Couple (app)

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Couple, formerly Pair, was a mobile app that provided a mobile messaging service for two people,[1] especially romantic couples.[2] Like many mobile phone messaging applications, Couple allows users to share text, photos, video and other content. It is a competitor to apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and KakaoTalk, but it is unique in that it is for communicating with exactly one other person.[3] Couple is one of a slew of mobile applications that intentionally confine their communication to a small group, as opposed to large public or semi-public networks like Twitter.[1]

The app is no longer available on iPhone and Android.[4][5] The free application garnered more than 100,000 users after only a week.[1] TenthBit, the company producing Couple,[6] is part of the Y Combinator startup incubator.[7]

On February 2, 2013, TenthBit announced that it had acquired rival U.K. app Cupple and changed the name of the merged app from Pair to Couple.[8]

On February 12, 2016, Couple was acquired by Life360.[9]

Since April 22, 2019, the app is defunct and the web interface returns Error 503.


  1. ^ a b c "Social Networks, Small and Smaller", The New York Times, April 14, 2012
  2. ^ "In a Long Distance Relationship? This App Is for You", Mashable, March 23, 2012
  3. ^ "Pair App for Couples Strikes a Chord in First Four Days", All Things Digital, March 27, 2012
  4. ^ "Pair app review",, March 30, 2012
  5. ^ "Pair, the Social Network for Two, Launches an Android App", Mashable, May 8, 2012
  6. ^ "Pair: A Social App That's Just for Couples", Techland, Time, March 30, 2012
  7. ^ "Pair Is A Path For The Two Of Us", TechCrunch, March 23, 2012
  8. ^ "Pair Acquires UK Firm and Rebrands as Couple", SocialZoo, February 2, 2013
  9. ^ Perez, Sarah. "Family App Life360 Acquires Couple, A Private Messaging App For Two | TechCrunch". Retrieved 2017-07-21.