best dating apps for iPhone

Dating is a very important social event that practically every human being experiences, or at least hopes to experience, at least once in his or her lifetime. It is also incredibly difficult to meet people after the age of 18 when your social circles are blown away with your graduation caps. Those in their early 20s can still survive the dating game, but it doesn’t take long for our social options to dwindle.

Luckily, in the age of technology, it is easier than it was a decade ago to find that special someone. Whether you are looking for your life partner, want to send sweet nothings to your current love interest, or just want to hook up, we’ve got a list of what we think are the best dating apps for iPhone

Tinder

Tinder

Tinder may be the most popular dating service in the App Store right now. It took off like wildfire shortly after it launched and now boasts millions of users across the world. Users find dating matches by location instead of interests. It started out as a great way to meet up for a quick romp in the sheets, but has quickly gained a reputation for being a way to connect with people in real life that you may already know through friends via Facebook. It’s still a great way to hook up, but it can also lead to long lasting relationships. This app is available for free.

Match.com

Match

This dating service is huge, probably the largest in the country. You will almost definitely find someone for you with the many millions of users on match.com. This site builds possible connections by matching you with others who have similar interests. Once you find someone that fits the bill, you can send a “wink” to begin a correspondence. You can chat with potential dates, look at photos of matches, and even find people nearby that you might want to meet. This app is available for free.

HowAboutWe Dating

HowAboutWe Dating

Sometimes, you just want to do something specific and wish you knew someone else who wanted to do the same. With this app, you can find that person by posting a date idea. Maybe you want a companion to see the latest rom-com. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try ice-skating and want a friendly tutor to show you how. Post your idea, “How about we…” and see who else is interested. This app is available for free.

eHarmony

eHarmony

For those who are looking for a serious relationship that will potentially lead to marriage, this is the service for you. My mom met her second husband using this service and she has been married for 10 years now. Similar to Match.com, users are connected to others based on compatible interests. Finding your soul mate could be as easy as entering a list of your favorite movies. Once you’ve filled out an in-depth questionnaire, the wedding bells will be ringing. This app is available for free.

OkCupid

OKCupid

From my personal experience, OKCupid was the first dating service that made dating services cool. I have many 20-something and 30-something friends who have successfully found all manner of dating companions from this service. After building your profile, send your face and personality out into the world and see who likes you. If you see someone with a cool profile, like them back. After that, it’s up to you how far you take things. You can chat in-app, filter match options, and see what people think of you without getting caught. This app is available for free.

Let’s Date: Fun & Easy Social Dating

Lets Date

This iOS dating service takes a page or two from Tinder by allowing users to approve or remove potential dates with just a swipe. It also requires that you have a Facebook account with at least 50 friends for a year. So, it is quite a bit harder to make up your online persona just to be a jerk on a date. Once two people approve of each other anonymously, Let’s Date will notify both parties involved and even suggest a safe place to meet for the upcoming rendezvous. This app is available for free.

Coffee Meets Bagel

Coffee Meets Bagel

I can’t count the number of times my single friends have asked me if I have any other single friends that they would be interested in. When on the spot, I can never think of anyone. This app makes it possible for my single friends to dig through my contacts in order to meet up. That is, users log in through Facebook and the app lists friends of friends that also use the service. If your old high school buddy is an acquaintance of a pretty single woman he forgot he knew, you’ll be able to ask her on a date and your mutual friend can be the conversation starter. This app is available for free.

Pure

Pure

This is one of those dating services that seem to be dedicated to the great hook-up. In today’s world, a one-night stand is more common than it used to be and services like Pure help facilitate that kind of meeting. If you want to meet up with someone in your area, post your request. The request will be visible to other users for one hour. If someone in the area likes where you are headed, you will be connected via chat and be able to arrange the location with no fuss or muss. This app is available for free.

Twine

Twine

Most dating services allow you to remain anonymous until you find someone you are interested in. This service allows you to remain anonymous while you are getting to know someone and you are the one who chooses whether to reveal your identity to your suitor. The app also makes conversation starting easier with the “ICE Breaker” feature, which suggests topics that it recognizes as a common interest between two parties. This app is available for free.

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  • I have used a majority of them, but to no avail. They are all stuck up when you messaged them. I feel like some women used it for the attention and not the purpose the app set out to be.

