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13 Best Apps Like Tinder (Free Alternatives for Android & iOS)

Brittney Mayer

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Apps like Tinder have become a dime a dozen these days because, for better or worse, Tinder is one of the most well-known dating apps around, and many competitors would like to copy/paste its swiping success.

Since its launch in 2012, Tinder has created a dating experience where singles are in control of their matches and messages. Tinder was the first dating app to offer the swipe matching feature (right for yes and left for no). Today, Tinder sees over 2 billion views per day and arranges over 1.5 million dates per week.

Tinder has become part of the modern dating culture, referenced in popular shows, like “Master of None,” and movies like “How to Be Single.” And, of course, who could forget the Tinder Swindler?

But Tinder isn’t the only popular dating app out there — plenty of other dating sites and apps are making their mark by adding their own spin to traditional swiping features. Below are 13 mobile apps that are very much like Tinder and work for both iPhone or Android users.

1. Zoosk

Out of all the mobile dating apps on this list, Zoosk is most like Tinder because its 38 million members are mostly younger singles and it has a fun matching system called the Carousel. A Zoosk user is presented with a compatible profile based on personalized search criteria, and then you can tap the check mark if you like the new person, the X icon if you don’t, or “Maybe” if you’re not sure and want to decide later.

Zoosk

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Zoosk

Available on: iOS, Android

  • 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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This popular dating app is comparable to Tinder in price as well as match features. It’s free to download it (via iTunes or Google Play) and add your information and photos from Facebook or another social media profile. Free members can browse, flirt (e.g., winks and likes), and communicate (e.g., receive messages and send greetings) without upgrading to a paid subscription.

Unlike the Tinder app, Zoosk has search filters that singles can use to look for dates that match their idea of a perfect partner, and a mutual match is not required before sending messages.

2. Match

Match is a longstanding name in the dating industry (having been founded in 1995) and is responsible for more romantic connections than any of its competitors. The online dating site and app don’t skimp on the affordability component either — it’s 100% free for all your basic features, including unlimited browsing and liking.

Free Match members can send messages to any person in their Top Picks list, and they have the option to explore local meetups and get expert dating advice as well.

Match.com

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Match.com

Available on: iOS, Android

  • 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 date prospects, and receive compatible matches based on personalized preferences. Free members can also chat with select members and send unlimited likes.
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Match Group actually bought Tinder not too long ago, and the app’s original swiping features have become the status quo on many of its affiliated sites and apps.

One of the biggest differences between the Tinder app and the Match dating platform isn’t in the features but the user base. Match members are more likely to be older (30 and up) and looking for a serious relationship. Tinder users tend to be young adults who are more interested in playing the swiping field than settling down.

Another difference is in the matching filters. Match uses search tools based on religion, interests, lifestyles, and other key factors to identify true compatibility and spark real relationships.

3. EliteSingles

Every month, Elite Singles attracts thousands of singles (290,000, to be exact) from all over the world. These elite single members tend to be highly educated — about 82% have a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree — and they are serious about finding true love.

EliteSingles

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EliteSingles

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Deep Relationships
  • Match System: Search by education, lifestyle habits, age
  • About the App: Commitment-minded, professional daters will feel at home with EliteSingles, 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. EliteSingles 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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If you want a serious relationship, then joining Tinder isn’t the way to go. That casual hookup app is anything but serious. On the other end of the spectrum, Elite Singles is a great option for turning a few swipes into something more lasting. More than 2,500 singles find love via the app on a monthly basis.

Elite Singles tends to attract more singles in the 30+ crowd than Tinder, and that’s probably because these singles are committed to finding a potential partner and can afford the subscription prices.

4. Adult Friend Finder

Swiping on Tinder is usually based on looks, which is why its members tend to have casual hookups on the brain. As an alternative, we’d suggest you try Adult Friend Finder.

