Yes, yes, we agree that in the time of video calls and virtual dates, messaging is yesterday’s news. But trust us when we say texting games for couples still hold the potential to spice things up in your love life. Whether you and your sweetheart are in different cities and forced to make do with a long-distance relationship or you are stuck at a boring marketing meeting and missing your partner, some exciting picture challenges might add a fun twist to an otherwise dull day.
If nothing, fun texting games like personal trivia or confession games work like magic to improve communication and increase intimacy among couples, especially those who have just started dating. As you peek at your partner’s knowledge of your opinions, likes, and dislikes, or get an idea of your partner’s mindset, it makes you feel instantly connected to them. Plus, you share a good laugh as an added bonus. So, are you intrigued yet? What say?
30 Texting Games To Play And Have Fun
Isn’t it weird how spontaneously we can open up to someone about our deepest secrets or wildest fantasies from the other side of the screen than we could ever do face-to-face? That’s why texting games for couples turn out to be a real game-changer in keeping the spark alive and strengthening the emotional connection between two lovers.
You can easily slip in the personal questions that you have been hesitating to ask your bae all these days. Or simply take your bonding a notch higher with a few rounds of text strip poker. No more delayed responses, no more getting irritated by a “Hmm” or “K” – just some sheer moments of joy and intimacy with your loved one. And to make it easier for you, we have rounded up 30 fun texting games. So, charge up your phone because the game mode is on!
1. Truth or Dare
Who says ‘Truth or Dare’ can only be played in person? The texting version of it is one hell of an entertaining game to play. You can try it virtually by giving a dare to your partner and asking them to send you a picture/video of them completing a dare. Make it interesting by asking them to put up funny statuses, click a selfie with your pet, sing a song and upload the video, put on lipstick and send you a pout.
If you like, you can turn it into a flirty texting game as well. There’s no end of flirty dares, after all! As for the ‘truth’, it can be asked over text and voice notes as well. You just need to put your imagination to good use and you can keep going back and forth, challenging one another to spill truths or complete dares for hours on end.
2. Picture stories
Your search for romantic games to play with your partner over the phone ends here. Our gallery is like a garden of memories. So many incidents and moments blooming and it’s nice to share a few with your partner. You may exchange long-forgotten pictures which are buried deep down in your gallery and share memories related to them. Who knows what long, deep conversations this picture-sharing game will bring up! This can truly turn out to be one of the most engrossing games to play on text.
3. Rapid fire
Of the several games you can play over text, this one can truly keep you hooked, thanks to its potential to bring out some scandalous revelations and hilarious moments. Get this text game on by starting a lightning-fast rapid-fire round with your friend or partner. In case you don’t know how this game works:
- You pick and send a random word
- The other player responds with the first word that comes to their mind after reading it
- And the only rule is that you get 5 seconds to send the response
If you lose, well, you owe the winner something. You can make it interesting if you are playing with your girlfriend or boyfriend by engaging in a series of sexy words and seeing where the game leads you. Who knows, you may get a glimpse of your partner’s kinkier side.
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4. The Spelling Bee
Speaking of the texting games to play with your boyfriend online, here is a classic you just cannot go wrong with – The Spelling Bee. At times it can be annoying to get all our spellings right and we all know that spell-check doesn’t come to our rescue every time.
In that case, we have the perfect game where you are totally allowed to mess up the spelling even more and play with linguistics a bit. Find different ways to spell letters and words. For example, Spell ‘W’ as ‘Dublue.’ If you are running out of couple things to do at home when bored, try this fun game as you cozy up on the couch with your sweetheart on a Sunday afternoon.
This one used to be an all-time favorite among the 90s kids and we have transformed it into a 2-person texting game. One person starts by simply naming a country. Whichever letter that country ends with, is the starting letter of the next country. And it goes on until someone folds.
You are probably thinking, where’s the fun in testing each other’s knowledge of Geography? Well, other than its competitive nature, there’s more to this game. Play it with your husband/wife and you can make a list of second honeymoon destinations out of it. Even better, you could create a full-fledged travel bucket list to check off with your partner in the next five years.
6. Emoji game
There’s no doubt you would enjoy emoji translation if you are a big dumb charades fan. We barely use any emojis apart from mainstream smileys in our everyday texting. But if we go on browsing, there are hundreds of them. In this game, you are supposed to use emojis as a story builder.
And the other player’s job is to decode them and frame the correct sentences. For example, 🌧🐈⬛🐕 It’s raining cats and dogs, 💰❌🌳 money doesn’t grow on trees, 🔥⏰fire alarm, 🦷🧚♀️ Tooth Fairy, etc. Add a naughty twist to it, and this can turn into one of the most exciting texting games to play with your partner.
