Most of the next generation relationships are build online and this is trending day by day. There is an overwhelming number of dating apps for both genders that have been developed by experienced developers. Whether you are looking forward to a serious relationship or want to enjoy a casual date, there is a perfect dating app suited to your desires. But, are all the so-called best dating apps safe for you? Can you trust the online profiles posted on these dating sites or apps? You might find the person on the other end compatible with you on the basis of his or her profile but the real person can be different if you are not alert. So a serious research about him or her is a must before you begin to involve. So, before discussing the features of some of the best dating apps for hookups or long term relationships, we will guide you with some tips on safe online dating.
Safety Tips for Online Dating
According to a report published by UK’s National Crime Agency( NCA ), there has been a 450% increase in crimes related to online dating. The data reveals that amongst the victims, 85% are females and 15% males. BBC has also reported a seven fold rise in dating crimes in the last two years.
There are a lot of false profiles on dating websites and you have to be extra careful before starting a conversation. The online dating apps or sites do not check the profiles of their members and they will post the disclaimers saying that “you are solely responsible for your interactions with other users…”
Follow these tips for using online dating apps safely
Hide your Identity.
Try to be as anonymous as you can. Choose a unique username but do not pick a provocative, lusty or controversial name since it will attract the people with bad intent. Never share your contact information like email ID, residence address or a phone number with anyone. You can share this information gradually once a trust builds up with another person.
Before you start disclosing your credentials, try to know as much as you can about the other member on dating app or site. Follow your instincts and take your own time. If you encounter someone pressurizing or coercing you to speed up, reject him or her immediately.
Do an Extensive Research
A well-researched profile is the safest profile in my view. Before hooking up with someone you are attracted to, research his or her profile on your own. Do not depend on dating app or a dating site for secure profiles. Check the user’s profile on alternative social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Be sure that you have the member’s real picture before proceeding further. Verifying the background of a user is the key to safe online dating.
How do you know that the user on the other side is a scammer? Well, there are many hints to conclude a person as a scammer. Some examples of behavior of scammers.
- If the user asks for money by telling you some stories to gain sympathy your sympathy.
- In case, he or she confesses true and deep love for you in no time at all.
- If someone threatens to upload your private pictures and try to extort money.
- Someone who knows too much about you can be the one who does maximum harm.
- Someone who never leaves you alone even for a few seconds and makes you feel cornered.
Report the concerned authority.
Most of the dating apps offer report section to report any offensive or suspicious behavior of some member. Alternatively, you can also report the matter to local police for stern action against the fraudulent members.
If you have planned to meet each other after knowing each other well, the best and the safest place for a meeting is a public place. The first meeting should just be a screening process, after all, the other member is still a stranger in the first meeting.
Here are some Best Dating Apps for Hookups, Meetup, and Relationships
Happn-Local Dating App
This is an amazing and at the same time a surprising dating app since it can show the profiles of people you cross on the way. Once you download this app, you will be asked to link it with Facebook profile. You can also link it with Spotify and Instagram by navigating to My account>App settings>Connected accounts. All the active persons will appear on your timeline. You can like them instantly and start a chat if you like the other person.
- App based on mutual liking.
- For Privacy, your location is not disclosed
- Shows the number and location of cross-over encounters.
- Free to download with basic features. Conversation requires in app purchase.
Coffee Meets Bagel
If you do not want to spend your precious time in swiping for a perfect match, Coffee Meets Bagel is the best option to date and hook up online. The app has its own algorithm that automatically suggests you the best matches that are highly curated. The pre-selected list will consist of only those matches that like you. This app has a high success rate and you need to authenticate with your Facebook account during installation. This dating app is available for both iPhone and Android platforms.
- Offers private room to chat for privacy
- Sends potential matches on daily basis.
- Free to install
- Offers free stickers for chat
- Meant for serious relationships
- The app is regularly updated to fix any bugs.
Whitney Wolf launched Bumble around three years back and since then, there are 10 million downloads of this dating and hookup app. Bumble has really redefined the dating rules. In this dating app, women are given immense powers to decide their relationships. Only women can initiate the first move making them feel more empowered and confident. The app works fast and does not slow down your device. The settings offer you to select the appropriate category for match making. The app features bumble BFF for making friends and Bumble BZZ for promoting business links.
