Long distance relationships. LDR. Whatever you call them, they still tend to suck most of the fun out of life. Here are a few apps that might help keep the spark in your relationship alive, unless of course, you are a firm believer of the adage, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

Couple

This app is a private way to utilise social media just for the two of you. You can have you own timeline using it to share photos, videos, voice notes, sketches and stickers. It also has a calendar — for those dates you just have to remember — and a feature that lets you both sketch simultaneously on the same screen in real time. Two of its best features, though, are: ThumbKiss, that lets you touch the same spot on your phones to make them both vibrate simultaneously and Thinking of You, that lets you tell your significant other how much you miss them and how often.

Handwritten

This app is the perfect way to blend today’s technology with that of writing long love letters. Handwritten, specifically for iPad users, allows you to personalise your mail by letting you compose the letter in your own handwriting. Use of a stylus is recommended.

Red Stamp

So you screwed up. And now he/she is sulking. This app might not earn you forgiveness, but it’ll help to partly make up for your boo-boo. Personalise a card and post it on Facebook, email, tweet, or text it to that special someone. Red Stamp can also print a high-end, eco-friendly paper postcard or luxe paper card and mail it in a coloured envelope to the recipient. Useful for birthdays, anniversaries or just to surprise your significant other. Major brownie points to be earned, y’all.

Voxer

Voxer, as someone very rightly put it, is a messaging app on steroids. Not only does it offer you everything a typical texting platform does, it also lets you use it like a walkie-talkie. You can send voice messages as well — they are all saved so you can play them back later. So it’s like a personal line just for the two of you. Beats a couple of cups and a really, really long thread.

Relationship Lovers Counter

‘So when’s your anniversary?’

‘June. No, wait, July. Or was it January?’

If you empathise with the above predicament, this app is here to save you a major fight or two. It keeps a track of how many days are left for your anniversary, even informing you if it’s a one-month or a silver jubilee. It comes with a love meter that rates your relationship on a scale of one to 10 (Hmmm, not sure if that is a good thing, though). And if you’re the kind of couple that likes making others uncomfortable, this app has a Twitter and Facebook connector to help you share the love on social media. Aww. Cho chweet.

Zara Khan is a staff writer for Metro Plus Melange