13 Apps Like Tinder (Tinder Alternatives)

So, Tinder is pretty good. But what happens when you’re either bored of it, or you’re just not getting any more matches? Or maybe you need another app to work alongside Tinder so that you get more dates. After all, the more dating apps you use, the more chances you’ll have of landing a date!

Tinder is, of course, one of the world’s most popular dating apps. It’s used by people who are looking for a hookup, short-term dating, long-term dating, and even new friends. It’s also completely free to send messages. 

The good news is that there are several apps like Tinder out there that you can sign up to right now to look for dates. In this article, I’m going to take a look at these awesome dating apps to help you spread your dating wings. 

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13 Apps like Tinder | Tinder alternatives

1. Bumble 

bumble

Bumble was actually created by one of Tinder’s co-founders and its premise is really similar. Like Tinder, Bumble is a “swipe” app. The app doesn’t have a search function, but instead, you need to swipe left or right on profiles that are queued up for you. Like Tinder, you can only message someone once you’ve matched with them. 

Unlike Tinder, though, only women can send the first message on Bumble. Also, matches disappear if no one starts a conversation within the first 24 hours, which creates a sense of urgency and – theoretically – encourages more conversations. 

Hookups or relationships? Both. 

What we like about it: Bumble gives you tips on what to say in your opening message, as well as how to make your profile stand out.

What we’re not keen on: Like Tinder, just because someone has matched with you, it’s not a guarantee that they’ll message you. 

Available for iPhone and Android

2. Hinge 

Hinge

Hinge is a mobile device-only dating app that’s more aimed at those seeking something longer-term. Indeed, its tagline is “the dating app that’s designed to be deleted.”

Hinge is different from most dating apps in that you don’t need to create a bio from scratch. Instead, Hinge gives you a series of prompts that you just need to answer, such as “I’ll brag about you to my friends if …” 

A person can then “like” your response, or even reply to it to get a conversation going. Or, they can just like one of your pics. Hinge also curates potential matches for you based on your answers. 

Hookups or relationships: Can be both but Hinge definitely markets itself as a relationship app. 

What we like about it: Daily curated matches is ideal if you’re low on time and don’t fancy sifting through profiles all day long. 

What we’re not keen on: It would be nice if there was a desktop version for those who aren’t keen on using their mobile device all the time. Also, a lack of a proper search function is negative. 

Available for iPhone and Android

3. BeNaughty

Benaughty

As its name suggests, BeNaughty is a hookup app that encourages you to – quite literally – get a bit naughty. It can be used by both singles and couples, and you can upload pics and videos. 

A “Cute or Not” game, meanwhile, allows you to get to the point quicker, while most profiles are sparse when it comes to details. Essentially, people who use BeNaughty tend to just want to get to the point as quickly as possible.

Hookups or relationships: Hookups.

What we like about it: BeNaughty is very strict about the pics people upload, which guarantees that most (if not all) profiles are real. 

What we’re not keen on: Women can send messages for free, but guys have to pay. Sorry guys!

Available for iPhone and Android

4. Match 

match.com

Match.com is one of the oldest and most reputable dating apps around. It’s ideal if you’re looking for a bit of romance (and possibly even marriage!), and it comes with a very user-friendly layout. You can search for profiles according to your own filters, or you can perform a random “shuffle.”

If you like the look of someone, you can send them a “like” but they can only see your like if they’ve upgraded their account. Similarly, you can only send messages once you’ve upgraded your account. 

Hookups or relationships: Relationships. 

What we like about it: Great layout. We also like the “5 common interests” feature that’s attached to each profile, as it helps you decide whether or not you should make contact with someone. 

What we’re not keen on: You can’t even see who’s viewed you until you upgrade. 

Available for iPhone and Android

5. OkCupid 

OkCupid

OkCupid is a free-to-use dating app that’s made a few changes over the years. It’s aimed at straight people, but it’s also very popular with the LGBTQ+ community. 

Indeed, OkCupid markets itself as a “safe space” for non-judgemental daters who are open-minded and tolerant of other views. For example, you can add a Black Lives Matter badge to your profile to attract like-minded people. 

And to prevent harassment, you can only send one message to someone until they’ve matched you. If they like you back, you can continue chatting with them. Until they like you back, though, their profile disappears after you’ve sent an opening message. 

Hookups or relationships: Both.

What we like about it: Most of the OkCupid profiles are very detailed.

What we’re not keen on: The messaging system can get frustrating. While it has its pros, the fact that it could take days or even weeks to even realize someone has sent you a message is a bit problematic. 

Available for iPhone and Android

6. Happn

Happn

Happn is a unique dating app in that it seeks to pair you up with people you’ve already met in real life.

Does that sound weird?

Well, Happn uses geolocation data to let you know each time you pass by an active Happn user. Or, if you hung out in a bar where another Happn user also hung out, it will let you know. 

