ONLINE DATING

Top 8 dating apps for iOS and Android

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iOSAndroid
Tinder OkCupid
OkCupidHappn
PureHinge
HingePure
Coffee Meets BagelMatch
Match.comTinder
HappnCoffee Meets Bagel
Plenty of FishPlenty of Fish

We gathered the most popular mobile dating apps. Check out the top 8 dating apps for iOS and Android review and choose yours.

Tinder

Members over 50 million
Popularity 10 million users daily
Gender proportion 62% male and 38% female
Geography over 40 countries
Account verification Facebook, phone number, email, Instagram
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $9.99–29.99
Free version free
Fraud risk medium
Odds of success ★★★★☆

Affordability

★★★★★

There are both free and paid versions of Tinder. The free one is a forever long option and doesn’t require prolonging.

  • Free services. The free version of Tinder is enough for matchmaking and dating. You can create an account, swipe and like people, message your matchesб and exchange contact cards.
  • Paid services. “Tinder Plus” costs $9.99. You can rewind your previous swipe, give 5 Super Likes a day, 1 Boost a month, swipe people all around the world, and hide ads. For $29.99, you get “Tinder Gold” — the same package plus an option to see who liked you and top picks chosen for you.

Audience quality

★★★★☆

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps all over the world, so there are people of all ages. Be careful with fakes, since Tinder doesn’t require any special verification or specific details.

  • Age distribution. The statistics say, the biggest age group on Tinder is 25-34 years old, and the second largest is 16-24, but you can easily manage the search with the age filter of your choice.
  • Fakes and scammers. I have never met a single scammer or fake on Tinder despite being an active user, but some users report scammers and fake accounts. Mostly they identify the scammers by money requests.

Interface

★★★★★

One of the easiest and smoothest interfaces of mobile apps. The famous flame sign greeting you from your phone screen.

  • Signing up. Tinder is simple and fast: you sign up with Facebook page or phone number, enter your name, your age, location, several photos and write a little bio. I immediately swipe “no” when I see profiles with no bio or with one blurry photo, and many people do the same.
  • Profile. A couple of good photos and a short bio — that’s all you need for Tinder. I like it when people link Instagram to their profiles because it makes it more real and gives you a chance to see what they do and what they like.
  • Searching. In the settings, you choose the age range you’re looking for and the maximum distance from you. Then you swipe people left when it’s a “yes” and right when it’s a “no”.
  • Chat. You can message your matches right away. Chat, send GIFs and contact cards. There’s a report button, and you can also unmatch someone.
  • Mobile app. I prefer mobile to desktop since I use Tinder on the go. It’s easier and more natural as an app than as a website.

Security and privacy

★★★★☆

The first thing the app asks for is a Facebook page. Tinder also asks you to verify your email and phone number, as it says, to secure your account. None of the things are displayed unless you want it.

Odds of success

★★★★☆

With the huge user base, Tinder is a place where it’s impossible to stay unmatched. I ran into people looking for a hookup, casual dating, serious relationships, or just a beer buddy. I’d say, for 10 matches, you get 2-3 decent ones, which is enough for a start.

In my opinion, Tinder is one of the most comfortable, easy, and universal apps. The app is safe; you have a lot of people to choose from and can find a companion up to whatever. Plus it’s sufficient in the free version.

Tinder is one of the most comfortable, easy, and universal apps

Plenty of Fish

Members 150 million
Popularity 4 million per day
Gender proportion 55% male and 45% female
Geography 20 countries, including US, Canada, UK, Australia
Account verification phone number SMS verification
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price free, premium $7.50–12.33
Free version free
Fraud risk high
Odds of success ★★★☆☆

Affordability

★★★★★

In case you don’t want to pay much, you can start exploring the sea with the free version of the app: it’s usable for the whole period.

  • Free services. PoF is free to create an account and start browsing. It’s fully functional in the free version: you can search for people, message them and check out who viewed your profile.
  • Paid services. As an upgraded member, you can upload up to 16 images, and you will show up first on the “Meet Me” page, so that new users will see you immediately. Some extra features like 3 presents per day and ads-free app are also membership privileges. Upgrades don’t change the idea much, and I believe they are not worth it.

