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SALT LAKE CITY — There's a lot that goes into making a marriage work, and it's not always easy. But if you want to make the honeymoon phase last a little bit longer, try downloading one of the top five apps for married couples.
Whether you’re a newlywed or been married for decades, these apps can help enhance the quality and depth of your marriage.
1. Love Maps
Best for: Couples who want to actively get to know each other better.
It’s not always easy to remember your wife’s manager’s husband’s name, but scientific research by Dr. John Gottman, author of 7 Principles of Making Marriage Work, says it’s vital to a healthy marriage.
The theory behind the app? Having a clear blueprint of your spouse’s life — a love map — will help you stay more in touch with what’s happening with them. So if they’re stressed, you’ll know it could be due to a strained relationship with a co-worker named Cindy. If they’re anxious, it could be because of their Great Aunt Mildred’s blood test results they’re waiting to hear about. Whatever the hang-up, Love Maps can help you support your spouse better.
Keep in mind the app doesn’t store information like a personal marriage dictionary, but it serves as a fun question-and-answer game for you and your significant other. Just make sure you have reliable Wi-Fi with this app; you don’t want to worry about draining your data while getting to know each other on a deeper level.
Best for: Couples who want to make each other feel special throughout the day.
Loklok works by turning your lock screen into your own adorable love canvas. Simply click to illuminate your phone’s lock screen and then draw on it like you would with a Snap in Snapchat. The drawing or message you create will show up on your spouse’s lock screen — a surprise every time they look at their phone.
Spice up your day-to-day conversation and set reminders and dates to let your partner know you're thinking about them throughout the day. This app even manages to make reminding your partner to pick up groceries come off less naggy and more endearing.
The app is still only available for Android.
3. Good Budget
Best for: Couples who want to stay on top of their financial goals — together.
They say money can be the biggest strain on a relationship, so keep your love going strong by using Good Budget. Good Budget subscribes to rules of Dave Ramsey’s envelope budgeting, only without the wasted paper and paper cuts.
With this app, you can do more than just section out your money — you can set goals that help you be more accountable, create a motivating savings plan and, best of all, sync and share your budget with your spouse.
There are a lot of good budgeting apps out there, but the fact that Good Budget lets you and your spouse sync your accounts in real time made it a top pick for this list. With this app, you and your partner can align your financial goals — and your hearts — faster than ever.
4. HBO Go and live streaming TV apps
Best for: Couples who want to watch different shows at the same time.
Let’s face it — no one wants to fight over the TV. You also don’t always want to compromise on a movie neither of you wants to watch. Sometimes married couples have a bit of a tug-of-war over the TV when both have two live shows to watch at the same time. That’s where an app like HBO Go, XFINITY Stream or other live streaming cable apps come in handy.
If one of you wants to watch a sporting event and the other has an important finale to see, you can do both at the same time without having to argue over the DVR or avoid social media spoilers. If you’re looking for a cable company that offers streaming apps, check out your options so you can live happily ever after with both your shows and your spouse.
Best for: Couples that want to talk through problems and avoid larger fights.
You should never go to bed angry — at least according to an age-old adage. Expressing Needs is an app that lets you and your partner communicate about problems, conflicts and basic wants and needs to help you stay happy and live in harmony.
Not surprisingly, this app was also created by Gottman. It takes you through a preset sixty or so questions and potential problems that you can send to your partner, including, “I need more hugs,” “I want to talk about the kids” and more conversation starters to help both partners get what they need out of a relationship.
If you ever feel out of sync with your partner, try out this app. It can help you keep a neutral, kind and free-flowing form of communication between you and your spouse. Since great communication is half the battle in any relationship, conquering that hill can help your marriage as a whole.
Joining together in holy matrimony is a serious commitment. It can be difficult to keep the fire alive, keep fights to a minimum and make every moment a high. These five apps may help you do just that, so go ahead and try them out today.