The Best Hookup Apps For the iPhone

Like nearly every other sector in our modern world, technology has changed how dating and hookups work in our society. There are dozens of dating apps out there, but not all of them are created equally. While most call themselves “dating apps” and have the intention of getting people into relationships, some have a big reputation for being more for hookups and casual fun than actual long-term relationships. Whether you lead a busy life or you’re just looking for something not-so-serious, you may prefer a method for finding a quick fling over a long-term relationship. Most dating apps can provide you with some sort of short-term meetup, but there are certain dating apps where it’s a bit gauche to use their service to find a fling when most users are looking for something more serious.

With the advent of smartphones and other similar technological leaps, being forced to go to a bar or party with the express purpose of hooking up with someone has been retired, for the benefit of everyone involved. You don’t have to feel odd or uncomfortable trying to find someone who’s looking for the same connection as you, since these apps are often all based around quick hookups or casual relationships. Using these apps is a far easier method than heading out to a bar or party, and you can do it all from the comfort of your couch. There are plenty of apps that are aimed at more “serious” relationships, including Plenty of Fish or Okcupid, but these are all based around some form of casual relationships or hookups.

And remember, before you meet anyone in public or give any personal details out to a stranger, make sure you feel comfortable with the individual, along with a standard level of trust between the two of you. Stay safe over all else.

 

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Grindr

Grindr, the first app from the creators of Blendr, was one of the first social dating and hookup apps to appear in the App Store geared towards gay and biseual men. Grindr's available in a ton of countries and areas and, unlike pretty much every other app on this list, isn't made under the guise of being a dating and casual encounter app. Nope, in this case, Grindr wears its message on its sleeve: Grindr is for hooking up with other gay and bisexual men around you. Unlike other apps like Tinder, Grinder shows you exactly where and how far away other Grindr users are from you. This makes it easy to meet other men looking to hookup or meetup in person, without having to deal with the social anxiety and dangers that can spawn from trying to meet another gay man. Unlike other apps, everyone on Grindr is on the same page when it comes to dating. For obvious security reasons, apps like Grindr could never really work well with straight relationships—showing your location on a map as a woman is just asking for a dangerous stalker or assaulter to attack—but if you're a gay man looking to meet other gay men, Grindr is absolutely the place to go.

Bumble

Bumble is one of the hottest, most-talked about apps in the dating industry right now for one reason: unlike Tinder, there's a limitation on how conversations. Let's take a look. Bumble boasts having the highest post-match chat in the industry, which they claim spawns from their respective rules when it comes to chats. Once a match has been made, only the woman in the situation (if it's a heterosexual match) can begin talking, stopping creeps from trying to lay down some terrible pickup lines—or worse. In a same-sex match, both people have to respond to each other within twenty-four hours. And of course, there's a robust reporting feature within the app in order to discourage people from inhibiting disrespectful behavior and messages towards each other. The app's free, with an optional subscription service available, and sees regular updates to the app with bug fixes and new features.

PURE

Pure is an incredibly simple and straightforward hookup app on the App Store, one of our favorites. All you need to get started is to upload a selfie of yourself. Once you like another person's profile and they like yours—just like Tinder—you can begin a chat. A unique feature of this app comes from the hour limit users have for chatting, which stops any kind of annoying or long-term chat that can drag on. There's no doubting this app is purely for fun and hookups; the company itself even supports that notion. Pure markets itself as an app not for relationships, but for after-dark fun, and for that very reason, it's a ton of fun to use to meet people in your neighborhood who are down to get down. Here's the one downside to Pure: other than a free trial, it's a paid subscription app. You're going to have to pay to use the service, and some users might not care for a new monthly or annual fee (especially since the cheapest plan is a $14.99 weekly fee). Still, if you need a hookup app, this one is the most direct, self-aware app we've seen on the App Store.

Down

Down is an app based on providing you with ten matches per day based on your location. In that regard, the app is far more toned down than its competitors like Tinder or Blendr, where you can cycle through dozens of different people in a day. As has been found with Tinder's own limitations, this helps to spawn natural discussion between you and your ten matches, without the feeling like you don't need to talk to anyone. You can specify whether you're looking for a strong relationship or simple casual fun, making it easy to determine what you want compared to what other users are looking for. You can choose between "getting date" and "getting down" with your matches, and the user won't know what you've chosen unless they select the same. The app boasts over 5 million users, and with local users around the world, you're bound to find a great match.

Mimitate

You're probably familiar with the term "Netflix and chill," a dating euphemism meme that essentially refers to asking someone of your preferred sex to come over to "watch Netflix," which will inevitably lead to an episode of Parks and Rec playing in the background while you, er, chill. The phrase grew throughout the country's lexicon so much, became so common, an app was invented solely for the purpose of "chilling." This app, Mimitate, is simple enough: men post a selfie of themselves watching their favorite content on Netflix. If someone is interested in your selfie, they can initiate a chat. The app's a great premise, but a lack of recent updates and reviews on the iTunes listing tells us the market for Mimitate might just not be there. Still, it's worth trying, especially if you're interested in finding someone who loves binging Orange is the New Black as much as you do.

Posted by Kale Havervold on July 4, 2017

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