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SLOWLY - Connect to the World!

SLOWLY - Connect to the World!

Slowly Communications Ltd.

🏆 WINNER - Google Play Awards 2019: Best Breakthrough App

4.6 Ratings 81K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads

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  • img Community
    Finding pen pals isn't quite as easy as it used to be, but luckily this app brings pen pals from all around the world to your phone. I have so much fun sending and receiving anywhere from 5 to 10 letters a day!
    img by David
    2 years ago
  • Amazing & Therapeutic! Oct 12, 2019

    By JSNRXBRTS
    SLOWLY is hands down one of my all time favorite services. I’ve always loved the idea of having a pen pal as a kid, never had one, but now I can as an adult. I can connect with people all over the world who ultimately and genuinely want to do the same thing, find new friends and people to connect with in a non threatening, safe, friendly and pleasant environment. I’ve never had a bad experience since using this app. I’ve had someone explain to me what helium is in detail out of the blue but that has been the strangest experience. As far as I know there aren’t any creeps lurking and the people on here really are looking to learn about you as an individual and share experiences and stories. It’s also a great therapeutic outlet to be able to open up to someone who could have completely different life experiences and yet still find common ground in those differences and provide support. The ability to choose topics of interest and match with people solely on that, and not on looks or other “vain” parameters is amazing. I especially enjoy the fact that it operates like actual letter writing, simulating letter delivery times. It really helps curb the instant gratification feeling. And the stamp feature is pretty neat as well. I’d recommend this app to anyone truly looking to find me friends from all over the world. SLOWLY is really helping me build a global network of friends.
  • Nov 24, 2021

    By Don Hoover
    I love this app. Almost has the feel of handwriting a letter and placing it in the mail, with the delay of a few hours upto a day or more, awaiting delivery. It is fun to watch how many letters I have coming in the Slowly app, where the letters are coming from, where the letters are at any moment, at least how much more time before delivery, and then reading and responding, once the letter or letters arrive.
  • making real friends in the modern generation Jan 11, 2021

    By palishthi
    Whoever created this app thank you genuinely from the bottom of my heart, I’m emotional-I really mean it!! This app is the real deal but that being said, it takes effort to get to know each other. Our culture today is so much about ghosting or flaking out! I have downloaded countless friendship apps and it’s a week of instant chatting never to hear back again or many apps is anxiety inducing because of picture and people wanting to talk to you just because of how you look! Sometimes I get reached out just because of how I look, and nothing else, it’s frustrating :( I have always craved wholesome, deep and genuine friendships and this is the first app where I feel like I’m connecting with real people. The avatars are so cute and people are on this platform because they too crave real friendship which is a win win! I’m really grateful to the creator of this app, it’s so innovative to bring pen pal into a modern app! I have been feeling lonely and depressed during quarantine but tbh my whole life and this app actually gives me hope!! I hope the app continues to stay have a free version! I have met a few incredible people already and I can’t wait to make friends all around the world!
  • Nov 14, 2021

    By Eric Kern
    My feedback for the developers, the delivery time for people far away is too long. It disincentives long distance relationships, and facilitates short distance pen pals. I think there should be a standard delay time, or reduced to no more than 12 hours.
  • Love It!! Sep 9, 2020

    By Rinoza3389
    This app was one that quickly became one of my favorites, and shortly after that became my way of communicating with some of my favorite people! The avatars are really cute, and I love the lack of pressure to be attractive and sound super interesting. The fact that you have to wait to receive your letters is so amazing and really gives the pen pal feel. Although most of the time the wait isn’t actually that long, especially compared to if you were to send a physical letter. I can honestly say I’ve made some real connections with people who I consider to be some of my best friends. One thing I will note is that the age range can be kinda big for some. The lowest range you can have is ages 0-20, which is okay when you’re on the higher end of the range but I can see that getting a little weird for ages 13-16. Obviously there’s a way around this by turning off auto match and just searching manually (which is probably what I would do anyway since I enjoy scrolling through all the bios) but that kind of ruins the point of having the easy auto match feature for some. Outside of that, this app is 100% amazing and you honestly can’t find something like it anywhere else.
  • Dec 2, 2021

