15 Best Online Dating Apps (100% Free to Try)

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15 Best Online Dating Apps (100% Free to Try)

Hayley Matthews Hayley Matthews
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More than 8,000 dating sites and apps have launched since the ’90s, and we’re pretty sure that number isn’t going to get smaller anytime soon. Online and mobile dating has become one of the preferred ways for singles to meet, and for good reason. It’s convenient, it’s easy, it works, and it’s affordable… mostly because most platforms are free.

With so many options out there, we thought we’d narrow it down to just the cream of the crop. Below are 15 of our favorite online dating apps, which we chose based on popularity, reputation, success rates, pricing, features, and other factors.

1

Zoosk

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Zoosk was one of the first dating sites to offer a mobile app, so you know it’s got to be good. You can download Zoosk for free via the App Store or Google Play Store, and there’s an option to sign up via Facebook or Google+, which means your info and photos will be pulled from your existing profiles. To browse matches, go to the Carousel and click or tap the check mark if you’re interested, the X if you’re not, or Maybe if you’re not sure.

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Match

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Match has been a dating household name since the ’90s, and its app provides an equally good experience. It has 4 out of 5 stars on Google Play and 3.2 stars out of 5 on iTunes, and one happy user named James Adkins said the app is “easy to use” and “very versatile.” Download Match for free and see for yourself. The app allows you to view profiles, receive matches, and flirt without providing any payment information.

3

EliteSingles

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EliteSingles has a user base of millions of high-caliber singles. By high-caliber, we mean approximately 82% of members have earned at least a bachelor’s degree, 90% are at least 30 years old, a majority are within the upper income range, and practically all of them are interested in a long-term relationship. When you register, which is free to do, you’ll take EliteSingles’ very own personality assessment, which the app uses to find you the best matches.

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eHarmony

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eHarmony is a serious dating app in that it’s mostly for commitment-minded and Christian-oriented singles, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have fun during the process. In fact, the most work you’ll have to do is take the 29 Dimensions of Compatibility Questionnaire, and then you can sit back while the app does all the match searching for you. You also have the option of using eHarmony Guided Communication if you aren’t sure how to start the conversation.

If you’re a Christian and finding someone with similar religious beliefs is a dating must-have, we’ll point you toward ChristianMingle. The app has a large user base, with more than 3 million monthly visitors, and it’s very welcoming of straight, gay, and lesbian singles. ChristianMingle’s app has a 3.6-star rating in the App Store and a 3-star rating in the Google Play Store. Some positive comments include “Great app” from Grimey 1991, and “I like it very much” from one user on Google Play.

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OurTime

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OurTime is a senior-focused dating app, with the largest portion of its audience in the 50+ age bracket. You won’t have to pay anything to become a member, browse, and flirt. But probably one of the biggest perks is OurTime is a sister app of SeniorPeopleMeet, so your profile will appear for free on both platforms. Since you don’t have to search too hard for matches based on age, you can focus more on hobbies, education, appearance, life goals, and similar identifiers.

BlackPeopleMeet is a great choice for black and biracial men and women, and for those open to interracial dating. It should take you a few minutes, at the most, to sign up. All the app asks for is some details about you and your personality, a few photos, and your preferences in terms of gender, sexual orientation, location, culture, background, ideology, career, etc.

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BeNaughty

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Not every app is for finding a relationship, and not every dater wants to find a relationship, and that’s where BeNaughty comes in. Here, only horny singles need apply. You have all kinds of men and women and all kinds of sexual encounters — including threesomes, swinging, and affairs — to choose from. Don’t worry about security, though, because BeNaughty verifies every member and uses SSL to encrypt your information.

9

Tinder

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Tinder revolutionized the dating industry with its swiping and GPS-based matching process, and now it’s responsible for billions of matches a day and millions of dates each week. The app is available in more than 190 countries, and it has 4 stars and 3.9 stars on Google and iTunes, respectively. Take it from Tinder itself: “The people we meet change our lives. Tinder empowers users around the world to create new connections that otherwise might never have been possible.”

URL: https://tinder.com/

10

Bumble

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Bumble was created out of a need to improve the experience women were having on Tinder (e.g., being bombarded with inappropriate messages and photos). On this app, only the women can initiate the conversation. If you’re gay, lesbian, or bisexual, either person can initiate. You have one day to send that first message, and then the person has one day to reply. If that doesn’t happen, the match goes away. Singles seem to love Bumble, too, as it has 4.1 stars in the App Store and 3.5 stars on Google Play.

URL: https://bumble.com/

11

OkCupid

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OkCupid has one of the most detailed matching systems of any dating app, which means its pairings tend to be spot-on. After you answer several questions about yourself, you’ll tell the app how you want potential dates and/ or partners to answer those questions. Finally, you’ll give those answers a ranking of importance (e.g., very or somewhat). OkCupid has been totally free since its inception, but the app does offer a few premium features for purchase, including boosting your profile in search results, if you’re interested.

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

12

Hinge

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Often nicknamed “the anti-Tinder,” Hinge says, “We believe the quality of your relationships determines the quality of your life.” In addition, its motto is “thoughtful dating for thoughtful people.” Hinge is all about making it easy to break the ice, so the app requires users to like or comment on another user’s profile or photos and say what caught their eye. Hinge, which has been featured in publications like The Washington Post, Business Insider, and Mashable, doesn’t require you to input any payment information to become a basic member.

URL: https://hinge.co/

Coffee Meets Bagel doesn’t want to send you hundreds of matches every day in the hopes that one will kind of meet your standards. The team wants to send you a couple of matches a day they know will meet your standards. You’re also limited on how many profiles you can like or pass in a day. Coffee Meets Bagel does this to help prevent mindless swiping without giving people a real chance. Whether you’re an iOS or Android user, you can get Coffee Meets Bagel for free on your smartphone or tablet.

URL: https://coffeemeetsbagel.com/

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Happn

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At Happn, you’ll “find the people you’ve crossed paths with.” When you’re going about your day, Happn will notify you when you’ve crossed paths with another member, so you can find out if you like the same bars, restaurants, parks, and activities. You can see the time and place of your last encounter, and you can secretly like them. If they like you, too, it’s a match. With almost a 5-star rating on Google Play and almost a 4-star rating on iTunes, Happn is a popular choice.

URL: https://www.happn.com/

15

Grindr

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Grindr works in almost the same way as Tinder, but it’s specifically for gay, bisexual, and curious men. The app was founded in 2009, it has more than 4.2 million users, and it’s available in more than 192 countries. Not to mention Grindr is absolutely free. Grindr Xtra does cost money, but you can meet and communicate with matches without it. Grinder also deeply cares about helping the LGBT community, so the company is always working on campaigns that users can take part in.

URL: https://www.grindr.com/

You Really Can’t Go Wrong With Any of These Sites

Because these 15 sites are the best of the best, we’re confident you’ll be happy with any one you pick. But we’d still recommend trying a few out for yourself before making the big decision. If you want to improve your odds of meeting that special someone, sign up for one, two, or even three apps — they’re all easy to pick up on. Have fun!