The Best Dating Apps
With more and more people turning to the convenience of online dating, there are tons of dating apps available for smart phones these days. And why not? With a dating app you don’t need to get all dressed up and leave the house just to meet Mr or Miss Right. If you’re looking to plunge into the world of online dating, then we’ve got a list of some of the best dating apps out there. Some of them you might have heard of, others are a little less familiar…
We’re starting with Tinder for a few reasons. It’s one of the most popular dating apps around, which means there are plenty of users to choose from. It’s also extremely easy to use and takes next to no time at all to set up. Simply link your newly downloaded Tinder app to your Facebook account, and the app will do the rest. Tinder takes only your first name, age and profile pic from Facebook, so no other info will leak out. Then you can anonymously browse people in your area, and check the ones you’re interested in. Only if that person signals a similar interest in you will you be able to communicate. No strings, no turning people down, no talking to people that don’t like your profile, no wasting time. Simple and easy. Tinder is free for both Android and iOS.
HowAboutWe is a little different from most other dating apps in that the point is you suggest a date. Maybe you want to go rollerskating, or catch a movie. You suggest a date and other people choose whether or not to take you up on it. Alternatively, you search for dates that you might want to go on. Be clear that the app is meant for dating, not just for making friends, so there is some expectation there. But if you’re tired of judging potential mates on their looks and profiles, then HowAboutWe lets you meet people who are into the same kinds of activities as you are. HowAboutWe is free and available on Android and iOS.
If you’re a bit nervous about meeting strangers online (and you have every right to be), then Hinge might be the dating app for you. Input your basic info, and the app does the rest. Every day Hinge will send you a list of potential mates, but the trick is that you and this match have some kind of mutual friend link through Facebook. That means that you’re not meeting a total stranger, and since you have friends in common you both have to be somewhat accountable for what you do and say. Of course, Hinge works better for people who have more than a handful of Facebook friends. Hinge is iOS and Android, and free too…
OK Cupid is another of the big hitters on the dating app market, and has loads of users no matter where you live. You will need to spend a little time setting up a fairly detailed profile and answering at least a few of the app’s questions. These questions (and there are hundreds of them if you’re patient enough to answer them all) go from whether you’re a cat or dog person to what sort of things you like in the sack, and are used to rate how compatible you are with other users. OK Cupid has a pretty high success rate for meeting matches, which is one of the reasons that it’s so popular. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.
Pure is for you if you don’t want to waste any time. There’s no messaging, no flirting, no playing around. You use the app only when you’re ready to drop whatever it is that you’re doing and go meet someone in real life. Pure is a bit of a compromise between real world dating and online dating. You do get to see a profile, but the only way to have contact is to signal your intent and then go meet up. Ideal for the busy dater that doesn’t want to spend weeks sending messages back and forth before finding out if there’s any chemistry there. Pure is iOS only at the moment.
Think brains and funny are more important than looks? Then Loveflutter is the app you’ve been looking for. Rather than showing a picture of potential matches, the app shows you a quirky fact they’ve written about themselves. You’ll only be able to see a picture and profile once you’ve liked that fact (and your match will find out if you do…). Loveflutter is for those that want a deeper connection than just appearances, and works pretty well, or at least gives you a laugh or two. It is iOS only right now though.
Hitch is a cute little app that takes all the responsibility out of dating. Rather than choosing your own match, Hitch connects to your Facebook account and lets your friends choose matches for you. All you’ll get is the age of your match, the name of the friend that matched you, and a short message. Once the two of you have chatted through the app, you can send a Reveal Request that the other person can choose to accept or not, which should let you find out more info about them. Fun and anonymous, at least until you choose to Reveal, can your friends choose a better mate for you than you can? Free and available for Android and iOS.
There are a few dating apps out there that are pretty specific, and whilst not deserving a listing of their own definitely deserve an honourable mention. Grindr is a dating app geared towards gay and bi sexual men, and by far the biggest gay dating app out there. Bristlr is for men with beards and the women that like them (yes, seriously). Tastebuds links matches who have the same taste in music. And there are plenty more like these. Whether you’re into dating rich men, married women or dog owners, there’s a specific dating app for most groups these days. All you need to do is search online, and you’ll be sure to come up with something!