10 Most Popular Dating Sites & Apps in the World [Paid & Free]

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Are you feeling how will you find your right one in this big world with 7 billion people?  Well, internet technology has made the world smaller than you think. We have a whole new smaller world namely, the online world where people can connect closer to one other despite their physical distance.

The same goes for finding your soul mate. Dating is hard and this pandemic has made it even harder. But thanks to online dating apps that people can still find their dates by maintaining them 6 feet apart. The online chat system, voice calls, and video chats would make you feel like the real date without going to the actual date.

Here are some of the best and popular dating sites and apps that you  love to check out  :


Tinder is the most popular dating site and app. It’s a perfect place to look for a casual hookup, a potential date, friendship, or a long term relationship. Tinder shows you people near your area with interests similar to yours.

On the upside, the profiles are brief and you do not need to upload your real photos and thus, can maintain your privacy until you want to reveal your actual identity to certain people. This way you can be safe from perverts.

The downside is that a short dating profile makes it harder to figure out what a lot of people are looking for. There are many fake profiles and most people use Tinder as time pass and a stop after their break up. People maybe just time passing than to find the relationship.


Tantan is also a popular dating app. It’s the perfect place to look for the potential date and it is free of fake peoples and frauds as the people need to verify their photos. Tantan also shows the people near your area with interests similar to yours.

On the upside, Tantan identifies real photos and verifies users with a powerful moderation system.

On the downside, the app automatically renews your subscription if you have upgraded your profile to premium. Also, it shows the profile which is not active at all.


Bumble is also a popular free dating app. But it requires women to message first. If the guy doesn’t message back within 24 hours, he loses the potential dates. The timer is designed to encourage contact and some people do appreciate this feature.

On the upside, Bumble tends to weed out the more insecure males from the dating pool. because women must message first. Bumble also has a BFF feature to help you meet new people and make new friends.

On the downside, The males might feel that women are more privileged. The timer is also a sort of disadvantage as you might lose potential dates if you were not active during that time.


OkCupid is the perfect dating site if you are seeking a long term relationship. The Profiles are a lot more in-depth than most online dating sites. It also allows you to take a series of the questionnaire that is more like a personality test to find you a perfect match.

On the upside, The app allows you to find a compatible match and most people have found their ideal match through this site.

On the downside, To get something out of OkCupid, you have to invest a decent amount of time and effort to fill out your profile and answer the throngs of questions.


Happn matches you with people who are located nearby. It’s a cool concept and helpful for people who want to meet someone more organically.

On the upside, the app might be helpful if you’re looking to date your immediate neighbors. So, basically, If you saw an attractive guy in a coffee shop, You can search if he is on Happn and initiate a conversation.

On the downside, it seems to be lacking behind the major competitors like Tinder and Tantan which also use similar features. So, compared to Tinder and Tantan, the users might be quite low.


Badoo is also a popular dating app that allows you to connect to potential matches nearby. You have to create a profile with a photo and answer profile questions and also select the options of who you want to meet (age, gender) and why (dating, friendship). Then, Tap on photos; answer “Yes,” “Maybe,” or “No” to meeting up; send and respond to users’ messages; list favorites; and more.

On the upside, it is easy to use and safe. The site is marked as an adult dating site so, only those who are 18+ can use this site.

On the downside, it can add more specifications in the profile that can allow the user to know more about the person beforehand.


Match is a popular dating site. It has a free version, but the general opinion is that you’ll need a paid subscription to have any success. That’s a general opinion that a paid membership to a site means you are serious about a relationship

On the upside, Match is perfect to find people who are interested in real relationships.

On the downside, the site uses both paid and unpaid users and it is difficult to know who is paid and unpaid. This means that you could be messaging to people who cannot write you back. Paid users have more privileges and anyone who is a paid user can message you. This means you could be inundated by messages from people you don’t want to meet.


Hinge is a popular dating app. The app is not just about swiping and setting up a profile with a photo and bio. Instead, three questions must be answered. For eg: favorite pet?  Dog and the possible matches will like the responses and start a conversation.

On the upside, it is easy to use. It helps in meeting like-minded people with similar interests.

On the downside, While you can trial the Hinge app for a while, you’ll eventually be asked to pay the $7 monthly membership fee.


HER is a dating app for queer, bisexual, and lesbian women to find their ideal partner. It also shares LGBTQ+ news and events taking place in your area.

On the upside, The app is free and you can view profiles, add friends, and start chats at no extra cost.

On the downside, you have to upgrade to HER Premium to filter users by sexuality, see who is currently online, and more.


Qemistry is a new online free dating app. It is designed for all genders and sexual orientations. It was launched on September 3, 2020, and is still an infant in dating app scenes but has huge potential. Instead of just having a photo and bio, you have to upload your videos, be it be TikTok, Insta stories.

On the upside, the videos help to know about the personality of the user. People won’t be catfished over an edited photo of the user.

On the downsides, people can misutilize the videos.

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