Thanks to smart phones, these days we expect everything with the swipe of our fingertips. So why not potential love interests? There are plenty of free dating apps to try out, but these 11 are worth your time. They vary in seriousness, design and ease to use, allowing you to find someone to hang out with, meet new people and possibly the love of your life — all at the palm of your hand.
This is the mobile dating app that arguably started the craze. So much so, it was a popular Halloween costume in 2014. Tinder’s interface is easy: simply swipe right if you’re interested and left if you’re not. Then, your matches — who also swiped right on your profile — will show up at the end of the day and you’ll be given messaging capabilities to flirt and even set up a date.
Known for being the most data-driven dating sites, and one of the oldest, OkCupid has brought their match skills to the mobile world. With most of the capabilities from their website available, the app is user-friendly, allows you to find local matches and gives you instant photo uploading privileges.
Hinge is for those who would rather not waste their time with complete strangers. By using your Facebook account, the app will only connect you with friends, friends-of-friends and third degree friends. This makes for a comfortable introduction and less skepticism on whether this person really is who they say they are.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Like Hinge, Coffee Meets Bagel works off of your Facebook profile to give you a match with mutual friends. Everyday at noon, you’ll receive a “bagel,” who is a match based on your profile and you can either “Like” or “Pass.” If you choose to “Like,” then you and your “bagel” will be given access to a private chatroom to get to know each other.
How About We
If you’re in search of the perfect first date, How About We is the place to be. This app allows users to describe their ideal first-date and from there choose who you’re interested in. Users can look at other users’ date ideas, profile and messages and plan to meet each other offline.
Known for pioneering online dating, Match.com has now brought mobile users a way to use their app. By sending users “winks,” updating your profile, and receiving daily matches, the app has plenty of options to interact with potential lovers. If you have a Match.com subscription, an array of features like knowing who viewed your profile and liked your pictures can be unlocked.
Grindr is specifically catered to gay, bisexual and bi-curious men. The app is based off of geolocation, pairing users with other men in close proximity. With such great success in gay culture, it’s said to be more common to exchange Grindr usernames than Facebook names or numbers.
Down users receive matches based on the Facebook profile. The app lets you go through your Facebook friends and mutual friends and tag whoever you think is sexy. From there, it will give you mutual interests. Down highlights that the user’s interests will be kept safe and anonymous and your Facebook friends won’t know your choices if you don’t want them to.
Plenty of Fish
Plenty of Fish boasts a user base of more than 70 million. If you’ve been into online dating for a while, you’ve definitely heard of this app. Plenty of Fish gives users the most potential variety and possibilities in its large user population.
Badoo is an online chat, dating and social networking site originated in London. It takes a different approach to online dating by showing you people who have been to the same places you have.
Bumble is similar to the Tinder format of dating apps but it’s all up to the woman to make the move. If the girl doesn’t make the first move within 24 hours, the match disappears. Bumble lets you match with people across the country which will add a nice spice of variety to your matches.
Whether you like them or not, mobile dating apps are on the rise. They are becoming increasingly popular with young and older crowds and, for many, have fulfilled their dating desires.
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