When it comes to the apps on our phones, we tend to become loyal to a select few. You find something you like—maybe you’re a Facebook fan, or a loyal Instagrammer, or a member of the cool Snapchat club—and you stick to it. If you’ve been dating via apps, you’ve almost certainly been swiping hard on Tinder. But, there’s actually a whole slew of other dating apps that may be even more useful for you.
There are apps that bring together people with similar nerdy interests, apps designed for encounters even more casual than what Tinder delivers, and profile-heavy apps that really get into the specifics of users’ personalities.
Find some wifi. Download a bunch of these. And track down the love of your life. Or something else…that’s cool too.
Ever wonder if you’ve met your soulmate, but didn’t know it? Happn matches appear in your timeline as you pass them in real life—link up the minute you match or later. The one drawback of the location focus is that after a bad date, you risk an awkward run in at the gym.
Bumble is like Tinder, but with all the power in the ladies’ thumbs, and far fewer inappropriate pics. Here, the female always initiates, and instead of collecting matches, you’re forced to actually talk, with matches expiring after 24 hours (you can extend one promising connection per day). You can also use it to make friendship connections, which allow either sex to initiate.
Coffee Meets Bagel is, in a way, more traditional. Ladies choose from a selected group of the most compatible guys who’ve already liked their profile. Originally the app only showed one match per day, but after an update last year, that’s increased. For now, it only services Toronto in Canada, but plans to roll out in Vancouver this fall.
Star Wars fans rejoice! Dragonfruit matches couples based on their particular nerdy obsessions. A Captain America fan might be connected with someone who’s really into Bucky Barnes, for example. At ten times what it was last October, the app’s small user base (around 10k downloads on Google Play) is growing faster than your action figure collection.
The classic dating site, OK Cupid’s app puts more thought into your matches than much of the gimmick-based competition, with more attention paid to the profile. It requires a little more investment on your part, but you will learn more about your matches with this app than most others.
Badoo has a little bit of everything. It’s formatted like Tinder (but with more profile), it tells you if you’ve crossed paths like happn and you can use it for friends or dating like Bumble. It also has over 300 million users between its website and its app, which means a large dating pool, but also more scammers and fake accounts. Beware of that model who’s so into you.
Hinge matches you up with friends of friends based on your Facebook contacts. Creepy? Sure, but it works. If you want a quick way to find people who roll with the same crowd as you and don’t want to ask your friend about that cute coworker, Hinge could be the answer.
We’ve all liked a Tinder profile because of a dog. With Twindog the entire profile IS the dog. Finally! Why feel guilty for leaving Fluffy at home when you could organize a double date? Your pet is the ultimate wingman, and this way you can be the same for them.
The ironically named Pure is even more effective than Tinder for making casual, ahem, connections. Users post an invitation to hang out and then choose from respondents whom they want to meet. After an hour, the invitation, all chats and photos are erased. Have fun, be safe.
The motto: swipe less, date more. And that’s essentially what it does. Their 20-questions quiz goes beyond the basic info that a lot of other dating apps ask for. Specify whether you’re using it for friends, a hook up or dating to make sure you find someone looking for the same. There are also real life mixers to attend.