Tinder is a great dating app — for both hookups and dating, but sometimes it gets boring. It also gets confusing — people tend to mix their metaphors when it comes to dating, casual dating, and one-off flings.
Just figuring out what people want on Tinder can be a chore in itself. That said, asking straight out usually provides you with the best answers!
At any rate, when you need a break from apps like tinder that are more geared towards one thing or another, there are alternatives. And, hey, not everyone is on Tinder.
Top 12 Apps Like Tinder
Below we’ve listed Tinder alternatives that are great when you want to explore your options.
Bumble is a popular dating app like Tinder that empowers women. On Bumble only women can send the first message. It means women don’t receive the traditional “Hey, let’s get naked,” messages, which put a lot of women off. It usually means that if a woman actually sends you a message, she has an interest in getting to know you further.
When someone actually contacts you after matching, it means they want a conversation with you. Still, you might run into a small percentage of girls sending you hi on bumble. Bumble gears towards serious relationships making it better Tinder alternative. If you’re a man who always hated coming up with ice breakers, this is also a great app for you.
BumbleBFF Feature allows you to meet new friends instead. A great idea if you’re new to town, or want to meet people outside your immediate network. If we live in the same place and had the same job for some time, we tend to limit our social network. Bumble can help you change that.
OkCupid is a dating app that matches people based on interests, beliefs, and quirks. You fill out exactly what you want — the app offers you 20 sexual preferences and 12 gender identities. Whether you’re looking for a threesome or marriage, you can find it here. It also lets you fill in a number of different personality quizzes, so as to easier enable you to meet your perfect match.
As you can set your preferences, it’s easy to weed out the people you don’t want to meet. It’s one thing weeding out people who want one-night-stands when you want something more serious, but most other apps don’t also let you weed out people with certain interests, etc.
Some people love that OkCupid lets you browse other people’s profiles under the cloak of anonymity — the other person won’t know you’ve spotted them unless you reach out to them. Which is good if you’re a high profile so-and-so or simply don’t want your boss to know that you just read their OkCupid dating profile. Read our detailed OkCupid review.
3. Elite Singles
EliteSingles is a site like Tinder that targets singles looking for serious relationships. It’s a dating app with over 85% of its users with above-average education and users are predominately aged 30-50. So, if you’re above 30 and looking for serious relationships then EliteSingles is a great Tinder alternative for you.
Once you signup, you’ need to take the personality test and fill your profile with preferences to get started. These details are then used by their professional algorithm which in return will find potential matches for you. You’ll receive 3 to 7 matches daily which are highly compatible. They perform regular profile quality test to restrict fake profiles.
In the free version, you don’t get to do much except setting up your profile, sending likes to your matches. To initiate conversation and looking at your match’s photos, it’s necessary to subscribe to their premium membership package.
4. Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel is a dating app like tinder inclined towards meaningful connections. Every day at noon, you receive 20 dating profiles to either like, or pass on. If there is a mutual like, you have 24 hours to talk to each other, then the match disappears off your list if the conversation has not been initiated.
There’s also a section that let’s you scroll local matches that you can like. They don’t see the like immediately — you get put on their viewing queue. If you absolutely must get noticed by them, you can send them in-app flowers, but that costs — in coffee beans. Coffee beans are the currency used within the app.
A pro with the app is that you get three profile prompts: “I am…”, “I like…”, and “I appreciate when my date…” The answers have to be less than 150 characters each. This is great as it helps everyone who loathes writing profiles and it gives you a little insight into each match you get.
If you’re tired of just swiping and want to see what an app considers your perfect matches to be, then Coffee Meets Bagel is a great option.
Happn is one of those brilliant Tinder alternatives that almost so brilliant it gets scary. We’ve all walked past someone in the street and wished we would have gotten their phone number, haven’t we? Well, with Happn, you might just get that number — Happn lists all singles who are signed up to the app that you’ve crossed paths with (within 250 meters) while you have the app-enabled.
Happn also shows you how many times you’ve crossed paths with someone. So if fate is trying to tell you something, you’ll notice. It could, of course, also be that they happen to work near where you do, not that you’re fated for a date…
The problem? Well, apart from the stalker angle (but you can disable the app off at any time, so you choose where you want it to track encounters), if you live in New York City you cross paths with a lot of people.
6. Ashley Madison
Ashley Madison is a top hookup site designed to provide the best discreet dating experience online. If you interested in casual dating, having affairs & friends with benefits then Ashley Madison is the app you need to get on. Every single member on their app is looking for hookups only.
Setting up the profile is easy. The overall user experience you get on their app and site is great. The best thing about Ashely Madison is their design and features – Unlike other similar apps to Tinder, their site is not filled with over the top sexual imagery.
