11 Best Black Dating Apps (2017) — Which Are 100% Free?

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11 Best Black Dating Apps (2017) — Which Are 100% Free?

Hayley Matthews Hayley Matthews • 6/29/16

There are more online dating apps for black men and women now than ever before, but the problem is they can often come with a hefty price tag. To help you find the affordable (and worthwhile) options, here are our experts’ 11 best dating apps for singles who are black — based on:

  • Their popularity in terms of users and traffic
  • Their set of features and customer service

All of the following sites are also completely free:



Zoosk is a pioneer in the dating app space, coming onto the scene in the early 2000s. Thanks to its integration with social media sites like Facebook and Google+, Zoosk makes it easy for black singles to sign up and browse the profiles of over 38 million members from around the world. Another bragging point about Zoosk is that its 100% free, even to send and receive messages.

What’s Free: 100% free via The App Store and Google Play as well as Facebook and Google+



The largest dating site and app in the industry, Match.com is a fantastic choice for single black men and women because of its sheer size (over 30 million active users!). Not only that, but it doesn’t cost a single penny to do things like download the iOS or Android app, fill out your profile, search singles, save your favorite members, and send flirty virtual Winks.

What’s Free: Sign up, create profile, browse singles — all for free



Not only is BlackPeopleMeet.com one of the best black dating apps because it’s free but also because it’s one of the most trusted and popular, with 4 out of 5 stars on Google Play. No matter if you’re filling out your profile, using the “Are You Interested?” feature to meet black singles, or rating your Daily Matches, you won’t ever need your wallet.

What’s Free: 100% free iOS/Android download, profile creation & match searching



An acronym for “Before Anyone Else,” Bae is available for iOS and Android and is one of the best free black dating apps around. Made by black people for black people, Bae is known as the place “where people of color meet, chat, and date,” so you can focus less on the pressure of finding that perfect person and more on just getting out there and seeing what happens.

What’s Free: 100% free to download & send unlimited chats after matching

URL: http://baeapp.co/



MELD was created with black single professionals in mind. A majority of members are looking for a serious relationship, and the app even uses LinkedIn to ensure the authenticity of every person. MELD says “you deserve to be happy,” and they’re there to help you attain that happiness with numerous free services, including easy profile creation via Facebook and advanced searching. “At MELD, our key focus is on long-term meaningful relationships, as attested to by many people who have found their significant others using the MELD app,” said Founder Wale Ayeni.

What’s Free: Signing up, creating a profile, browsing & receiving matches

URL: http://meld-app.com/



RealBlackLove is a black dating app that cares more about quality than quantity, offering commitment-minded singles a safe space where they know they’ll meet those who are like-minded. It’s free to do things like sign up, make a profile, search other profiles, and send one email a week to a match. FYI the free account also allows you to send unlimited virtual winks! “With so many hookup apps to download, African-Americans seeking relationships finally have a better option at their fingertips,” said Founder and CEO Joseph Dixon.

What’s Free: Sign-up, profile creation & certain types of communication

URL: http://realblacklove.com/

Soul Swipe


At SoulSwipe, it’s “Black Dating. Done Right.” Just like the name suggests, SoulSwipe matches you with compatible singles by the way you swipe (right for yay, left for nay). If you and someone you’re interested in both swipe right on each other, you can start messaging. The app also takes your location into consideration. SoulSwipe a fun free app that believes you can’t put a price on love, so they don’t.

What’s Free: Free to make an account, search singles & chat

URL: http://www.soulswipe.com/



We’ve all heard of Tinder, the dating app that made location-based matching and swiping famous. But what Tinder is also known for is adding quality to the free online dating experience, made proof by the 26 million matches and 1.4 billion swipes they’re responsible for every day. And thanks to its integration with Facebook, it only takes a couple of minutes to get started and find black singles near you.

What’s Free: Download, browse & message

URL: https://www.gotinder.com



OkCupid was free when it launched in 2004, and that remains true to this day. Besides that aspect, it’s welcoming, progressive attitude has also landed it among the go-to black gay dating apps out there. I like to lovingly call OkCupid the math nerds of the dating industry because of their one-of-a-kind matching algorithm and passion for sharing stats and figures, and it’s that metric-based thinking that makes the app so reliable for finding exactly what you want.

What’s Free: Free to register, fill out info, view profiles & chat

URL: https://www.okcupid.com/

Plenty of Fish


When you pull up the Plenty of Fish app, right away you’ll see that it provides a ton of free features, probably more so than most other dating apps. These include free registration, free searching, free matching, and, best of all, free unlimited messaging. POF also has the numbers going for it, with over 3 million active daily users and 50,000 new singles joining per day — a large majority of which are black.

What’s Free: 100% free membership, profile browsing & communication

URL: http://www.pof.com/



A leading gay dating app, Grindr is a fantastic choice not just for homosexual black singles but also those who want a great online dating experience without the cost. With its GPS-based matching, Grindr is able to set you up with compatible guys in your neck of the woods, and that can be for hooking up, dating, serious relationships, or anything else you’re looking for.

What’s Free: Free to get started, fill out a profile & search for matches

URL: http://www.grindr.com/

As you can see, dating apps for black people come in a variety of forms, but the one thing the 11 apps above all have in common is they’re free. Dating can be hard enough as it is, and you shouldn’t have to worry about breaking the bank to do so.