The chances of you actually hooking up with someone you’ve already met is a bit slim, but the beauty of Happn is that it gives you the chance to start chatting with someone who’s in the same room as you right now, and who is also looking for the same thing you are. 

Hookups or relationships: Hookups. 

What we like about it: Happn makes it so much easier to walk up to someone in a bar. 

What we’re not keen on: The whole concept sounds a tad creepy. 

Available on iPhone and Android

7. Coffee Meets Bagel 

Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel is the ideal app if you hate being deluged by new matches every Tinder. Whilst it’s similar to Tinder in some respects, the major difference is that Coffee Meets Bagel gives you just one match per day (at noon). 

Hookups or relationships: Relationships. 

What we like about it: Coffee Meets Bagel wants to end mindless swiping. Instead, by limiting your daily matches, it wants you to give someone a proper chance. 

What we’re not keen on: The fact that you only get one match per day can also be a bit frustrating. 

Available on iPhone and Android

8. Plenty of Fish 

 Plenty of Fish

Plenty of Fish (POF) is one of the world’s oldest dating apps. Unlike Tinder, it’s an actual dating app with a proper search feature. Like Tinder, it’s free to send messages and is super popular. 

Hookups or relationships: Both. 

What we like about it: You can see who’s viewed your profile without upgrading, and sending messages is entirely free. 

What we’re not keen on: The fact that its free means there’ll be lots of time wasters on POF. There are also numerous fake profiles being created (and deleted) constantly. 

Available on iPhone

9. Zoosk

zoosk

Zoosk underwent a revamp a few years ago and is now a high-traffic dating site that claims to have more than 40,000,000 members around the world. The app is free to download and use, but you need to upgrade your account to send messages and access other features. 

Zoosk comes with a cool matchmaker function that uses advanced Behavioural Matchmaking Technology to pair you up with other members you might like. This saves you from endless searching and the algorithm is usually fairly accurate. 

The app comes with a search feature as well, and there’s also a chatroom where you can meet other people.

Hookups or relationships: Both. 

What we like about it: There are lots of great features that make Zoosk a fun, exciting dating app. 

What we’re not keen on: Uploading a profile pic isn’t mandatory, which can leave some profiles looking sparse. You’re also really limited in terms of what you can do as a free member. 

Available on iPhone and Android

10. AdultFriendFinder

AdultFriendFinder

AdultFriendFinder is a hookup site that caters to all kinds of sexual preferences and tastes. It’s used by both singles and couples who are horny as hell, and it works like a dating and adult website. To that end, AFF offers live webcam shows and adult movies alongside its dating section. 

Hookups or relationships: Hookups. 

What we like about it: AFF has built a real community where people from all walks of life can find the casual sex encounter they’re looking for. You can find hookups on here as well as new friends who have the same sexual kinks as you do. 

What we’re not keen on: The AFF website requires a revamp as it still sports the same dated, basic design that it’s had for several years. 

Available on App Store and Android

11. Ashley Madison 

Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison is a sex app aimed at adulterous couples who are looking for an affair. It’s discreet, safe to use but men have to upgrade their account to send messages. Women, on the other hand, can send messages for free. 

Like Tinder, you can use Ashley Madison to find a hookup. But unlike Tinder, Ashley Madison is an actual dating app with a proper search function. It also comes with lots of features, such as Priority Man that helps you get seen by more people.

Hookups or relationships: Hookups.

What we like about it: Ashley Madison has tightened up its security over the years so that the chances of cheating married couples being “found out” is slim. 

What we’re not keen on: Men won’t be happy that they have to pay, whereas women get to use the whole site for free. 

Available on iPhone and Android

12. HER

HER

HER is the lesbian version of Tinder. It’s aimed at lesbian, queer and bisexual women, it’s really easy to use, and you can send as many messages as you want for free. 

Hookups or relationships: Both. 

What we like about it: HER is both a dating app and an online community. You can connect your social media accounts and share them with other users. Once that’s done, people can send you friend requests via the app. 

What we’re not keen on: HER is so focused on the community/social media bit that it falls a bit short as a dating app.

Available for iPhone and Android

13. Grindr 

Grindr

Grindr isbasically the gay version of Tinder. It has more user engagement than any other gay dating app, with almost 230,000,000 messages sent each day. 

You match with other people based on location, and mostly everyone who uses it is – generally – looking to meet as soon as possible. It’s a premium app, though, and you need to upgrade to access features such as live chat. 

Hookups or relationships: Hookups. 

What we like about it: The fact that user engagement is so high means it won’t be long before you’re chatting to people and – potentially – setting updates. 

What we don’t like about it: Users often complain that they’re deluged with messages.

Available for iPhone and Android

We hope you enjoyed our rundown of the top apps like Tinder! The next thing to do is to pick an app that sounds suitable for you, before taking a closer look. All the apps listed are free to sign up to, so there’s no harm in creating an account and seeing what’s out there. At that point, you’ll be one step away from matching and going on dates.