Audience quality

★★☆☆☆

The main trouble with PoF is scammers and fakes. The stories of scams on PoF even got into newspapers.

  • Age distribution. The biggest age group is 25-34 years old. PoF has an age filter, which automatically adjusts to users within +/- 14 years old from your age. No sugar daddies or mommies.
  • Fakes and scammers. This app has a huge database, but many of the users are fake. The Telegraph wrote a whole news piece on a lady who lost £100,000 to fraud on PoF.

Interface

★★★★☆

Although the app and website look a bit outdated, it’s easy to navigate.

  • Signing up. Creating the basic account takes 5 mins, but there’s no use in it. You enter your email, password, gender, birthdate, ethnicity. It’s enough to create an account, but not enough to start browsing.
  • Profile. To make the website look for my matches, I had to answer around 20 questions more, including my personality in one word, my longest relationship, body type, income, hobbies, etc. There’s a lot of things to write to make sure the matches will find you.
  • Searching. PoF is famous for a detailed search — that’s where the profile hard work pays off. Set all your settings: age, height, kids, body type, income, last seen online, and explore people nearby. It reminds me of a more detailed Tinder.
  • Chat. Anyone can send a message to another user: it’s free, and you don’t need to match first. I didn’t like this idea: too many messages from people I was not interested in.
  • Mobile app. The app is more pleasant to use than the website. Also, it’s more intuitive, and I’d say visually more updated.

Security and privacy

★★☆☆☆

PoF requires email only, and that’s both a bright side and a downside. The website doesn’t hold much info about you, and it doesn’t need social media links. But there are plenty of scammers and fakes out there because the verification system is weak.

Odds of success

★★★☆☆

In my opinion, too many fakes in this sea of fish. Despite the big user base, with scams and narrowed search, you might run out of options quickly. As VIDA Select said, “PoF site is kind of like the Walmart of the online dating world.”

If you live in a small town and don’t want to pay much for a dating app, you might try your luck with Plenty of Fish

Pure

Members more than 500,000
Gender proportion 65% male and 35% female
Geography North America, Western Europe, Australia
Account verification email
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $14.99
Free version 3 days free trial
Fraud risk low
Odds of success ★★★★☆

Affordability

★★★★☆

Pure gives you free access for 3 days. After that, you’re going to need to get a subscription.

  • Free services. Pure is free for 3 days, when you can try all the features of the app. Create an account and request a meeting with those who are online. Text, exchange photos, arrange a meeting in real life — all within one hour before the chat gets deleted.
  • Paid services. After the free trial, you need to buy the membership to get access to the app.

Audience quality

★★★★☆

The app doesn’t reveal this kind of information since the service is anonymous.

  • Age distribution. The app covers all the age groups, but the major one is 25-34 years old — around 50%. The next groups, both 20%, are aged 18-24 and 35-44. You can even find someone of 65+ here — the fun has no limitations.
  • Fakes and scammers. There’s no way to check if the selfie on the request is real, but the app is created for instant meetings, not for long talks, so catfishers have nothing to do here. I ran into a couple of accounts promoting sensual massage or screaming “squirt” from the pic, but the scam is obvious in this case, so I just skipped them.

Interface

★★★★★

Pure is excellent in its design. Stylish and exciting, the app is appealing and pleasant to use. Plus, the original art gives the app a fresh look.

  • Signing up. It takes a minute to register in Pure. All you need is email and your photo. The whole process is intuitive and easy. Allow the app to use your location to find people near you.
  • Profile. You have to create a profile each time you want to find someone. The profile has your photo — a new one every time you create a request. After an hour, your profile self-destructs. Specify who are you looking for this time, man or woman, and browse through people nearby.
  • Searching. Pure is created in a way that allows meeting as soon as possible. The app scans for people near you who are online and want to meet up within an hour. After you create a request, you go through people available.
  • Chat. If you two liked each other, the chat window will pop up. Remember — just 60 minutes to charm your match and agree on real-life meeting!
  • Mobile app. The app is cool and nice looking. Stylish and very intuitive, it puts me in a mood for an adventure when the night falls.

