day waiting for your crush to just fall from the sky.
Also, if you are outside all the time and yet your location service and/or the internet connection are off, your chances are equal to zero.
happn provides a good dating experience even with the basic version of the app.
You will be able to send hearts and charms to your crushes, see the routes where you usually encounter certain people.
We are not saying now that you need to stalk them constantly, but it is good to know if you need to change your favourite café due to a possibility to meet a perfect crush.
Because, what’s a cup of coffee on your own compared to a cup of coffee on a date with the person you like?
What might also have a negative impact on your success is leaving your happn profile empty.
This means that you need to make an effort and leave a good impression about yourself. Use that photo where you are smiling or enjoying your favourite activity.
Write that short bio, tell the crushes about your likes and dislikes.
Let them know you are interesting and fun, but that you are also capable of dealing with difficulties. Link the Spotify to your account; let them know about your favourite music.
Still, be moderate here and know that less is more. Do not write a lengthy story about yourself (nobody wants to read that), just the most notable details that people find positive about you.
On the other hand, your chances significantly improve if you subscribe to the Premium version of the app.
It will give you additional options to strike a conversation with crushes or hide some of the details that you do not want to be available for everyone to see.
The app also improves your chances by letting you set a short status like “going for a walk” at a specific time and a specific place so a potential crush might join you.
Obviously, the more you get out and about, the greater the chances.
So, you just need to leave your apartment and allow yourself to be located by other happn users.
Among a variety of dating websites and applications, sometimes it seems that the choice is a pretty tough one.
If you are having any doubts about this app, our rates below might help you go in the right direction.
- Signing Up – 5/5
- Communication – 5 /5
- Search Filters – 5/5
- Ease of use – 5 /5
- Customer Service – 5/5
- Safety and Anti-Scam – 5/5
- Number of Members – 5/5
- Overall Rating – 5/5
Having in mind all of the above, happn has the highest ratings in all relevant categories.
We already established that the sign-up process is rather simple without causing any confusion on what details you must provide and which ones you can omit.
Communication with other users is fairly simple, and any time you feel discomfort talking to someone you can let them know you are not interested.
Besides, you do not even have to communicate with people you dislike, since they will not be able to get in touch with you.
Maybe the most important detail is that your data is protected; only your name is visible, while the e-mail address (for example) is hidden from the other users.
So, now that we told you how great the app is, go to your online store, get that fantastic app, create a fun profile and charm as many crushes as you can. It will be worth it!