The Latest Trend In ‘Dating’ Apps? Helping The Heartbroken Through Breakups

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Computers and smartphones have drastically changed the way we start relationships, so it should come as no surprise that our digital devices are also changing the way we end them. A handful of enterprising entrepreneurs are hoping our obsession with dating apps can last beyond the thrill of swiping right on a new match - all the way to the day that match breaks your heart. Enter: the breakup app.

Think of these apps as a pocket life coach, or a personal trainer for heartbreak, or a beloved BFF who wants to help you get back on your feet. While they can’t do the hard work of healing from heartbreak for you, they can ease the process. Meet three apps currently shaking things up in the digital breakup market.

RX Breakup

Jeanine Lobell, founder of cosmetics company Stila, and Jane Reardon, a Los Angeles-based therapist, founded RX Breakup in 2015. The app’s innovative approach to moving on in the digital age is a 30-day, 3-step program designed to help users navigate newly-single life, let go of lingering obsessions and negative relationship patterns, and develop healthy dating habits for the future. Each day is given a theme - like Withdrawal, Red Flags, and Anger Management - and offers advice, analytical exercises and action steps. “It’s like the coolest, nicest, wisest girlfriend giving you the best advice ever,” Reardon told Vogue. RX Breakup is available for iOS and Android.

Break-Up Boss

Australian author and relationship guru Zoë Foster Blake launched Break-Up Boss in 2017. The app promises to deliver “a real life, no-nonsense picture of a break-up” plus “an enthusiastic, empowered and positive view of how to deal with it.” With illustrations by Mari Andrew, Break-Up Boss cleverly provides both instruction and motivation for the recently single. A “feel wheel” helps you break down your current emotional state, while an “Advice SOS!” button generates wisdom at the moments you need it most. Another feature lets you vent via fake texts to your ex so you don’t feel tempted to send the real thing. Break-Up Boss is available for iOS and Android.


Mend is the brainchild of Ellen Huerta, an ex-Googler who found herself seeking advice online after her own breakup. Disappointed by what she found, Huerta debuted Mend in 2017. The app offers daily audio trainings, a self-care log, a digital journal for guided writing activities, and 24/7 breakup advice from the community. There’s also a progress tracker to visualize the emotional improvements you’ve made. Outside of the app, Mend’s online presence includes a blog, a podcast, a weekly newsletter, city guides, and a shop where you can purchase Mend Boxes full of self-care products and discounts from female-founded brands. Mend is available for iOS only.