With all that technology around us, our lives are becoming busier and busier and it gets increasingly hard to meet new people. Fortunately, social networks, the web and apps like Tinder represent a huge opportunity to make friends and even more than that. We’ll take a look at 10 apps that can help you have a good time or meet that special someone. While each of the apps below tries to accomplish the same goal, most of them add something extra that may appeal to you, so definitely check all 10 recommendations.
Loveflutter is a completely free dating service that adds a few twists to the generic hot-or-not dating app. Every member enters a #QuirkyFact about themselves during the setup process. This interesting tidbit aims to bring some personality to your profile and is the first thing other people will see – your photo is initially blurred and your #QuirkyFact is displayed on top of it.
The liking system is also improved – you will only be notified of people liking your profile only if you like them back. This solves the issue of having dozens of new likes every time you open the app. Once both parties have liked each other, a chat option appears and you can begin chatting with the other person.
Loveflutter also helps out in the selection of a place to go by recommending venues close to both of you while not sharing your location with anyone, including the other person. There is no email registration for the service, you have to log in using your Facebook credentials.
You can get Loveflutter for Free on the App Store – Link
Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) recommends to you one user of the app per day. Unlike many other apps that would simply randomly choose a person form their database, CMB integrates with Facebook to make sure that both of you have friends in common as well as similar interests. Doing so ensures that both of you will have something to talk about during your first date.
But to get to that date, you’d have to first like each other within 24 hours of CMB’s match recommendation. Afterward you’ll be given a private chatroom where you can learn more about each other.
Since Facebook is a core part of the app, you need to have an account to use the service. Additionally, the app is not available in all countries.
You can get Coffee Meets Bagel for Free on the App Store – Link
The Game by Hot or Not
The Game, created by the people who pioneered photo liking as a way to initiate contact between two members, stays true to its roots by letting you gain popularity thanks to your photos. There’s a really handy feature which lets you find interesting people nearby – perfect for those looking for a date while on a vacation or at a concert.
Like most other apps, you are required to log in using Facebook, but you can still choose the photos that will be put up for other members of The Game to see.
You can get The Game by Hot or Not for Free on the App Store – Link
DOWN Dating integrates with Facebook and lets you express interest in your friends, friends of friends as well as strangers. Your liking of the person is kept secret until they also express an interest in you. Once this happens you can either Get Down or Get a Date.
If you don’t have time to look for interesting people, DOWN Dating can send you 10 recommendations per day. The app also features a DOWN score which is a number form 0 to 10 and measures how popular a given person is.
You can get DOWN Dating for Free on the App Store – Link
Revealr takes a rather novel approach when it comes to meeting people – instead of going through a gallery of photos, you get to listen to 20-second clips of the other person and get a much better sense of their personality.
The signup process is the same as most other apps – you sign in via Facebook. Once you do so, you upload a photo, which is automatically pixelated to protect your privacy, and record a 20-second audio clip about yourself, your hobbies or anything that’s on your mind.
You search for people in the usual way, but rather than looking at photos, you get to listen to their 20-second clips. If you like what you hear, you can tap “Yes” to express an interest. If the other person returns the interest, both your photos are revealed and you’re free to continue chatting and meet up at some point.
You can get Revealr for Free on the App Store – Link
JCrush is a dating app targeted specifically at Jewish singles. The app works exactly as you would expect – you sign in via Facebook and you’re free to browse users’ profiles. Once you have a crush on someone, you can like them and if they like you back, a private chat option will become available. Everything else depends entirely on you.
You can get Crush for Free on the App Store – Link
Mingleton blends real-life interactions with online dating in a very innovative or creepy way, depending on your perspective. The app only shows you profiles of people up to 50 meters (54 yards) away from you. If you find someone you fancy, you can express an interest in them which stays private unless the other person also expresses an interest in you. In that case, you can continue learning more about each other through information that you’ve chosen to share on your profiles and a private in-app chat, and once you feel more comfortable with each other, you can get together in real life.
You can get Mingleton for Free on the App Store – Link
Hinge is another dating app that relies on your Facebook friends to give you suggestions for possible matches. Every recommendation is a verified real person with whom you have at least a few friends in common. The app also presents personalized introductions for every member where you can learn a bit about the person’s academic and professional background as well as their tastes and likes.
Currently, the app is available in just above 20 US cities.
You can get Hinge for Free on the App Store – Link
Plenty of Fish (POF)
POF is a more traditional dating app that has been around for a while and lets you build a profile from scratch. Thanks to their advanced matching system, they have attracted nearly 90 million users.
While the app and most basic functions like searching for people and chatting with them are free, the app does have a subscription in the form of an in-app purchase that allows more advanced things such as viewing a list of people who have visited your profile.
You can get POF for Free on the App Store – Link
Match is the mobile app version of match.com – a well-known dating website with a lot of active members. Using the app, you can access your profile or create one if you’re new to the service. Once you’re logged in, you will be able to chat with other members, view their photos, search for people nearby and send winks as a sign of interest.
Unfortunately, some features, such as text messaging, are not available if either of you doesn’t have a paid subscription. Speaking of subscriptions, it is worth noting that those renew themselves automatically and need to be turned off via your Apple ID’s settings.
You can get Match for Free on the App Store – Link