Being single isn’t cool for everyone. And in case you fall into that category, we are here to help you get back in the dating game.
We have handpicked the best dating apps available on Android and iOS platform to find the perfect match.
So, take out your phone, shine up that profile picture and bio, and let’s get started.
But before we dive into the apps list, here are few tips and tricks to ace the game:
1) The profile picture is “everything” in one word. A bad profile picture will get nowhere. Ground rules: choose a recent pic and nope, that vacation two-three years ago does not count. In case you don’t have a recent picture, go out on a trip, take a few pictures and freshen up your albums. The picture should show what you look like clearly: face and body, be open about who you are, wear that smile showing the world how much you love life. Bonus points: If your profile picture shows your interest or hobby, you give extra info on the go. Have love for the game or beer, show it, and attract the people of similar interest.
2) Write concisely what your hobbies are. Tune your bio in a precise manner. Tell who you are, what you like doing and exactly what kind of person you are looking for.
3) Invite the opposite gender to reach out. Just put a friendly reminder that you love when others initiate the conversation.
4) Don’t get frustrated or too worked up. Online dating is numbers game and others might not notice you or ignore you for the wrong reason. Just go with the flow.
5) Don’t waste too much time in a person you haven’t met. You have exchanged a few messages, and like the profile picture, Cool!. But, if it isn’t materializing into a real date, it’s time to move on. A real date is what we are actually after and not the virtual soap opera.
6) Don’t overpursue. You have good manners, we get it, but writing more than a couple of times to a person you have just starting dating seems needy and insecure. Stay away from such things.
7) Wait for the other person’s reply! Men, especially, but also some women: wait for them to reply back! It’s not a monolog.
8) Consider premium service after using the free app for a while. To have the best chances of getting matched, a monthly charge isn’t bad. But: make sure to first get some experience with the app, get the hang of it and don’t rush to buy premium on day one.
9) Remember, it’s all a game: stay positive, do not judge. After all, dating is a process that you should enjoy with a smile and a positive attitude.
10) The last one goes without saying, Keep trying!!
Now that we are done, it’s time to look at the best dating apps for 2018:
- Not quite as many people as Tinder
Hinge is probably the complete dating app for mobile devices. It’s a great app, and you must give it a shot. It is not only the first dating app to add video to profiles, but it actually builds a page for you with your photos, videos, hobbies, background and a few other interesting tid-bits you may want to share. We are more than just our profile pictures, so that’s why on Hinge you will have a much better picture of the person you talk to beyond just a few snaps. Naturally, this means that you will have more meaningful conversations and more great people in your life.
- Can be superficial
- Environment more conductive to short-term connections rather than long-term
Tinder is the most popular dating app on all platforms, period. If you want to get dates, it is the fastest and easiest way to get them. So yes, while we do prefer apps like Hinge that are little more detail-oriented and substantiated, Tinder is the place with more people all over the world.
A Tinder Plus subscription gives you undo for mistaken swipes, unlimited likes, five Super Likes each day, plus the option to look up people from different locations that the one you are currently at. Tinder Plus costs $10 a month for users under 28, and $20 for those over 28 years old or over (it’s stupid, we know).
Tinder Gold costs $5 a month and is a feature that you can get only if you already are a paying Tinder Plus subscriber. Tinder Gold allows you to see who liked you.
Tinder claims that its paid users get 60% more likes than users of the free version.
- Not as popular as the other big dating apps
One of the more offbeat apps on this list, Happn works by requiring its users to have already passed by and noticed each other, so it serves as less of a dating app and more of a digital icebreaker, though only if both parties have expressed their interest. Also provided are statistic about how many times users have crossed paths with one another, and connecting with someone isn’t subject to a time limit. If users choose to pay for the service, they are given the ability to send a so-called Charm, which is shown to a chosen person regardless of whether they have previously shown interest.
Download on iPhone
- Big database
- Lots of choices
- Support for various media on profile
Match.com has one key advantage over all others (except, for Tinder): a huge database and lots of people registered, which is of utmost importance for dating apps, hence the recommendation. The app itself is not executed very well and comes up with confusing error messages way too often. The service itself, however, is definitely full of choices and it allows you to discover people nearby, view their photos, and wink for free. There are various premium tiers for those who want to get more dates faster.
- Not many people on it
- Not great for short-term hook-ups
eHarmony is a very detailed matching service that is better suited for those who are looking for a long-term thing. You get to fill in a questionnaire that delves deep in your personality to find a very precise match. It’s a stark difference from Tinder and the likes, and a breath of fresh air for those looking for more substance.
- Available on both platforms
- India Specific.
This dating app is very popular in India. The UI and functionality is pretty much the same like Tinder with country specific database.
Download on iPhone
- Not a mainstream service
Here is a different and fun new dating app: Hater. It creates connections based on common things you hate. The idea to “hate on everything together”, of course, will appeal most to youngsters and the grumpiest of folks out there, but it is fun and easy to use. Only available for iPhones.