13 Best Apps Like Tinder (Free Alternatives for Android & iOS)

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13 Best Apps Like Tinder (Free Alternatives for Android & iOS)

Brittney Mayer Brittney Mayer • 7/18/17

Tinder is one of the most well-known dating apps around. Founded in 2012, this was the first dating app to offer the swipe matching feature (right for yes and left for no). Today, Tinder creates 26 million matches a day and has been mimicked and referenced in popular shows, like “Master of None,” and movies like “How to Be Single.”

But Tinder isn’t the only awesome dating app out there — plenty of other dating apps making their mark on the space are worth giving a try. Below are 13 apps that are very much like Tinder and that we’d highly recommend, whether you’re an iPhone or Android user.

1. Zoosk

Out of the apps on this list, Zoosk is most like Tinder because its 38 million members are mostly younger singles and it has a fun matching system called the Carousel. You’re presented with a compatible profile based on your criteria, and then you can tap the check mark if you like the person, the X icon if you don’t, or “Maybe” if you’re not sure and want to decide later.

Zoosk

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4.9/5.0
Zoosk

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Casual Dates, Relationships
  • Match Sysytem: Search for and receive matches
  • About the App: Zoosk is the number one app for finding dates, and if you sync up your Google+ or Facebook account, you can have a profile in seconds. The app has 38 million members and will deliver matches to your inbox on a daily basis based on your behavior such as who you search for, like or don't like, and message. The Carousel is another section for matching (tap the heart if it's a yes and the X if it's a no).
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The app is very comparable in price as well. It’s free to download it (via iTunes or Google Play), add your information and photos from Facebook or Google+ (or on your own), browse, flirt (e.g., winks and likes), and communicate (e.g., receive messages).

2. Match

Match is a longstanding name in the dating industry (having been founded in 1995) and is responsible for more romantic connections than numerous of its competitors. The app doesn’t skimp on the affordability component either — it’s 100% free for all your basic features.

Match.com

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Match.com

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Fun Dates, Serious Relationships
  • Match Sysytem: Browse by location, age, interest, and more
  • About the App: Available via the App Store and Google Play, Match is a fantastic app for dates and relationships. With a user base of 30 million singles, Match is where you'll have a high chance of success. It's free to download, create a profile, search for and receive matches around the corner and across the world, find missed connections, "like" people, as well as send and receive winks.
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While Tinder mostly focuses on location-based matching, Match does this as well as matching based on sexual orientation, religion, interests, lifestyle, and on-site behaviors.

3. EliteSingles

Every month, Elite Singles attracts thousands of singles (290,000, to be exact) from 25 countries and practically every background. But the main thing a majority of them have in common is they’re highly educated — about 82% have a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree.

Elite Singles

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Elite Singles

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Deep Relationships
  • Match Sysytem: Search by education, lifestyle habits, age
  • About the App: Commitment-minded, professional daters will feel at home with Elite Singles, which can be downloaded for free in the App Store or Google Play. Not only is everyone looking for a long-term partner, but 80% of members hold a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree. Elite Singles sees 210,000 visitors and 2,500 users finding love every month, so it's one of the fastest growing and most reputable apps.
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If you want a more relationship-oriented atmosphere than what you can find on Tinder, Elite Singles is a great option. More than 2,500 singles find love via the app on a monthly basis.

4. Adult Friend Finder

Swiping on Tinder is usually based on looks, which is why its members tend to have hookups on the brain. As an alternative, we’d suggest you try Adult Friend Finder. On this app, which works on iOS and Android, you won’t have to weed through incompatible people — every one of its 77 million members are interested in adult fun only. That could be a one-night stand, threesome, or affair, to name a few.

AFF.com

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AFF.com

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Hookups Only
  • Match Sysytem: Filter by distance, gender, encounter
  • About the App: With 77 million members, Adult Friend Finder is one of the most popular apps for the sex community. It doesn't matter if you're single or part of a couple — you're welcome to search for sex buddies, threesomes, and other casual encounters. And you won't have to pay to do that as well as download the app, fill out a profile, and chat.
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Adult Friend Finder doesn’t charge singles to register, create a profile, add photos, or view profiles and photos. And there’s no charge to search by age, distance, and type of encounter, get notifications about matches, and chat in certain ways.

5. Bumble

Bumble is considered the female-friendly version of Tinder because the app works in practically the same way (messaging is enabled when two people swipe right on each other). However, the women have to send the first message within 24 hours or the connections disappears. For same-sex couples, either one can send the first message. The creators of Bumble said they based their “concept on the feedback from tons of women who were tired of being spammed with annoying messages.”

Screenshot of the Bumble homepage

Just like Tinder, users swipe right and left on Bumble, but women are the ones who must send the first message to keep the connection.

Some unique aspects of Bumble include the ability to extend the 24-hour deadline, undo a mistake if you swiped the wrong way on someone, and see people who’ve already swiped right on you.

6. OkCupid

From the beginning, OkCupid has been completely free, and the site promises it will always be that way. The app is known as the math nerds of the dating industry because it has one of the most intricate and accurate matching algorithms. It uses your answers to dozens of dating questions as well as how you want a date to answer those same questions.

