It’s that time of year again that singles would rather avoid - Valentine's Day. If you can’t believe it’s already here again then we hear you! Here’s 5 of the best mobile dating apps to help you through whether you just want to see who’s out there or you’re dreaming of meeting “the one”. Stick a film on with your friends, get the pizza in and set up your profile on one or all of these mobile apps. It’s estimated that 50% of couples will meet online by 2031 and the sheer number of people now online means it’s highly likely you’ll be able to find some great dates right on your doorstep.
Try These 5 Popular Mobile Dating Apps This Valentine’s Day
1. Tinder… Swipe right on!
Although Tinder sometimes gets a bad rep as a hookup app, it has over 12 million matches a day - and matches have been known to end in marriage so swipe right if someone looks like your cup of tea (or left if you’re just not keen). Once you match, don’t be shy; we think a witty message is the best way to strike up an interesting convo and grab someone’s attention. You can add up to six images and we suggest you use every space, capturing all your best angles of course. It’s also free which your bank balance will thank you for. Go on, have a cheeky swipe!
2. Hinge: Your friends can open the door to love
One of the best ways to meet a significant other is through friends - right? Well, Hinge works exactly like that. The interface is quite similar to Tinder, but it’s more focused on long-term relationships. Hinge links you up with the friends or friends-of-friends of your Facebook pals; your friends are probably well aware of your tastes and can help you connect with someone dreamy. Less about looks, the app also asks you more questions about your interests with an easy swipe-to-answer-feature so that you can see how much you have in common with your new match.
3. Would you like a coffee with your bagel?
Coffee Meets Bagel (sometimes described as an “anti-Tinder”) is an app for people who don’t fancy swiping and want to focus on the quality of matches rather than quantity. Endorsed by the New Yorker, Refinery29, and Glamour, this app has an algorithm that will send you a single “bagels” every day at noon for you to check out based on your hobbies and preferences. Tasty! You can choose to “like” or “pass” on your bagel and if they like you back then you’ll be able to exchange a message. Don’t take too long though because the chat room will expire after eight days. If your “bagel” looks like the real deal then grab a coffee together quick...
4. Say ok to Cupid
Filling out lots of profile info (everything from your dietary requirements to whether you’d rather be weird or normal) is worth it for OKCupid. An inclusive app with many non-binary profile options, you’ll get a compatibility score with your matches based on the things that matter most to you. The good news is that their system has been updated so you’ll now only see messages from people you’ve liked rather than receiving lots of unwanted photos - phew! You can choose paid membership if you’d like to know when someone reads your messages or see who has “liked” you.
5. There's no Bumbling with this app
We think it’s pretty empowering for women to make the first move... With Bumble it’s up to female users to send the first message, removing the stigma around traditional, gendered roles - who’s to say that you can’t sweep prince charming off his feet? We think that the types of gals and guys you’d meet on here want to even out the dating playing field (it is the twenty-first century after all)... and they’re probably a keeper! This app also has a BFF section that you can use if you’re looking to foster friendships in a new city. You go girl!
We’re feeling the love
Now you can be looking for love next time you’re on your lunch break or waiting for a bus! Your next date could be just a swipe, click or message away and you’re basically carrying a dating agent around in your pocket with these mobile apps. Already using up your data allowance scouting out your next date? Check out our sim-only plan which caters to your data needs. Just make sure you stay safe when using mobile dating apps and look out for your friends too!