The dating game: Apps to help you play it

Last updated: March 6, 2019

Love-life savior or necessary evil? Call them what you want, dating apps can open the door to real romance. Whether you’re looking to broaden your dating pool or just hoping to chat up that cutie you always see on the train, take the leap with these apps.
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Hinge - Dating & Relationships

Mature 17+
55,126
1,000,000
Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Clever prompts and questions make it easy (or at least easier) to share more about yourself than a pic
  2. 2Say goodbye to swipes: Make your move by liking or commenting on a specific photo or answer
  3. 3No lazy profiles: Your browsing and matching capabilities are limited until your profile’s full

happn – Local dating app

Mature 17+
1,374,358
50,000,000
Contains ads
·
Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1For missed connections: Match with the person you pass on your daily commute, or almost said hi to at the bar
  2. 2See where and when you and your potential dates crossed paths on a map, with seven days’ history
  3. 3Go invisible to turn off your geolocation tracking for up to eight hours (or schedule it with Premium)

Tinder

Mature 17+
3,511,796
100,000,000
Contains ads
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Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1Meet new people quickly: Seamless sign-up process means you can start swiping in seconds
  2. 2Mutual likes enable messaging, so you know they’re intrigued before saying hi
  3. 3“Super Like” someone to bump your profile up in their queue — and signal that you’re (super) interested

OkCupid - The #1 Online Dating App for Great Dates

341,206
10,000,000
Contains ads
·
Offers in-app purchases
Why we love this
  1. 1In-depth profiles make for highly personalized match suggestions with this compatibility-focused app
  2. 2Non-binary profile options: Choose from a wide range of sexual orientation and gender options
  3. 3Search matches by interests and more – or sort by “Special Blend,” which takes match percentage and more into account
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