Pretzel: connect travelers with like-minded locals for recommendations and advice AND connect language learners with native speakers for 1-on-1 practice. Pretzel is a video messaging app, so you will always talk with real people and not bots or spammers. There’s no pressure because turn-by-turn video messaging lets you watch and reply to messages whenever it fits your schedule. There are no appointments in Pretzel and you can connect to people in any time zone.

In exchange for the free help you get, simply pay-it-forward by giving help to other users who want advice about where you live or who want to practice your native language.

Pretzel is free to download and free to:

- Receive unlimited video messages.
- Browse everyone, everywhere.
- Make unlimited connections all over the world.
- Send up to 30 video messages every 24 hours.
- Add multiple expert or practice languages

If you ever hit the daily send-message limit, either wait for a fresh batch of messages or buy Extra Messages, which never expire.

In Pretzel, a conversation begins if and only if both parties want to connect. Indicate who you want to talk with by simply swiping right on the photo when browsing. When you connect, we reveal who is helping whom.

There’s never any confusion about who should initiate. Each conversation in Pretzel begins with the expert’s pre-recorded video greeting.

- Talk like a local: for practicing a language you want to improve
- Travel like a local: for getting advice about a particular country or city
- Give help to others: to meet new people from all over the world

Anyone can use Pretzel, but you can especially benefit if...

... you love to travel, but seek experiences that go beyond the typical tourist traps

... you just moved to a new city and want to meet new people who speak your language(s)

... you are currently enrolled in language courses or using language-learning apps and software, but don’t have the confidence to actually speak the language

... you previously studied a foreign language, but don’t have enough opportunity to strengthen or maintain those skills

... you like meeting new people for networking, for friendship, for travel advice, or just for fun. (If this describes you, make sure you browse in "Give help to others" mode)

Please note, the following permissions are required to use Pretzel: Location, Camera, Microphone

Sign up for Pretzel is currently enabled through your Facebook, LinkedIn or Google account.

Pretzel is a registered trademark of Pretzel, Inc.

What’s New

Version 1.4.3

This version corrects a technical glitch with signup.

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Alex Smith17 ,

Not bad at all

I wish someone told me about this app before. I don’t review often, I am lazy and greedy. But this one solves my real need, not something that mobile apps do often lately. I am an immigrant so visiting new places in the US is a constant discovery for me and i often need help. And i travel to countries nearby where some cultural help is even more needed for myself :)

I hope the intro feature where i don't need to login first to start using it, but maybe its just me, a privacy freak:)

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your feedback :)

We have recently launched, so you're actually among the early adopters of Pretzel! You are exactly the kind of person we had in mind when coming up with the idea and we're thrilled that you find meaningful value in our product.

The reason we require a login to use the app is that it's a way to keep people honest in how they represent themselves, their native language and their home location. Without this measure in place, you might not have confidence that the person you're connecting with is actually who they claim to be.

zakscloset ,

Great idea!

I love this app! Not only it helps me connect with other people and learn new languages, but also has a nice slick design and an intuitive user interface. Really brilliant idea and I love the name too 🥨

Wagner De Paula ,

Love this idea!

Just wish there were more people here. Can’t wait to test it on my next trip!

Developer Response ,

We love that you love it! We're working hard to get more users. We encourage you to help spread the word in your social feeds or by posting to sites like Product Hunt. For your convenience, we've created a tool that allows you to post to social from inside the app (Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Messenger). Look for the social icons and just tap to share it in your feed.


Pretzel, Inc.
50 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Spanish

Age Rating
Frequent/Intense Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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