A match made in (tech) heaven.
Looking for someone to Netflix &, Chill with? We hear ya. Thanks to Tinder and the slew of mobile dating apps that sprung up since, you can meet fresh people without ever putting on pants*. But which apps should you pursue and which should you delete from your phone? Glad you asked .
1. Hinge (iOS, Android)
Not a large fan of meeting random strangers online? Attempt Hinge, which permits you to meet friends in your social circle. Using your Facebook network, Hinge pairs you with friends of friends to find someone who isn’t a total stranger. Once a day, you’ll receive a select list of about 20 matches on which you can swipe Yes or No. If a mutual connection is made, the option to talk opens up in the app.
Pro-tip: The app announced earlier this year that it will commence to display Facebook relationship statuses on Hinge profiles, so you can filter out the cheaters.
Two. Bumble (iOS)
Bumble is not only Tinder’s less sleazy sister, it’s also jam packed with female power and is ideal for guys who find hitting on women to be strained and/or unsuccessful. Created by Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe, Bumble is designed to empower women to initiate conversations.
Similar to Tinder, users swipe to connect with a match and mutual connections are added to each other’s “hive” of connections. Unlike Tinder, the woman then has 24 hours to make a stir by sending her match a message. Otherwise, the match vanishes for good.
Trio. Coffee Meets Bagel (iOS, Android)
For those feeling dazed by the infinite number of potential playmates, we suggest attempting Coffee Meets Bagel. The app favors quality over quantity by presenting you with only one match (a “bagel”) every day at noon.
Like Hinge, the app obtains your Facebook information and connects you with friends of friends in your network. Somewhat similar to Bumble’s timeframe, users have but 24 hours to “like” or “pass” before their match expires. If both parties “like” their match, talking capabilities open up.
Bonus: Coffee Meets Bagel offers discounts for a very first date at a local restaurant or coffee shop, if you found your date through the app.
Four. Grouper (iOS)
Grouper, an invite-only social club, lets you leap straight into the appalling joy part of dating: meeting in real life. But here’s the twist: instead of a one-on-one blind date, Grouper sets up a triple date.
This is how it works: The app matches up two people using data from Facebook. Each one of them brings two friends to join the date. No photos, names or info are collective with the parties before the date (blind, recall?). Each person has to pay $20 — an incentive not to bail! — which cover a drink, a pre-planned night out and of course, the matching service.
The perk? If the date bombs, you’re with friends!
Five. Happn (iOS, Android)
If you love reading Craigslist’s Missed Connections, consider implementing Happn in your life. Happn is an app powered by real life interactions and is location-based. What it specializes in is displaying you people you’ve physically “crossed paths with” on a daily basis — people who frequent the same bars and restaurants as you, work out at the same gym or have similar commute. If you both “heart” one another, you can message each other through the app.
Some might find the location-tracking feature creepy, but Happn’s founder and CEO Didier Rappaport told Business Insider that it’s all about permitting for a 2nd shot with a missed connection, and is supposed to imitate real life.
Good luck, daters! You got this.
* Please wear pants when in company.