    • agreed, I never had any luck with neither of those apps/

      • It just feel restricted to me.

    • jack

      no avail if you’re ugly and nerdy

    • Manuel Molina

      I’ve used OkCupid pretty much for awhile, it has been a fun experience on my end.

      Tinder has it’s moments, but OkCupid works well during the fall and winter time.

      • OKCupid is one of my favorites

    • Daniel

      Check out Elimi app. Women prepare task oriented games for guys. And they show off their creativity/ sense of humor or whatever to impress her 😀 there still a little lack of people,cause it’s pretty new, but has a lot of potential 🙂

      • I will check it out thanks.

  • Willie

    “Siri help me find love”

    • im2slick4u

      Won’t be surprised to see this as soon as iOS 8 drops.

    • Decio Arruda

      I thought she wasn’t programmed to have emotions yet xD

  • Christian Mejía

    😉

  • FWIW, I met my wife on Match.com, so I know it works 🙂

    • disqusted

      But the article doesn’t mention (I didn’t see it at least) mention of the subscription fee… same with eHarmony. That’s the biggest “make me create an account, harvest my info/profile before I know I have to pay, then add me to your pool of “assets”. So I’m convinced 75% of the profiles of people who were interested, made a profile, then found how much it was a month and just dumped it, leaving a false impression of availability of prospects. In my city it’s like the same 10 girls over and over. That’s merely my opinion, though. How much did they charge you a month before you met her? Did you feel extorted to have to shell out $30 or so just to be able to message her or otherwise be able to establish contact (before the fact)? Like that POS zoosk. You can look but if you want to actually contact anyone you better get the CC out. For a girl that I know nothing about? Is this a dating site or a gambling site? I just don’t like how they leverage YOUR PROFILE as an asset to lure in more unsuspecting fools to lure in more…… so it ostensibly becomes a site of lookers not really doing anything *but* looking. Profiles are bait to attract more profiles and it’s a parasitic scam that benefits the business but leaves the hosts it loves off of to the wolves. It’s shady to me and then some. Okcupid and POF (which I didn’t see) are the only two actually free sites with respectable user bases. I’m not counting Tinder as it’s non traditional. Anything I’m wrong about or being wholly irrational in describing?

  • Muhammad !

    Where can I download a girlfriend from ?!

    • Brian May

      Ask Joaquin Phoenix…

    • dan

      u can’t download a pokemon u have to catch it

    • Daniel

      Elimi App? 😛

  • Bob

    Lori is looking for a date lol.

  • disqusted

    I’ve never had a problem attracting females in person. (Then why are you resorting to online dating, hmmmmm?!) Because sometimes I just want to browse casually or widen the options. I have been on a couple of these sites for 2-3 YEARS and have yet to have anyone interesting contact me (or anyone for that matter)… and 9/10 of these females I message politely and considerately and not like a scumbag don’t even bother to reply. Sometimes I think many just enjoy the attention it affords them with. The ego boost. Maybe I just don’t sell easily on paper, but I am fully confident that those same females who I couldn’t get to even answer me would be quick to show interest in person. It’s too easy to discount people online over stupid things. Oh you’re a Pisces? Nevermind. Wait, you like Chinese food? Noooot you! You only said you like cats but you didn’t put you love them. NEXT.

    That’s the brutal reality of online dating— you’re a search result subject to the whim of filters to define you as a worthy/eligible person or just SOL.

    Ironically, 2/3 of my long term relationships I met the girls online… but NONE through dating sites.

    As far as evidence has shown me if you base your desirability and demand on your response (or lack thereof) on these sites you might be doomed to self loathing and bottomless depression!

    It’s not representative of real social interaction. That could either work for you or against you. I’m one who has much success IRL and zero online. That wouldn’t be a problem except as you get older it’s harder to find places to meet single women (or to find single women at all at some point). You almost have to resort to online dating just to find available women (or men; sorry, poor assumption) in those circumstances where you don’t have the time, want or you’re just too damn old to go club hopping around a bunch of drunk belligerent assholes. 😀

  • If you are living in a large city and you are an attractive woman, you should be able to meet many quality people. If you aren’t you are doing something wrong. Sometimes it helps to ask an honest friend why you arent meeting quality people. Ask for an honest assessment because you need to know. You might be very surprised