Consumer Dating App Resource
Let’s start from the beginning before we delve into our detailed reviews on the best online dating apps. First let’s cover some of the basics about what dating apps are and the different types of mobile dating applications for singles.
What are dating apps?
Much confusion exists today about what a dating app is and how it differs from a traditional dating site. Is it even online dating? Yes and no, well not exactly. Let’s first define an application. An application is simply software for smart phones, mobile devices, or tablets. That is all an app is. App is short for application. In the case of a dating apps or dating applications there is self contained dating apps or dating apps that compliment a dating site and make the site more mobile friendly/responsive and there are dating apps that run off social networks such as Facebook and simply help you locate singles in your immediate area or within a certain proximity. (Just the same as those that match you based on other shared data within a social network) These apps typically don’t house information but merely aggregate information from Facebook through the way the software is written/coded. There you have it. Dating apps are software for phone and tablets and they can serve a wide variety of functions.
The different types of dating apps
1. Social Media Platform Dating Apps such as Facebook powered dating apps
2. Native Dating Apps designed application program designed for a particular platform or device.
3. Web Dating Apps – not installed on a device but rather used over the internet to make a site more mobile friendly
3. Most online dating apps are Hybrid Dating Apps. While traditional hybrid apps typically do not need to be connected to the internet with dating apps that’s often not the case. However, like most hybrid apps; dating app that fall into this category will store some information locally on your device but are designed to work with data stored with either a social network or a traditional online dating site. (As you can see there is some overlap and the general terms do not fit all circumstances for which apps are used) Example. A mortgage payment app would have a lot less data and therefore it would be feasible to store that on a device with no space constraints. However, storing 1 million or more singles profiles isn’t feasible.
So the next time someone talks to you about a dating apps now you have a little more background on what they are. Now that you know what dating apps are and that they are merely software to make things work properly on your mobile device or tablet the next question should be which dating apps are worth trying.
Which dating apps are most popular….and why?
Our goal is to help you stay abreast of which online dating apps are the best and which dating apps are like ghost-towns; meaning they no longer have many users. If you are like me there is nothing more frustrating than taking your time to download a new dating app only to discover it is totally useless. I think it’s fair to say we all hate that!
Below you will see our dating app comparison table which has links to reviews pages for all the top dating apps. Also in the table we are working on compiling the total downloads or where this information is not available the most accurate estimates. Also where available we will always share user-ship statistics. After-all nothing is more important when it comes to online dating apps than the actual amount of people who are actively using the app. Think of it this way. No different from a dating site with too few members, a dating app that nobody is using, even if the features are great; is totally useless.
Do understand that this area of online dating is evolving and at OnlineDatingApps.net we are working hard to keep abreast of the latest trends in mobile dating as well as keep on top of updates to the existing and most popular dating apps. Please do not hesitate to send us updates or tips. You can do so by emailing Jason@DatingWebsiteReview.net. We also love to hear about new dating apps so feel free to share your news and it may just end up in our online dating news column.
The Top 25 Mobile Dating Apps
Dating App Reviews
|Dating Apps||Editor Reviews||Total Downloads / Users||Costs||Download App|
|Match.com dating app was just completely revamped in April 2014 and is even better than before. Couple this with the database and you really can't go wrong.||Free trial but premium charges apply||
Once you complete registration at any of the sites your offered the app. Unless it is a standalone app in such case the link connects you to the download or the main site.
|HowAboutWe.com mobile app was the Golden Heart Award Winner for the best dating app for 2014. It's on fire and while not as widely used at Match.com mobile app it's making huge gains.||Free trial but premium charges apply|
|In the top 5 most downloaded and most used mobile dating apps Twoo is a leading app for singles.||free but can upgrade||App Rankings
|The largest Christian dating site also offers what most would call the best Christian dating app, that is of course ChristianMingle dating app||Free to join but must upgrade to contact other singles.||Christian Rankings
|eHarmony also mastered dating apps and came to market with a great iPhone singles app and then followed it up with a dating app for Android.||Premium. Free download but to get any use from it you must join.||General Rankings
|Tinder has yet to solidify itself as a dating app for the mainstream but it's growing popularity for 20-something's makes it one to check out.||free but can upgrade|
|AYI has been a winner for a long time. An industry leading mobile dating app with high rate of mobile usership.||Free trial but premium charges apply|
|POF is the single most downloaded dating app in the world.||FREE but can upgrade|
|OKCupid is the 2nd most downloaded and used free online dating app in the world behind POF. OkCupid.com is of course owned by Match.com||100% free mobile dating app|
|DateHookup.com has a very active mobile app and is 100% free as well. However, it is VERY, VERY basic and has limited desktop functions as well.||100% free. Ad Supported.|
|Many people look at Hinge dating app as the next generation of mobile dating apps. One step better than Tinder but limited in markets where it is offered.||free but can upgrade|
|miumeet is a cute and clever dating app that continues to grow in popularity.||free but can upgrade|
|Singles Around Me may beat everyone out when it comes to the rate of new users they are adding each month.||free but can upgrade|
|WhosHere is also seeing massive growth in the sector for dating apps based on proximity which is arguably the best way to think about mobile dating.||free but can upgrade|
|Swoon is now an established name in mobile dating.||free but can upgrade|
|Grindr is the market leader in gay dating apps, hands down.||free but can upgrade|
|HeyDateMe is a creative mobile dating app that's had a good run and still has room to grow.||free but can upgrade|
|Tingle app maybe more about socializing and less about dating but they have some large download numbers.||free but can upgrade|
|NoonSwoon is looks to be a leading dating app for Thailand and possibly other areas in S.E. Asia. Suggest you also read the Thailand dating site reviews though as there is another great app by ThaiFriendly.com with more users still.||free but can upgrade|
|MeetMe app also has widespread adoption but nowhere near AYI or Match.com||free but can upgrade|
|Skout dating app is a clever and cool singles app that is worth trying out as well. Read the full review for more details.||free but can upgrade|
|Krush - Android||review coming soon. Primarily used on Android just arrived for iPhone.||free but can upgrade|
|Twine Me / Twine Canvas - iPhone||review coming soon||free but can upgrade|
|Sway Dating - iPhone|
|review coming soon - same company that operates Tryst.||free but can upgrade|
|Revealr - iPhone||The first voice based dating app. A very neat concept based on hearing voices of singles. Full review on the way soon||free but can upgrade|
|Learn more about the canoodle app in our detailed reviews to the left.||free but can upgrade|
|AtFirstSight has whipping boy Chris Harrison from the Bachelor promoting the app. It's been slow to catch on but this singles app is not half bad. It just needs more users.||Again, free but most dating apps either have in app purchases or require some upgrades once they reach a point where they can charge.|
|Estimate of download totals around 140k. Dattch lesbian dating app has great design but is only offered in iPhone and is centered around the UK for now.||Small fee and in app ads.|
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