With the onset of the pandemic, people have been forced to get locked inside the comfort of their homes and all the daily happenings of life have been digitalized, even dating!
Being shut in our homes has made us lonely and yearning for companionship, but going out is not an option. Thus, people are turning to date apps to meet new people, exponentially increasing their popularity and giving rise to a new culture.
If you are also looking for a partner and want to try online dating, we have curated a perfect list of dating websites for you, catering to any need of yours!
Tinder is the most popular dating website with more than 500M downloads. It caters to people of all ages and walks of life, and you can filter your options according to your location, vicinity, and other preferences.
It allows you to choose a person of your liking by swiping and a match is made when there is a mutual swipe between two people.
Despite having such a huge user base, Tinder is more popular and handy for flings and non-committal relationships.
With more than 100 million downloads, Badoo definitely earns a place on our list. It operates in 190 countries and has 47 languages, making it the most versatile dating app there is!
Available for iOS, Android, and web it has core services available for free while some special services have to be paid for.
The most impressive feature of Badoo is its very keen concern with the safety of its users.
Happn is of its kind a dating app that gives its users matching suggestions based on their location, mainly suggesting people with who you have crossed paths.
Also available for iOS, Android, PC, and web, Happn is easily one of the most reliable and popular dating websites.
4. Plenty of fish
Plenty of Fish, commonly known as POF, is a dating platform where you don't need to match or subscribe to strike up a conversation.
It is the perfect place for singles who don't want to dig too deep in their pockets to find a suitable match.
With over 10 million downloads, POF basically gives priority to conversations without focusing much on appearance and profiles, which can lead to more spam.
Bumble, when it was founded, tried to revolutionize the dating world with a feminist edge. Bumble is a dating platform where after matching, the ladies have to initiate the conversation.
An amazing app to take the burden off of men's shoulders and letting women take the bait. Breaking the stereotype and gaining popularity was easy for Bumble.
More unique features of Bumble including the BFF mode, which is a way to find same-sex platonic friends, and the option to undo accidental swipes. With over 50 million downloads, Bumble is the second most popular dating website after Tinder.
With an intensive sign-up process, OkCupid is the perfect place for those who are looking for meaningful and serious relationships. With match driven algorithm, OkCupid also is a very comfortable place for homosexuals.
OkCupid is also credited with the popularity of sapiosexuality, that is, attraction towards intellect, not appearance. The icing on the cake is that OkCupid now has the vaccination information of its user's too!
Talk about a woke dating app, and here it is!
Grindr is the most popular dating app for gay, bi, trans and queer people. Launched in 2009, it has over 10 million downloads and is available for iOS and Android is free and paid versions.
It is also a location-based dating app that tries to present a safe platform for people of the LGBTQ community. Grindr also has a premium paid version called Grindr XTRA and Grindr Unlimited.
Hinge is also a dating app that aims to establish meaningful connections. The app's tagline says "a dating app meant to be deleted". Why would the founders want that?
The Hinge community claims that the present generation is so busy and life is so fast that they keep jumping from one relationship to another.
They aspire to make Hinge their last stop and help them find someone for life! What a beautiful concept!
One of the most popular dating websites, Hinge boasts more than 10 million downloads and has both paid and free versions. If you're looking to find the one and settle down, Hinge is the right place for you.
Match.com is one of the oldest and most popular dating websites. With a user-friendly interface and signup, the best thing about Match.com is its extensive profile information which is the basis of the matches formed.
With free and paid versions, Match is your cue for long-term, meaningful relationships. Evolving and changing with time, Match can be given the title of the best dating platform out there.
Bloom is a very different and very interesting dating platform. The company stresses its policy of consent and endures the safety of its users. Bloom aids people to meet via events that it organizes along with event managers.
You can choose who you want to meet and a list of events will be made available to you. Be it picnics or club parties, you name it, it's there! The app facilitates you to meet your date before, after, and during the event.
It welcomes everyone who is 18+ regardless of their sexual orientation and the kind of relationship they want (monogamy, ethical non-monogamy, etc.) The app is free, so you can find the right person for you free of cost.
TrulyMadly is one of those dating websites with privacy their main concern. This platform has many cool features such as a trust score.
Trust score depicts the validity of an account and keeps a check that there are no spam accounts. Another plus is that you can endorse yourself and give your profile a push!