Security and privacy

★★★★★

Pure is strict about the users’ privacy. No social media links, no phone number, not even a name. The profile gets destructed in an hour, leaving no trace you have ever been on the app.

Odds of success

★★★★☆

If you live in a small city, then maybe you might run out of options quickly. I’ve got about 284 guys online during the day — much less than Tinder, of course, but all 284 of those people were down to something interesting, and I knew it straight away.

Pure is not the type of app you use for long-term relationships or a life-long partner. It’s a great, safe, and stylish app for a fun rendezvous when you’re up for a little action after the night has fallen

Download Pure from Google Play or App Store and get 3 days free trial!

OkCupid

Members around 30 million
Popularity over 1 million users per day
Gender proportion 53% male, 47% female
Geography around 40 countries
Account verification Facebook, email
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $9.95–$19.95
Free version free with likes, messages
Fraud risk medium
Odds of success ★★★★☆

Affordability

★★★★☆

If you want to give it a try for free, OkCupid offers you such a possibility: you don’t need to pay if you don’t want to get any extra functions.

  • Free services. OkCupid works perfectly in the free version. You can like people, see your top matches and message each other.
  • Paid services. A-List gives you unlimited likes, more search options in match search, a list of people who liked you, no ads. Premium gives all those things plus 1 daily boost, an option to be seen by more matches, and some extra features which are not important for matchmaking.

Audience quality

★★★★☆

OkCupid is less suitable for young people. Be careful with the scammers: even though they are not a serious problem, it might bring some discomfort.

  • Age distribution. 30-49 years old is the biggest age group on OkCupid, which is about 51%.
  • Fakes and scammers. It’s not that hard to create a fake account on OkCupid, but people on Reddit say it’s pretty obvious to distinguish the fakes online. Plus, the community is on the scammers’ watch — they ban suspicious accounts fast.

Interface

★★★★★

The app looks basic: a classic dating website from the dawn of those, but in a more modern design.

  • Signing up. Even initial signing up takes 8-10 mins. You need Facebook or email to start. Then you go through at least 15 questions: those are made to find you a better match. Choose a couple of photos, and your basic account is ready.
  • Profile. Although it’s not enough for an account. The more you write, the thinner are chances to be treated like a fake. Plus, it helps to find a better match. I find those questions interesting, but time-consuming — often, I don’t have much to say about my current life goal or the things I value the most. But the more I filled in, the more accurate my matches were, so this hard work pays off.
  • Searching. OkCupid finds matches based on your answers, so take the survey seriously, if you want the algorithm to find you someone! Doubletake shows you profile information of one potential match at a time, again, Tinder like, but with much more details. The search section allows to use filters and manage your potential matches.
  • Chat. When you like someone, you can send a little ice breaker and contact them immediately. To move further, they have to like you back — before that you can’t see them in your message box.
  • Mobile app. I prefer mobile over desktop most of the time because it’s easier to use on the go. In OkCupid’s case, it’s no different, although the website is usable too.

Security and privacy

★★★☆☆

The app offers to link Facebook and Instagram. To register, you need to use your email, but there’s no verification link. There were a couple of controversial data things: one in 2016 when a part of user data was published as research. The other one was in February 2019, when many users lost their access to the accounts. Supposedly, it was a data breach, but OkCupid denies it.

Odds of success

★★★★☆

You get a lot of people to choose from, but also a lot of competition. On OkCupid, the account should stand out to be noticed. But it seems to me that OkCupid gives you more solid options than, say, same Tinder or PoF.

OkCupid is probably one of the most progressive dating apps: you can choose out of 22 genders and find LGBTQ+ matches easily. Also, it seems to be more profound than just a hookup, even though it is stated on the website as an option.

You get a lot of people to choose from, but also a lot of competition

Coffee meets Bagel

Members around 25 million
Popularity 400,000 new users per month
Gender proportion 40% male, 60% female
Geography mostly the US
Account verification Facebook, phone number
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $15.00–$34.99
Free version limited likes, messaging, matching
Fraud risk medium
Odds of success ★★★☆☆

Affordability

★★★☆☆

You can use the app for free if you are not sure whether you need the subscription or not. But in this case, your activity will be less significant.

