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The Best Dating Apps of 2022

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Love or fling in the time of Covid. Has a nice ring to it. Two years into this pandemic, the world has started to move again after coming to a seemingly complete stop at the onset of the spread of Covid. Our desire to partner up, however, has never wavered. With most of the world stuck at home, online dating sites and apps have continued to flourish. ‘Swipe Left’ and ‘Swipe Right’ right have become household terms, with each of us having our own reasons to look for that special someone.

The number of dating apps have more than doubled in recent years, making the task of looking for the right app to use as difficult as searching for the right pair. Since you can’t swipe left or right among all the apps, let’s ask the question we need to hear: What are the best dating apps of 2022?

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1. Tinder

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Tinder boasts over 20 million matches.

Still on top of the dating game, the Tinder app continues to be the most popular for people looking to meet their match. Though already one of the best free dating apps out there, Tinder has a premium option where you can get unlimited likes and a rewind feature, allowing you a second chance to a ‘swiped left’ user.

2. eHarmony

Having been established in 2000, eHarmony may be older but it still remains a popular choice for match-hunters. With a proprietary matching algorithm, this free app (with a premium option) aims to ‘guide’ you to your compatible mate.


3. Bumble

Using the same ‘swipe’ system similar to Tinder, the Bumble app differs by having women make the ‘first’ move. This aims to lessen harassment by not receiving unsolicited and inappropriate messages from members who they have not engaged with. Bumbe also has a different section for people looking for friendships only, and another section for business contacts. With this kind of social versatility, it’s no wonder this free dating app was chosen as one of Apple’s top iOS apps.

4. Facebook Dating

Accessible via your Facebook app, this relatively new dating app already has a leg up on its competitors: it’s Facebook! Online home to, well, almost everyone in the world! Facebook Dating focuses on helping you find a long-time partner by finding a match based on your preferences, activities, and interests from your profile. A key feature of this app is the Secret Crush feature, where you can put a Facebook or Instagram contact on your Secret Crush list. If they put you on their list, then it’s a match made in online heaven!

5. OKCupid

The Most Popular Dating Apps This Year

With a robust profile-building process, OKCupid looks to partner you up into a meaningful, long-lasting relationship. Featuring lots of surveys and quizzes, this app is great for those looking for a specific set of qualities in a person. Though this app has a premium version, most of the features can be used using the free version.

6. Coffee Meets Bagel

Quality over quantity. This seems to be the mantra of Coffee Meets Bagel. A small selection of potential matches are sent to men daily, based on their preferences, and women are notified of those who have shown interest in them. And, just like Bumble, it’s up to the women to initiate the action. 

7. Match.com

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The original online dating pioneer.

While you can set up a profile on Match.com for free, most of its features can only be unlocked via a paid subscription. Nevertheless, despite its Freemium status, the countless testimonials of couples who swear by the success of its services keep this long-running matchmaking site among the best dating apps for relationships year in and year out.

8. Plenty of Fish

With a reported 150 million members and 3 million daily logins, there truly are Plenty of Fish in the sea. With nearly all of its features available from the get-go, this online dating app remains one of the best free dating apps available.

9. The League

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With the ability to link your LinkedIn account, The League aims to match people who are successful and value intelligence and ambition above all else. With a tedious verification process and detailed screening and monitoring checks, you are all but guaranteed that your online date is the same person in the real world.

10. Happn

With a location-based system onboard, Happn shows people who have been in the same general location as you. Now, you can find that someone you locked eyes with at the mall a week ago, and say, deja vu!

11. Zoosk

With over 35 million members and 3 million messages sent daily, Zoosk is quickly becoming one of the most popular dating apps on the market. Their claim to fame is their SmartPick feature, which analyzes your behavior and preferences on the app – accepting a connection, sending a message, or expressing interest in someone – and introduces you to a potential match!

12. Hinge

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A rebel against the ‘Swipe left’ revolution, the Hinge app aims to target singles who are looking for deep connections and serious relationships. An advocate for long-lasting matches, the company’s goal is for the app to be deleted – since love has been found.

Niche Dating Apps

While we’ve given a rundown of the best dating apps available on both the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store, but, you might still be looking for a more specific match than what these sites provide. Lucky for you, there are niche dating sites that just might possibly be more to your liking.

HER

Built and designed with the LGBTQ+ community in mind, HER is part dating site, part social media platform. It’s not a place to look for love, it’s also a great place to be part of the community.

Christian Cafe

If religious compatibility is essential to your matchmaking requirements, specifically Christianity, then Christian Cafe just might be the app you are looking for. Be it for friendship or a more serious relationship, this app matches you with Christians of various sects and beliefs.

CatholicMatch

Another religion-specific dating app, this time catering to single Catholics from all walks of life. With endorsements from many Catholic leaders, CatholicMatch should be a must-have for a perfect Catholic matchmaking

BiCupid

For the curious, adventurous, and open-minded, BiCupid offers you a space to explore and enjoy your sexuality. If fun and exploration – or even your sexual identity if you are unsure – is what your looking for, then this casual dating app is for you.

LargeFriends

Big Beautiful Women, Big Handsome Men, and everything plus-sized in between, this site is for you! Perfect for supporters of body positivity, LargeFriends provides a safe space for curvy singles to find friends, support, and possibly a lifetime partner.

In our digitized day and age, along with the ongoing worldwide pandemic, there is no better time to explore online dating than right now. With the multitude of apps available and new ones always coming off the line, your matchmaking app of choice is literally in the palm of your hand. Find the perfect app to find that perfect catch!

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Corinne Evans
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