It's 2015 and if you are not using at least ONE dating app then you, my friend, are not only an old fuddy-duddy BUT you are also missing out on countless opportunities to meet, date and “get to know” awesome people.
I scoured the internet, asked tons of my single girlfriends, and even tested out some of these myself so that I could give you the ultimate list of the best dating apps in 2015. I wanted to find apps for everyone. Whether you are older, younger, a dog lover, catholic, conservative, racy… There is an app for you and I've listed them below.
NOTE: How I selected the apps below was that I was looking for ease of use, general concept and the number of people using the app. I also cut and pasted a lot of the descriptions straight from other sites since they were pretty generic 🙂
I would love to hear about any apps that you have tried that are not on the list. To add to this list just make a comment below. I'm sure many people will appreciate it!
Best Dating Apps 2015
From the minds of previous Tinder executives comes Bumble, a newly released iOS app that lets women run the show. Like Tinder, Bumble lets users swipe right to approve and left to decline. If two users mutually swipe each other right, they are allowed to chat, but here's the kicker: Only women can initiate the conversation, and they only have 24 hours to do so before the connection disappears.
Tastebuds puts a spin on your run-of-the-mill online dating app by making the experience about music. You're matched up with people in your location based on a shared interest in the same kind of music! The app allows you to add your favorite bands or scan your iPhone music library to begin and go from there. According to the site, a lot of people use it to make new friends and concert buddies as well as to find dates.
Score works to pair up users with real emotional compatibility based on matching scores. The scores given depend on answers to “quirky” questions, such as the definition of sexy. If you're looking for something unconventional and a little wacky, try Score for yourself — it's available on both iOS and Android.
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This one claims to be “the app to discover the people you’ve crossed paths with, the people you like, [and] the people you’d like to find again.” How does Happn work? Every time you cross paths with someone in real life, their profile shows up on your timeline. When you've both liked each other, you have a Crush, which lets you begin a conversation. Bonus: It just integrated music to its platform to allow users to add songs onto their profiles and send songs to their Crushes!
Tinder has attracted a lot of attention thanks to how easy it is to set-up and use. All you need to do is log-in with your Facebook account, and Tinder will upload your first name your photos, your interests, and your age from your profile to create a Tinder profile. You can then anonymously browse potential matches near you, swiping right if you're interested in the person you're currently seeing, or swiping left if you reject them. You can also tap on their profile picture to see any other photos they have, if mutual friends, or common interests you have. If you both swiped right, Tinder will let you know that it's a mutual thing and offers to let you send a message, and maybe set-up a date. Tinder's received positive reviews thanks to its emphasis on privacy and minimal initial emotional investment, since you only find out about the interested ones without the pain of rejection.
Hinge tries to take the awkward randomness out of meeting people online by making sure that it introduces you to people that you share mutual Facebook friends with, hopefully cutting out the creep factor and trying to make sure that you have a good chance of having people, experiences and interests in common. Users log in with their Facebook accounts, enter preferences, sexual orientation, location, and age. Every day at noon, the app supplies you with a field of potential matches. And, of course, because you know friends in common, you're both more accountable and less likely to act like jerks when faced with the prospect of real world social blowback.
Tired of superficial dating profile pics? Loveflutter asks users to lead with a quirky or interesting fact about themselves superimposed over a blurred out image, which only reveals more information if you hold on the prospective match's profile. If the factoid piques your interest, you can drill down to discover mutual friends, matching or similar interests and other info to help you decide whether to like or pass. Loveflutter also tries to be a helpful matchmaker with its Suggest A Date feature, which recommends quirky places nearby to hold a date from a curated list of locations.
Have you always wanted to be able to see your potential date IRL before actually going out? Say no more: Fliqpic is close enough, allowing you to live video chat potential love interests before deciding to pursue them any further. It's pretty safe to assume that catfishing is minimal on this app — we're all about that!
Dog-lovers, meet your potential soulmate on Tindog, the dating service for pet owners. On this platform, you'll discover other canines and their owners in your area, and you can swipe right if you're interested! (Sound like something you know?) Never walk your dog alone again; you might just find puppy love on this one.
Ever feel completely overwhelmed by all the matches or messages you get on dating apps? Sometimes there are so many, you don't even know where to start! Once, available on Google Play and Apple, solves that problem by providing you with just one match per day. You have 24 hours to decide if you like each other, and then you can go from there. It's a nice break from all the faces being thrown at yours.
If you read about your zodiac sign day in and day out, you have to check out Align — available on iOS — in which the connection between romantic compatibility and astrology is explored. Meet the person of your dreams, who may just depending on the alignment of the stars!
At First Sight
The Bachelor host Chris Harrison introduced dating app At First Sight, a joint venture between him and the franchise's creator, Mike Fleiss. What sets this smartphone app (available on Android) apart from all the other online dating apps out there is that it uses video profiles. With the popularity of the Vine app, it's no surprise that this is the next evolution of online dating.
Coffee Meets Bagel
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Coffee Meets Bagel uses Facebook to match you with a friend of a friend. It uses a game-like interface to make the experience fun, and it sounds a lot safer to date at least a friend of a friend than a total stranger, right? The site boasts that it's “designed for singles who want to find something real with little or no effort.”
Grouper Social Club
Grouper is a website and iPhone app that sets you and your friends up on a group date by connecting to your Facebook profile. It matches up three guys and three girls (or same-sex couplings) based on your age, education, job, interests, and “general lifestyle.” Basically, you pick your wing girls, and the site selects the date, location, and guys (it also provides a round of free drinks). I could see how the group dates would involve less pressure and more fun, but I'd guess it probably leads to more friendships than serious relationships.
Coining itself as the “Uber for Dates,” Pure is all about immediacy, stating that it aims to “cut to the chase” — “it’s all about real dates right now, and making real-life connections.” The app is free initially, then you have to pay for continued use. This is basically how it works: You post a meeting request that lasts for one hour and, if somebody takes you up on your offer, you are able to then accept or decline, depending on whether you like what you see or not.
You may know the HowAboutWe dating app as the one that lets you find and put out date ideas in your area, but two features were added that make the process even easier: Speed Date allows you to browse photos and dates that you can skip over or double tap if you're interested, and Date Map helps you search and find all those local date ideas on an interactive map!
Hitch is betting on the adage that “friends know better” by letting your friends set up matches for you. Once users log in with their Facebook accounts, they can then match their friends together through built-in anonymous chat. All you get is the age and gender of your match, as well as the mutual acquaintance that matched you, along with a short message. If you hit it off in the chat, you can send a Reveal Request to find out more about your match. Whether you're single and looking for a match or somebody looking to play matchmaker for two friends, there's something for you to love in Hitch.
Down, formerly known as Bang With Friends, got a lot of buzz last year when it first came out. After logging in with your Facebook account, you then go through your Facebook friends (and their friends) and start tagging which ones you find sexy. If there is a mutual interest, Down will let you know, and then it's up to you and your friend to decide on what your next step is. Down promises that your interactions with the app will be kept safe and anonymous, and that your Facebook friends won't know about your choices if you don't want them to. It's like passing a note in high school asking if they like you or not, except the question is R-rated.
What Apps Are You Using??
I would love to hear of any apps you are using that you love/hate. Write your reviews in the comments below 🙂