Even for devoted Tinder users, this update has been a bit of a disillusionment and many are now looking for an app to take its place.
I spent some time this week doing some research (sadly, none of which ended in a date) on the best free alternatives to Tinder currently on the market – the classics, the copy-cats, the creative, and the crazy – because at some point, we’re all going to run out of right swipes and need another app to turn to!
From your list of matches, you are able to browse others’ profiles and send messages to the people that interest you.
It was actually mind-boggling how many of the different apps I downloaded had a design similar to Tinder’s, complete with swipe right/swipe left directions.
How About We (Android/i OS): How About We cuts right to the first date, whatever your ideal first date may be.
Now Tinder also limits the previously unlimited number of right swipes that you can make in a set time period unless you pay the monthly fee.The focus that Tinder places on appearances has meant that the app has gained a reputation for being a “hook-up” app.While there are definitely stories about people meeting their significant others on Tinder, those stories tend to be the exception rather than the rule!These features provide you with a lot of different options when choosing how to interact with others online, but the several different kinds of notifications can also become confusing! In addition to this, Ok Cupid has a much more streamlined design than Plenty of Fish, while still offering more options for connecting with potential matches than Tinder does.The “Quickmatch” function is a swipe-based matching system, but other matches (determined based on your answers to quick yes/no questions) are ranked by their compatibility to you.As well, you can access people’s profiles without matching with them, and leave a “like” on the profiles that spark your interest.I did find that the interface for this app was more confusing than most of the others on this list – sometimes I would end up on a page without being entirely sure how I got there.These apps put their own spin on the idea of mobile dating, as both focus on the importance of an eventual in-person connection rather than online messaging.These apps may not be super popular yet, but apps like these (ones that use mobile platforms to facilitate in-person connections) could easily end up being the future of online dating.Bumble has only been available for four months at this point, but these functions have made it incredibly popular with women, as women’s experiences with online dating Badoo (Android/i OS): Badoo also essentially functions the same as Tinder, but gives a little more biographical information than Tinder’s allotted 500 characters.Badoo has places for users to list their interests and demographic information, as well as a space on their profile dedicated to awards that can be won by being active on the app.