Screenshot of the OkCupid homepage

Everything is free on OkCupid and will remain that way until the end of time, as the app promises.

OkCupid sees over 1 million app installs a week (iPhone and Android combined), and its users send over 7.3 million messages a day. To join them, all you have to do is download it and keep your wallet in your pocket.

7. Hinge

Also known as “the Relationship App” or “the Anti-Tinder,” Hinge focuses on quality instead of quantity. About 63% of users want a relationship, and the app delivers 10 potential matches to your Discovery section every day. You can also search by age, gender, location, appearance, and religion, among other things.

Screenshot of the Hinge homepage

Hinge has been called “the Anti-Tinder” because it’s only meant for serious relationships, not hookups.

The main way to start a conversation with a match is to comment on their profile, which Hinge calls a Story, or photos. The team says this makes it less stressful to break the ice because people aren’t relying just on looks.

8. Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) was launched by three women who observed how differently men and women approached dating and wanted to make the experience more efficient, fun, and successful. Recently, the app launched a campaign called #LadiesChoice — which sends men 21 matches (aka Bagels) a day they can like or pass on, while the women are only sent Bagels who’ve liked them to take out the guesswork.

Screenshot of the Coffee Meets Bagel homepage

Coffee Meets Bagel created the #LadiesChoice method of matching to keep from overwhelming single women — they’re only shown men who’ve already expressed interest in them.

Tamara and Jon are just one of the many couples who’ve found love thanks to Coffee Meets Bagel. “I joined CMB on a whim. Out of the matches I received… I only clicked ‘like’ twice and matched with both. However, I only took one of them up on the offer to going on a date. Two years later, I am still with this amazing man,” she said.

9. Happn

Have you ever crossed paths with someone who caught your eye, but nothing ever came of it? Either you couldn’t get up enough courage to approach them, the timing was off, or there were other obstacles in the way. How are you ever going to see that person again, especially if you live in a big city? Well, if you’re both on Happn, that doesn’t ever have to be the case.

Screenshot of the Happn homepage

Happn shows you how many times you’ve encountered other members in real life, and then it’s up to you to decide if you want to meet up or not.

The app will show you how many times you’ve encountered another member and where, making it easier to reconnect. Maybe, coincidentally, you guys go to the same bar every Saturday but never noticed each other. Happn can point out that missed opportunity to you.

10. Grindr

Grindr was created in 2009 (pretty much in direct response to Tinder) to help gay and bisexual men narrow down the field more efficiently. It works almost the same way as Tinder, with the swiping and location aspects, but it also has more of a social networking feel to it — if you want to start by finding friends and seeing where things go.

Screenshot of the Grindr homepage

Grindr is very similar to Tinder (e.g., find singles near you and swipe right if you like them), but it’s just for gay and bisexual men.

Recently, Grindr has expanded its mission to more than dating, dipping its toe into fashion, photography, politics, LGBTQ rights, health, and technology.

11. Down

Anonymity is a big part of Down’s process. No matter if you want to get down (aka hook up) or get dates, no one will know how you feel about them until they express that they feel the same about you. Rejection avoided!

Screenshot of the Down homepage

Get Down via the App Store or Google Play for free, and while most people use it for casual sexual encounters, it can be used to find dates.

Formerly called Bang With Friends, Down is mostly used for hooking up, which is why the app requires everyone to sign up through Facebook (they’ll never post on your behalf) to ensure members are who they say they are.

12. Pure

Pure calls itself “the hookup app for awesome people,” and by that, it means it wants its members to freely express their desires, focus on having fun and being positive, and remember they’re there for one thing: sex. No calling, texting, or approaching each other in public after the deed is done!

Screenshot of the Pure homepage

Initiative is the key on Pure — you have one hour to exchange information or set up a meeting with a match before your correspondence disappears.

None of the profiles on Pure are permanent, and all you have to do is post a selfie. No need to sync up a social media profile. Then you’re on your way!

13. Hornet

Hornet is another dating app that takes inspiration from all the best parts of Tinder, but it makes it a better experience for gay and bisexual men. The app has more than 20 million members, from New York to Prague, and offers unlimited messaging, match recommendations, and event searches.

Screenshot of the Hornet homepage

Hornet allows users to create hashtags, such as #littlespoon, to better showcase who they are and target the types of people they’re into.

In addition to its dating resources, Hornet provides a ton of social resources in its Stories section, including the latest news, entertainment updates, and tips and videos that cover topics like health, travel, and culture.

Tinder is Great, But Why Limit Yourself to One Great App?!

Tinder has accomplished so much in its first several years, and it has no intention of slowing down. For example, in honor of Pride month, the company offered to pay for a dream wedding of an LGBTQ couple who met on the app. And, in March, Tinder also broadcast a date on Facebook Live.

The app has paved a successful path that others are taking inspiration from, so if you’re a big fan of Tinder, we have a sneaking suspicion you’ll also be a big fan of at least one of the options we’ve highlighted above.