In this digital age, it is much more common to meet someone online and the ‘genius’ in the tech world have realised just how profitable it is to join the industry of lonely hearts.
Now we have twenty odd apps, but only a few work nicely in the UK and are worth of your time. Here we have 4 free dating apps that work, and each one has its own agenda – Bumble is for the independent woman, Tinder is for the hook ups, Happn is for those people who saw the advert for it and thought ‘hey joining up to another one can’t hurt, right?’
We don’t have the time, patience or phone memory to sign up to all of them so how exactly do you know which one is best for you?
Let’s start with the industry’s heavyweight, the app that got the ball (and dates) rolling.
How to use: You make a profile, set your distance and then swipe right or left; can’t get much simpler than that.
Unspoken rules/comments: People expect it now to be the place for more crude messages and hook ups rather than relationships. Also, be wary of the super like – it can be flattering but it might also be having a detrimental effect on your chances. Use with caution.
Good for: Girls like this app if they are shy and do not feel confident messaging first as Bumble requires. Therefore, it would be good for guys to send messages first (something chilled, a humorous question or a complimentary comment about their profile are good places to start).
Negatives: Sometimes this one can take a lot of swiping left with guys never being guaranteed a reply in return and girls not always getting a desirable first message.
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Whitney Woolf said so herself, it was time to give the power back to women.
How to use: An app that only allows women to message first with the added push of a 24 hour time limit before you are unmatched to warm up those with cold feet.
Unspoken rules/comments: Girls go first, but that doesn’t mean guys don’t have to put an effort, by the contrary. If you’re a guy, make sure you make an effort after that first message.
Good for: A great concept, particularly for those girls tired of the ‘hey wanna hook up’ opening lines and guys who are sick of not getting replies.
Negatives: However, the top pro of this app is also the top con – it makes us girls hypocrites. For some of us, we don’t like to message first and even worse, if we do and don’t reply then yes we do actually take a pinch of offence from that (even though we are more than guilty of doing it ourselves). So if you get a message, it would be wise to answer back.
3. The League
As the 9000 long waiting list suggests, this is an app for the elite (although this may also just be a great unique selling point).
How to use: Capitalising on this personal, more tailored approach, once you have connected your LinkedIn (so they can verify your education/occupation) you then indicate your preferences from height to schooling. Once you have been admitted into the secret club, you will receive three profiles each day from 5pm which have been vetted using both of your preferences and then you either like or dislike.
Unspoken rules/comments: Chat. Unlike the other apps, your matches will be less frequent due to the limited number of profiles you see so when you do match, you will be reminded to actually strike up a conversation.
Good for: A match seems to mean something more on this app – you already know you are going to have quite a lot in common and there is no tolerance for inappropriate messaging. What’s more, you can also join different social groups from fitness to ‘gin lovers’ to inspire people to meet more and connect.
Negatives: The frequency of the profiles you receive can be frustrating when it is just three a day and actually none seem to work for you. It is worth a try though.
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The one we have heard of but are not really sure how it works.
How to use: After creating a profile, the app uses GPS tracking to show people near you as well as those you have crossed paths with and how many times/where. If you like them, you give them a heart and hope they return the favour!
Unspoken rules/comments: With fewer users, it would be advised that you strike up a conversation. Unlike a lot of the other apps, it also shows professions but it does seem to be host for users primarily under 40.
Good for: Sometimes on dating apps you match with people and then realise they are quite far away and it isn’t feasible. This app allows you to match with those that are in close range.
Negatives: However that close range can also backfire as depending on where you live/work, your options are more limited.
With this apps, you’ll have a good chance of dating in the UK, but free dating apps aren’t always as good as it sound. To find real love, we do recommend trying a premium app/site where you have better chances of finding active members looking to connect and date. Make sure you take a look at our best dating sites in the UK for better alternatives.