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Dating apps for a sweet Valentine’s Day

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Fed up with swiping through endless Tinder profiles? In need of a dating strategy overhaul? We’ve rustled up the best dating apps on the market that are guaranteed to help you find the one.

Coffee Meets Bagel

Instead of encouraging endless swiping, Coffee Meets Bagel refines the choices of both parties involved. Every day, the men on the app receive up to 21 quality matches, known as Bagels. They can either LIKE or PASS these women. The women are then notified of the top men that LIKED them and can respond if interested.

 

Tastebuds

If you can’t stand the thought of being with someone who doesn’t share your unconditional love for Cher, Tastebuds is a good choice. Although only available on iPhone, it links you with those who have a similar taste in music to you. Another fun feature is that you can send a song as a message to a person before or after they match with you.

 

Bumble

Bumble stands out from the crowd by allowing only the woman to message the guy first after they both match. If she decides not to take the relationship further, the connection disappears after 24 hours.

 

Happn

This app connects you with people in your area, so you never again have to worry about the struggles of a long-distance relationship. Happn shows you singles who have recently been within a 250-metre radius of you, so expect to bump into that cute guy or girl from the coffee shop who you’ve always wanted to say hello to.

 

How About We

This dating app is all about doing interesting things with new people. How About We lets you select favourite pastimes, such as a visit your local museum, a comedy night or just a few laughs over cocktails. You can then meet other people who would like to join in.

 

Twin Dog

A silly and fun way to find a partner, Twin Dog is aimed at pooch owners seeking a mate. Simply upload a pic of your pet and swipe right for doggies you like. If you match, who knows where your next walkies will take you?

 

Inner Circle

To get on this app, you must be screened and vetted to ensure that you are serious about finding a partner. This is great for those who want to avoid time wasters. Inner Circle also organises meetups and events, making it feel more like an exclusive club than a dating agency.

 

Luxy

The main selling point of this app is that you get to connect with genuine millionaires. The downside is that you have to actually be loaded yourself. If you’re lucky enough to have some serious dollar in the bank, Luxy could be your gateway to happiness.

 

Now

This in-the-moment concept focuses on the here and now. When making your profile, Now asks you to choose your time availability and where you’d be happy to meet someone. You can then immediately couple up with people in your area. It’s as simple as that.

 

JigTalk

Avoid the facade of traditional dating apps and get to know the person behind the screen before you swipe left. JigTalk reveals a user’s profile photo piece by piece as they engage in proper conversation. You must answer all of the icebreaker questions in order to see their mug in full.

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