Previously known as Brenda, Wapa declares itself as the world's most popular lesbian dating app that caters to lesbian, bi, and bi-curious women (both cis and trans). Unlike other apps that only offer the gay function as an option and still have straight-oriented services, Wapa is exclusively for lesbians.
Wapa was launched on the basis that it's difficult to find a lesbian dating app that truly respects lesbians and doesn't just trivialise or sexualise them. It currently has over 300,000 active users worldwide.
Email not required
Photos require approval from their moderation team
Before you can set up your account details, they have a policy where you have to confirm that you are 18, identify as female, and will not post any sexual photos. Registration is quick because they don't require email verification. This is a downside because it means anyone (including men creating profiles to prey on women) can make an account. They could just easily lessen fake profiles if they required everyone to verify their emails.
Profiles can be sent different interactions (hot, wink, etc.)
Shows when others were last online
Twitter and Instagram accounts can be linked to profile
You can share your profile with other devices or with your partner
The profiles of other members only have a few bits of information. You can view their distance from you and all of their public photos for free. The profiles also state when they were last online. You can favorite profiles and send them different interactions (hot, wink, meet me later?, and drink?). Although users will be notified that you visited their profile by default, you can prevent this from happening by selecting "Remove track".
Free users can send and receive unlimited messages
Photo and video messaging available
In-app translator available
Free users can send, receive, and read messages without any limits. Members can also send photos and videos to each other, but only premium users can save these photos and videos to their device. A built-in translator is available in the premium version for when you find lesbians in other countries and want to chat but encounter a language barrier.
Even though most of Wapa's features are only available in premium memberships, it lets you have a more secure dating experience.
You can log in to other countries before you travel there so you can browse and interact with users in advance. You can choose between the 160 countries Wapa is available in and switch countries anytime you want.
For extra privacy, you can lock the app itself using a 4-digit password.
You can lock your photos and choose who gets to see them. However, your public profile will also state how many private photos you have.
"After a disappointing experience on Tinder, I tried a lesbian-exclusive app and this was the first that popped up on Google Play. I love that it's easy to make a profile and message other members. It gets pretty boring because there aren't games or whatnot, but on the other hand I know I can survive on the free membership indefinitely." - Student (22)
Wapa is one of the first lesbian dating apps but it hasn't been able to maintain its status. Its simple interface and very few features doesn't amount to much when it comes to appeal for lesbians. Although there are manual checks for fake profiles, the folks at Wapa can't seem to do anything about inactive ones. With a static website and one inactive social media account, people would be hard-pressed to find this app exciting and want to sign up. For other dating apps and sites with more users, check our Matchmaking service category.
What does "Hola Wapa" mean?
"Hola Wapa" is the greeting that appears on the Spanish version of the app and it means "Hello beautiful".
What does Wapa stand for?
Wapa is the vernacular form of guapa, which means beautiful/pretty/lovely.
Who owns Wapa?
Wapa is owned by Wapo y Wapa Limited. This company also released Wapa's twin app, Wapo: Gay Dating.
Is there a Wapa app for a Windows phone?
No. At the time of writing, Wapa is only available for iOS and Android phones.
Is there a Wapa forum?
Unfortunately, a forum for Wapa does not exist yet. However, their customer service team said that they've taken this suggestion into consideration.
Does Wapa have a Twitter?
Yes, their username is @wapo_y_wapa, but they mostly tweet in Spanish and they're quite inactive.
Does Wapa have a Facebook?
No, it doesn't have one yet.
How do I use the Wapa app?
Once you've created your account, you will see a grid of profiles. You can select a profile you like and message them.
How do I cancel my Wapa subscription?
You have to go to the iTunes or Google Play page, find where your subscriptions are managed, and cancel it from there. You can cancel anytime; no obligations, no catches.
How do I delete my Wapa profile?
Swipe left on the app's homepage, select "Edit profile", and scroll down to the red button the says "Delete", and confirm your deactivation.
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Wapo y Wapa Limited
Level 3, 18 Stanley Street, Auckland Central, 1010 New Zealand