    By Bryan G
    I LOVE THIS APP! Its a great way to connect to different people around the world and the stamp feature is awesome, but i do wish they had more designs available.
  • Best I’ve found so far! Jun 29, 2020

    By Mntharp22
    I always wanted a pen pal as a kid, so when I found this app, I knew I had to try it. Within my first day of getting the app, I found four people I wanted to get to know and three of them actually wrote back to me! Since then, I’ve made many more friends and I’ve kept conversations going for over a week now. I’m really learning a lot about other countries and cultures. It’s like going to social studies class, but with more social and less studies. I actually like the fact that the letters take time to send because believe it or not, it keeps the conversation alive. Since you can’t instantly reply, you don’t run out of things to talk about as easily and you can take time to say what you really want to say. It also gives you something to look forward to during the week. The only thing I have a problem with is the age range slider when your looking for pen pals. I wish you could go less than 20 because I’m several years younger, and I don’t want to get results for 19 and 20 year olds when I’m trying to meet people around my age. Otherwise I love the app!
  • Nov 19, 2021

    By Kam
    I have used this app for years and love it! I've met one of the most important people in my life through slowly and we still use it almost daily. Excellent concept, excellent filtering options, fun stamps. EXCELLENT Job funding itself through voluntarily-watched ads instead of intrusive ones, collectible stamp sets, and subscriptions: but the free version is still amazing, which is how I can recommend it in good conscience. Excellent support team. Brilliant features (photos, voice messages).
  • Slowly, surely a fast favorite. Nov 14, 2019

    By Plamennnn
    I’ve only been on the app for a few days but I already love it. I was searching for a place to find pen pals and learn about new people and places along the way. Typical websites for this thing take a quick turn south because many will use it for dating. Slowly makes you create an avatar to keep the focus on communication for getting to know someone better. I really love that! I think the fact that each letter takes hours to arrive depending on where in the world they originated is amazing too because sometimes when communication is instant.. it can feel overwhelming to write back to so many people that you lose sight of the main purpose. I find this app to be therapeutic as well since I take my time to write to the other person and explain a lot about life on my side of the world. It’s also a lot of fun to hear what the other person has to say. I imagine that some of the friendships started on here will last quite a while! Thank you.
  • Amazing & Therapeutic! Oct 12, 2019

    By JSNRXBRTS
    SLOWLY is hands down one of my all time favorite services. I’ve always loved the idea of having a pen pal as a kid, never had one, but now I can as an adult. I can connect with people all over the world who ultimately and genuinely want to do the same thing, find new friends and people to connect with in a non threatening, safe, friendly and pleasant environment. I’ve never had a bad experience since using this app. I’ve had someone explain to me what helium is in detail out of the blue but that has been the strangest experience. As far as I know there aren’t any creeps lurking and the people on here really are looking to learn about you as an individual and share experiences and stories. It’s also a great therapeutic outlet to be able to open up to someone who could have completely different life experiences and yet still find common ground in those differences and provide support. The ability to choose topics of interest and match with people solely on that, and not on looks or other “vain” parameters is amazing. I especially enjoy the fact that it operates like actual letter writing, simulating letter delivery times. It really helps curb the instant gratification feeling. And the stamp feature is pretty neat as well. I’d recommend this app to anyone truly looking to find me friends from all over the world. SLOWLY is really helping me build a global network of friends.
  • Nov 24, 2021

    By Don Hoover
    I love this app. Almost has the feel of handwriting a letter and placing it in the mail, with the delay of a few hours upto a day or more, awaiting delivery. It is fun to watch how many letters I have coming in the Slowly app, where the letters are coming from, where the letters are at any moment, at least how much more time before delivery, and then reading and responding, once the letter or letters arrive.
  • making real friends in the modern generation Jan 11, 2021

