Frequently Asked Questions 

Why should I download Locals?


Do you have an app that offers local recommendations, supports small business, inspiring a new community of locals and more? If the answer is no, you need to download Locals Insight right now! 

Locals Insight serves as THE place for recommendations, as they are recs by locals for everyone.   Instead of rummaging through Instagram posts, Google searches and personal blogs, you can easily scroll through Locals Insight’s explore page to get inspired for things to do, see, eat, explore and 21+! Our users are encouraged to share their favorite hidden spots, mom and pop shops and any small businesses that make up their local experience. It’s way too difficult nowadays to find these local shops since the “bigger” named businesses take up most of the attention on popular apps such as Yelp. 

Locals Insight is not just an app. It’s a community dedicated to sharing the local culture and experiences with people who are willing to embrace it. We encourage you to join us by downloading “Locals Insight” on the Apple App store and following our social media accounts to stay updated and inspired!


When is Locals launching?

We have Launched! After a year of designing our UX/UI designs and development with our team in India, we have finally launched the first version of our app. With this step, we hope to share local recommendations across the Bay Area and gain the traction we need to continue developing our precious product to span the country, and in a few years, the world!


How did Locals start?

When we studied abroad, we got the opportunity to travel over the weekends. Yet, it was so hard to find things to do, see, eat, and experience! Whenever we looked things up, we would get generic recommendations like McDonald’s or the overcrowded places with the most reviews. It was so difficult to get to know the area we were visiting – that is unless we knew a local there who could show us around or looked at 20 different blogs. We asked, why isn’t there one place we can find the information this local/blogs are giving us? And thus, Locals was born; a one-stop-shop to provide a local experience. 


How is Locals different from Yelp?

We often found it difficult to find a vast variety of recommendations on Yelp, unless you knew specifically what you were looking for. When we look up San Francisco in general on Yelp, only 3 recommendations come up! Locals was created to help solve this problem; it provides a full feed of searchable places that allow for greater exploration and discovery. Locals caters to a different need by broadening their perspectives and showing them new experiences. With a simple search of a city name, you can see all the things to do, see, eat, experience, as well as 21+ activities/places as well!


Is Locals just an app?

No! We are a movement that provides a local experience by supporting locals. We have a robust social media presence, where we highlight various businesses and their specialties. Most importantly, we have a YouTube channel full of businesses we interview to share their story; it shows why people all around the Bay Area have started their businesses. These YouTube videos tell a story & motivate everyone to head into these businesses to support these people! Our website highlights these interviews as well as our online community that emphasizes bringing the world together to create a worldwide sense of community someday.


What is the future of Locals?

While we are starting in the Bay Area, the goal is to span the world to support both locals and travellers alike in their daily lives. We are looking to change the way people travel by revealing the hidden secrets that locals hold while building local businesses around the world. We hope to bridge the gap between different cultures, helping one another understand each other to ease foreign fears as well as provide the greatest experience while travelling. Someday, we will be the one app to use to find hidden local gems at home and when travelling, connect with locals when you travel, show you how to use the local transportation, sign up for a local to show you around in any city you are in, and so much more.