With the increased use of the internet and people’s constant busy schedules, online dating has become quite
popular, more so in these times when physical meetings and social gatherings are discouraged, due to the pandemic.
There are many free online dating sites and apps on the market that it’s almost overwhelming for many people who are new to the online dating world. So, today we look at some of the best online dating apps and websites out there;
It’s a mobile dating app where users swipe right to select someone they like and
swipe left for someone they don’t like. Users make this selection based on pictures and a small
Tinder has built a reputation for being a place for casual hook ups and not long-term
romantic connections so if this is what you prefer, tinder might be the app for you.
On Tinder, you can only message someone if they too, swiped right on you. This helps you know that by the time the person is messaging, they are interested, which makes the conversation easier.
The app has a free version (with limited features), and a premium version. The premium option provides are better experience with features like: Message before match, Who likes you, Super like, Priority likes, Recently active and more.
OkCupid is one of the oldest dating apps; it has been around for quite some time.
It was created by Harvard math users and the entire site is built around numbers.
What makes OkCupid quite popular is the inclusivity and diversity that has been incorporated within the app.
It caters to 13 gender identities, 22 sexual orientations, and makes provision in the profile for
people to state their pronouns.
It’s queer friendly and is a good app for people who want to
experiment. It also makes filling out your profile fun experience as it asks interesting
questions that make the filling bios less boring and monotonous.
What makes this app stand out is the fact that women are the only ones that can
initiate first contact. This is to solve the problem of women being harassed on dating sites.
Bumble takes the initiative to make women feel safe in this way. It also enables women to step
out of their usual norm where they are approached and can now be the ones approaching.
If you’re not afraid to shoot your shot, this may be the app for you.
It also gives the option to create other profiles where you can make friends as well as network with people
called Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz.
Happn uses geolocation to match you with people you have crossed paths
with. You get a notification whenever there is a potential match in your location and it gives you
a chance to connect with to them.
It even shows the time and location your paths crossed. This app is most likely to match to someone who works near you, goes to the same coffee shop in
I think this specifically makes it a good option for people who do not want to find love so far away from where they are settled.
This app focuses on making deep, sincere connections. If you’re
looking for a casual hookup this is probably not the app for you.
On Coffee Meets Bagel, if you both hit like you can begin to text each other however the texting platform is only available for one week so you need to use that time to exchange other means of communication or meet in person.
This shows that the app is serious about its aim to help people who do not have time for games
and know what they want to achieve; long-term relationships.
This is one of the most popular dating sites in Africa. It’s easy to sign up and
most of the matches are made based on gender and age.
Before you put up pictures on this site, they must be approved by the admin support and this usually takes 24 to 48 hours. However, free members on this site can only be contacted by paying members. Free members cannot contact each other.
Another online dating app on the market is Badoo. It has people from all over the world. It gives you two options on how to meet people; either through
“encounters,” or “nearby.”
With encounter, you are matched with someone whom they think could be fit for you, based on the things you have in common.
The nearby option shows you people in your area with similar interests that you might be interested in. Badoo is good for people who want to meet other singles from all over the world.
This a dating site where you can send messages for free to people who have liked
your profile. Free members on this app can see matches as well as people who have liked their
It has both similar features on the website as on the app, so you can use either.
9. MEET 4 U
This app is available on both iOS and Android and has good features for the free members. Its quite easy to use and you can exchange both messages and pictures.
10. CHRISTIAN MINGLE
If you are a Christian looking for relationships and connections based on your love for God, this is the app for you.
Christian Mingle connects single Christians looking for a God-centered relationship. Members can freely browse for other profiles even if they are not a good match.
The matches suggested are based on preferences. Free users cannot send and
receive messages but they can see other members profiles. This is an app for people looking for
serious long term Christian relationships. It’s not for casual hookups.
On this popular dating site, you will have a good number of options to choose from.
Instead of using a questionnaire like most apps and sites, it observes your behavioral patterns as
you use the site and uses this to find you a match.
On Zoosk, you can buy digital gifts and send them. Although sending messages is limited to premium members, you can send a heart or smile for free.
This is a great app if you’re not sure if you are looking for a long-term or short-term.
We all remember the dating show that used to be on Bukedde called
Abanoonnya? Well, now there is an online dating app with the same name.
This app and is a good way to meet and interact with Ugandan singles romantically. It’s free and simple to use.
The online dating market is extremely wide and keeps growing by the day, meaning it’s easy to get scammed or waste money on fake sites, so, I hope these suggestions will help you make an informed decision on which app to use depending on what you are looking.