Badoo (iOS, Android – Free)
Available in many European countries as well as in the USA and Canada, Badoo is a great way of meeting new friends as well as potential dates. With more than 100,000 new users joining Badoo daily and with almost 200 million users across the globe, Badoo is certainly one of the most popular dating apps. Badoo works by putting you in touch with like-minded users who are based nearby, you can chat online or look up people who have similar interests to you and arrange to meet up. Badoo can also be handy if you’re moving to a new area and don’t know many people.
Tinder (iOS, Android – Free)
It’s fair to say that Tinder is one of the most talked about dating apps with lots of press coverage an millions of users which is pretty impressive given it was only launched in October last year. It’s also a very quick and simple to use, you can literally be up and running in a matter of minutes. So what’s all the fuss all about? Essentially Tinder uses GPS to find your location and then it accesses your Facebook profile to pick up your account info, your Facebook preferences (included pages you’ve liked) and also some of your photos (the ones you want to be used!). Tinder will then rather cleverly find possible matches who are local to you (you can specify age range and distance) and it will also let you know if you have any Facebook friends and interests in common. You then get a selection of photos of possible matches which you look through and decide whether you like the look of them or not. Once you get a mutual ‘like’ you are able to message each other and take things from there.
How About We (iOS, Android – free)
How About We is a dating app with a difference. Rather than starting with finding a possible partner by looking through photos and profiles, you instead browse through ‘date ideas’ which have been posted by other users who are located nearby. Or you could post your own ‘How About We’ date and see who is interested in going along with you. A great way to find potential dates with people who have similar interests to you.
Match.com (iOS, Android – free)
Probably the UK’s best known online dating site, the Match.com app means you can look keep an eye out for possible partners on the go. The app enables you to browse profiles and photos, search for single people looking for dates in your area or current location and you can also send winks to other Match.com members who catch your eye. The app also keeps you up to date with your Match.com emails and the option of chatting to potential dates before making arrangements to meet up. The free Match.com app is also as handy way of saving some money as there are some iPhone exclusive packages which are significantly cheaper than the website subscriptions.
Twine (iOS, Android – free)
One of the newest dating apps around, the beauty of Twine is that you can remain completely anonymous until you’re interested enough in another person to reveal your name and photo. Twine also keeps tabs on the ratios its male and female members to ensure there’s an equal balance of both at any one time. It uses your Facebook profile to find matches with interesting Twine members local to you and will also suggest ‘ICE Breaker’ topics to get the conversation flowing. A fun way to meet new people and to hopefully find romance.