The platform helps you in making a good bio by suggesting pre-existing hashtags. TrulyMadly claims to help you find long-lasting and serious relationships because flings do no good!
Aisle is an Indian dating website that serves as the bridge between dating and matrimonial sites. Just like a match, it focuses on compatibility and uses algorithms to curate perfect matches.
Aisle also aims at finding long-term relationships and boasts on its website about its success stories. This platform basically caters to the Indians and also shifts the control to women.
There are 'Rooms' where you can interact before matching and 'Aisle Concierge' to find a match quickly. Well, after what I have gained about Aisle so far, I guess this one is going to be the favorite of Desi Indian parents!
Just like Grindr, HER is specifically for LGBTQI+ women. Lesbian, bi, trans, and queer women are the target group of this platform.
HER isn't only a dating app but also a forum for news, events, and discussions for these communities. Available both on Google Play Store and App Store, HER has both paid and premium versions.
QuackQuack is another Indian dating website that helps you find dates locally.
Grown drastically during the lockdown period, it guarantees legit and genuine matches and profiles and a user-friendly experience.
15. Coffee meets Bagel
Coffee meets Bagel is another dating website offering compatible matches and long-term relationships but for busy bees who can't give much time swiping or making small talk.
The app affirms high-quality matches and has the option of personalized ice-breakers to avoid small talk and have meaningful conversations
Feeld is a dating platform where users are allowed to get out of their comfort zones and explore.
There is an incognito mode so that you can hide from your friends. You can log in with your partner to try a polygamous relationship.
It has over 20+ sexual orientations options and lets people experiment and try new things.
The thrill is another Indian dating app for Android where total control is in the hands of women. When I say total, I mean it. Even the entry of men in this app also depends upon the women.
When men join this app, they are voted up or down by the ladies already on the app, and the men who make the cut get to send an anonymous text to anyone of their liking.
This thrill of being selected or not makes the app worthy and keeps the men on the edge!
18. The League
The League is a high-end dating platform for those who value discipline, work ethic, intelligence, and personality (deemed as picky by their friends).
League is for work-oriented and driven people to match them with those who are just as serious about life and don't want to fool around.
The profiles are authenticated using LinkedIn and the hookup culture is basically got away with.
Clover is a dating app for both Android and iOS which claims it is as simple as tinder but as accurate as match.com. The feature which makes it stand out is its DateGenie feature.
Using this, you can set up a date in basically two clicks! Known for speedy dating, Clover is reliable for both short-term and long-term connections.
GoGaga is close to a real-world matchmaking scenario where two people are matched on the basis of their mutual friends besides their compatibility.
This alleviates the risk of spam by large and the involvement of a real person as a middleman makes it much more trustworthy and reliable. It is meant only for long-term relationships and only the mutual friend can strike up the conversation by introducing two people via the app.
Even committed ones can set up a matchmaking profile and play the cupid. So go on, invite your friends, and lay back till they set you up!
Mamba is a Russian dating app available for both Android and iOS. With a very large user base worldwide it allows you to match even internationally.
With a very simple and straightforward user interface, it allows you to upload as many pictures as you want and has the feature of live broadcasting. You can meet new and interesting people and expand the chances of meeting one.
eHarmony is one of the very diverse and versatile dating websites, claiming love that lasts!
It caters to people from every community, religion, region, and background. It has a dedicated section to senior dating too!
Zoosk is a user-friendly and basic dating website that uses a 'Behavioural Matchmaking' algorithm and presents you with the options on the basis of that.
One stand-out feature of Zoosk is that it provides the option to link your account with Google or Facebook, a facility its rivals don't provide.
Instead of a tinder swipe, Zoosk lets you scroll through the profiles and match them with one of your choices. With over 10 million downloads, Zoosk is a reliable and simple site to help you find your match.
EliteSingles is a dating website that focuses on the age group of 30+ and the 50s.
It takes a personality test and tries to find optimum matches for its users.
Topface is a growing dating app from Russia which provides its users with an easy interface and sincere profiles.
There is also a favorites list and an option to comment on photos uploaded. Users can make albums in their profiles to showcase different aspects of their lives.
Available for both Android and iOS, Topface is climbing up the ladder and may become a good rival to other dating giants.
So that concludes the list of dating websites. We would love to know if any of these helped you in finding your soulmate.
The online dating trend is definitely catching up in India and the options available are very diverse. Let go of the bashful you and hop on the train to find the one for you!
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