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11 Best Free Android Dating Apps (Gay, Lesbian, Local & Hookup)

Hayley Matthews
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Here are some crazy numbers to chew on: More than 8,000 dating sites and apps exist in the world. Annual revenue from the online dating industry is more than $1.9 billion. From 2009 to 2016, US mobile dating revenue grew from $43 million to $381 million. And, last but not least, more than 1 billion people are Android users.

Clearly, online and mobile dating aren’t going anywhere — in large part because of the ease and convenience smartphones, like Galaxys, have provided us. To show our appreciation for these life-changing inventions, we’re recognizing 11 Android dating apps that put the others to shame. Click the links below to jump to the section that best meets your needs.

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Best Free Dating Apps for Android (#1-3)

When I was a kid, sometimes I’d read the last page of a new book because I just couldn’t wait to see how it would end. I know, I know, it’s terrible, but I don’t really do it anymore. If you’re super impatient, like my younger self, then you’ll appreciate that we’re cutting to the chase and listing the top Android dating apps right up front. No long plot, character development, or cliffhangers necessary!

1. Zoosk

We like to think of Zoosk as the of cool aunt of dating apps. It’s been around long enough to know what it’s doing, but it hasn’t lost touch with singles and where the dating industry is going. Zoosk doesn’t charge anything to sign up (which you can do via Facebook or Google+), search through profiles, receive matches, and communicate (e.g., liking members and sending a limited number of messages).

  • Relationships: Casual Dates, Relationships
  • Match System: 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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In terms of its reach, Zoosk’s numbers are incredibly impressive. It has more than 40 million users, more than 30 million downloads on Google Play and iTunes, more than 3.5 monthly visitors, and more than 3 million messages exchanged every day.

2. Match

Not only is Match a dating site pioneer — it’s also a dating app pioneer. The company was founded in 1993, with the website launching in 1995 and the app launching in the early 2000s. Since then, Match has facilitated more first dates, second dates, relationships, and marriages than any of its competitors. It’ll only take you a couple of minutes to sign up, and then you can make a match and become the app’s next success story.

  • Relationships: Fun Dates, Serious Relationships
  • Match System: 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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Missed Connections is probably the coolest feature on the Match app. Using your location, Match will show you members who you’ve crossed paths with in real life (e.g., at your favorite bar, park, coffee shop, gym, or anywhere else). It’s just another way to come together with like-minded people in your area.

3. Tinder

Mobile dating would be a whole ‘nother world without Tinder, the dating app that invented the swipe matching system. You know, go left if it’s a no and right if it’s a yes. You can see a potential match’s location, age, gender, and pictures, and you can click into their profile to learn more. With 20 billion matches under its belt, Tinder’s process definitely works.

You can download Tinder for free via Google Play, where it has a 4 star rating, and you’ll be joining millions of men and women.

Tinder has received mostly positive reviews from Android users, including Zaim Ipek who particularly liked the app’s customer service: “The app works. Sometimes a new update might screw things up, but they fix it within a few days if enough users complain.”

Best Free “Gay” Dating Apps for Android (#4-5)

Even though online dating drastically improved the way singles meet, gay dating was still a struggle because some sites straight-up did not cater to this community or didn’t have to resources needed to satisfy gay singles. For example, gay members could select their gender and sexual orientation, but the algorithms would still show them heterosexual men or women matches. Although it’s gotten better over the years, gay singles still face some problems on today’s dating apps, which is why we’ve narrowed it down to two gay dating apps that you can rely on.

4. Zoosk

Zoosk ranks among the premier gay dating Android apps for many reasons, and inclusiveness and accurate matching are just a couple of them. Over 40 million people from all backgrounds are on the app. Plus, its Behavioral Matchmaking algorithm keeps track of how you use the app (such as which members you pass on and what you put in your profile) and delivers SmartPick™ matches to your inbox every day.

  • Relationships: Casual Dates, Relationships
  • Match System: Search for and receive matches
  • About the App: Meeting gay singles on your phone (whether it's iOS or Android) doesn't get any better than on Zoosk, particularly because it's integrated with Facebook and Google+. When you want to be in control, go to the Search page and view guys based on sexual orientation and other characteristics. When you want Zoosk to do the work, go to the Carousel and SmartPick™ pages.
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The prices can’t be beat either. You won’t have to pay to upload your photos, view profiles in the Carousel, receive matches, and send a certain number of messages, among other things.

5. Grindr

When Grindr came onto the scene in 2009, it took all the best things about Tinder (e.g., swiping and location-based matching), and then it made the experience more enjoyable and successful for gay singles. Whether you’re looking for a hookup or date, Grindr can introduce you to millions of gay, bisexual, and curious men.

Grindr is one of the most well-known gay dating apps for Android, and it’s free to download, create a profile, browse, and chat.

Most gay daters have a lot of good things to say about Grindr, and it has a 3.6 star rating on Google Play. Caed Ç’il said in his review that “It’s better than a lot of similar apps.” However, he did have complaint about receiving spam messages, so that’s something to keep an eye on.

Best Free “Lesbian” Dating Apps for Android (#6-7)

Lesbian singles deserve to be treated separately from gay singles. After all, these are two totally different audiences. Some dating apps tend to lump the whole LGBTQ community together, with the experience turning out poorly for everyone involved. The following two Android dating apps, though, understand the unique needs of lesbian singles and the tools they need to find their ideal matches.

