12 Best Online Dating Apps (Love, Hookups & More!)

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12 Best Online Dating Apps (Love, Hookups & More!)

Hayley Matthews Hayley Matthews • 3/22/16

91 million people around the world have used an online dating app, and with a new one popping up almost every day, that number is only going to grow. We’ve done the hard work for you by narrowing down all the options.

Besides our top 12, we broke this list into 8 other categories. Use the navigation below to jump to the one that best meets your needs!

12 Best Online Dating Apps

Whether you’re looking for love, hookups, or something in the middle, we’ve handpicked the 12 best online dating apps for any user, anywhere.

1. Match

The king of online dating, Match.com is responsible for more dates, relationships, and marriages than any other dating site, so let this app be your mobile matchmaker.

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The king of online dating, let Match be your mobile matchmaker.

2. eHarmony

Known as the “#1 trusted relationship-minded dating site” (they do help more than 542 people get married daily), you can definitely trust that eHarmony‘s app will get the job done.

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Known as the “#1 trusted relationship-minded dating site,” eHarmony will get the job done.

3. Zoosk

Thanks to its Behavioral Matchmaking™ technology, Zoosk helps more than 27 million singles date smarter, and with one of the best dating apps by your side, soon you, too, will be doing just that.

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Thanks to Behavioral Matchmaking™, Zoosk helps more than 27 million singles date smarter.

4. OurTime

Dating in your 50s and beyond is a completely different experience than dating in your 20s, and OurTime knows that, which is why this app caters to single senior men and women who want an easy and safe way to meet someone.

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OurTime caters to single senior men and women who want an easy and safe way to meet someone.

5. BlackPeopleMeet

Not only is BlackPeopleMeet the premier site for black singles, but it also has the premier dating app for black singles to go with it.

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BlackPeopleMeet.com is the premier site for black singles, so it only makes sense that its dating app is the premier one for black singles as well.

6. SeniorPeopleMeet

Whether you’re a single senior who wants a casual date or serious relationship, SeniorPeopleMeet and its handy app are there to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

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Whether you want a casual date or serious relationship, SeniorPeopleMeet is there to help.

7. BeNaughty

People who just want to hook up deserve a great app, too, and that’s where BeNaughty steps in.

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People who just want to hook up deserve a great app, too, and that’s where BeNaughty steps in.

8. OkCupid

OkCupid’s app is consistently rated as one of the highest in the dating space, and the same holds true for our list, not to mention it’s 100% free!

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OkCupid’s app is consistently rated as one of the highest in the dating space.

9. Tinder

The app that perfected swiping, Tinder is fun, free, and it actually works — more than 6 billion matches so far! One of those could be you.

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Tinder is fun, free, and it actually works — more than 6 billion matches so far!

10. Plenty of Fish

With new features coming out more often than almost every other dating app, POF makes it incredibly simple to find a date, relationship, friendship, or anything else you might be searching for.

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POF makes it simple to find a date, relationship, friendship, or anything else you might be searching for.

11. Grindr

More than 2 million men in 196 countries use Grindr, so, yeah, we think your odds are pretty good.

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More than 2 million men in 196 countries use Grindr, so, yeah, we think your odds are pretty good.

12. HowAboutWe

Stop wasting time and start using HowAboutWe — 1 million people have already done so. Your dating life will thank you!

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Stop wasting time and start using HowAboutWe — 1 million people have already done so.

Note: We’re confident the 12 apps above will give you everything you’d want in an online dating experience, but for even more choices, click the links below to jump to a specific section:

For Free

We’re happy to say 66 of the 71 apps featured here are free, so you can literally take your pick if you’re looking to save that money for the actual date. Keep in mind some of these apps require you to sign up for a paid membership if you want certain features.

Dating apps that aren’t free: At First Sight, Wing Ma’am, The Ice Break for Couples, I Just Made Love, and Bliss.

For Men

Several dating apps work well for both men and women, but there comes a time when a man needs something that caters exactly to his wants. That’s just what these apps do!

For Women

“Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus” — you’ve heard it before, but it’s so true. Women don’t use dating apps exactly like men do, so this list is for you, ladies.

For Seniors

From losing a spouse to going through a divorce, jumping back into the dating pool can be scary for a single senior. These apps make taking that leap not so scary.

For LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer singles have more options than ever before, and the amount of dating apps on this list proves it.

For Relationships

There’s a misconception that dating apps are just for hooking up, but that’s certainly not the case. See for yourself by trying one (or several!) of the apps below.

For Hookups

Thanks to these awesome apps, users can be honest and upfront about their desires.

For Couples

Just because you’re in a relationship doesn’t mean there’s not an app for you. Get to know each other better, or if you’re miles apart, make the distance between you not seem so big.

It doesn’t matter if you’re single or taken, straight or gay, because there’s an online dating app for everyone. Hopefully we’ve helped you find it!