  • Free services. You get 5 “takes” for a day, which means you can choose 5 matches to talk to for free each day. Like your suggested users, match with them and message for free.
  • Paid services. Extra moves are paid by “Beans” — the app currency. You can get more daily likes or extra matches for Beans. Premium membership allows to get extra “Beans,” see when the message was read, skip the line for matches boost, and some other things like this.

Audience quality

★★★★☆

Online security is still a valid thing, so make sure you’re careful when it comes to fakes. All in all, Coffee meets Bagel is relevantly safe people-wise.

  • Age distribution. The main age group on Coffee meets Bagel is 30-49 years old, which is around 57% of all users. The next group is 18-29, with 36%.
  • Fakes and scammers. There are mixed comments on behalf of fakes. Some people say there are a whole lot of fake profiles here. It makes sense: there are no other verification measures than Facebook page. But since you only get 5 likes per day, you probably won’t feel the overwhelming amount of fakes in your messages.

Interface

★★★★☆

More info than Tinder, less info than OkCupid or Hinge. The idea of making matches among friends and friends of friends is controversial: on some point, it can be people you have something in common with; on the other hand, it might bring awkward social interaction.

  • Signing up. A Facebook account and phone number are required to set up an account. It takes around 10 minutes to create a basic account.
  • Profile. Profile includes a picture, some questions about your appearance and body type, education, ethnicity, all those basic things. There are also three phrases you need to answer: “I am…”, “I like…”, and “I appreciate when my date…”, and three personal “icebreakers” that your matches can see and use to start a conversation. Although, there are no names unless you two liked each other.
  • Searching. You can’t search for matches — you can only see those who were suggested by the app. Partly they are based on your Facebook friends and friends of friends, partly — based on your profile. Women choose from men who already liked them.
  • Chat. Chatting is basic here: message your matches only. Conversations are available for 7 days, and if you want to extend the chat, you have to pay the Beans.
  • Mobile app. The app is intuitive and looks quite modern and elegant. There’s no desktop version of CMB, so you can only access it through mobile apps.

Security and privacy

★★☆☆☆

You can’t create an account without Facebook page and cell phone number. The app takes photos from your Facebook account and monitors your friends.

There was a data leak in 2018: a partial list of user details, specifically names and email addresses were stolen in a hacker attack.

Odds of success

★★★☆☆

Women receive 5 matches per day, and men can see around 20 potential matches per day to choose from. There’s a lot of waiting involved: men can wait long enough for their “bagels” to like them back, women might not be fancy of their suggesting matches.

Matching is based on five criteria: age, height, distance, ethnicity, and religion, plus your Facebook network.

I believe this is a decent app to use if you are looking for something more or less serious and are not in a hurry to find it

Match

Members over 15 million
Gender proportion 49% male, 51% female
Geography more than 25 countries
Account verification Facebook, email
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $17.99–$19.99
Free version create a profile, browse hrough other members
Fraud risk average
Odds of success ★★★☆☆

Affordability

★★☆☆☆

You have to pay to start using the app fully. Without the subscription, you can’t message people.

  • Free services. As a free user, you can create a profile, post photos, search for users, and like other members.
  • Paid services. To message people and receive messages, you need to subscribe. You’ll also get access to “Match Meetings” — offline meetings the members hold together.

Audience quality

★★★★☆

  • Age distribution. Around 63% of users are aged 30–49, and 24% are aged 50+, so this is a place for more mature dating.
  • Fakes and scammers. There are mixed opinions on Match.com, but people admit there is its share of fakes and scammers. But as for me, it seems to be fairly easy to create a fake account here. So I’d say keep your eyes open.

Interface

★★★★☆

  • Signing up. Creating a basic profile requires about 20 minutes to answer all questions. You need a username because your real name won’t appear until you decide to share it with your match. Basic demographics and a couple of short answers — that’s what you need.
  • Profile. The whole profile keeps a lot of information. Basic statistics are combined with interests, open questions, and other time-consuming things.
  • Searching. You get 7 daily matches to choose from. The app selects them based on your interests and preferences. The Reverse match shows you who’s looking for someone like you, so go ahead and like them.
  • Chat. Once you matched, you can start texting people, if you are a paid member. The chat is basic and easy to use; there are no time restrictions or anything of a kind.
  • Mobile app. The app is a bit more updated than the website and looks more comfortable to use. Laconic and user-friendly, the app eases the communication process.

