10 of the Best Free Dating Apps of 2021

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Nowadays, you don’t have to pay for premium dating apps to get your date match thanks to 10 free dating apps at our disposal. These apps have the right matching algorithms that can help you find your sweetheart with a few clicks.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, social lives were destabilized by the COVID-19 pandemic. The thought of meeting someone new was frowned upon. Now, with vaccines rolling out, people can start a return to normalcy more acquainted with online dating apps. It’s all we had during those days of lockdowns and quarantine, after all.

The following 10 apps have top-notch matching algorithms that can help you find your sweetheart with a few clicks.

10 of the Best Free Dating Apps

Here are some of the most popular, free dating apps you may want to consider if you’re looking for a significant other.

1. OkCupid

OkCupid is one of the most popular online dating apps. With its free version, you can browse unlimited profiles and connect with anyone you want. It also has a premium version with more advanced services, like viewing the profiles “liking you,” which is not available with the free version.

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Overall, OkCupid is a dating app for all ages. When signing up, you’ll be prompted to enter your age and your preference matches. That way, you’ll get better-customized profiles to help you find your perfect match.

2. Tinder

Tinder is another popular dating app with an incredible interface. It also has a desktop version that boosts its usability. Like all the other apps, it has a free and paid version. You don’t necessarily need the premium version to find a date — the free version is a good choice for that.

Tinder’s free version allows you to swipe through profiles looking for your potential match. The downside is that you’re given limited information about the profiles. For the profiles you like, select a heart icon, X or swipe to the right. If you don’t, swipe to the left and continue. Whenever you like a person who likes you back, you’ll receive a notification and you can message each other for a potential date.

3. Grouper

Grouper is popular among iPhone users and groups. It’s a different kind of application, matching group dates on its own using personal data from social accounts. The app uses strong algorithms to ensure a perfect match between the groups before sending invitations.

Priding itself as an offline social club, Grouper sets up blind dates for groups of people. You select two “wingmen” and pay $20 each. Then the app hooks you up with another group of three, so you meet as a group of six.

4. Bumble

Like Tinder, Bumble allows you to swipe through profiles so you can choose your matches. However, Bumble has some restrictions that Tinder doesn’t. For example, to set up a date for heterosexuals, the woman must send the message first. But for same-sex couples, any of them can initiate contact.

5. Her

This is an all-women dating app. Boasting more than 4.5 million users, Her is the go-to site for lesbians, bisexual women and other LGBTQ+ femmes. Created by queer women for queer women, the application is rapidly growing.

The app allows you to be more creative regarding your sexual orientation or gender for a better understanding of your personality. The text biofield is also another unique feature that allows you to describe the nature of the relationship you want.

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6. Plenty of Fish

As the name suggests, Plenty of Fish is a pool of dating profiles. While it’s free to use, it also has a premium, better-customized version. Perhaps the biggest downside of the free version is the many ads. However, you can send and receive messages. The paid version eliminates ads and has better filters for easy matching. For instance, you can filter your matches based on your level of education and income.

7. Match

Match.com is one of the oldest online dating websites, being around for more than 20 years. While its app is not an all-free service, it has a three-day offer when you sign up. During this period, you can search profiles and contact people you want. Once this period expires, you’ll have to upgrade to premium. There are different packages, ranging from one month to 12.

8. OurTime

OurTime is designed for those age 50 and older. While most of its services are paid, it also allows you to create and browse profiles for free. That’s good enough as one can find a match who happens to be in their locality.

The fees vary depending on how long you want to sign up. For a month, the charges can go up to $35. If you pick the six-month plan, the charges will drop considerably.

9. How About We

Like Grouper, How About We positions itself as an offline dating app. The app simply converts online dating to an offline experience. As a user, you propose a date and another user can opt in to meet up. It’s best for couples considering the huge discounts of up to 75%. Once a date gets a match, several activities are arranged for the two people at discounted costs.

10. The League

This is an elite dating app and requires approval to join. That means you may have to wait for your application to be approved. The good thing is you can pay a few dollars to speed up the process. You must meet certain standards to join The League. Your academics and income are subject to scrutiny. It’s a good app for professionals looking to build relationships with other professionals.

Takeaway

You don’t have to pay a dime to find love online. With the myriad of free apps and millions of users, you can get your perfect match. All you need is the right information and some caution to land yourself a date.

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About the Author

Lydia Kibet has been writing professionally since 2017. Her passion for helping brands in all aspects of content marketing flows through in the expert industry coverage she provides — personal finance, investing and healthcare. Her work has been featured in The Motley Fool, Investor Junkie, Green Market Report, and Medical News Today. When she’s not writing, she’s either reading, playing guitar or catching up with nature. Follow her on Twitter.

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