No guide to dating apps is complete without Tinder. It doesn’t always get the praise it deserves, but for the vast majority of people looking for a partner, Tinder is ideal.
It caters to everyone, and its simple swipe-to-like mechanic takes away all the fuss, making it ideal for even the busiest singletons. What’s more, Tinder is completely free, and so popular these days that you’re guaranteed to find a long list of potential partners in your area.
Tinder’s simple approach means it’s popular among casual daters, but you will find plenty of users who are ready to get serious, too. In fact, I met my current partner on Tinder and things have been going great for a while now.
Focused on fun, Blendr concentrates on your location to match you with other users in your area who want to chat (and more). It now boasts more than 200 million users worldwide so there are plenty of people to choose from, and it’s quick to get started.
Blendr lets you share interests and specify exactly “what kinds of activities you want to do with the people you chat with.” It’s ideal for those who know just what they’re looking for and want to get straight to the point.
Pure doesn’t beat around the bush (no pun intended); it’s a no frills hookup app that doesn’t pretend to be anything else, and it’s aimed at those who are looking for “an after-dark adventure” and not a serious relationship.
It’s so casual, in fact, that Pure lets you chat with other users for a maximum of one hour. The idea is that you get the small talk out of the way, agree on what you want and where you want it, then get down to business.
With no social media links or email addresses required, Pure is discreet, but you’ll need a subscription priced at $ a month to enjoy it (though there is a 7-day free is millionairematch gratis trial). You will also need to be 18 or over.
If you’re not so concerned about being discreet, you may want to try Down, which helps you find a casual partner based on your Facebook friends. Simply choose the ones you’d like to hookup with, and when the feeling’s mutual, Down will make you both aware.
Down also presents you with 10 or more people nearby every day, but you can browse as many profiles as you want. It’s also straight to the point; whenever you start a conversation with a new match, Down lets both users know exactly what the other is looking for.
Same-sex soul mates
Many of the apps we’ve already mentioned will help you find a same-sex relationship, but there are some designed specifically for the LGBT community.
By far the most popular dating app for gay and bisexual men, with over 5 millions users worldwide, Grindr makes it incredibly easy to find other men nearby.
Its simple approach presents you with 100 users in a location-based grid, then lets you chat and share images. You can “star” guys you’re interested in and block those you don’t want to talk to, or use the search filters to find the perfect match.
Her promises to be the biggest and best app for lesbians and bisexuals. Its friendly approach helps users find new friends when they’re not quite ready for new lovers, and connect with other LGBT users in their community.
Her also keeps users connected with lesbian news and local events, and lets you ask others for advice on almost any topic.