Text nearBy is different than most chat apps because it works over Bluetooth.

Chat with everyone in your home, chat with all your friends in the same room at school or work, chat with your family and friends on a plane or a bus, and even chat with friends outside.

Use Text nearBy where WiFi and Cell networks are unavailable.

• No Cell or WiFi networks needed
• Notifications for new messages
• No phone number, email address, or account needed
• Allow your kids to safely chat with your family

• May only chat with friends that are near you (about 33 feet)

• Messages are not sent through any server, they are sent directly to your friends over Bluetooth.
• Messages are automatically deleted an hour after they are viewed.
• The paper airplane is green when your friend is nearby and available to chat.
• Works with iOS 10.0 or later.

What's New

Version 1.5

Updates for iOS 11.

Ratings and Reviews

Works great!


I can see which friends that are near me, and quickly text them. I tried it on a plane and it was awesome to be able to text each other! I use it at work too, it is a great way to text with co-workers without exchanging phone numbers.


Paul Hangas
8.2 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Paul Hangas


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