Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.
And while some of us don’t mind whether we’re single or not… some may be on the search for Mr or Mrs Right.
But in this digital age, surely there must be some technology to help us on the journey of love?
Well search no more, we’ve put together the top 10 dating apps in Australia, so you can find that special someone… on your mobile.
Plenty of Fish
According to its website, POF (Plenty of Fish) has “more dates, more relationships, and more visits than any other dating site”. It also claims to have 55 million members, who exchange more than 200 million messages each week.
Using the app, you can send and receive messages on-the-go, message people nearby, edit your profile, see who has viewed your profile, and review your matches. All for free… although you can also pay to upgrade your membership for additional features.
For anyone hesitant to use a dating site, mbrace could be the answer. While it is a dating site, mbrace describes itself as “an easy and entertaining way to meet interesting people and make new friends”. Using “public data” and your location, mbrace recommends other mbrace users who may be of interest to you – for joint activities or events, friendships, or dating.
One of the interesting features about mbrace is the challenges. You can set challenges for other members, such as ‘send me a funny selfie’ or ‘make me laugh’ – if someone takes up that challenge, you find a ‘match’. You can also indicate interest anonymously via a like, and you can decide who gets access to your profile.
Another option for anyone wary of dating sites is Skout, which touts itself as a “global network for meeting new people”. According to its site, Skout is one of the largest global, mobile networks for meeting new people, with members in more than 100 countries. With Skout, it’s not just about dating, it’s about making connections – what you do after you connect is up to you.
Use the app to find other members based on preference or proximity, and browse profiles and pictures to find people you’d like to meet. The app also lets you chat with other members, buy and send gifts, see who has viewed your profile, and earn points to unlock premium features.
Giving you all the functionality of the full Oasis site, the Oasis app takes your quest for love out and about on your mobile. Oasis claims to have more than 11 million members globally, with more than 300,000 new members joining every month. With the app, you get automatic matching and instant chat messaging, you can update your profile and upload photos, and you can send flirts and contact requests.
Similar to Oasis, the RSVP app simply provides site functionality on your mobile. As “Australia’s number one dating site”, RSVP has more than 1200 new members signing up every day, and is a popular option for Aussies looking for love. With the app, you can create a profile, search members, send kisses, receive matches, and reply to messages for free. However, you will need to pay to initiate messages with other members.
By accessing your Facebook profile, Tinder finds potential matches through mutual friends and interests. When it finds a match, Tinder shows you that person’s Facebook profile photo, and you can accept or reject it. If both of you accept, then you can start a conversation via Tinder. While this can be a great way to meet new people, it is based on looks alone. You may also be matched with your cousin, your ex, your ex’s sibling…
Available on: iOS
Let’s Date is another app that accesses your Facebook profile to find potential matches. However, Let’s Date stresses that it is not a “hook up” app, instead, it is an “easy-to-use way to go on casual dates with the ‘right’ people”. All you need to do is create a ‘dater card’, and then you can browse other members’ dater cards. Only when two users express interest in each other are they put in contact, and can then chat within the Let’s Date app.
Available on: iOS
Again, Fancied is another app that uses your Facebook profile to find potential matches. With Fancied, you can search nearby Fancied profiles, or you can search for nearby hotspots to see where Fancied members are hanging out. Similar to Let’s Date and Tinder, Fancied is anonymous until two members ‘fancy’ each other, but again, there is the distinct possibility of being matched with your ex, your cousin, or your best friend.
Available on: iOS (coming to Australia soon)
Too timid to meet up for a one-on-one date? Why not try a group date instead. With Grouper, you and two of your friends can meet up with another group of three for a group date. All you need to do is sign up via Facebook, find a match, and make a date. You bring two of your friends, and your match brings two of their friends. Meet new people, without the scary pressure of a regular date.
Note: At the time of writing this article, Grouper is not yet available in Australia, but it’s certainly a unique dating app to keep on your radar.
The Dating Wingman
Available on: iOS
Unlike other dating apps, The Dating Wingman doesn’t help you find potential matches online – it helps you say the right thing in real life. Perfect for anyone who gets tongue-tied talking to someone they are interested in, The Dating Wingman suggests conversation topics, helping you break the ice, find out more about your date, communicate more about yourself, and work out whether you are compatible.
*Note: Although the apps mentioned in this article are free to download, data charges may apply. For example, when downloading photos.
Do you know any great dating apps? Let us know in the comments below.
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