When you talk about online dating these days, Tinder is the first thing that comes to mind. While dating websites have been present since a long time, there’s no doubt that the online dating scene has been revolutionized by Tinder. The easy to use dating app has resulted in more than 10 billion matches, ever since its inception in 2012. However, is everyone happy with Tinder? Well, not really and there are a number of reasons that suggest we need an alternative to Tinder.
Why we need a Tinder Alternative?
One of the reasons for Tinder’s popularity was the fact that it was free. While it’s still available for free, the company received a lot of flak last year when it brought a Plus subscription that vastly limited the free version. While we don’t have a problem with the Tinder Plus subscription, there are other problems like the app’s appearance-based approach for matches, which isn’t liked by everyone. So, if you are someone who wants to get a date based on your overall personality, rather than only your looks, you need to find a different dating app.
Also, if you are regular Tinder user, you would know that fake & bot profiles are now part of the experience. Thankfully, Tinder’s popularity has also made sure that there are tons of cool new dating apps. Well, we gave most of the apps a shot and here are some of the coolest apps like Tinder that you can use:
OkCupid is a very popular dating app on its own and it has been present on the online dating scene since 2004. Well, that experience shows up in the app. While OkCupid includes the swipe features that Tinder incorporates, it brings a lot more. OkCupid lets you enter a number of details about you to make sure you get the perfect matches. Moreover, there’s a cool incognito mode and the ability to filter your searches based on hobbies and appearance.
OkCupid is available in a free version but there’s a premium subscription “A-List” that makes sure you get priority in the timeline.
If you are looking for a more unique dating app, Happn has to be the one for you. Happn lets you discover people you have crossed paths with. Basically, you discover people who have been near your location at some time. The app even lets you know the number of times you might have crossed paths with someone.
The app then works very much like Tinder, if you like someone and they like you back, it’ll be a “crush” and then, you can start conversing. There’s also a Charm feature that you can send to people if you really want to get noticed, similar to Superlikes on Tinder. However, every “Charm” requires a few credits which can either be bought or can be earned by inviting friends to the app.
3. Coffee meets Bagel
Coffee meets Bagel aka CMB is similar to Tinder when it comes to the basics, however, it is more inclusive. The app brings you one match “Bagel” every day at noon, based on what you like, your location and common interests. The bagel will not be a random person but someone who has mutual friends with you. Another cool thing is when a bagel likes you back, the app suggests ice breaker questions and also facilitates actual meet-ups.
CMB is free but if you want to “woo” (similar to superlike) more bagels, you might have to buy some beans. You can even earn beans by liking CBM’s social media pages and inviting friends.
Skout is another app like Tinder. The app lets you choose between a Tinder-like swipe interface and a grid layout where you can discover people and check out their profiles. Other unique features of the app includes the ability to view people who have checked you out and favorited you. The app is available in a free version but there’s also a Premium version that makes you more visible, jump to the top of other people’s chats and removes ads.
5. Hot or Not
You might find Hot or Not eerily similar to Tinder and that’s because, this is the original game that inspired Tinder. Along with Tinder-like features, the app lets you send messages to almost anyone. It also shows you how popular you are in your region, your profile visitors along with cool badges like “most liked, “most friendly” etc. Although most features are free, there are some paid ones like the ability to promote your profile, send gifts and other “Super powers”. If you are already using “Badoo” or “Lulu“, then Hot or Not is virtually the same app, so install one of the three.
If you are a man using Tinder, you must have noticed that sometimes matches don’t reply to your messages ever. That’s what makes Bumble so special. Here, when two people swipe right and match, the women have to send the first message in 24 hours or else the match is cancelled. Moreover, the app also lets you see people that are only looking for friends.
While the iOS version of the app works, the Android version is incompatible with all our devices, which means it’s still under development.
7. Plenty of Fish
Plenty of Fish or POF is one of the very popular dating apps out there, so you won’t see any lack of users here. The app lets you discover people sorted by online users, new users and more. The good thing about the app is it’s totally free and lets you send unlimited messages to anyone. There are other cool features like chat heads, VoIP calling and more. Unfortunately, the app is currently available only in selected countries like Canada, UK, US, Ireland, Australia and Brazil.
Lovoo is another swipe friendly dating app that includes unique features to help it stand out against the likes of Tinder. It includes a cool radar, which shows you people closest to your region, so that you can directly like them or send a chat request. Sadly, most other unique features are available through credits, which can be bought or in the VIP version. Paid features include invisible mode, more profile visibility, unlimited chat requests and more. There have been reports of fake profiles in the app, so be wary of that.
Rendeevoo is a gorgeous looking app that lets you aims to create actual meet-ups between people at bars or coffee places. Similar to “like” on Tinder, Rendeevoo lets you invite people for a drink or a coffee and if the feeling is mutual, the app lets you choose from one of its handpicked places to meet. To confirm, you can pay for your first drink using your card or Apple Pay and your rendezvous will be set.
Sadly, the app only works in London, as of now but we hope it arrives to other countries sometime in the future.
Install: iOS (Free with in-app payments)
Woo is another app like Tinder aimed at Indians but there are some cool features it brings. If you are someone who wants to listen to a person’s voice before you like him/her, Woo lets people add voice intros, so you can easily listen to voice intros (if people have added them) and decide better. The app also takes Superlike from Tinder to the next level. Woo calls it “crushes” and you can send messages to your “crush” to make sure you grab some attention. Other features include ability to search people based on interest, work etc.
Like Tinder, Woo requires you to pay for additional crushes along with other paid features like “boost your profile”. There are various other dating apps aimed at India, so if you don’t like Woo, you can even try TrulyMadly, which is pretty popular.
Clover is a dating app, which brings the best of all the dating apps, as it incorporates features from Tinder, OkCupid, Match, POF etc. The app lets you set real dates with the On-Demand dating features. It not only sets up dates, it also lets you discover local singles events, meetups and parties. Moreover, it includes powerful search filters, so that you get your perfect match and more. While the basic features are free, Clover Premium brings features like enhanced chat experience, advanced filters, account verification, read receipts and more.
Install: iOS (Free with premium subscription $19.99/month)
If you are looking for some really serious dating prospects, Match.com’s app is the one to get. Match brings you new curated matches every day and you can simply send a wink to show people you’re interested. The app is available in a free version but it’s very limited. The premium subscription lets you send unlimited messages, see who viewed your profile, check people who like your photos, block people and more.
Looking for a date with the same music taste? You have got to try the Tastebuds dating app. Unlike most other Tinder alternatives on the list, the app takes into account your music interests to bring you people with similar taste. It collects your music preferences from your Facebook account and you can even go ahead and add music choices manually. You can even set a Profile track, which users will be able to play when they view your profile. Moreover, you can send texts as well as songs to people. Sounds pretty cool, right?
Install: iOS (Free)
Ready to get back to the dating scene?
If you haven’t succeeded in getting yourself a decent date on Tinder, don’t lose hope, as these are some apps where you might finally find the right one for you. So, get back to the dating scene with these apps and let us know about your experiences. Best of luck!