Tinder is one of the most popular hookup apps on mobile. It works easily enough. You log in, see a bunch of profiles in your area, and swipe to match with the ones you like. It’s also popular, widely available, and everybody knows about it. However, Tinder isn’t perfect and you may have a dry spell after using it long enough. Freshen up your odds with the best Tinder alternatives for Android. No app guarantees a 100% match, though, so make sure to keep that in mind.
Price: Free / $29.99 per month
3Fun is a reasonably decent Tinder alternative and it works very much like Tinder. You log in, like profiles, and if the same person likes your profile, you match up and talk. It offers free messaging to other users as long as you match up first and it has a few other decent features. The subscription service for this is hilariously expensive and not at all worth it. The free version is still usable for the occasional hookup.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
Blendr is another matching app. It pairs you with profiles in your area and then you select the ones you like. If they select you back, you can chat with them for free. You have to pay to message any random user and that’s fairly standard practice in this space these days. It boasts a large user base, a simple UI, and protections to keep people from getting spammed. It’s a fairly run-of-the-mill experience without many surprises to be honest. It’s nice to use an app without any nasty surprises.
Price: Free with in-app purchases
Bumble is another app to find friends with benefits. This one likes to shake it up a bit. In a heterosexual match, the female initiates the chat first and the male has up to 24 hours to reciprocate. Either party can go first in a homosexual match. Bumble touts this feature as a method to weed out creepy and aggressive people. Otherwise, it’s your standard hook-up app. You find profiles you like and then wait to see if they like you too. There are also friends and professional networking options here as well.
Price: Free / $9.99-$19.99 per month
Down Dating has a neat premise. It actually encourages you to tell the truth about your intentions. Those who want to just hookup select the Get Down option and pair up with other people who want the same. People looking for something more serious simply select the Get Date option. Thus, the app separates its users into serious daters and casual hookups instead of mashing them all together. It lets you message people for free if you get a match like most others. The Google Play rating is also a bit juiced by fake reviews from a surprising number of people who can’t seem to figure out Tinder because it’s too hard. The app does work, but only just well enough to make the list.
Facebook is the original hookup app. You used to start messaging friends of friends and before you knew it, you were hanging out and doing fun stuff. Facebook is still good for meeting people but the platform actually has a separate dating app now. You set up your profile through the app or online and then match up with singles in your area. We actually like Facebook’s dating solution because it’s Facebook and bots usually don’t have well-kept Facebook pages. It’s something oddly different and similar at the same time and we say try it.
Price: Free / $24.99 per month
Grindr is basically the Tinder for gay, bi, and trans folks. Don’t get us wrong, Tinder works for those people too, but Grindr is made specifically for them. It’s fairly obvious how this one works. You join the app, put in your preferences, and match up with people in your area. You chat with them when a match happens. The free version is basic and functional. We honestly never recommend the premium versions of these apps because they are so ridiculously expensive. In any case, some recent updates introduced some issues to the app so the Google Play rating is a bit lower than it usually would be at the time of this writing.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
Hinge tries to cut against the grain by claiming it’s a dating app for those who don’t like dating apps anymore. It eschews the bulk matching system in favor of getting it right the first time. You ask questions, get asked questions, and match up with people who don’t just look good to you, but also answered the questions in similar ways. It also promotes exchanging phone numbers after a match so you talk through text like normal people. This one also lets you permanently set your location so it never changes. It’s one of the Match Group dating apps and that ruins its indie feel. Otherwise, it’s actually not half bad.
Price: Free / $14.99 per month
KinkD is one of the few good Tinder alternatives for people who want more than the usual up and down. It caters to the BDSM, fet lifestyle, and kinky crowds. There are two main ways to view profiles. You get the usual swipe left or right functionality or a scroll list. You chat it up if you match with anybody. This one is a little more open than most and that may lead to some unwanted attention from people. Otherwise, it works as intended for the most part.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
We generally don’t like putting the actual app on a list of its own alternatives, but there is a reason Tinder is so successful. It’s widely available, tons of people use it, and even its subscription prices are reasonable compared to most of its competitors. It has its issues, sure, but maybe the answer is simply taking a break from the app for a bit and then getting back into it. There only so many people searching for hookups in your area, after all.
Price: Free / $14.99 per month / in-app purchases
Zoe is a lesbian dating app. It works basically like Tinder except there are only women on the entire site. Other Tinder alternatives support lesbian relationships, but Zoe doesn’t even let dudes onto the platform so it feels like a demonstrably different experience. The app isn’t overly popular (yet) so the biggest concern is finding people in your area. It still has some of the pitfalls such as various pay walls, but it’s a decent selection if people in your area use it.
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