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The best dating apps for hookups, long-term relationships and everything in between

Dating apps for every single person.
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Just like how there is plenty of fish in the sea, there are a plethora of dating apps out there for you to explore.

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Each with its own unique twist, you’ll be sure to find one that matches your wants and needs as much as your next love interest.  

Read on for our top picks of dating apps available in Australia.

1. eHarmony

What’s the #1 most trusted dating app (based on a 2020 survey)? eHarmony. With the need to fill out some in-depth information about yourself when you sign up, it means your matches are more likely to be a success. eHarmony has been around for a while and there’s a reason why they are still one of the most popular dating apps for those on their love journey in Australia.  

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2. Badoo

Badoo matches are based on where you hang out. You can choose the number of common places your potential match must have before they can message you. Plus, the app has a photo verification system and does not publicly display favourite places for extra privacy.


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Want a love story to rival Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s? Try some of these dating apps. (Credit: Getty)

3. Wingman

On Wingman, you can contact a match yourself or ask your friends to be online ‘wingmen’, writing testimonials and recommending you to matches.


4. Kasual

If you’re here for a good time, then Kasual may be a great option for you. Designed for hookups and casual dating – you won’t find yourself in anything long-term (of course, unless it leads there). 


5. Coffee Meets Bagel

Arguably one of the cutest names for a dating app, we introduce to you: Coffee Meets Bagel. You’ll be presented with matches every day at noon thanks to its ever-evolving smart algorithm – and, if small talk is the bane of your existence (we feel you), you’ll get thrown straight into the real conversations thanks to the app’s personalised ice breakers. 


6. Tastebuds

Continuing with the food theme is Tastebuds – however, merely just a play on words, this app connects you with potential matches based on your music taste instead. If music taste is important to you then you’ll definitely want to give this app a go. 


7. The League

For those who rank drive and ambition high on their “what to look for in a partner” checklist, this is the dating app for you. 

The League is as elitist as it sounds. The app matches you with potential partners based on degrees and careers. Plus, if you don’t want to awkwardly match with your co-worker Steve or your friend from high school, The League uses ‘smart-blocking’ technology to block your LinkedIn connections and Facebook friends from popping up – and thank goodness for that. 


8. Hinge

A dating app that is made to be deleted. Now that’s a pretty bold statement. With its award-winning algorithm, Hinge is confident that it is the place that you will go for your last first date. Hinge profiles encourage you to share your religion, education and day-to-day life so the app can introduce you to those well suited. 


9. Happn

You’ve crossed the street and interlocked gazes with tall, dark and handsome – and chances are, you probably won’t see them again. Enter: Happn. Connect with the people near you, and be in control of your own luck.


10. HER

HER is for lesbian, bisexual and queer women. It’s a queer-friendly space for like-minded people to share their stories and find love.


11. Bumble

Keen to discover what all the buzz is about with Bumble? We’ll say goodbye (gladly) to outdated gender norms with one of the most iconic apps for dating, meeting and networking. With Bumble, the ball is on our (women’s) court – women send the first message, women get to make the first move.

As mentioned, Bumble is not only an amazing app for finding love (and we’ve seen countless Bumble weddings since the app’s inception), but it has now evolved into a place to also find your next BFF or business partner – talk about versatile.


12. Elite Singles

Elite Singles aims to match single professionals, with most users over 30. It assesses personalities and offers up to seven possible matches in a day. With 85 per cent of its members holding an above-average education, it’s made for those looking for a serious relationship.


13. OkCupid

OkCupid claims to have algorithms that help create meaningful connections and matches you with others based on things that *actually* matter – it’s the dating app for every single person.


14. Grindr

Grindr uses geolocation to match based on how nearby users are. You can check profiles, send pictures and messages, and share your precise location for meetups. It’s the most widely used dating app for gay, bi, trans and queer people.


15. Zoosk

Zoosk uses Behavioural Matchmaking technology to constantly learn from the actions of 35 million app users in order to deliver better matches to you in real-time. Available in over 80 countries and translated into 25 different languages, it’s truly a global dating platform (to say the least).


16. Plenty of Fish

You don’t need to make a long profile with Plenty of Fish. The app is free and has over three million users logged in – daily. Plus, it’s one of the few apps that feature a live streaming option so you can connect with your matches easily.


17. Tinder

One that surely does not need an introduction is Tinder. An oldie but a goodie, and with their Tinder Plus subscription, you can use its Passport feature where you won’t be restricted to your hometown, instead, you can stay swiping as you jet-set on your next holiday. 


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