While each dating app serves the same basic purpose, the user experience varies greatly from app to app. From Tinder to OkCupid, no two apps are exactly the same. Based on research published by Business Insider, I tested five of the most commonly downloaded dating apps to compare and contrast the features and user experience so that you don’t have to!
Sick of looking for love in all the wrong places? Save yourself a few hand cramps from endlessly swiping and use this guide to figure out which dating app is best suited for you.
Released in 2012, Tinder is a free, swipe-based dating application. There is a paid option within the app called Tinder Plus, allowing users more enhanced features such as setting a custom location, controlling what profile information is public and allowing you to ‘rewind’ your swipes if you think that left swipe may have been a mistake!
The gist of it: Tinder users swipe left or right on other users in hopes of making a match. If you’re swiping to the left, you’re following Beyoncé’s footsteps and kicking someone to the curb. Swiping right means you’re interested in the user. If they swipe right on you, too, you are able to privately message.
-Tinder must be connected to your Facebook. No Facebook? No swiping.
-Users can also link their Instagram accounts, allowing potential matches to see learn more about each other through images on the ‘gram.
-Tinder allows you to set a gender preference, age range preference and location preference. The app allows you to interact with users ages 18 to 55+ up to 100 miles away.
-Messaging may be started by either party and can be initiated with texts or GIFs, provided within the app… no images allowed!
-Can’t get a specific user out of your mind? Send them a Super Like! By Super Liking a user, they get an instant notification that you are interested in them and your profile is highlighted with a blue border in their stream of user options. Without Tinder Plus, users are limited to one Super Like a day – so use it wisely!
-In 2016, Tinder unveiled two new features: Recommend to a Friend and Tinder Social.
Tinder Social allows you to connect with friends who are also on Tinder and make a group. This group appears in a separate stream from those looking for individuals. If one member of each group swipes right, a group chat is activated. Tinder Social even allows you to set categories of going out, such as going to the bars, a sporting event or going to the gm.
The Recommend to a Friend feature allows users to send profiles to their friends on Tinder. Maybe you don’t think John Doe is your type, but he fits the description of your best friend’s dream mean… now you can send John Doe right to her profile! No need to frantically swipe until your friend can fine him in your feed, now you can play virtual cupid.
Released in 2014, Bumble has the most similar user experience to Tinder. What caused all the buzz around Bumble? On this app, women have control. While users still swipe left or right on one another, once a mutual match is made only the female user can initiate a message. Don’t hesitate for too long, though, because matches disappear if messaging isn’t initiated within 24 hours.
The gist of it: Bumble users are still swiping away, with the same left / right mechanism as Tinder. Once a match is activated, the female users must initiate messaging within 24 hours or your prince charming will buzz right out of your match queue. There is no paid version of Bumble, all services are free within the app. Buzzin’ on a budget? Give Bumble a try.
-Users must link their profile with a verified Facebook account.
-Only women can initiate messages, but start snapping those selfies because on Bumble, picture messaging is allowed.
-Bumble’s ‘backtrack’ feature allows users to get a rejected swipe back… it may not have been love at first sight, but backtrack can help you from having a missed connection.
-Users can set a custom age range from age 18 to 80+ and interact with users up to 100 miles away.
-Looking to dance the night away? Bumble allows users to connect their accounts with Spotify, so you can view their top artists.
–Bumble BFF: Trying to reach #squadgoals? Bumble has you covered. With the Bumble BFF feature, users can swipe on people simply looking for friends. This stream is separate from those on the app for romantic reasons. The best things in life are free… just like this feature on the app.