Best dating apps of 2020

Which are the best dating apps of 2020?

Best dating apps of 2020 (1 - 5)
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Hot or Not
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Twine Canvas
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MiuMeet
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Badoo
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iLove
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Blendr
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Zoosk
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Twoo
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Speed Date
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i-Pair
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Hot or Not
100points
Twine Canvas
89points
MiuMeet
76points
Badoo
72points
iLove
72points
Blendr
71points
Zoosk
69points
Twoo
69points
Speed Date
68points
i-Pair
64points
Summary
Summary
  • General info (81)
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  • Notifications (75)
  • Messaging features (83)
  • Security (67)
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Pros
Pros
  • Rate daily matches
  • Send images
  • Reply rate displayed on profile
  • Shows that someone is typing
  • Delete message history
  • Shows that someone is typing
  • Search function
  • Send images
  • Shows that someone is typing
  • Rate daily matches
  • Higher rating on Google Play
    • Shows that someone is typing
    • Compatibility score
    • Shows that someone is typing
    • Search function
    • Rate daily matches
      • Delete message history
      • Higher rating on Google Play
      • Search function
      Cons
      Cons
      • Rating on Google Play
      • Push notifications
      • Ad-free
      • Shows who visited your profile
      • Media gallery
      • Compatible with Android
      • Push notifications
      • Media gallery
      • Rating on Google Play
      • Privacy options
      • Wink/Poke feature
      • Detailed profile information
      • Shows who visited your profile
      • Facebook sign-in option
      • Ad-free
      • Wink/Poke feature
      • Behavioral matchmaking
      • Detailed profile information
      • Chat rooms
      • Rating on Google Play
      • Privacy options
      • Detailed profile information
      • Wink/Poke feature
      • Push notifications
      • Ad-free
      • Media gallery
      • Privacy options
      • Match notifications
      • Chat rooms
      • “Message seen” notification
      • Rating on Google Play
      • Privacy options
      • Push notifications
      • Importing Facebook photos
      • Importing Facebook photos
      • Ad-free
      • Importing Facebook photos
      • “Message seen” notification
      • Shows who visited your profile
      • Facebook sign-in option
      General info
      Compatible with AndroidIt is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.
      Compatible with AndroidIt is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.
      Compatible with iOSIt is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.
      Compatible with iOSIt is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.
      Free appYou can download the app for free, from platforms such as Google Play or the App Store.
      Free appYou can download the app for free, from platforms such as Google Play or the App Store.
      Ad-freeAdverts can be distracting and obtrusive. Apps and blogs without ads are more aesthetically pleasing, nicer to use, and make the content stand out.
      Ad-freeAdverts can be distracting and obtrusive. Apps and blogs without ads are more aesthetically pleasing, nicer to use, and make the content stand out.
      Facebook sign-in optionSigning in with your Facebook account can be faster and easier if you don’t want to spend time filling in a registration page.
      Facebook sign-in optionSigning in with your Facebook account can be faster and easier if you don’t want to spend time filling in a registration page.
      Twitter sign-in optionSigning in with your Twitter account can be faster and easier if you don’t want to spend time on a registration page.
      Twitter sign-in optionSigning in with your Twitter account can be faster and easier if you don’t want to spend time on a registration page.
      No account requiredThe app doesn't require you to make an account in order to log in and use the app.
      No account requiredThe app doesn't require you to make an account in order to log in and use the app.
      Rating on Google PlayThe app has a higher rating on Google Play, showing the overall quality of the app and user satisfaction. The lowest score is 1, with 5 being the highest.
      Rating on Google PlayThe app has a higher rating on Google Play, showing the overall quality of the app and user satisfaction. The lowest score is 1, with 5 being the highest.4.1N.A.4.14.544.24.23.9N.A.4.5
      Total score for "General info"
      Total score for "General info"
      Profile & Matching
      Detailed profile informationYou have to fill out your profile information and answer a general questionnaire (it might be time consuming, but is very useful for finding possible matches).
      Detailed profile informationYou have to fill out your profile information and answer a general questionnaire (it might be time consuming, but is very useful for finding possible matches).
      Behavioral matchmakingBehavioral matchmaking engines monitor the behaviour of thousands of users in order to spot common patterns. This knowledge is then used in helping you to find a match, without having to fill in lots of lengthy questionnaires and so on.
      Behavioral matchmakingBehavioral matchmaking engines monitor the behaviour of thousands of users in order to spot common patterns. This knowledge is then used in helping you to find a match, without having to fill in lots of lengthy questionnaires and so on.
      Compatibility scoreThe compatibility score shows how well matched you are to someone, based on different factors such as your interests or your replies in a tailored questionnaire.
      Compatibility scoreThe compatibility score shows how well matched you are to someone, based on different factors such as your interests or your replies in a tailored questionnaire.