    By palishthi
    Whoever created this app thank you genuinely from the bottom of my heart, I’m emotional-I really mean it!! This app is the real deal but that being said, it takes effort to get to know each other. Our culture today is so much about ghosting or flaking out! I have downloaded countless friendship apps and it’s a week of instant chatting never to hear back again or many apps is anxiety inducing because of picture and people wanting to talk to you just because of how you look! Sometimes I get reached out just because of how I look, and nothing else, it’s frustrating :( I have always craved wholesome, deep and genuine friendships and this is the first app where I feel like I’m connecting with real people. The avatars are so cute and people are on this platform because they too crave real friendship which is a win win! I’m really grateful to the creator of this app, it’s so innovative to bring pen pal into a modern app! I have been feeling lonely and depressed during quarantine but tbh my whole life and this app actually gives me hope!! I hope the app continues to stay have a free version! I have met a few incredible people already and I can’t wait to make friends all around the world!
  • Nov 14, 2021

    By Eric Kern
    My feedback for the developers, the delivery time for people far away is too long. It disincentives long distance relationships, and facilitates short distance pen pals. I think there should be a standard delay time, or reduced to no more than 12 hours.
  • Love It!! Sep 9, 2020

    By Rinoza3389
    This app was one that quickly became one of my favorites, and shortly after that became my way of communicating with some of my favorite people! The avatars are really cute, and I love the lack of pressure to be attractive and sound super interesting. The fact that you have to wait to receive your letters is so amazing and really gives the pen pal feel. Although most of the time the wait isn’t actually that long, especially compared to if you were to send a physical letter. I can honestly say I’ve made some real connections with people who I consider to be some of my best friends. One thing I will note is that the age range can be kinda big for some. The lowest range you can have is ages 0-20, which is okay when you’re on the higher end of the range but I can see that getting a little weird for ages 13-16. Obviously there’s a way around this by turning off auto match and just searching manually (which is probably what I would do anyway since I enjoy scrolling through all the bios) but that kind of ruins the point of having the easy auto match feature for some. Outside of that, this app is 100% amazing and you honestly can’t find something like it anywhere else.
  • Dec 2, 2021

    By Bryan G
    I LOVE THIS APP! Its a great way to connect to different people around the world and the stamp feature is awesome, but i do wish they had more designs available.
  • Best I’ve found so far! Jun 29, 2020

    By Mntharp22
    I always wanted a pen pal as a kid, so when I found this app, I knew I had to try it. Within my first day of getting the app, I found four people I wanted to get to know and three of them actually wrote back to me! Since then, I’ve made many more friends and I’ve kept conversations going for over a week now. I’m really learning a lot about other countries and cultures. It’s like going to social studies class, but with more social and less studies. I actually like the fact that the letters take time to send because believe it or not, it keeps the conversation alive. Since you can’t instantly reply, you don’t run out of things to talk about as easily and you can take time to say what you really want to say. It also gives you something to look forward to during the week. The only thing I have a problem with is the age range slider when your looking for pen pals. I wish you could go less than 20 because I’m several years younger, and I don’t want to get results for 19 and 20 year olds when I’m trying to meet people around my age. Otherwise I love the app!
  • Nov 19, 2021

    By Kam
    I have used this app for years and love it! I've met one of the most important people in my life through slowly and we still use it almost daily. Excellent concept, excellent filtering options, fun stamps. EXCELLENT Job funding itself through voluntarily-watched ads instead of intrusive ones, collectible stamp sets, and subscriptions: but the free version is still amazing, which is how I can recommend it in good conscience. Excellent support team. Brilliant features (photos, voice messages).
  • Slowly, surely a fast favorite. Nov 14, 2019

    By Plamennnn
    I’ve only been on the app for a few days but I already love it. I was searching for a place to find pen pals and learn about new people and places along the way. Typical websites for this thing take a quick turn south because many will use it for dating. Slowly makes you create an avatar to keep the focus on communication for getting to know someone better. I really love that! I think the fact that each letter takes hours to arrive depending on where in the world they originated is amazing too because sometimes when communication is instant.. it can feel overwhelming to write back to so many people that you lose sight of the main purpose. I find this app to be therapeutic as well since I take my time to write to the other person and explain a lot about life on my side of the world. It’s also a lot of fun to hear what the other person has to say. I imagine that some of the friendships started on here will last quite a while! Thank you.
  • Nov 7, 2021

