A massive 20% of relationships and over 17% of marriages start online and there are hundreds of apps that claim to put love in the palm of your hand. It doesn’t matter whether you’re desperate to choose matching PJs or you simply fancy a flirt, connecting to like-minded people has never been easier. Here’s the […]

A massive 20% of relationships and over 17% of marriages start online and there are hundreds of apps that claim to put love in the palm of your hand. It doesn’t matter whether you’re desperate to choose matching PJs or you simply fancy a flirt, connecting to like-minded people has never been easier. Here’s the lowdown on 5 of the best dating apps around:

 

Tinder

Tinder was the first ‘swiping’ app to launch back in 2012. Today, the idea of swiping ‘left for no’ and ‘right for yes’ has become something of a cultural phenomenon (which could be why Tinder is the go-to app for many love-seekers). The app focuses on your location using GPS and you browse photos and bios of potential matches in your area. It uses your Facebook info to create your profile – but don’t worry, none of your Tinder exploits will ever be posted to Facebook.

If you love to travel this might just give you the edge in the love stakes, because when you check into a new location, Tinder pushes your profile to the front. (P.S. If you’re single and you’ve got wanderlust check out our travel apps for flying solo).

Tinder facts:

  • Over 50 million people use Tinder
  • The average person logs onto Tinder 11 times a day
  • 1.6 billion swipes happen daily
  • Women only swipe right 14% of the time
  • Men swipe right 46% of the time
  • 42% of Tinder users are already in a relationship (oops!)

How much is Tinder ?
It’s free, but you can pay for extras with Tinder Plus (£3.99 a month) and Tinder Gold (from £3.50 a month) depending on your age and how long you sign up for. With Super Likes, the option to Rewind a swipe, and the ability to Boost your profile, these extras might just give love an extra nudge.

 

Bumble

Bumble has become known as the feminist dating app and was created by Tinder co-founder, Whitney Wolfe. It’s another swiping app but the main difference with Bumble is that when 2 heterosexual people are a match, the woman has to message first. This was set up to avoid the common problem where women are bombarded with messages from men.

Bumble isn’t just for heterosexual couples though and you don’t need to define your sexuality. Simply click whether you’re interested in men, women, or both and the app will show you the best profiles. You can also switch into BFF mode to find people you might want to be mates with. Or build your career and get networking with Bumble Bizz.

How much is Bumble?
It’s free, but there are paid for extras like Bumble Boost, which allows you to swipe through profiles that have already liked you; and Bumble Coins, which lets you send SuperSwipes to make a ‘bold first impression’.

 

Zoosk

Zoosk is the #1 grossing dating app in the App Store, which could be because of its ‘secret’ matchmaking formula, called Behavioural Matchmaking technology. It sounds scientific, but it basically learns your likes and dislikes to help throw up more compatible partners. The more you use it, the better it understands what you’re looking for, which means less time wasting. In fact, this app is perfect if you’re looking for efficiency while you look for search for love .

Another time-saving feature is a photo verification tool which asks users to submit video selfies that helps confirm that they match their photos and they’re legit. So no more misleading pics and fake profiles.

How much is Zoosk?
With a free membership, you can create a decent profile, search for and view other members, and see possible matches for you. But if you want to be able to freely chat with people you’ll need a paid subscription which costs £22.74 a month.

 

We know you can’t put a price on true lurrrrve, but if the subscription costs do prevent you from having a multitude of dating apps at your fingertips, then it’s good to know that using data to search, swipe and seduce isn’t going to cost the moon. It’s worth checking out our Unlimited data SIM – it’s only £20 a month and gives you Unlimited texts and minutes as well as all the data an online dater could ever need. And if you love to travel, you can use the data around the world in more than 70 Go Roam destinations, so you don’t have to stall your search when you’re working (or playing) away.

 

EliteSingles

OK, so it’s time to get serious with this one. The personality test on EliteSingles asks questions about how you look physically and what you’re like as a person. Are you tidy? Patient? Positive? Honest? And what is it you’re looking for? Don’t worry, you can answer the questions on a scale, rather than a hard and fast yes or no, so you can hedge your bets. It’s a pretty thorough matching process which is intended to weed out any duds, but make a cuppa and get comfy as it can take up to 25 minutes to complete.

If you’re far too familiar with the ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ line, you might like to know that EliteSingles gives you a personality profile which can help with excuses… ahem, self-discovery.

How much is EliteSingles?
Setting up your dating profile is free and you can send ‘smiles’ and flirt for free. But you need a paid subscription to see photos and send and receive messages, which starts from £24.95 a month for 12 months.

 

OkCupid

They say you can’t put a price on love, but when you’re on a budget it’s good to have options. OKCupid offers free online dating and you can search and view complete profiles and chat with other members without paying a penny. It also has an impressive compatibility feature that generates quizzes to help in your quest for love. The questions are quirky and touch on both the fun stuff and the deep stuff to help you get better matches.

OkCupid seems to sit right in the middle of all the dating apps we’ve mentioned, So, if you don’t want to put a ring on it, but you’re also not into incessant swiping, this is a good match. There’s also a game-changing feeling of inclusivity, because the app offers 12 gender identities and 20 sexual orientations, giving you the freedom to just be you.

How much is OkCupid?
It sounds too good to be true, but this dating app really can be used completely free of charge. If you want to get more attention then you can pay for a subscription (from £5.99 a month for 6 months) but there’s absolutely no need to part with any cash if you don’t want to.

 

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the variety of dating apps out there, but these 5 are a great place to start. Oh, and don’t worry about the data you use when you’re getting stuck in, because Go Binge on Three lets you use data infinitely without it coming out of your allowance. If you’re not with us, you can also get Unlimited data on our £20 a month SIM.

 

Who said romance is dead? It’s just gone digital.