Finding a perfect partner is still the same task like the good ol’ days which needs you to be able to judge your partner and then decide about the future. Technology, though, can offer a lot of options to get connected to like-minded people for casual dating or even long term relationships.
So, if you are not in a relationship already or if you are looking to get into one, it is time to ditch Facebook and download the right kind of apps to meet the right one for you. Here we list a few applications that can help find a right partner this Valentine’s Day.
Don’t be too surprised if we call Tinder the king of the dating kingdom; after all this is the go-to app for people who are looking for a date. It added over a million subscribers last year, which is almost equal to all its competitors combined. Keeping the numbers aside, Tinder’s minimalistic design and easy user interface is doing the trick.
The app gives an option to chat with your right match, which we Indians like the most, exchange numbers and meetup if things go right. You can get busy swiping right or left to connect with people nearby, on a phone of your choice as it is available for free on both iOS and Android.
OkCupid is another app, waiting to play cupid in your love story. The app asks you a few simple questions at the time of sign up to create a persona then offers matches according to the common interests and choices, which is very interesting and personalised unlike many other apps in the market. The app uses machine learning to connect like-minded people and is open for all—gender or sexual preferences are not a limitation.
The app uses manual as well as technical moderation to keep the platform clean. Though its interface is not as minimal as Tinder’s it does offer much more in terms of data driven date suggestions and profile ratings. While the app is free for anyone to join in, it does have some premium features which offer extra benefits and an advertisement-free experience.
Delta is India first homegrown app created by and for the Indian LGBTQIA community. From offering options to find a like-minded date based on compatibility and trust scores, Delta also offers community meetups and lists down businesses which offer space for people in the community to socialise without any discrimination. The app is available on both iOS and Android platforms offering people a common platform to connect regardless of their choices.
Woo is strictly for singles which uses machine learning as well as community feedback to keep the ‘thrill seekers’ out of the community. With this barrier at the entry level and women centric approach Woo stands out of the crowd. Users can access the inbuilt chat to connect with their ‘match’ and females can even make a voice call within the app to their matched profiles without actually needing to reveal their contact numbers.
While almost all the features are free, it does come with a freemium model wherein users can pay some charges for better visibility, thus increasing their chances to Woo their partner.
Betterhalf as the name suggests isn’t a dating app, instead it is a match making platform that claims to help you find a perfect life partner with the help of Artificial Intelligence. Betterhalf focuses on your LinkedIn as well as Facebook profile to keep the platform clutter free and find a perfect match.
Since this app focuses on getting you into a serious relationship, it doesn’t offer a free membership. So if your goal is to find your better half and settle down soon, check all the features on the website and get a membership as per your choice.
Blued is considered to be one of the top gay dating apps with over 40 million users globally and over 500,000 users in India. It is only available as a mobile app and has an option to ‘follow’ the profiles you like, join their public or private live stream. It also connects users based on their location like any other dating app. Blued is one of the only few dating apps that offers video chats without any geographical limitations. Another interesting feature is interest based groups which are very active and lively. Available on both iOS and Android, Blued is a free to use application with some extra features which are paid for.