- Safe for women, only women can start the talk.
- Prohibits fake profiles with photo verification feature.
- Connection expires in 24 hours if the move is not initiated.
- A great dating app for love and business.
- Free to download
POF Free Dating App
In POF, the chances of getting into a conversation are high. The installation is simple and you can add your detailed profile in quick time with a user friendly interface. Unlike other paid dating apps, you can do unlimited messaging in POF. The app is a part of Match group which has the largest number of users worldwide and hence increases your chance to have a quick relationship. The interface of this free dating app is recently updated with a fresh trendy look.
- Many advanced features available free of cost.
- Works on an advanced algorithm for best matches.
- Various sorting options that include sorting by last name or latest matches and much more.
- High success ratios.
OK Cupid Dating
This is a free online dating app that does not require Facebook authentication for installation. Although it lets you choose any username or picture, you will also receive messages from unknown persons. So there are both pros and cons of not linking to any social media profile. Nonetheless, this is a great app to date, hookup, short term or long lasting relationships. In profile setup, the app asks you a number of answers to enable the app to search a date matching your interests. The messages are free and anybody can start a conversation without any restrictions. To see a list who has liked you, you must subscribe to a paid version.
- Provides the best match based on your hobbies and interests.
- No social media profile linking
- The free version lets you view five recent visitors.
- Can check whether your messages are read or not
- Can change username any number of times.
Pure Hookup App
If you are a single and ready to mingle in one hours’ time, this app is for you. You can register yourself even if you do not have any social accounts. Apart from your selfie picture, all other details are anonymous and the best part of this hookup app is that your chat history gets erased after one hour. There will be no traces of your private chat on their servers. The app is free for ladies but men get only 7-days free trial. The app is perfect for teens (18+), single parents and anyone who wants to enjoy dating with like-minded people.
- Finds perfect match within 50 Km radius.
- 100% anonymous app for hookups
- No need to input your personal details.
- Free for lifetime for women
Down Dating App
The app is meant for those who have a huge friend list on Facebook. Fake profiles won’t work here in this app since you have to login with your Facebook account. The “Down dating app” finds local friends for you if you have some mutual friends. So, you only chat and meet with real and trustworthy people. If you want a quick hookup, you need to choose “Get Down” and if you want a serious relationship, you need to select“Get Date” in the app.
- Offers 10 new prospect matches on daily basis.
- You can, unlike previous likes.
- Huge database of four million users.
- Lightest app
Tinder is one of the popular dating apps that lets you make new connections by just swiping the profile matches. The installation prompts you to sign up with Facebook account and you can also link Tinder to your Instagram account later. The profile setup requires you to add up to 6 photos and a small bio. The discovery settings provide a number of options on how the other members find you. Tinder social lets you invite individuals or groups to a meeting or chat. Tinder plus is a premium feature available in paid versions that allow you to find people in across the globe.
- Like people with simple swipes.
- Can be used for hookups and social networking
- Free to download with basic features
- Update with Tinder Plus and Tinder Boost premium features.
This is a free app for dating and is best for growing your social network. This is a lesser known app but has already more than thirty five million active users around the world. The app works in over 50 countries. All the features are absolutely free, unlike other free apps that ask for money for premium apps. The Waplog’s intelligent algorithm automatically suggests you the best matches near you. You have the option to search people based on gender, picture or location.
- 100% free app
- Live chat
- Compatible with android and iOS platforms
- A simple and user friendly interface
- Registration with Facebook account
Meet Me Chat
There are a lot of dating apps in app stores but Meetme is a unique and innovative app for all the nationalities, genders and ages. The app has been designed considering the human nature and needs. The smart science behind this app helps you discover the people near you who have common interests with you. You can sign up for this dating app either with an email address or your Facebook account. The multi featured app has a clean and simple interface with responsive and large pictures of members.
- Free App
- Compatible with Android, iOS and Windows platforms
- Low on device resources.
- Reliable app with over 100 million users.
Start a Relationship with One of These Dating Apps
These are the best dating apps that are found on both Android and Apple stores. All these apps are recommended for 18 + people. So use these apps responsibly and do not forget to take safety precautions (described in this article) before meeting the other member. If you use some other dating app, not mentioned here, share it with other readers in the comments section.