Skip to main content

This new dating app asks "hey baby, what's your sign?" so you don't have to

Starsinthesky via European Space Agency (ESA/Hubble)
Image used with permission by copyright holder
For centuries, people who believe in astrology have looked to the stars for guidance, including on what to look for in a mate. Align, the dating app based on astrological signs, is designed to appeal to people who are looking for deeper online connections without spending ages filling out questionnaires. Helen Grossman and Aliza Kelly Faragher, the two creators of the app, were tired of feeling disconnected from other online daters and thought “these soulless swipes were going nowhere.”

Align astrology dating appThey realized people still took astrological signs into consideration when deciding whom to date, but there was no app designed to focus on this aspect of people’s lives. So they decided to develop an app for that. “Over 45 million millennials believe in astrology,” Aliza says. Hence, Align. The app just finished its iOS beta in LA, and today expanded to New York and San Francisco.

It’s easy to use; login with Facebook and enter your birthdate. The app then pulls together a list of sign-specific adjectives, and you pick the six traits that most accurately describe you. These traits show up on your profile, and Align’s algorithm uses them to match you with other users.

Align astrology dating appEach day the app presents constellations of five unique matches that make you the center of your own universe, so to speak. By looking at the constellation, you can tell how compatible you are with each match; the bigger the profile pic in the constellation, the better the match. Colors are important too; yellow signifies an air sign, while green covers earth, for example, giving you an idea of the person’s astrological inclinations at a glance.

If broad scope and a hot pic aren’t enough, you can check the compatibility report. If people “align” they get a little notification and can privately message each other through a chat option in the app. If you’re not feeling anyone, the constellation changes at midnight, and you’ll have five new options.

Helen made a good point about Align in the company press release; “It doesn’t follow the tired hot-or-not model of other dating apps.” The idea is to connect users in ways that aren’t so superficial. To that end, there are no IAPs; Align is totally free on the iOS store.

Editors' Recommendations

Aliya Barnwell
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Aliya Tyus-Barnwell is a writer, cyclist and gamer with an interest in technology. Also a fantasy fan, she's had fiction…
Don’t update your Galaxy Watch 4, or you may accidentally kill it
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and Watch 4 side-by-side.

Updating your electronic devices to keep them running at an optimal level is important, but if you have the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, you might want to hold off on the latest firmware update. We're specifically referring to the update bearing the number R89xXXU1GVI3, which users have reported is killing their smartwatches.

According to a report from SamMobile, users have taken to online forums and complained that both models of the Galaxy Watch 4 will not reboot at all after shutting down upon installing the R89xXXU1GVI3 update. In other words, the update wouldn't allow the watches to restart, effectively rendering them useless.

Read more
Ads won’t ruin your iPhone’s App Store — they may actually improve it
apple app store third party payment allow ugly side reality render

Apple sent out a note this week to app developers confirming that more advertising could be coming to the iPhone App Store in time for the holiday season. With the amount of advertising that already permeates the modern internet, the news has raised concerns that iPhone owners may soon find themselves wading through a sea of ads before they can find the app they’re looking for.

Anything can happen, so I can’t rule out the possibility that Apple could go too far on this one. However, I remain cautiously optimistic that Apple’s expanded advertising initiatives won’t ruin the App Store experience. It might even enhance it.
Apple’s App Store advertising ambitions
When you think of online advertising, Apple isn’t usually the first company that comes to mind. Most folks wouldn’t even include it in the top five. Other tech giants like Google, Meta (previously Facebook), and Amazon are generally the ones on the online advertising leaderboard.

Read more
Does the OnePlus 10T have wireless charging? What you need to know
The side of the OnePlus 10T showing the power key.

OnePlus has launched the OnePlus 10T, marking the return of its T-series lineup after last year’s hiatus. While the new midrange smartphone offers some impressive specs, there’s one crucial thing you may want to keep in mind about the OnePlus 10T before you rush out and hit the buy button.

Although wireless charging is arguably table stakes on midrange and premium smartphones in 2022, the OnePlus 10T is a surprising exception to this rule. Like its predecessor, the 2020 OnePlus 8T, this latest T series smartphone lacks any form of wireless charging.

Read more