Tinder is simple and fun. Swipe right if you like someone, swipe left to pass. Then if someone likes you back, you’ve got yourself a match. You can then chat online with them, and arrange to meet offline – a date, in other words.
Fancy giving Tinder a try? With more than 26 million matches per day, surely you’ve got a chance of romance?
If you’ve got an iPhone, get Tinder from the App Store.
If you’ve got an Android phone, get Tinder from Google Play.
Bumble is a lot like Tinder, but there’s one major difference. Only women can start conversations once a match has been made. Not only does that stop them receiving lots of unwelcome advances and terrible chat-up attempts, but it also takes a little bit of pressure off the men.
Bumble isn’t for slow coaches though. Women only have 24 hours to strike up a conversation, or the potential suitor disappears forever. And the men can’t hang about either. If a woman responds to their initial conversation starter, they’ve also got 24 hours to reply.
According to Bumble, the app is all about "empowerment, equality and confidence." Fancy making a beeline for it?
If you’ve got an iPhone, get Bumble from the App Store.
If you’ve got an Android phone, get Bumble from Google Play.
Chappy is a feature-packed gay dating app for men, founded by Made In Chelsea's Ollie Locke and Jack Rogers. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a casual date or something more long-term, because Chappy has all bases covered. When you register, you’ll be asked if you’re looking for Mr. Right (someone who’s also looking for a long-term relationship) or Mr Right Now (a more spontaneous hook-up). Then if you see someone who grabs your attention, you can throw a ‘spark’ at them to catch their eye.
Chappy sees itself as an alternative to dating apps full off anonymous profiles. You need to log in through Facebook or your phone number to create your profile, and you won’t be able to post faceless profile pics either. So if you’re happy being yourself, give it a go.
If you’ve got an iPhone, get Chappy from the App Store.
If you’ve got an Android phone, get Chappy from Google Play.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel is a dating app that’s all about quality, rather than quantity. You won’t be given endless profiles to thumb through and swipe away. Instead, you get a smaller and more carefully selected list to view.
If you’re a guy, you’ll get around 20 potential matches (known as bagels) around mid-day each day. You can ‘like’ or ‘pass’ on each one. If you’re a girl, you’ll get 7 guys that have already liked you (or that meet your preferences). If you both like each other, online chat opens up for a week - which should give you plenty of time to message each other and decide if you want to go on a date.
If you’ve got an iPhone, get Coffee Meets Bagel from the App Store.
If you’ve got an Android phone, get Coffee Meets Bagel from Google Play.
Hinge is a slick and modern dating app with a real buzz about it at the moment. You’ve got to put some real thought into setting up your profile but don’t worry – it’s actually a lot of fun. You’re asked for lots of details to create your ‘story’, and these can include things like the movies you enjoy watching, how you like spending your money, or how you’d describe yourself in three emojis.
Once you’ve created your own story, Hinge gives you 10 potential matches to check out each day. You can like specific parts of their story, from profile pics to answers that made you smile. If the other person replies, a connection is made and you can start a proper conversation. What happens next is entirely up to you.
If you’ve got an iPhone, get Hinge from the App Store.
If you’ve got an Android phone, get Hinge from Google Play.
Have you found love using a dating app, or are you still swiping for Mr or Miss right?
Feel free to post a reply below and share your thoughts. If you’ve used one of the apps mentioned above, it would be great to hear how you got on with it!