13 Best Free Dating Apps (2016)

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13 Best Free Dating Apps (2016)

Hayley Matthews Hayley Matthews • 9/06/16

Dating apps have transformed the way we online date. We’re no longer limited to finding someone special in front of our desktop at home — we can now do that while standing in line at Starbucks, walking the dog, and even using the bathroom (if that’s your style).

Besides the convenience dating apps have brought into our lives, there are also ones that are saving us money while we search for a hookup, date, relationship, or whatever else our heart desires. Here are our 13 Best Free Dating Apps, chosen not just for their lack of price but for their reputations, features, and uniqueness.

Zoosk

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One of the first free dating apps on the scene, Zoosk is integrated with Facebook and Google+, which makes it even easier to sign up and start searching for your match. Not only does Zoosk have a free app for iPhone and Android, but it also has a free Facebook-specific app, allowing you to choose which one works best for your needs. From a technology and price perspective, Zoosk is on top of its game, so you definitely won’t regret downloading it.

Match.com

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Match.com is free to join, create a profile, upload photos, and browse singles, and with its app, you can do all of that — and more — while on the go. Besides not costing you a penny, the Match app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, will also put you in front of millions of eligible men and women. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a fun date or serious relationship because Match has one of the highest success rates of any dating site, so you’re sure to meet the right person for you.

BlackPeopleMeet

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Used by more than 1.4 million people every month, BlackPeopleMeet.com is one of the largest free dating apps for black and biracial daters. On BlackPeopleMeet, you’ve got so much more than numbers on your side as well. Make a profile, upload your photos, receive matches from the app or search on your own, send a flirty virtual wink — it’s all free to do.

BeNaughty

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Not every online dating scenario has to end in a relationship or marriage, and BeNaughty understands that. The go-to free hookup app, BeNaughty gets rid of all the pretenses and helps members get right to the point. From cool search filters to sexy icebreakers to explicit, private photos and videos, there are a ton of free features on BeNaughty that will bring you one step closer to the adult fun you want.

Speed Date Mate

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SpeedDateMate is where you’ll find the best prices for upcoming speed dating and social nights — all at the press of one button. You can book tickets and filter events to suit your taste, wants, and needs, all with location awareness. During this series of mini face-to-face dates, which are held at venues across the country, you’ll get to meet lots of potential matches, and you can even invite friends to make a night out of it!

URL: http://www.speeddatemate.com/

LuvFree

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When LuvFree says they’re 100% free, they really mean it. From communicating with matches to sending virtual kisses to creating a friends list to seeing who’s viewed your profile, you can do practically anything on this app. Available for Android, LuvFree strives to help singles meet new people near them or all across the world — the choice is yours! Whether you’re looking for friendship, dates, relationships, or even marriage, LuvFree is there to make your journey an easy and fun one.

URL: https://luvfree.com/

Tinder

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Available in more than 196 countries and responsible for over 26 million matches every day, Tinder is one of the most popular free local dating apps around. The two big things Tinder has contributed to the dating industry since its 2012 launch are its GPS-based matching system and swiping capabilities. See someone you like near you? You can swipe right on your smartphone and even meet up with them right then and there if you feel like it. Not attracted to them? Swipe left and move on to the next person. It’s really that easy.

URL: https://www.gotinder.com

OkCupid

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OkCupid has been a completely free dating app since the very beginning, and they promise to remain that way for the next billion years and beyond. The cool math nerds of the dating space, OkCupid is probably best known for its one-of-a-kind matching algorithm that pairs people based on their answers to the site’s sign-up questions, how they want their ideal date to answer those questions, and how important those questions are to them (e.g., “how organized are you?”).

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

Plenty of Fish

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Plenty of Fish is not one of those free dating apps that will let you sign up, create a profile, find a match, and then cut you off at the communication stage, which is arguably the most important part of online dating. Plenty of Fish is honest and ensures every member that they’ll never have to pay to message someone. Plenty of Fish is also one of our favorite free dating apps because the numbers are definitely on your side, as they have over 3 million active daily users.

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

HowAboutWe

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HowAboutWe is a free online dating app that’s the king of offline dating, and by that we mean they’re all about helping people meet in person ASAP. Their simple 3-step process includes posting a date idea, finding someone with the same interest, and making plans to go and do that activity. With HowAboutWe, there’s no more wasted time going back and forth online with a match for weeks — you two are actually getting out there and making dating happen.

URL: http://www.howaboutwe.com/

Grindr

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Founded in 2009 by Joel Simkhai, Grindr is among the world’s largest free gay dating apps and social networks — available for download in more than 192 countries via the App Store and Google Play. Similar to Tinder, Grindr’s location-based matching process makes it easy for gay and bisexual men to browse through photos and profiles, find compatible people nearby, show interest in them, initiate conversation, and then schedule an in-person meet-up.

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

Skout

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Most free dating apps help you find singles in the same town, city, or state, and while Skout does that, too, they also help you broaden your horizons by connecting you with anyone, anywhere in the world. Skout says they’re “all about preserving the magic of unexpected meetings that lead to discovering new people,” and that’s evident when you use the app. The user base is vast and diverse, and the helpful features allow you to meet up with fun people no matter where you are and no matter what you want to do.

URL: http://www.skout.com/

DOWN

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DOWN, formerly known as Bang With Friends, is a well-known free hookup app, but it can also be used for dating. “The secret way to get down with people nearby,” DOWN puts safety and privacy first, requiring singles to sign in through Facebook to ensure they are who they say they are. Plus, everything is anonymous until both parties show interest in “getting down” or “getting dates” with each other. The app also has a Happy Endings section for funny member-submitted success stories that’s worth checking out before signing up. “DOWN is the most honest dating app, and we now have 4M users who are hooking up with each other! Instead of playing guessing games, you get the power to choose between casual hookups or more serious dates,” said Colin Hodge, Founder and CEO of DOWN.

URL: https://www.downapp.com/

Apps have become the go-to way to date, and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. It’s also nice to see that so many of them offer free, comprehensive memberships, so you can focus more on finding the right person for you and less on breaking the bank.