They have features like (premium) blurred photos and Travelling man. Blurred photos feature allows adding blur to the personal images for security reasons. In the Travelling man feature, you can message 30 women in a city you’ll be visiting soon. So before you step your feet in the city, you’ll most probably have a few ladies to meet up with and have action.
7. Plenty Of Fish
Plenty Of Fish is an app like tinder with 3M active daily users. It’s also easier to date and move on when it doesn’t pan out, as there are so many other people out there. As POF has so many members, it is great in smaller cities where the dating pool is generally less to start off with. Another perk is that the app is absolutely free.
Unlike Tinder, this is an app that lets you set your preferences and actively search for other members. No need to swipe till your fingers turn blue! It simply gives you a much better overview of the members you’d like to meet, in one simple search.
The downside is, of course, that you have to search ever so often as new members join. As there is no curation going on, you have to wade through A LOT of profiles to find the ones you like. Also, being a site anyone but a bot can sign up to, expect some fake profiles.
Available on iPhone
Hinge is an app like tinder but with a lot more serious approach. So if you’re tired of too many sex requests, this might be for you. Hinge is for casual dating too, it just requires a bit more effort and tends to weed out the least serious users.
Hinge forces everyone to upload six profile pictures, which is great as some people on Tinder still haven’t caught onto the fact that it’s pretty difficult to get a glimpse of their personality with just one or two photos.
Another perk along the same lines is that Hinge forces you to fill out prompts — you can choose between 80 odd prompts, such as “The dorkiest thing about me is…” and fill out three of them. That allows everyone to get a glimpse of who you are.
As you can comment on prompts or photos, it allows for great ice breakers. Hinge is a freemium app that lets you see a certain number of profiles per day — you need to upgrade for unlimited matches.
Zoosk is yet another dating app like Tinder with 30 million users. Zoosk uses an algorithm based on how you use the app to gather information to be able to help you find your perfect matches. You don’t have to answer lengthy questionnaires or do personality tests, you simply upload a profile and answer some simple questions about preferences so as to get better matches.
All verified users on this app get a green tick next to their profile, which helps you weed out the fake accounts though it’s not foolproof.
Zoosk offers ice breakers that you can use when first messaging someone, which is great for those who easily get tongue-tied. How good these ice breakers are, on the other hand, is debatable. You might be better off looking up Tinder conversation starters, I shared.
Down is a popular free hookup app that gets people laid. Down wants you to look at your own network first, it will let you swipe through all your friends on Facebook, as well as friends of friends.
This is great if you always wanted to ask someone out, but didn’t get around to it, especially as the app will only match you with someone who wants the same thing you do. So there’s not that awkward moment when someone you want to sleep with finds out you want to sleep with them unless they want it too.
You’ll see people on Facebook whether they’re a member, or not. They’ll only see you once they become a member, however. The pro with this app is obvious — you can finally ask someone out without any potential awkwardness that can come with asking close acquaintances out.
Badoo is an app like Tinder that brings honest people on the app. It verifies you via Facebook and also lets you import your profile if you like, meaning it’s faster than some apps where you have to upload all photos and write things down from scratch. They’ve had 388M members since launch and have 60M active members. Pretty impressive, wouldn’t you say?
You can choose whether you’re looking to chat, date, or make new friends and search for people nearby, or elsewhere (great if you’re moving). The Encounters feature allows you to see suggested profiles that work in a similar fashion where you either reject or like someone and once there’s a mutual match, you’re notified.
One good thing with Badoo is that to ensure people aren’t using fake profiles when you chat with someone you can request an instant selfie. You can also do video chatting within the app. On the downside, this app has attracted just about everyone to the site at one point or another, so while you can meet local hotties you can also meet plenty of local naughties — of the creepier kind.
12. Inner Circle
Inner Circle is, well, for the inner circle of people who they accept. To sign up you need to do a personality test, as they don’t only want to match you with the right people, but also ensure integrity and authenticity. In general, they’re looking for ambitious and inspiring individuals. The big bonus is that all profiles are properly verified by humans.
To create a profile you have to verify your account with both Facebook and LinkedIn, so it’s generally not a place for college kids to meet and date. Your education will be showcased on your profile, so you need to ensure that it is on LinkedIn/Facebook.
Once you’re in, it works in similar ways to most dating apps, where you either like or don’t like different profiles. Inner Circle also hosts events in cities around the globe, so it’s perfect if you want to meet people face-to-face.
The cons include the high price of the app and that the vetting process might not always be to your advantage — if you don’t fit their criteria, you don’t fit their criteria. Also, if you aren’t immediately accepted.
Available on iPhone