Was one of your New Year resolutions to find someone to love? Or maybe you just want to hook up with someone while you keep looking for the ‘one.’ These days, you don’t have to worry about hanging around bars all the time to do that, you can now easily meet people online through a plethora of dating sites and apps. We’ve rounded up ten of the best apps for meeting Mr or Mrs Right or simply Mr or Mrs Right Now.
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1. Tinder (Free) - Odds are you've heard of Tinder, and that's because it's huge. Relying on the fact that you need to be able to look at the other person and find them attractive in some way, Tinder has you swiping right to like them or left to pass. It's addictive and there's no faster way of establishing a connection.
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2. OKCupid (Free) - OkCupid boasts thousands of members, no matter your location. You can browse through people's photos and profiles, looking out for someone with similar interests to yours. OKCupid stands out most through its huge selection of personality questions, helping you find out whether you both have similar viewpoints on all manners of different subjects.
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3. Match (Free) - One of the most well known subscription services, Match has a pretty good record for matchmaking. The app is stylishly designed, giving you plenty of options whether you want to just swipe around quickly or delve deeper into learning more about someone. A series of filters mean you won't be bothered by unwanted attention either.
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4. POF (Free) - Like a cross between Tinder and Match, POF is there for those casual meetings or something deeper. Its algorithms mean you can find out if your personalities are a match early on, with its hundreds of thousands of members meaning there should be someone out there for you. You can send unlimited messages, too.
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5. Coffee Meets Bagel (Free) - Ensuring you're not overwhelmed by choice, Coffee Meets Bagel offers up just one match each day based on your attraction, geography, and common interests. It works through mutual friends so you don't have to worry about meeting total strangers either. Simply use the app's icebreaker questions to get things started and go from there.
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6. Hinge (Free) - Hinge picks out people through your mutual friends, so it's kind of like meeting at a party but easier. It only works in select US cities, as well as a few other locations around the world, but its selective nature should mean you have a better success rate of meeting someone genuine.
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7. Happn (Free) - Happn helps you make connections with those people you pass on your daily commute but never get a chance to talk to. Their Happn profile will show up so at the end of the day, you can choose to chat to them if they appeal. It's great for those shy people who often run by each other.
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8. Bumble (Free) - Requiring both people to mutually opt in, Bumble has a strong focus on women taking the lead. They have to say something first within 24 hours otherwise the connection disappears forever. For those cautious about attracting too much attention on such services, Bumble is a great way to dip your toe into the dating pool.
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9. Clover (Free) - Simplifying things with a clear interface, Clover hopes to make it easy to find the right person, all through a series of filters. You can promote your Instagram and Twitter through the app, ensuring that others can get to know you even better.
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10. Grouper (Free) Double dating is a great way to meet people, as well as feel safe and comfortable. Grouper taps into that thought by setting up drinks between two groups of friends, ensuring you can all easily feel comfortable getting to know each other. It's an especially social way of online dating.