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7. Never Have I Ever
How about we pick this popular drinking game and modify it as one of the most engaging texting games for couples? Usually, as the game begins, everyone sits with a drink in their hand. One person then tells the group about one thing that they have never done and whoever in the group has done it, takes a sip of their drink.
In this case, you can play with real alcohol if you want or just sending a drinking GIF works too. The goal is to get to know your partner better with all their quirks and kinks. And, to turn it into one of those naughty games you can play over text with your SO, all you need is a lowdown on the right Never Have I Ever questions.
8. Kiss, marry, kill
This is one of those flirty texting games that is always played on celebrity talk shows. The rules are pretty simple. You give the other player three people’s names whom they know and let them decide who they will kiss, marry, and kill. And you get to know what kind of relationships they share with their friends or acquaintances. If you are playing with a crush, you could also slip your name into the list to see how they feel about you.
9. Partnership quiz
If you want to know where your relationship stands with your partner, this is one of THE best texting games to play. Here, each partner asks 20 odd/random trivia questions about themselves to find out how well the other knows them. You can also add some serious relationship questions to the mix.
If all goes well and you answer every question truthfully, it might give you a fresh perspective on your partner. Who knows, you might even learn something new that will make you fall in love with your girlfriend/boyfriend all over again!
10. The Riddler
The good news is that you do not have to be a Batman fan for this one. All you need to do is find some interesting riddles for your partner to solve and see if they can guess the correct answer. This is a really fun, brain-teaser kind of game when you try making your own riddles. Simply choose an object and describe its characteristics without fully disclosing what it is. For example, it flies high in the sky and never rests, it can take any shape it deems the best. And the answer is ‘clouds.’
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11. Who is it?
So, here we have the best guessing game of the lot. You would describe the traits or characteristics of a person and your opponent would have to guess who you are talking about. You can set rules as per your wish, like how many hints each player gets to make the correct guess and provide clues accordingly. Try it in a WhatsApp group of friends and with the right set of people, and this can turn out to be one of the most fun games to play over text.
12. Would you rather?
This texting game puts your partner in a dilemma by asking them to pick one thing from two difficult choices. You can also make it a little flirty by throwing questions about romantic interests, fetishes, fantasies, and more. Enjoy this intimate way to start a text conversation that could lead anywhere. As you continue playing, you would discover many shades of your beloved and get to know the person’s thinking process even better.
13. Let’s strip
From flirty conversations to a flirty texting game – you can try anything to keep the spark alive in your sex life, especially if you are living apart from your partner. To play this game, select a category about which you and your partner will ask each other 20 random questions. One wrong answer and you need to take off a piece of clothing, one at a time.
Some might say there are no losers in this because, by the time you finish the game, both of you are probably quite nude. And we all know what that means. Phone sex! I bet you are praying your partner gives all the wrong answers, aren’t you?
Looking for games to play with your boyfriend online? Try Fandom! From movies to sitcoms, we are all fans of one or another form of pop culture. In this game, you get to play a fun quiz round from one of your favorite fandoms (Friends, Harry Potter, Marvel World) which you both enjoy together. For instance: What is the name of Harry Potter’s owl? What does Joey never share? Let’s see who is the biggest fan! The winner gets ice cream.
15. The name game
There is a limit to how much boredom in a relationship you can take. If you’ve crossed that threshold and are now looking for games you can play over text to induce some much-needed excitement in your life, then here’s a great game to your rescue. Simply exchange random things or place names with your partner. Whatever the last letter of the first word is, that should be the starting letter for your next word. Simple, and not requiring a lot of energy, this is a fun game to play on those dull, tiring days.
Guess what! We have one of the best texting games for creative couples among our readers. Have you ever tried making a story with random sentences? Well, now is the time to do it. Each one of you writes random statements one after the other and tries to make a story out of it. Let your creative juices flow. This can turn out to be one of those rare 2-person texting games that helps you explore a hitherto unseen side of your partner and vice-versa.
17. Let’s sing
This is a gem of a game for music lovers and a desperate attempt to bring out the bathroom singer in your bae. Simply text song lyrics to your partner and they have to send you a voice note back singing those lines. It will be even more fun if you create your own lyrics or give them a tongue twister to sing. Or perhaps try being a little romantic with some mushy love songs.
18. Unpopular opinions
Everyone is opinionated but not all opinions are well-accepted in every social circle. Why not use those thoughts to get innovative with games to play with your partner over the phone? This is your chance to let it all out. Take turns and share your opinion in the chat that you feel is pretty unique and unconventional, and see if your partner is on the same page.
Also remember, you are not merely playing games. You are simultaneously trying to improve communication and check your compatibility score which is very crucial when you are looking forward to a long-term relationship.