Security and privacy

★★☆☆☆

The names and personal info go public if you decide to share it with your match. Match.com had an incident with some scammers, but they took it seriously and started to check profiles more carefully. Yet, the only authentication you get is email and Facebook.

Odds of success

★★★☆☆

Match.com is one of the biggest players in the dating app field, so your chance to find someone here is plausible. People tell stories about successful marriages here or good friends, so perhaps there’s a lot of options, but just not for every purpose.

Match.com, in my opinion, a bit outdated, so probably it will be harder for you to find someone if you’re not that serious about your relationships.

This is a place to settle down a bit, or find friends

Hinge

Members 5 million users
Gender proportion roughly 50/50
Geography mainly the US
Account verification Facebook, phone, email
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $4.99–$9.99
Free version like limited profiles
Fraud risk low
Odds of success ★★★★☆

Affordability

★★☆☆☆

Hinge is okay to use for free unless you want to turn it into Tinder with unlimited likes per day.

  • Free services. As a free user, you can like up to 10 profiles per day. You can like and message your matches after, but only if your account is fully filled.
  • Paid services. Unlimited likes, “Who liked me” section, and more detailed preferences.

Audience quality

★★★★☆

This app is for those who are looking for serious things. It was designed “to be deleted” — so the audience here is not about hookups.

  • Age distribution. According to McGrath, 90% of users are between 23 and 36 years old.
  • Fakes and scammers. The app has a little percentage of fakes because it encourages the idea of serious relationships and no random swipes. It requires too much personal information to create fakes.

Interface

★★★★☆

This is an app only for mobile phones. Hinge is stylish and elegant, and you can see right away that it’s a new product on the market — the way it is created tells you it’s younger than most of the other apps on this list.

  • Signing up. The process is long, comparing to other apps. If you want to get access to likes and messages, you have to fulfill the profile. It includes 6 photos, my vitals, where you put your basic info, my virtues, including controversial topics like marijuana, politics, etc. and one opened question.
  • Profile. You have to answer everything, but later you can choose what information to display. Part of your info is imported from your Facebook account, including your friends.
  • Searching. The app recommends people based on your profile and your Facebook friends so that you have something in common. When you see a profile, you can either pass or like something particular — a photo, a phrase, or leave a comment.
  • Chat. You can only chat with someone if you liked each other. You leave a comment, a person replies — then the chat window opens. The chats are constant, and you can always come back to them. The app encourages real-life meetings by sharing your mutual interests. After you’ve been on a date with someone, the app asks you for feedback about the person.
  • Mobile app. The app is mobile-based. Simple, elegant, intuitive, this is an app for serious dating, not casual hookups.

Security and privacy

★★☆☆☆

The app publishes all the information from your Facebook, even the things you chose to keep private. It releases information like workplace and school, imports photos from your account.

Odds of success

★★★★☆

HInge is not popular in minor locations, but if you live in a big city and are looking for serious relationships, you’ll get a chance to find someone. The app searches through your friends and friends of friends to introduce you to each other.

Hinge is a wingman you wanted to have because it always has someone to introduce you too

Happn

Members 70 million
Popularity 1.5 million new users per month
Gender proportion 60% male and 40% female
Geography 27 countries, including US, Europe, UK, Australia
Account verification Facebook account, phone number
Mobile app iOS, Android
Price $10–$24.99
Free version free forever
Fraud risk low
Odds of success ★★★☆☆

Affordability

★★★★☆

You can use Happn for free and enjoy most of the functions without payment.

  • Free services. The app is sufficient in the free version: you can see who you crossed paths with, send likes and message those who matched with you.
  • Paid services. More “Hellos” per day, see who liked your profile, and an option to hide part of your personal information. I believe the last one is especially useful because the app automatically shares a lot of info from your Facebook account.

