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Wink is a chat app for finding new friends online. The app was initially released in 2014 and is now available on Android and iOS. The free version allows you to connect with up to 10 people daily, and there is a paid subscription for enhancing the limits.

Design, Navigation, and Usability: Making Friends Made Simple

The navigation is extremely easy with Wink as there are not so many features and menus to get lost in. The app is very user friendly, and the user interface design is almost perfect: the main features are highlighted with attractive colors, while the additional options are presented with small but illustrative icons. The people are presented with photographs, and the chats utilize comforting backgrounds, colorful text frames, and recognizable fonts to make the communication easier. The app also does a good job of introducing itself and guiding new users with the basics.

Features: Connect with New People

Wink is a great tool to make new friends all around the globe. It works extremely simple: you fill your profile and start swiping through other people and marking the people you like to connect them. The app offers a built-in chat, where you can text each other or send voice messages, share gifs or static pictures, and play mini-games. You are as well able to reconnect with people you have already encountered in Wink. It is also deeply integrated with Snapchat for you to quickly add new people on the social network. The app is designed to make friends only, and the developers kindly ask all users to report all the inappropriate content they stumble upon. The free version is pretty limited, but it is a good option to try the platform and decide whether it is worth subscribing or not.

Security: Nothing to Lose

You do not share any sensitive information with Wink, so you should not be afraid to use it. You only fill in your profile with your name and country and connect your public Snapchat account. The built-in chat does not seem to have end-to-end encryption, but you are free to transfer the conversation to a safer place. You will not probably intend to share any sensitive information with strangers you meet anyway, so the app is pretty safe to use.

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