14 Best Female-Friendly Dating Apps

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14 Best Female-Friendly Dating Apps

Gina Stewart Gina Stewart • 5/03/16

Tinder brought in a new era of online dating when it launched in 2014. Several years later, a new dating app seems to pop up every day — hoping to compete with Tinder and do what they did but better. This is especially true in terms of making everything less creepy and hookup-based and more respectful, fun, successful, and friendly toward females.

So this list is for you, ladies. Based on factors like popularity, features, reputation, and safety, here are the 14 Best Female-Friendly Dating apps:

If you’re looking for a list of the best dating apps overall, check out our article here.

1. Match.com

51% of members on Match.com are female, and Match knows how to take care of them. Every person who signs up must verify their email, and the site is full of expert safety tips to follow both when you’re talking with a match online and meeting in real life.

2. Zoosk

Zoosk was one of the first dating sites to integrate with social networks like Facebook, making it easier to confirm if the person you were talking to is real. One component of Zoosk’s matching algorithm is to pair you up with friends of friends, so it’s like a digital recommendation you can trust.

3. eHarmony

eHarmony is perhaps the most serious dating site in the industry, and that’s one of the main things we love about it. Accounting for 4% of U.S. marriages, eHarmony focuses on finding its members a serious, long-term relationship, so you can be sure that you won’t be bombarded by guys who just want to hook up.

4. Did I See U

Did I See U is “the dating app powered by real-life interactions.” Whether you’re at a bar, restaurant, coffee shop, park, or anywhere else, use Did I See U to find someone compatible near you. Once you do, send them a quick chat and start getting to know them, or you could even meet up right then. Sometimes online dating can make you feel disconnected from people instead of more connected, but Did I See U perfectly blends the personable side of offline dating with the convenience of online dating.

Founder Michelle Cafferty created Did I See U because she was tired of seeing her friends get sucked into the black hole of endless messaging and no face-to-face meetings. “I have many friends who regularly use online dating platforms. My friends never have a problem getting the dates but never seem to meet their soul mate. From listening to their stories, I have learned that communicating online can adopt intimacy and affection between strangers, but it can also lead to unrealistic expectations and disappointment,” she said. “This is what made me create Did I See U. The app is designed to help people meet in a more natural and romantic way rather than the compatibility robot that is used on most dating sites, using superficial filtering options that can discount that someone special.”

Screenshot of the Did I See U homepage

5. Hinge

Less random than Tinder, Hinge users only get matched with friends of friends.

You get to see a match’s education and work upfront. Then you rate the match and the app sends you an introduction if it’s mutual.

Screenshot of Hinge's homepage

6. Bumble

From the ostracized female founder of Tinder is Bumble. Bumble is pretty much just like Tinder except women have 24 hours to make the first move or the connection disappears.

Screenshot of Bumble's homepage

7. Siren

Siren lets women control who can see them in the app. From there, users can correspond. It also features a question of the day to which users can answer questions and see each other’s answers/generate conversations.

Finally, for women, there’s the feature of a “siren call,” which allows for an announcement to more than one user.

Photo of the Siren app

8. Antidate

Antidate is a location-based app in which girls make the first move. The app requires time stamped photos to guarantee users look like what they say. A rating system to verify users’ profiles serves the same function.

Messages are deleted after 24 hours to encourage spontaneity, and it links to your Instagram.

Photo of the Antidate app

9. Pozee

A location-based Australian app, Pozee basically functions in that you say if you’re single and open to being approached, and then you let real life work from there.

There’s no in-app chatting — nothing but a pic and “single and ready to mingle” status.

Screenshot of Pozee's homepage

10. Wyldfire

On Wyldfire, men can only join by invitation from women. This way men on the app have a “vouched for” type status by the women who let them join.

Screenshot of Wyldfire's homepage

11. The Catch

With The Catch, women invite a group of men to play a Q-and-A game and narrow down the “contestants” based on the guys’ answers. They then chat up the last man standing.

Currently in beta in San Francisco, founder Shannon Ong wanted to make a safe place for women to do online dating.

Screenshot of The Catch's homepage

12. Singled Out

No, this isn’t based on the forgotten MTV show of the ’90s. Singled Out lets women post a question to men, and then based on the men’s answers, they can decide who they want to talk to.

Again, women are in control and men wait to be chosen.

Photo of Singledout's homepage

13. The Grade

Just when you thought your grade point couldn’t ruin your life again comes The Grade!

The Grade lets you literally grade users A through F based on the quality of their messages, responses, pictures, etc. Users with an F rating are expelled from the app. The idea is to weed out the low-effort creeps and a-holes.

Photo of The Grade's homepage

14. Dapper

There’s no chatting on Dapper. The woman picks the location spot to meet and a date gets set up. The idea is for a regeneration of chivalry. Men pay $19 for dates. Women pay $9 for dates. The money buys a drink at the location.

10. Dapper

Men make a weird gentlemen pledge that if they violate the rules three times, they will be kicked off the app:

“My intention for using Dapper is to meet someone for a real romantic connection. I understand that Dapper collects feedback after my dates and will end my membership if I have acted in a non-gentlemanly fashion. I will not push for sex on the first date. I will be courteous at all times. I know how to dance, at least a little bit. I know the difference between confidence and arrogance. I believe that chivalry is not dead. I know how to cook at least one good meal.”

Final Thoughts

How do you feel about the sway of the dating app pendulum? Do these apps sound better than Tinder? Which would you be most likely to use?

Photo source: telegraph.co.uk