      Rate daily matchesBy rating the daily matches, you help improve the match-making algorithm of the app. Overtime, the daily matches the app suggests should become better suited for you.
      Rate daily matchesBy rating the daily matches, you help improve the match-making algorithm of the app. Overtime, the daily matches the app suggests should become better suited for you.
      GPS location trackingYou can see who is near to your location, making it easier to meet up.
      GPS location trackingYou can see who is near to your location, making it easier to meet up.
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      Total score for "Profile & Matching"
      Notifications
      Push notificationsWith push notifications you continue to get important alerts even when the app is closed.
      Push notificationsWith push notifications you continue to get important alerts even when the app is closed.
      Match notificationsIf there's a mutual match, meaning that someone you like also likes you, you will be notified straight away.
      Match notificationsIf there's a mutual match, meaning that someone you like also likes you, you will be notified straight away.
      Shows who visited your profileWith this feature you can see who visited your profile and who may have an interest in you.
      Shows who visited your profileWith this feature you can see who visited your profile and who may have an interest in you.
      Message notificationsThe app will send you a notification when you receive a message from somebody.
      Message notificationsThe app will send you a notification when you receive a message from somebody.
      “Message seen” notificationYou can see when someone has opened your message, so you know whether or not it has been read yet.
      “Message seen” notificationYou can see when someone has opened your message, so you know whether or not it has been read yet.
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      Total score for "Notifications"
      Messaging features
      Chat roomsThe app has chat rooms where you can interact with large groups of people.
      Chat roomsThe app has chat rooms where you can interact with large groups of people.
      Delete message historyYou can delete past messages, for example if they contain confidential or private information.
      Delete message historyYou can delete past messages, for example if they contain confidential or private information.
      Wink/Poke featureThis helps you to quickly and easily let someone know that you are interested in them.
      Wink/Poke featureThis helps you to quickly and easily let someone know that you are interested in them.
      Reply rate displayed on profileA high reply rate means that the user answers most of the messages he/she receives.
      Reply rate displayed on profileA high reply rate means that the user answers most of the messages he/she receives.
      Shows that someone is typingYou can see when someone is typing a reply, which can prevent confusion.
      Shows that someone is typingYou can see when someone is typing a reply, which can prevent confusion.
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      Total score for "Messaging features"
      Security
      Privacy optionsYou can change your privacy settings so that not all content is available for public viewing.
      Privacy optionsYou can change your privacy settings so that not all content is available for public viewing.
      Facebook sign-in optionSigning in with your Facebook account can be faster and easier if you don’t want to spend time filling in a registration page.
      Facebook sign-in optionSigning in with your Facebook account can be faster and easier if you don’t want to spend time filling in a registration page.
      Twitter sign-in optionSigning in with your Twitter account can be faster and easier if you don’t want to spend time on a registration page.
      Twitter sign-in optionSigning in with your Twitter account can be faster and easier if you don’t want to spend time on a registration page.
      No account requiredThe app doesn't require you to make an account in order to log in and use the app.
      No account requiredThe app doesn't require you to make an account in order to log in and use the app.
      Identity verification requiredThe app requires all users to log in with a social network in order to verify one´s identity. Profiles have to have at least a good number of friends and have been active for at least one year.
      Identity verification requiredThe app requires all users to log in with a social network in order to verify one´s identity. Profiles have to have at least a good number of friends and have been active for at least one year.
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      Total score for "Security"
      Features
      Importing Facebook photosThe app lets you upload your favorite pictures directly from Facebook.
      Importing Facebook photosThe app lets you upload your favorite pictures directly from Facebook.
      Media galleryA media library contains all uploaded files, making search easier and helping you organize the content.
      Media galleryA media library contains all uploaded files, making search easier and helping you organize the content.
      Photos captureYou can take photos within the app. This allows you to do everything from capturing the image to editing all within one app, instead of having to import an image taken with another camera app.
      Photos captureYou can take photos within the app. This allows you to do everything from capturing the image to editing all within one app, instead of having to import an image taken with another camera app.
      Send imagesYou can send picture messages, such as photos or drawings, with the app.
      Send imagesYou can send picture messages, such as photos or drawings, with the app.
      Search functionIf you need to find something specific, you can search your data for certain keywords.
      Search functionIf you need to find something specific, you can search your data for certain keywords.
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      Total score for "Features"