19. Questions and questions
Next up on our list of texting games for couples is ‘questions and questions.’ Yes, you guessed it. The game is to answer one question with another. Try making a stream of conversation with some interesting queries and this could turn out to be one of the most amusing games to play on text. Still confused? Here’s how it goes:
Partner 1: “What are you doing?”
Partner 2: “What do you think I’m doing?”
20. Rap God
Time to tap into your inner rapper and poet. You start the game by picking a single word or a statement. Now it’s your partner’s turn and they have to come up with a rhyming word or sentence. Then you have to continue the rhyme. Carry on until you have created an interesting rap that can be turned into your own personal song. Fun tip: Try to keep your sentences short – maximum 3-4 words.
21. The abbreviation game
We all know what OMG and LOL mean but what is TL,DR (Too long; didn’t read) or NBD (no big deal)? If you like exploring new texting games to play with your partner, give this one a shot. Give each other acronyms to decode and see how good you both are with virtual communication. Plus, coming up with a creative answer for your self-made abbreviations help you build your very own love language and inside jokes
22. Fantasy team
At times, we all feel a bit sick of the burdens of our responsibilities in real life, and a little hideout in the fantasy world seems like a respite. And to make that respite last longer, you have to play this game where you can create a completely abstract scenario like a zombie apocalypse or underwater war situation. Then you go on making a team of celebrities, superheroes, or fictional creatures who will assist you in your quest. Whoever comes up with the strongest team wins!
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23. Word scramble
Do we have any wordsmith couples among our readers? Then this game is for you. You have to send one word with many letters. And your partner has to break it down and form as many words as they can from the letters. The only limit is players get one minute for each word. You keep score and the one who makes more words wins.
24. Guess the song
The bathroom isn’t the only place to hum. You may hum a song on a voice note and ask your partner or friend to guess it. Remember, you aren’t allowed to sing the lyrics. No cheating! And we suggest, to sound more romantic on the phone, keep your songs mellow and amorous. This is certainly one of the best games to play over text where you have a lot of room to experiment and truly take things to the next level with your lover.
25. What movie/series?
Every couple has their own list of favorite movies to watch together. And all these movies and series have a trademark catchphrase or dialogue. To play this game, you need to name it and the other person has to guess the movie title. For example, utter the words “My precious” and all fans of The Lord of the Rings will know it. The same goes for “We were on a break!” I’ll let you guess this one.
26. Category fan
The simplest of all the games we mentioned – one player picks a category and the other names as many things as they can think of under that category. For instance, if the category is ‘fruits,’ you can list mango, orange, pineapple, etc. Whoever can list the most items in different categories, wins. You can even select categories such as cars, bikes, Chinese food, and ice cream flavors if these are the points of common interest in your relationship.
27. Take a trip
While playing this game, you keep typing this line back and forth: “I am going to _______ and I’m taking ______.” Now both of you have to fill in the blanks to finish the incomplete sentence with humorous words. For instance, the end results will be hilarious if you have “I’m going to a zoo and I’m taking my zebra.” Start with the letter ‘A’ and go through all the alphabets until you get to ‘Z.’
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28. What’s my location?
Here’s how the gameplay goes – you think of different surroundings and areas in your mind – a reception area, hotel lobby, cafeteria, daycare, etc. Then you provide hints to your fellow player (there are swings, bells at the ceiling, a chalkboard, etc.) and they have to predict which location you are talking about. Is it a garden, a temple, or a classroom? This isn’t the easiest game of the lot, but it is really rewarding when you guess it right.
29. Gun to your head
This is one of the funniest games to play via texting. You give your partner silly and crazy scenarios and ask about what they would do if a gun was pointed at their head in that situation. For example, “Gun to your head, which politician would you like to punch?” There is only one rule: You ‘have’ to answer the question! You can make it as scandalous and raunchy as you like, depending on your relationship chemistry and comfort level with the person you’re playing with.
30. Tell the truth
You can play this fun texting game with your partner and make it as flirty or tricky as you wish. Start this game by setting a punishment well beforehand for the player who declines to answer, like sending everyone 5 bucks on Venmo or some silly dare they have to fulfill.
Now, ask a bunch of personal questions like “Have you ever slept with someone on a first date?” or “Who was your celebrity crush as a child?” A good laugh is assured in this game as you have no choice but to answer or else you face punishment. Intimate questions are also a great window into a partner’s psyche, so play on!
Still think texting is boring? We hope we convinced you otherwise with this considerably long list of texting games for couples. If nothing else, you must find this article helpful in improving your texting skills while also keeping you majorly entertained. So, it’s a win-win.
This article has been updated in April 2023.