    By ClassicFrank
    Before, I tried hellotalk and tandem for making friends abroad but the conversations never went far! However with this app people take the time to actually write kind letters with a lot of interesting things! I made many friends from Japan so far, and the best part is the app is free! The only annoying thing is sometimes you'll write a long letter and a user will simply ignore it and never respond which sucks, but if that happens just find someone else worth chatting with!
  • Oct 20, 2021

    By Always Learning
    Everything is saying "error message" and then when I try to send the letter again, there's a message about duplication saying it's already been sent.
  • Sep 21, 2021

    By Peaches
    App was working fine. I went to open the app today and it is on the sign in page yet it won't send a code to my email so I can get back in. Please fix this problem
  • Oct 5, 2021

    By ThePersianSufi
    Since the last update the app doesn't load up and it says something went wrong... And it keeps loging me out of my account. I know no one's gonna respond to this comment but please fix this.
  • img Community
    Finding pen pals isn't quite as easy as it used to be, but luckily this app brings pen pals from all around the world to your phone. I have so much fun sending and receiving anywhere from 5 to 10 letters a day!
    img by David
    2 years ago

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  • Amazing & Therapeutic! Oct 12, 2019

    By JSNRXBRTS
    SLOWLY is hands down one of my all time favorite services. I’ve always loved the idea of having a pen pal as a kid, never had one, but now I can as an adult. I can connect with people all over the world who ultimately and genuinely want to do the same thing, find new friends and people to connect with in a non threatening, safe, friendly and pleasant environment. I’ve never had a bad experience since using this app. I’ve had someone explain to me what helium is in detail out of the blue but that has been the strangest experience. As far as I know there aren’t any creeps lurking and the people on here really are looking to learn about you as an individual and share experiences and stories. It’s also a great therapeutic outlet to be able to open up to someone who could have completely different life experiences and yet still find common ground in those differences and provide support. The ability to choose topics of interest and match with people solely on that, and not on looks or other “vain” parameters is amazing. I especially enjoy the fact that it operates like actual letter writing, simulating letter delivery times. It really helps curb the instant gratification feeling. And the stamp feature is pretty neat as well. I’d recommend this app to anyone truly looking to find me friends from all over the world. SLOWLY is really helping me build a global network of friends.
  • Nov 24, 2021

    By Don Hoover
    I love this app. Almost has the feel of handwriting a letter and placing it in the mail, with the delay of a few hours upto a day or more, awaiting delivery. It is fun to watch how many letters I have coming in the Slowly app, where the letters are coming from, where the letters are at any moment, at least how much more time before delivery, and then reading and responding, once the letter or letters arrive.
  • making real friends in the modern generation Jan 11, 2021

    By palishthi
    Whoever created this app thank you genuinely from the bottom of my heart, I’m emotional-I really mean it!! This app is the real deal but that being said, it takes effort to get to know each other. Our culture today is so much about ghosting or flaking out! I have downloaded countless friendship apps and it’s a week of instant chatting never to hear back again or many apps is anxiety inducing because of picture and people wanting to talk to you just because of how you look! Sometimes I get reached out just because of how I look, and nothing else, it’s frustrating :( I have always craved wholesome, deep and genuine friendships and this is the first app where I feel like I’m connecting with real people. The avatars are so cute and people are on this platform because they too crave real friendship which is a win win! I’m really grateful to the creator of this app, it’s so innovative to bring pen pal into a modern app! I have been feeling lonely and depressed during quarantine but tbh my whole life and this app actually gives me hope!! I hope the app continues to stay have a free version! I have met a few incredible people already and I can’t wait to make friends all around the world!
  • Love It!! Sep 9, 2020

    By Rinoza3389
    This app was one that quickly became one of my favorites, and shortly after that became my way of communicating with some of my favorite people! The avatars are really cute, and I love the lack of pressure to be attractive and sound super interesting. The fact that you have to wait to receive your letters is so amazing and really gives the pen pal feel. Although most of the time the wait isn’t actually that long, especially compared to if you were to send a physical letter. I can honestly say I’ve made some real connections with people who I consider to be some of my best friends. One thing I will note is that the age range can be kinda big for some. The lowest range you can have is ages 0-20, which is okay when you’re on the higher end of the range but I can see that getting a little weird for ages 13-16. Obviously there’s a way around this by turning off auto match and just searching manually (which is probably what I would do anyway since I enjoy scrolling through all the bios) but that kind of ruins the point of having the easy auto match feature for some. Outside of that, this app is 100% amazing and you honestly can’t find something like it anywhere else.
  • Best I’ve found so far! Jun 29, 2020