Audience quality

★★★☆☆

This app is relatively safe from scammers and fakes. But beware of stalkers — people say, there are quite a lot of them.

  • Age distribution. 47.6% of users are aged 18–29 on Happn, and about 42% are 30–49 years old.
  • Fakes and scammers. The app requires verification through Facebook, so fakes have to go through significantly more effort to create an account. That’s why the app doesn’t have much of fakes but does have some stalkers, which might be creepy.

Interface

★★★★☆

It’s an easy and layback app with a simple design and basic logic. The main idea is that you match with people who you met on your way — literally.

  • Signing up. The set up of a basic account takes about 2-5 minutes. You need to log in with your Facebook page. The app imports most of your info from your page, which saves you time, but is not very safe.
  • Profile. Your profile has your name, age, location, several recent photos from Facebook, school, position, and place of work. I am not comfortable with that much info being displayed right away, and if you’re not too, consider using the Premium version, where you can find part of it. There’s also a status that you put next to your profile: sort of “let’s get coffee” or “open for drinks in the area”.
  • Searching. The app is based on location and shows people within the distance you set in preferences. There’s no free search for people, so unless you cross paths, you won’t match.
  • Chat. You can only send messages to the people you have “crush” with: you need to like each other mutually. If you like someone, they won’t get notified, but if you want to grab someone’s attention, you can send “Hello” — this one will be visible right away.
  • Mobile app. Happn is designed for mobiles only. The app is clean and easy. It doesn’t have any style, unlike Pure, but it is still pleasant to browse through. Some users are, however, unsatisfied with some features.

Security and privacy

★★☆☆☆

For me, the idea of matching with strangers who can see your location is a bit sketchy. The app posts a lot of info from Facebook and doesn’t have any further verification. Some people call Happn the app of fate, some — the stalker’s dream, and both have some rational sense.

Odds of success

★★★☆☆

If you live in a major city with lots of people, your chances are good. However, if you live in a less crowded area, you can run out of matches quickly. Plus, you have to be sure in your match — in case it goes south, you might find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.

Happn sounds fun if you’re an open person who doesn’t mind a little bit of privacy invasion.

If you are concerned about the online dating idea and have your doubts about each person you meet online, then maybe Happn is not exactly your app

FAQ

What are the top dating apps?

The ranks are different for iOS and Android, but the general list of top dating apps is: Tinder, OkCupid, Pure, Hinge, Coffee meets Bagel, Match, Happn, and Plenty of Fish.

Which dating apps are totally free?

You can use the full potential of the apps for free on Tinder, Plenty of Fish, OkCupid, Coffee meets Bagel, Hinge, and Happn.

What app is better than Tinder?

It depends on your purposes, but I’d say it’s Pure and Hinge. Pure is safe, enjoyable, and pleasant to use. Hinge is more serious, profound, and original.

What is the best free hookup app?

Pure, for sure. It might not be completely free, but it’s safe and has a significantly better level of the audience than most of the other hookup apps.

What are the worst dating apps?

In my opinion, Plenty of Fish and Happn. Plenty of Fish looks very sketchy and screams “fakes” right when I open it. And Happn makes me feel uncomfortable since the idea of people knowing my route is more of a disturbing stalking thing than destiny for me.

Can I browse Tinder anonymously?

No, unless you create a fake profile.

Is there an app like Tinder for couples?

AdultFriendFinder allows you to register as a couple, as well as Feeld. Many websites allow that, but 90% of those are mostly about hookups.

Which dating app is best for hookups?

Pure is excellent to use for a casual fun hookup with no strings attached.

How can I get laid fast?

Tinder is widely used for one night stands, but usually, the date still has to look like the date. Pure is straightforward about having fun together, but in an intimate way, so it takes significantly less time. Check out the review for 10 other sex sites.

Find your hookup adventure in one hour

Pure users are looking for adventures. They value anonymity, straightforwardness, and intimacy with no obligations.

The application works quickly and simply — no long registrations or endless questionnaires, no social media links or photo albums. The algorithm uses end-to-end encryption and deletes profiles and chats in an hour after they start.

Upload your favourite selfie, find the person who turns you on and start texting. You have one hour to arrange an adventure together.

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