6. Zoosk

Once again, Zoosk tops our list because it honestly is a great dating app, particularly for lesbian daters. We’re all on the go more than we’ve ever been before, and Zoosk makes sure our dating lives don’t suffer because of it. Integrated with several social media platforms, the app has one of the quickest sign-up processes around. Not to mention, one of the cheapest ($0, to be exact).

  • Relationships: Casual Dates, Relationships
  • Match System: Search for and receive matches
  • About the App: Founded in 2007, Zoosk is the most well-known dating app out there. If you're constantly running from place to place and have less and less time to meet people, give Zoosk a try. The app can be downloaded for free from Google Play and the App Store, and you don't have to start from scratch on your profile either. Just create a login through Facebook or Google+.
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In addition to letting you specify your preferred gender and sexual orientation, Zoosk also lets you select your ideal match’s city, appearance, hobbies, lifestyle, and culture, to name a few identifiers. You can get down to the nitty-gritty as much as you want.

7. OkCupid

We can’t say enough good things about OkCupid — it’s really done so much for the dating industry. Since the beginning (2004), the app has been free, and the team says that it will remain that way until the end of time. OkCupid does offer some advanced features that you’d have to pay for, but the basic membership includes everything you need to find and communicate with a match.

Probably the most inclusive Android dating app, OkCupid is a great choice for lesbian singles, and you won’t have to pay to use it.

What we really love about OkCupid, though is its massive list of gender, sexual orientation, and relationship status options — they go above and beyond what you’ll find on most dating apps. In addition to the usual options, like man, woman, straight, gay, bisexual, single, or divorced, OkCupid offers options such as genderfluid, questioning, and in an open relationship. On this accepting dating platform, singles can be who they are and date who they like.

Best Free “Local” Dating Apps for Android (#8-9)

Earth’s population is about 7.6 billion, and the most efficient way to pinpoint those who are single, compatible, and in your area is by using a location-based dating app. That way, you can set the distance that you’d be willing to travel to date someone. We’ve narrowed all the choices down to two Android dating apps that know how to keep things local.

8. Elite Singles

On Elite Singles, head to the Search page, and you’ll find an entire section dedicated to distance. You can select in which country you’re looking for a partner as well as the zip code, city, and what distance you’re willing to travel (everything from “I don’t mind” to 300 miles). Then there’s a sliding scale to select how important distance is to you (not at all, somewhat important, or very important).

  • Relationships: Deep Relationships
  • Match System: 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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Another thing that’s good to know about Elite Singles is that it caters to single professionals (over 80% of users have earned at least a bachelor’s degree) who want a long-term relationship. One happy user named Gwen Fries wrote on Google Play that, “It’s everything I would want in a dating service.”

9. Skout

Skout puts a spin on local dating by helping you connect with people not just in your city but also in the cities that you travel to. The app’s goal is to preserve “the magic of unexpected meetings” and bring it online. You know, the butterflies you get when you catch someone’s eye at a party, bar, concert, coffee shop, or anywhere else.

Skout strives to connect you with compatible people no matter where you are in the world, and this Android dating app accomplishes that with its unique features.

Founded in 2007, Skout is available in more than 180 countries and 14 languages and has numerous sister apps, including MeetMe, Tagged, Lovoo, and hi5. So, you have the chance to meet a variety of people in a variety of ways, and it won’t cost you a penny.

Best Free “Hookup” Dating Apps for Android (#10-11)

As the great Salt-N-Pepa once said, “let’s talk about sex, baby.” Marriage isn’t on the agenda for every dater. If that’s true for you, then we’ve got two apps you’ll absolutely adore. On the following hookup apps, you won’t have to play any games or put on any airs — you can express your sexual desires without any fear because everyone’s on the same page.

10. BeNaughty

Launched in 2000, BeNaughty put the hookup in hookup apps, and it’s been one of the most popular options ever since. “Fun dating with no waiting” is BeNaughty’s motto, and the team lives up to that motto by offering fast registration and even faster matching. Just set your age, location, appearance, and interest preferences, and the app will go to work for you… for free.

  • Relationships: Casual Encounters
  • Match System: Sort profiles by zip code, appearance, more
  • About the App: "Try more new delights. Feel no limits!" is BeNaughty's promise to naughty singles. After you download BeNaughty, you're automatically given a free account. There aren't any limits on how many profiles you view, matches you receive, and chat rooms you participate in. On the app, you can be as racy as you want because your info and conversations are protected by SSL and 24/7 customer service.
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While some hookup apps can be on the sketchy side, BeNaughty isn’t one of them. The team reviews every profile that’s created to make sure everyone is who they say they are. Plus, the site and app are encrypted so your information stays safe and private.

11. Wild

Being wild has never felt as empowering as it does on Wild, the self-proclaimed “fastest growing free online dating app.” It’s 100% free to create a profile, filter by intention, distance, body type, and ethnicity, among others, and chat with matches. Wild also verifies user photos (400,000 so far) to keep scammers at bay.

On Wild, you don’t have to worry about people judging you for wanting to hook up — be as open as you want!

Don’t just take our word for it, though. The app has 4.2 stars on Google Play, and some of the top reviews have called it “great” and “better than the other ones out there.”

Whether You Have a Pixel, Xperia, or Galaxy, These Android Dating Apps Won’t Disappoint

While some people may think that iPhones are the most beloved, the numbers show that Android users outnumber iOS users by a lot. The numbers (not to mention the reviews) also show that Android dominates the dating app field as well. No need to go searching through them all on your own, though — we’ve just given you our 11 favorites. Now get to downloading!

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