    By Mntharp22
    I always wanted a pen pal as a kid, so when I found this app, I knew I had to try it. Within my first day of getting the app, I found four people I wanted to get to know and three of them actually wrote back to me! Since then, I’ve made many more friends and I’ve kept conversations going for over a week now. I’m really learning a lot about other countries and cultures. It’s like going to social studies class, but with more social and less studies. I actually like the fact that the letters take time to send because believe it or not, it keeps the conversation alive. Since you can’t instantly reply, you don’t run out of things to talk about as easily and you can take time to say what you really want to say. It also gives you something to look forward to during the week. The only thing I have a problem with is the age range slider when your looking for pen pals. I wish you could go less than 20 because I’m several years younger, and I don’t want to get results for 19 and 20 year olds when I’m trying to meet people around my age. Otherwise I love the app!
  • Nov 19, 2021

    By Kam
    I have used this app for years and love it! I've met one of the most important people in my life through slowly and we still use it almost daily. Excellent concept, excellent filtering options, fun stamps. EXCELLENT Job funding itself through voluntarily-watched ads instead of intrusive ones, collectible stamp sets, and subscriptions: but the free version is still amazing, which is how I can recommend it in good conscience. Excellent support team. Brilliant features (photos, voice messages).
  • Slowly, surely a fast favorite. Nov 14, 2019

    By Plamennnn
    I’ve only been on the app for a few days but I already love it. I was searching for a place to find pen pals and learn about new people and places along the way. Typical websites for this thing take a quick turn south because many will use it for dating. Slowly makes you create an avatar to keep the focus on communication for getting to know someone better. I really love that! I think the fact that each letter takes hours to arrive depending on where in the world they originated is amazing too because sometimes when communication is instant.. it can feel overwhelming to write back to so many people that you lose sight of the main purpose. I find this app to be therapeutic as well since I take my time to write to the other person and explain a lot about life on my side of the world. It’s also a lot of fun to hear what the other person has to say. I imagine that some of the friendships started on here will last quite a while! Thank you.
  • Nov 7, 2021

    By ClassicFrank
    Before, I tried hellotalk and tandem for making friends abroad but the conversations never went far! However with this app people take the time to actually write kind letters with a lot of interesting things! I made many friends from Japan so far, and the best part is the app is free! The only annoying thing is sometimes you'll write a long letter and a user will simply ignore it and never respond which sucks, but if that happens just find someone else worth chatting with!
  • Best Way to Connect with Others!—One Adjustment Oct 25, 2020

    By Lín王
    This app has surely become one of my all time favorites and I’ve been using it for almost a year now. I’ve met so many fantastic people and learned about different counties and cultures... the informational value of this app and connecting with other people speaks for itself. However, the one thing I would improve is the age restriction function. Currently, the only group you can choose if you’re a minor is 0-20, however as someone who isn’t of age yet I don’t feel comfortable conversing with people who are 18+ years and I wish the search function commemorated that by adjusting so that minors can only speak with other minors if they so wish to. It’s not like I’ve encountered any people who have made me uncomfortable myself, I just find it a bit harder to relate to people who are in a different stage of life than I am and wish to find people who are similar to me, especially in age. Other than that, Slowly is the perfect app :)
  • Favorite App! Apr 16, 2020

    By bethgrace2020
    I saw a girl on twitter talking about this app and I downloaded it immediately! This app takes penpals to a new level! You can put in your interests and find people who have them in common or randomly get matched with someone! I have a few different penpals from within my country, and a few from across the world. It’s a way for me to have human interaction without leaving the house, so it’s keeping sane during this quarantine. I am living the people I’ve met so far and I’m looking forward to getting to know them even better. I have a hard time making friends since I don’t live on campus in college, so this has helped me find people my age who are into the same things! Some things I recommend: have your age displayed, I like to have 3 to 5 questions in your profile bio for people to answer when they write you to get the ball rolling, always include some questions and answer them yourself. Download it for real!!
  • Nov 14, 2021