On this dating platform, which works on iOS and Android, you won’t have to weed through incompatible people — every one of its 99 million members are interested in adult fun only. That could be a one-night stand, threesome, or affair, to name a few.

AFF.com

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AFF.com

Available on: iOS, Android

  • Relationships: Hookups Only
  • Match System: Filter by distance, gender, encounter
  • About the App: With 77 million members, Adult Friend Finder is one of the most popular apps for the sex community. It doesn't matter if you're single or part of a couple — you're welcome to search for sex buddies, threesomes, and other casual encounters. And you won't have to pay to do that as well as download the app, fill out a profile, and chat.
  • Browse Free: View Profiles Now

Adult Friend Finder doesn’t charge singles to register, create a profile, add photos, or view profiles and photos. And there’s no charge to search by age, distance, and type of encounter, get notifications about matches, and chat in certain ways.

Unlike Tinder, Adult Friend Finder is a mobile dating site, not an app, so you don’t have to download anything to access AFF’s casual dating pool.

5. Bumble

Bumble is considered the female-friendly version of Tinder because the dating app works in practically the same way (messaging is enabled when two people swipe right on each other). However, the women have first move privileges, which mean they must send the first message within 24 hours of the match or the connections disappears. For same-sex couples, either one can send the first message to unlock a potential match.

The CEO of Bumble is actually a former Tinder executive and co-founder. Whitney Wolfe Herd left the online dating giant out of a desire to help “tons of women who were tired of being spammed with annoying messages.”

Screenshot of the Bumble homepage

Bumble uses swiping to empower single women.

Some unique aspects of Bumble include the ability to extend the 24-hour deadline, undo a mistake if you swiped the wrong way on a dating profile, and see people who’ve already swiped right on you.

Bumble has also distinguished itself from the Tinder app by opening itself up to all types of relationships, friendships, and friendly connections. Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz offer single adults the opportunity to meet new people who share similar interests and goals, and aren’t necessarily looking for romance.

6. OkCupid

From its earliest days in 2004, OkCupid has been completely free, and the dating site’s team promises it will always be that way. The dating website and app were created by a few Harvard-educated math nerds in the dating industry. This unique dating platform has one of the most intricate and accurate matching algorithms you’ll find in the dating scene.

The OkCupid app uses your answers to personal dating questions to predict which dating profiles are most compatible with your values and personality.

Screenshot of the OkCupid homepage

OkCupid is a forever free dating app for young adults.

OkCupid sees over 1 million app installs a week (iPhone and Android combined), and the dating platform’s users send over 7.3 million messages a day. To join them, all you have to do is download the app, upload a photo, and get your chat on.

7. Hinge

Also known as “the Anti-Tinder,” Hinge focuses on quality instead of quantity. Most of its users say they want a serious relationship, and the dating app delivers potential matches based on a unique match algorithm. Hinge members must comment on or like something specific on another person’s dating profile to initiate a match, and the mobile app only supports chats between users who have liked each other.

Hinge has cultivated a reputation as “the relationship app” because it gives singles the opportunity to showcase their personality and enjoy deeper conversations based on shared interests, opinions, and lifestyles.

Screenshot of the Hinge homepage

Hinge is the dating app designed to be deleted.

While Hinge offers swiping and mutual matching the same way that Tinder does, this relationship app also provides more in-depth profile prompts, photo options, and upgraded Rose features to help break the ice. The Hinge profile requires six photos and three prompt responses as well as personal information regarding age, career, religion, lifestyle habits, and desire to have children.

The team says this makes it easier to break the ice because people aren’t relying just on superficial things to get the ball rolling.

8. Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) was launched by three women who observed how differently men and women approached dating and wanted to make the experience more efficient, fun, and successful. Recently, the dating app launched a campaign called #LadiesChoice — which sends men 21 matches (aka Bagels) a day they can like or pass on, while the women are only sent Bagels who’ve liked them to take out the guesswork.