      How to choose a dating app

      When the Internet was gaining popularity in the 1990s, people started using it to find someone special to date. It was the hip thing to do, and it was not before long that online dating services emerged and became very popular with Match.com, the first service of this kind. Soon after, eHarmony, OkCupid, and many more popped up. Millions of people were signing up on these websites to meet new people and potential romantic interests.

      Then came the era of dating apps. Tinder may not have been the first dating app, but it revolutionized the dating game by suggesting location-based matches. Now there are hundreds of dating apps available, some of the most popular being GrindrLovooZoosk, and Skout, each with some specific features. However, there are some key aspects you should take into account when choosing a dating app.

      1. Privacy options

      In the pursuit of online happiness, many users of dating apps give away far too much personal information, partaking in very suspicious activities that put their identity at risk. After the 2015 Ashley Madison data breach and hack, many people were reluctant to use dating apps. However, many dating services have enhanced their privacy options to keep their users protected. As mobile dating apps are most susceptible to risk, these services need to ensure that their users are always safe.

      Match.com has something called private mode, which makes your dating profile invisible to people whom you do not communicate with. This means that only people whom you initiate a conversation with can view your profile, but others cannot. OkCupid has an incognito feature that works in a similar fashion. Many dating apps, such as Grindr and Coffee Meets Bagel, have a slew of filters that let users decide who can contact them and who cannot. If users want to be found only by certain people, they can set the appropriate filters based on age, sex, height, and various other parameters. As a result, only people that they are interested in can find them.

      If you want to talk with someone before meeting them in-person (because chats can be risky and misleading), then you can use the call feature of eHarmony. You can call somebody anonymously before meeting them and they will never know your phone number. If you are concerned about your privacy, then make sure to read plenty of reviews for each dating app and check their privacy features before deciding which app to use. Almost all major dating apps are compatible with both Android and iOS, but there some exceptions, for example, Tastebuds, which is available only for iOS.

      2. Features

      Swiping

      Tinder was the first app of its kind to add a swipe feature. It ushered in other swiping dating apps. Previously, dating apps had a user interface that would list potentially interesting people in descending order based on some attribute. However, Tinder replaced the long list with a large thumbnail image of a person. If you are not interested, then swipe left to see the next picture. On the other hand, if you are interested, then swipe right to start chatting with them. This interaction is very engaging and makes it enjoyable to use the app to find a match online. This feature alone separated dating apps from websites, utilizing the power of the smartphone touchscreen. OkCupid emulated this feature in its app, and they attained the similar success of Tinder. If you want to simplify the process of finding matches, swiping is fast and easy.

      Questionnaires

      Several popular dating apps (Plenty of FishMeetmeBlendr) have their users answer detailed questionnaires. When users answer these surveys, they are providing detailed profile information about their preferences and tastes. The dating app considers this in its algorithm and finds the best match based on common interests. Case in point, the rising dating app Tastebuds finds out their users’ taste in music by asking them several questions. The app will then match you with somebody who shares your passion for particular genres of music. It adds a spin to the usual survey that only asks for your preferences in physical features and matches you with somebody that fits your requirements.

      Behavioral matchmaking

      Behavioral matchmaking is a new feature of dating apps that analyzes your in-app preferences and activities to select the profiles that best match your preferences. Did you reject multiple people who have tattoos? Then the app will stop showing you images of people with tattoos. Did you positively react to people who were tall? Then the app will start showing you more people who are tall. Zoosk is one of the first dating apps to incorporate behavioral matchmaking algorithms and improve their suggestions for its users. By monitoring the behavior of users through various variables, Zoosk finds some common patterns, adapting and tailoring the recommendations accordingly. Other apps, like Twine Canvas and Hot or Not, have followed suit and now have behavioral matchmaking features.

      Photo verification

      A typical problematic scenario many people face when using dating apps is being deceived by fake profiles. This is known as catfishing – setting up fake online profiles and interacting with people. Many users in the past have chatted with people online only to eventually find out that the person was a phony. Being catfished was a more common occurrence in the past. Nowadays, apps have found ingenious ways to prevent this from happening. Badoo garnered much attention for its photo verification feature, the first dating app to utilize this security element. When people sign up for Badoo, they must verify their profile with a picture, but not just any old selfie. Badoo asks you to send a unique photo in which you strike a particular pose (not the peace sign or the tilted head, those are too easy to replicate). Badoo verifies the photo, and if it passes the test, the profile is deemed legitimate.

      3. Personalization

      GPS searches

      Almost all dating apps have location-based searches and suggestions. Users can input their current location in the app. Then, the built-in GPS functionality triangulates the location of nearby app users in your vicinity. This way, the app shows only profiles of people near your location. You can even fine-tune the location function to target a specific place, like a park or coffee shop. As you enjoy the afternoon, the app may suggest a match nearby. Then you can strike a conversation with them, either in-app or in-person. GPS features bring people together when dating online.

      Social network integration

      Many dating apps started as standalone platforms, where users can socialize. Dating apps like LovooCoffee Meets Bagel, and Skout are good examples of online communities where people meet new people and hopefully create a spark. Many apps now integrate with your existing social networks. Tinder and Hinge entirely rely on Facebook to help you find someone. They integrated with Facebook completely to conduct searches and suggest matches. By looking at your network of connections, the apps detect which of your second-degree contacts (the friends of your friends) might be a good match for you, based on your mutual interests. Having a social network integration feature makes it easier and faster for users to find someone to date.

      If you are looking for more anonymity, then the lack of social media integration might be better for you. Fortunately, apps like Plenty of Fish have no connection with Facebook, thereby preventing you from being directly matched with somebody you already know. It can be embarrassing when your friends find out you are looking for a romantic interest. You can save yourself the trouble and only appear to those whom you have no connection with at all on Facebook. For some, this characteristic of a dating app is quite important.

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