Can anyone honestly remember a life before dating apps? Over the past years, apps such as Tinder, Bumble, and OkCupid have become the normal way to meet people and, well, go on dates with them. But with so many apps on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right one. Let’s take a look at some of the best ones you can download for free and help you find the app that’s right for you. After all, Valentine’s Day is coming up…
1. Tinder (iOS and Android)
It’s a classic for a reason. Tinder is probably the most well-known, and the most downloaded dating app out there. Purely from a user base point of view, you have the most chances of matching with someone - there’s just so many people on Tinder, you’re bound to find someone you’re interested in (and vice-versa) in no time.
2. Bumble (iOS and Android)
Bumble is very similar to Tinder, in that you swipe left and right on people based on your location, but there is one major difference… Women are the only ones who can start a conversation with their matches. This gives women more power to choose people they actually like, and also saves them from receiving cringy chat-up lines 24/7.
3. Tastebuds (iOS only)
Not a big fan of swiping left or right on people based solely on their pictures? If you’d rather meet someone you have something in common with like your music taste, Tastebuds could be the app for you. When looking at people’s profiles, you can find out what their favourite songs or bands are and choose to swipe left or right accordingly.
4. Hinge (iOS and Android)
Meeting complete strangers off the Internet can be a little scary – there’s always the off chance that your date might be a serial killer! With Hinge, you can find comfort in the fact that you’ll have mutual friends with all your matches. Each day, you’ll see a set of potential matches, including the friends you have in common, and you’ll also see their last name after you match with them.
5. OkCupid (iOS and Android)
The leader in online dating websites, OKCupid, also offers an easy-to-use mobile app. While apps like Tinder and Bumble let you match with people based on location, OkCupid is based on common interests and values. You’ll have to answer some questions, so the app can pair you with people who share your values and not just random people who you might have nothing in common with.