The market is saturated with dating apps that claim to be the best or most successful. However, many of them fold and fall into obscurity quickly after they launch. There are also those that have been around for a long time, but you’ve never actually heard of anyone who met a date or a long-term partner on them.
However, there are dating apps that are doing it right and are successful in bringing people together. Let’s take a look at the dating apps that actually work.
Tinder was introduced back in 2012 and has quickly grown into one of the biggest and most influential dating apps out there. It is available on both iOS and Android platforms, and there’s also a web-based version. More than 50 million people regularly use Tinder.
What launched Tinder into the stratosphere was the then-innovative concept of swiping on potential matches. Also, it was one of the first apps of its kind oriented towards hook-ups instead of long-term relationships.
Tinder is very simple to use and has a clean, intuitive layout. It is also good in protecting its users from unsolicited messages and spammers, as people you haven’t matched with can’t message you.
Bumble was founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd after she parted ways with Tinder. The app was launched in December 2014. Android and iOS apps are available, but you can also access the app via the official web site.
Bumble works similar to Tinder, but what sets it apart is the way it handles matches. For example, if there’s a match between a man and a woman, only the female participant can start the conversation. She has to do so in 24 hours after the match or the match is lost. Optionally, both sides can invoke a 24-hour extension of the match period. In case of a same-sex match, either party can kick off the chat.
Another interesting feature is the BFF mode. People can use it to look for friends and buddies to hang out with. In the Bumble Biz mode, you can look for a new job or even mentor someone.
On OkCupid, you are matched with other users based on a long questionnaire you have to fill after you’ve created a profile. Apart from giving your answers, you can also pick the answers you’d like your potential match to give.
However, instead of directly matching you with compatible users, OkCupid will show you a list of potential matches. You can then tap or click on “Matches,” and start browsing. You can like and message people, though the latter option has shown better results.
Her started back in 2013 and quickly rose as one of the most popular dating apps for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. Non-binary people are also welcome. However, cisgender men are forbidden from the platform.
At the moment of this writing, Her is available as an online website, and there are also iOS and Android apps. The apps and the website have a very clean layout and are easy to navigate. Dattch, the company that owns Her, claims that the platform has over 4 million users.
In terms of features, this app offers a pretty standard package. You can match with other users and chat with them. The platform also shares news from the LGBTQ+ world, as well as queer and lesbian events that take place in the user’s area.
Match.com has been around way before smartphones. It started out as a dating website in 1995. The platform is also available for Android and iOS. Instead of worldwide availability, Match is limited to 25 countries.
It should be noted that Match has both free and paid versions. The first six months of basic subscription will cost you $21 a month. Premium membership costs more, but it also gives you the list of people who have recently checked out your profile, as well as other perks.
When you register, you will fill out a basic questionnaire about your age, gender, and dating preferences. After that, you will get personalized matches every day, curated by Match’s algorithm. The platform is relatively simple and it takes minutes to get a hang of it.
Hinge has been around since 2012 and it uses a pretty unique matching concept. Instead of random matches with people based only on geographical proximity or a set of matching answers to questions, Hinge matches users who have friends in common on Facebook. It can also show you a profile of someone who is a friend of your Facebook friend’s friend. Hinge is available for Android and iOS users.
When you register, you will have to swipe left or right to a series of questions to answer “Yes” or “No.” This makes the questionnaire part that so many dating apps have so much easier and fun to do. After that, you can start browsing.
When you find someone you like, you can try to match with them. However, you can’t send them a message if you don’t match. This prevents users from sending unsolicited messages and pictures. The good thing about Hinge is that it matches you with people that you have mutual friends with, and that’s always a good conversation starter. On the downside, you can quickly run out of potential matches.
Raya combines dating and networking features into one social platform. It is oriented towards people working in creative industries and is pretty hard to get into, as you can’t join the platform on your own. Instead, you need to be referred by a current member. After that, a committee will decide your fate. The reported acceptance rate is around 8%.
Once you get in, you can use the platform to search for a date or to network. Raya will show you a map with places and venues in your vicinity where users are frequently hanging out. Thanks to its strict acceptance policy and strict rules, Raya has a respectful and well-mannered community.
Your Next Date Might Be a Swipe Away
Online dating sites have been around since the dawn of the internet. In the last decade, mobile dating apps have taken over. You should opt for a platform that appeals to your style and preferences the most and give it a shot.
Do you use dating apps? If no, would you give any app on this list a chance? If yes, which one do you use and what are your experiences? Let us know in the comments section below.