Best alternatives to Tinder

Tinder has become part of popular culture and although it is not the only app of its kind, it certainly is one of the most popular options in the world of online dating. Tinder makes things simple as it doesn’t require users to answer to a large list of questions in order to set up a profile. Once you download Tinder, you can connect it to Facebook and create an account within minutes. There are easy settings and you can easily find people near you and possible get a lot of matches. While Tinder is the favorite dating app for millions of users, not everyone has had a good experience. If you are not a fan of Tinder or simply want to find an alternative, check out these other options that will allow you to meet new people. Most of these apps are free to download, but in order to get access to more features, you may need a subscription or to get credits through in-app purchase.


Skout has a interface similar to Tinder so you can swipe through profiles, but if preferred, you can also opt for a grid layout to find people. With Skout, you can see who has checked your profile and who have marked you as a favorite. To get more visibility and get rid of ads, you can upgrade to a premium version of the app.

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Bumble is an innovative option and it gives control to female users as they are the ones who have to start the conversation. Once two people match, women have up to 24 hours to send a message, otherwise, the match will be cancelled. Tinder can be overwhelming and even scary at times. Bumble on the other hand is designed to offer a respectful and friendly environment to find a date and to make new friends. You can easily see who is only looking to meet people for friendship and since the app prompts conversations, it offers a higher chance of actually connecting with people who caught your attention.

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OKCupid has been around for over a decade and it has evolved throughout the years, offering a solution that reflects the experience of the team behind the app. Like Tinder, OkCupid allows you to swipe to choose if you are interested or not in someone, but it also comes with many other options. You can get better matches by entering information that helps you to find someone who shares your interests. You can also filter your searches to get precise results and there is also an incognito mode if you want some privacy.

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Happn stands apart from other options thanks to the fact that it allows you to find people who may have crossed your path before. If you believe in fate, Happn may prove you right as the app lets you see people who have been at the same location (or nearby) as you at the same time. You can even see how many times you have crossed paths with someone before. If you like them and they like you back, you can start chatting.

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Coffee meets Bagel

Also known as CMB, this app works in a similar way as Tinder, although it has some unique features. Every day at noon, you get a match known as “Bagel”, based on your location and preferences. The person featured will also have some common connections and if they like you as well, the app helps to bring you together through a question that will allow you to break the ice and perhaps, arrange a meeting in person.

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If music is your passion, you probably want to meet people who share your musical taste. This app makes it possible as it brings you matches based on the music that you like. The app gathers the information from your Facebook account and also lets you add your musical preferences manually. It is also possible to set a Profile track that users who visit your profile can listen to. Tastebuds lets you send songs, as well as texts to people. It is an outstanding dating app and hopefully, a version for Android will be released soon.



Clover combines the best features of all major dating apps to bring a versatile experience. You can organize real dates using the On-Demand dating features and you can also find out about local events where you can meet singles. The search function is outstanding and it is designed to help you to find matches that really suit your preferences and style. In order to get a better experience and unlock more features, you can upgrade to the premium version.

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Plenty of Fish

Commonly known as POF, this popular dating solution features millions of profiles so you are very likely to find someone who matches your interests. Searches can be sorted by new users, location, who is online and more. Free users can use most of the app’s features including the possibility of sending messages to anyone. POF also supports VoIP calls, chat heads and other useful communication features. Although the app could do with some revamp and performance fixes, the fact that it offers important features for free will appeal to many people.

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Lovoo is another app that aims to be different by offering unique features such as a radar that lets you find users who are nearby and you can like them and send a chat request without having to wait for them to do the same. Although the app can be downloaded for free, the majority of features require a VIP version which you can get via in-app purchases. The premium features include unlimited chat requests and ghost mode, which allows you to visit profiles anonymously. In addition, there are no ads and you won’t have to buy credits.

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Hot or Not

Hot or Not is seen as the precursor of Twitter and it was originally a website where you could see people’s pictures and cast your vote regarding their looks. You could simply vote to say if you found them attractive or not. Now, the app allows you to set up a profile and see how popular you are in your location. Users can be voted as the most friendly or most liked. You can also see who has visited your profile.

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