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Single? Try these dating apps

Author: Hadlee Simons Updated: 12:30 10-02-2016

Yes, yes, being single on Valentine's Day isn't a big deal. But what if you feel like doing something about it? We've got some apps that might help.

 

Tinder (free – Android, iOS)

Yes, everyone's favourite hookup dating app has become a cultural phenomenon, allowing you to quickly match up with people around you.

The app uses your Facebook profile (don't worry, it doesn't post to your wall or anything) for gathering profile photos, interests and more.

But the key feature here is the swipe-based matching system, simply swipe left on a profile to skip them and right to "like" them. If two people "like" each other, then it's a "match", and messages can be sent.

The service also implements super-like tokens, which will notify the recipient that you like them. But you'll need to pay for these tokens once your initial allotment is exhausted.

Although Tinder isn't officially available on Windows Phone, the third-party app 6tin is arguably better than the official app.

Tinder isn't exactly in-depth though, so you might want to try our next option for that.

 

OkCupid (free – Android, iOS)

A long-running service, OkCupid is Tinder for people wanting more than a "swipe left, swipe right" experience.

For one, the app allows you to message anyone (regardless of whether they like you or you like them). The app also offers comprehensive filtering for matches, based on factors like height, location, relationship status, last online, keywords, habits, education and more.

The glue holding OkCupid together is its matching system, giving users the ability to answer an almost endless list of multiple-choice questions to suss out a match. These can be related to religion, sex life, education, ethics and more.

The service isn't perfect though, as OkCupid falls into the same paywall trap that many apps/services are susceptible to. So this means you'll need to pay for extra filtering options and to see who likes you.

 

Happn (free – Android, iOS, Windows Phone)

Looking for something in between Tinder and OkCupid? Then Happn might be for you instead.

This intriguing app prides itself on its hyperlocal features, dishing out matches based on how often your paths cross. So matches could be doled out if you pass each other on the highway or on the street. Rather intriguing…

Anyway, Happn seeks to cut down on pesky messages by enforcing the "mutual match before messages" rule of Tinder. Although to be fair, you can also send "charms" to profiles you fancy, giving them the choice to talk to you. Of course, these "charms" cost real-world money.

Otherwise, there's not much else to the app, so if you're looking for something more comprehensive, then OkCupid is still king.


Grindr (free – Android, iOS)

Although the aforementioned apps do offer perhaps token support for gay users, those wanting a bit more should check out Grindr.

Branded as the world's largest gay hookup app social network, Grindr allows you to find fellow gay guys in your area. And the features are quite extensive, giving you the ability to choose a "tribe", save favourite profiles, swap photos, chat and customise searches.

Grindr also has a paid subscription offering, dubbed Grindr Xtra, that delivers an ad-free experience, notification alerts, multiple tribe support and advanced search filtering.

Published: 08:30 08-02-2016

Posted by on February 8, 2016.

Categories: Features, Technology

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