Finding the best hookup apps in 2019 is a bit like walking through a minefield. Everywhere you look there is a hot new app that promises to make your life easier with some new technology, artificial intelligence, or by using some algorithm on your Facebook friends. There are so many new apps out there now that very few of them even have enough people using them to be worthwhile!
In June of 2013, Tinder released a feature called Matchmaker designed to allow users to introduce two friends—whether for romantic or other purposes. Once introduced those friends could then chat within the app. This seemingly simple feature opened up new growth opportunities for Tinder. Prior to Matchmaker, users of Tinder could only find matches for themselves. This restriction limited the number of Tinder users to (presumably) single people looking for dates. With the launch of Matchmaker, however, Tinder made the application accessible to those not in the dating pool: married people or those in committed relationships. By playing matchmaker, the company created a new use case attractive to users who couldn’t justify using the app as it existed previously. Now, committed people who wanted to see what Tinder was all about had a feature set that made the application relevant to them and gave them a way to connect friends to other friends via Tinder.
Because the member base isn't as robust and is more spread out geographically, you might want to be a little more lenient with your mile radius when it comes to the matches they suggest. You'll probably be able to find a nearby hookup, but iHookup is a way better place for someone looking for a cute sexting partner from another country. Which is totally fine — sometimes you just don't feel like leaving the house. Check out our full review of iHookup here and sign up here.
The timer is designed to encourage contact, and some people really do appreciate that feature. But if you're someone who procrastinates, Bumble may not be for you. Also because women must message first, Bumble tends to weed out the slightly more insecure males. However the rate of overly confident males tends to be higher than I've seen on other apps. Bumble also has a BFF feature, but that's really not the focus of a dating app gallery, so I'll save it for another time.
Why? I am 39 and I know how hard it is to meet people. The reason I prefer Tinder is mainly due to volume. You will find more people on there than any other app or site, at least in my city. Tinder is also great when traveling. I’ve made some romantic connections as well as friends that I still communicate with. I have used Bumble, OKCupid, and Hinge and I found myself deleting these apps after a month.
While one hour might be convenient for those who link up quickly, it is a disadvantage if you are pickier about whom you connect with. Additionally, the app is pretty hit-and-miss. Your potential partner you may have logged off before you came online. Long-term use of the app is also costly because only the first five attempts to link up are free and after that, it’s paying your fee (and giving credit card info is always risky).
You can always tell when it’s a Tinder date. Something about the way people are sizing each other up. Seventy-five percent of people will order a drink right away and they’ll get it down fast and order another before the date arrives. I’ve seen a woman on a date with a man who starts chatting with another guy at the bar and ditches the date. I’ve seen guys in here twice a week with a different woman each time. I’ll go up to the guy, asking if he wants another Fat Tire, and she will be like, “This guy really knows you.”
Using Facebook, Tinder is able to build a user profile with photos that have already been uploaded. Basic information is gathered and the users' social graph is analyzed. Candidates who are most likely to be compatible based on geographical location, number of mutual friends, and common interests are then streamed into a list of matches. Based on the results of potential candidates, the app allows the user to anonymously like another user by swiping right or pass by swiping left on them. If two users like each other it then results in a "match" and they are able to chat within the app. The app is used in about 196 countries. Tinder utilizes user proximity to search for potential suitors. Users are able to swipe left to reject the other party or swipe right to show approval. If both users swipe right, the app calls it a match and the users are able to start a conversation with each other. 
Your bio is optional, but we highly recommended including one. You’re allowed up to 500 words to showcase your dazzling personality here, but we’d suggest you err on the side of relative brevity as online daters don't want to read a novel while they’re swiping. Make your bio about you, and keep it short, simple and friendly — it's a bonus if it's funny, but you don't want to come across as trying too hard, either.
The bad: However, the app presents you with everyone you’re friends with on Facebook to swipe through (even if they have yet to join the app). Swiping through your friends for sex is somewhat confusing (Do I actually find that barista from my old neighborhood attractive, or am I just bored?) and masochistic (you’ll probably run into this person sometime in the future).
The good: CasualX brands itself as a Tinder and Craigslist alternative for one-night stands, with users looking for hook-ups, friends with benefits, swinging, extramarital affairs, and anything else sexual without the emotional attachment. Users can get a casual hook-up fairly easy without any strings attached. The app is also organized, easy to use, and provides security features.
Why it's awesome: HER is the award-winning mix of dating and social media that lets you meet girls you know are girls (and not nasty men trying to pose as girls), as it requires a Facebook for signup and is solely for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. You don't see that often, and if you do, it's some highly sexualized fantasy thing for guys to drool over. HER was made by queer women, for queer women, which was a much-needed safe space in the world of online dating.
Margaret E. Morris is the author of "Left to Our Own Devices: Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim Our Relationships, Health, and Focus." A clinical psychologist, researcher, and creator of technologies to support well-being, Morris was a Senior Research Scientist at Intel from 2002 to 2016. She has conducted User Experience research at Amazon and is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington.
How often do you cross paths with the love of your life before you actually meet them? Maybe you smile at your crush every day when you get your morning coffee, but you can’t build up the courage to talk? If so, Happn could be for you. It’s a dating app that shows the profiles of other singles and pinpoints the last place and time you were near to each other. All your prospective matches are people you’ve crossed paths with, so you’re always starting out with something in common.
Much like other dating apps, POF has you take a chemistry test of your likes and dislikes, and it quizzes you about your wants and needs from a relationship, so you can be sure that you’re likely to be matched with people who are looking for similar outcomes to your own. The best part? It’s completely free and doesn’t charge to message or browse your matches. That makes it the ideal app to download if you’re in the market, but maybe aren’t actively searching for love. And if you’re going out of your way to find someone, Plenty Of Fish may have your perfect catch.
If you’re one of the few remaining singles on Earth still unexperienced with Tinder, the first step is to create the best possible profile with the best possible pictures. Yes, Tinder is largely a looks-based endeavor (most dating apps are) and can sometimes feel superficial for that reason, but remember: It's not really any different to meeting someone at a party or bar. You tend to approach the people you find physically attractive in real life, and then talk to them to see if there's a deeper connection, right? It's the same story with Tinder. Make sure that you’re creating an excellent first impression by following these Tinder photo tips:
“Big girls, you’ve got more admirers than you think” are the encouraging words WooPlus.com greets singles with. This free app is dedicated to helping BBW, BHM, and admirers find the match of their dreams. Download WooPlus via iTunes and Google Play, and then you can fill out your information, upload photos, browse profiles, and communicate at no cost to you!
Yes, Tinder is an always-available, pocket-sized method for finding the person of your dreams – or, at the very least, a regret-free hookup – but the app can be frustrating when you don’t completely understand its functionality. To ensure you get the most out of your experience, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to dating with Tinder. Here’s everything you need to know:
Appearances can be deceiving, though. Although Coffee Meets Bagel allows for a range of super-specific preferences, the bagel it sends you may or may not match your specified preferences and, more often than not, if they do, they will be a significant distance away. The app can also be glitchy, often resulting in slow update and load times, and sometimes it’s frustrating that it sends you only a single bagel a day. You can speed things up a bit by using the “give & take” option, but it’ll cost you 385 beans to like someone who catches your eye.