    By Eric Kern
    My feedback for the developers, the delivery time for people far away is too long. It disincentives long distance relationships, and facilitates short distance pen pals. I think there should be a standard delay time, or reduced to no more than 12 hours.
  • Dec 2, 2021

    By Bryan G
    I LOVE THIS APP! Its a great way to connect to different people around the world and the stamp feature is awesome, but i do wish they had more designs available.
  • Great product, could use some tweaks Jul 18, 2019

    By Xegyn
    I started using this app about a month ago and so far I’ve been loving it! I’ve communicated with different people from different countries and the it’s fascinating to connect with people with different backgrounds and find your similarities and differences. It’s a great way to learn about the culture of places (that you’ve never been to) from a local. So far all of my pen pals have been really friendly and I look forward to receiving letters from them! A few things that can make this app better on the iPad are 1) support for horizontal mode and 2) a larger pinned view. This is mainly a reading and writing app so the iPad app should really support landscape view because that is how you are spending most of the time, typing on the keyboard. The pinned view shows the last received message that you are replying to, but on the iPad it’s tiny and the height is not adjustable, so it requires a lot of scrolling up and down in a tiny view. I think those are the 2 pain points using this app regularly but other than that, love it!
  • Nov 19, 2021

    By Connor Ryan
    it's really awesome, my only problem is that my load times are VERY long. I have the Galaxy A52 5G. It should not take this long
  • Sep 23, 2021

    By Manuel Alejandro Hernández Ayala
    great app to feel some escape from your social real life activities and share experiences with people from all over the world. the most interesting features include the stamps, letter timing based by your distance with another user, and topics of interest to match and start pen pal meet. the app is fine and free, but certain things you need to pay for. it's up to you if you want to improve your friends there or move to another app.
  • Nov 1, 2021

    By Mario Montes
    It may seem odd in an instant world, but the delay in response time with Slowly, creates a new (older) way of communicating that grants the user time to really think about what to write, instead of responding with the first thought that comes to mind.
  • What You're Missing. Jul 28, 2020

    By nickviewtime
    Dear Slowly, Please add automatic or manual rotation on iPad. It's a MUST. It's necessary. It's crippling not to have it. ➡️Update: there is now a toggle on settings to turn landscape mode on/off. Going from three stars to four ;p Well done! Previous review ⬇️ This is a good app. This is a wonderful app to make connections around the world. One of your House Rules is to never ask for contact info. That's wrong. On your website you say/imply that the purpose of this app is Dating. How is one supposed to communicate via Slowly (all) the time? No. Just NO. Nonsense. Let me tell you something else. Don't even think about adding chat to the app just to keep people inside. No. I'm one of those users/customers that spends money. I'm pretty sure that I have spent around $25 buying stamps. Maybe more. Only to find out that it doesn't make a difference. Only the accomplishments ones are effective IMO. So get more of those. Maybe. So here is my main proposal. Add a feature that give users the freedom to request contact information like... a phone number without fear of being block or cancelling their account. Unless they get reported for harassment, of course. For this... Freedom of Contact Request feature.... charge a dollar. Or two. Make it accesible so many people will use it.
  • Oct 25, 2021

    By Yen F
    The app is good. It is experiencing some problems recently. When I try to delete a draft the app remains loading indefinitely.
  • Oct 18, 2021

    By Faith
    Love this app! It's great to meet new people on, and the entire concept of it is genius! However, I will say that I dislike the new age filter where ages 0-20 can match instead of 0-17 and then 20-25. Minors should only be able to be matched with people their age, and adults as well with their own age. Please revert this aspect back to the old update!
  • Sep 21, 2021

    By Peaches
    App was working fine. I went to open the app today and it is on the sign in page yet it won't send a code to my email so I can get back in. Please fix this problem
  • Oct 20, 2021

    By Always Learning
    Everything is saying "error message" and then when I try to send the letter again, there's a message about duplication saying it's already been sent.
  • Oct 5, 2021

    By ThePersianSufi
    Since the last update the app doesn't load up and it says something went wrong... And it keeps loging me out of my account. I know no one's gonna respond to this comment but please fix this.

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