Screenshot of the Coffee Meets Bagel homepage

Coffee Meets Bagel started with three Asian women in California.

Tamara and Jon are just one of the many couples who’ve found love thanks to Coffee Meets Bagel. “I joined CMB on a whim. Out of the matches I received… I only clicked ‘like’ twice and matched with both. However, I only took one of them up on the offer to going on a date. Two years later, I am still with this amazing man,” she said.

9. Happn

Have you ever crossed paths with a cute person who caught your eye, but nothing ever came of it? Either you couldn’t get up enough courage to approach them, the timing was off, or there were other obstacles in the way. How are you ever going to see that person again, especially if you live in a big city? Well, if you’re both on Happn, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Screenshot of the Happn homepage

Happn uses real-life encounters to spark online matches.

The Happn formula draws from GPS location data to find viable matches. The online dating app will show you how many times you’ve encountered another member in your daily life, making it easier to reconnect. Maybe, coincidentally, you guys go to the same bar every Saturday or the same gym after work, but you just never noticed each other. Happn can point out that missed opportunity to you.

10. Grindr

Grindr was created in 2009 to help gay and bisexual men narrow down the dating field more efficiently. The gay dating app works almost the same way as Tinder in terms of the swiping and location aspects, but it also has more of a social networking feel to it. Plus, there are only dudes in these swiping cards.

Screenshot of the Grindr homepage

Grindr is a dating app geared to single men seeking men.

The Grindr app is completely free to download, but you’ll only be able to swipe and chat with local men with the free version. Grindr Xtra includes perks like added search filters and a passport to match with single guys anywhere you fancy.

Recently, Grindr has expanded its mission to more than dating. The team has become advocates and influencers in fashion, photography, politics, LGBTQ rights, health, and technology.

11. Down

Anonymity is a big part of the Down dating app. No matter if you want to get down (aka hook up) or get dates, no one will know how you feel about them until they express that they feel the same about you. Rejection avoided!

Screenshot of the Down homepage

Get Down via the App Store or Google Play for free.

Formerly called Bang With Friends, Down is mostly used for hooking up, which is why the hookup app requires everyone to sign up through Facebook (they’ll never post on your behalf) to ensure members are who they say they are.

12. Pure

Pure calls itself “the hookup app for awesome people,” and by that, it means it wants its members to freely express their desires, focus on having casual fun and being positive, and remember all singles there for one thing: sex. No calling, texting, or approaching each other in public after the deed is done!

Screenshot of the Pure homepage

Pure conversations disappear after an hour, so you have to move fast.

None of the dating profiles on Pure are permanent. It’s all created in the moment by a live user, and all you have to do is post a selfie to become active in the mobile dating pool. No need to sync up a social media profile or even provide a real name. Just get your picture up there and start swiping. Then you’re on your way!

13. Hornet

Hornet is another popular dating app that takes inspiration from all the best parts of Tinder, but it makes it a better experience for gay and bisexual men. The app has more than 20 million members, from New York to Prague, and offers unlimited messaging, match recommendations, and event searches.

Screenshot of the Hornet homepage

Hornet allows users to connect based on shared interests.

In addition to its dating resources, Hornet provides a ton of social resources in its Stories section, including the latest news, entertainment updates, and tips and videos that cover topics like health, travel, and culture. Members can use hashtags to find common ground with one another, and they also have the chance to send photos in private chats.

Tinder is Great, But Why Limit Yourself to One Great App?!

Tinder has accomplished so much in a short period of time, and it has no intention of slowing down. For example, in honor of Pride month, the company offered to pay for a dream wedding of an LGBTQ couple who met on the app. And Tinder even released a choose-your-own-adventure show premiering on Sundays, taking romance and entertainment to a whole new level.

The online dating app has paved a successful path that others are taking inspiration from, so if you’re a big fan of Tinder, we have a sneaking suspicion you’ll also be a big fan of at least one of the apps like Tinder we’ve highlighted above.

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