Couchsurfing: there’s an app for that!

Nearly two years ago, the Couchsurfing team built mobile applications (for iOS and Android platforms) supporting the basic functions of the service. This week marks the first of many product announcements we’ll have this year – we’ve got new apps!

Download the newest version of the Couchsurfing app here:

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What’s new?

The new apps support searching for and joining Couchsurfing Events, and allow members to find hosts, exchange messages, and interact via the couch request system. There are many other new features, too, including photo uploads and notifications.

We’ll ship regular fixes and updates, so the apps will get better over time – they are still talking to a relatively old back-end, so at places they’re a bit quirky. We’ll be fixing that later this year.*

Android Beta App Events

Very special thanks to our early Beta Testers:

Ashley, Barbora, Beau, Gerrit, Isabel, Nolan, Tino, Valerija, Yuki, Zach, Gonzalo, Celia, Remy, Jazmina, Daniel, Kira, Geoffrey, Alfonso, Ciro, Dave, Jørgen, Roy, Santiago, Pedram, Claus, Don, Elena, Eliza, Stefano, Andreia, Sara, Ellyse, Jorge, Nicola, Filippo, Gilles, Marga, David, Mariana, Gianna, Jordan, Giampiero, and Jorge.

Happy summer travels, everyone!

*Note: If you’re one of our wonderful active hosts who relies on the mobile app to search for travelers near you, we’ve removed that particular feature from this version of the mobile apps. It will appear in an upcoming release in an improved form that we believe will better serve the entire community.

About Martina Steinmann

Martina originally hails from Switzerland, which might explain her mild obsession for chocolate. Whenever she sees a map, she'll instantly start travel planning but her all-time favorite place in the world is a fireplace.
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  • Poly Glot

    Because of the removal of neutral references and of search filters unfortunately I had to rate this version 1 star on Playstore. To me v1.1.0 is even worse than v1.

  • Guillermo

    I was really looking forward to a nice Android app that would allow me to do everything that I usually did from the website!!!!
    So happy :)

    • Couchsurfing_HQ

      Great to hear you like our app! We’re working on improvements right now and we’ll add some cool new features soon.

  • Jonathan

    Is there a plan for an app for windows phone?? There are lots of us out there…

  • benjammmin

    I like the new iOS app, but there is a CRITICAL FLAW. When searching for a host, you cannot sort the results by Last Login or by References. This is crucial to be able to find a host. Otherwise you just get a bunch of random results that include people with 0 references who haven’t logged in in 2 years. They obviously aren’t active users and not worth sending a request to, yet this is a lot of what I see in the results.

    Right now I’d just like the simple ability to Sort by Last Login or References (e.g. people who most recently logged in or who have the most references at the top of the results). That would at least help to filter out the people who aren’t active hosts.

    Ideally, though, these should be modifiable search terms so that I can craft a query where the results would “show me hosts who have logged in within the past 20 days who have at least 6 references”. That would be killer!