What are app-controlled sex toys? Everything you need to know including brands and how they work

App-controlled sex toys

App-controlled sex toys are a perfect way to have socially-distanced fun with a partner, but what are they and how exactly do they work?

Well, allow us to shed some light on the matter. Basically, app-controlled sex toys help people have fun and fulfilling sex lives with their partner(s) even if you don’t live in the same city – or country.

During the coronavirus pandemic these apps and vibrating sex toys peaked in popularity as many couples were separated due to lockdown, while others found companionship through virtual dating.

There are loads of different vibrators available including prostate and clitoris massagers, butt plugs, love eggs and cock rings that your partner can control by ramping up or slowing down the vibration intensity, speed and rhythm.

All of this can be done while you’re on a video call together, because today’s technologies aren’t stopping anyone’s sex life.

This guide should help you find out everything you need to know to get started with app-controlled sex toys, from the different apps available, what toys you can use and where to get them.

How do app controlled sex toys work?

Simply touch your screen to vibrate your partners sex toy. (WeVibe)

Simply touch your screen to vibrate your partners sex toy. (WeVibe)

As we mentioned above, app-controlled sex toys let partners have fun no matter where they are. They are ideal for any relationships that are long-distance as the toys are controlled by your movements, so it helps spark or maintain intimacy between you and someone else.

They work by connecting your sex toy to an app while your partner controls it from their phone, which works as a remote control, using different strokes, rhythms, intensities – or even songs. Plus with some apps you can both connect a toy and each feel the other’s movements from anywhere in the world.

You’ll need a smart phone, one of the apps that are available, Bluetooth, WiFi and (of course) a vibrating sex toy. Scroll down for more info on all of this.

What apps are there?

The Lovense app has a number of different functions. (Lovense)

The Lovense app has a number of different functions. (Lovense)

Let’s start with the apps you can use as there are quite a few to choose from. The most popular – and the ones with plenty of different sex toy options – are Lovense and We-Connect by We-Vibe.

Both of these have sex toys available from the likes of Lovehoney and Amazon, including g-spot stimulators for all bodies, cock rings, butt plugs and sets that also come with remote controls.

Other apps include Svakom, OhMiBod and Desire by Lovehoney which work similarly, and again you’ll need that branded toy to connect with its app.

These are all available to download on the Google Play and Apple Store. Once you’ve downloaded the app just set up an account for free and then you can connect your toy to it, then, after that you will need to add your partner(s) to get started.

There are ‘popular patterns’ from other users that you can download and use on your partner’s toy, or you can create and save your own patterns while figuring out what you both enjoy.

Plus you can play back the patterns anytime you want for solo play so you don’t always need to be logged on at the same time.

What toys can I get?

This butt plug can be connected to the Lovense app for long-distance play. (Lovehoney)

This butt plug can be connected to the Lovense app for long-distance play. (Lovehoney)

App-controlled sex toys aren’t the cheapest options out there, but there is plenty of variety.

Lovehoney offer around 40 app-controlled sex toys with prices starting at £49.99 going up to as much as £249.99. The price range is similar on Amazon but it’s a little harder to navigate as there are so many different retailers and products.

On the Lovehoney website you can filter down the results to your preference. There are anal vibrator, butt plug, cock ring, love egg, prostate massager, handheld masturbator, clitoral vibrator, magic wand and rabbit vibrator app-controlled toys to choose from.

Once you’ve picked the area of the body you want to try out with the app controller, you can filter it down further, for example, ‘extra quiet vibrators’ for discreetness, or you can filter the toys to your preferred brand and app.

Lovehoney has products from Lovense, OhMiBod, Svakom, Desire, Womanizer and Satisfyer, so there are plenty of options. You can head to the app-controlled vibrator page here.

If you’re after We-Vibe We-Connect then Amazon is the best place as it has a dedicated page for the brand. This includes g-spot vibrators, although this brand does have some mixed reviews, with a number of customers saying that they had trouble connecting with the app. So browse the different options before committing to a toy.

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