Tinder is fun and all, but it doesn’t have the monopoly on smart phone dating. There are a whole gaggle of other dating apps that we would totally swipe right on.
If you’re kinda over Tinder, new apps will give you a different perspective on the online dating scene. Now, you’re probably going to run into creepsters no matter what app you use — that’s a given — but after all the crap you’ve experienced on Tinder, these guys might seem like a breath of fresh air.
This unique and free app allows lonely travelers to satisfy their wanderlust and find the perfect traveling companion at the same time. So, instead of meeting for the usual cup of coffee, you can make plans to travel with any connections you make. And unlike Tinder, MissTravel doesn’t rely on GPS locators, allowing you to meet fellow travelers anywhere.
If you love being outdoors, this free app connects you with those who share similar passions for outdoor activities such as yoga, running and biking. And unlike the swipe setup usually seen on Tinder, MeetMeOutside connects you with seven new matches a day based on shared interests and locations.
If you are looking for a more meaningful approach to online dating, this socially conscious dating app partners with nonprofits, to aid in planned dates (such like volunteering and yoga) which helps give back to the community. And promising a safer dating experience, this female-run app completely squashes any chances of harassment that often occurs with online dating platforms.
4. Bark’N Borrow
Known as the Tinder for dog-dating, this clever app allows fellow dog owners/walkers to connect through a mutual love of dogs. And even if you are taking a break from the dating scene, this app allows you to schedule special ‘doggy-dates’, which allow you to bond with a furry pooch whenever you have the chance.
Klique used to be a group-date only experience, but they recently announced a new update that allows users to match individually, creating more opportunities to connect with and discover new people. It’s kinda like Tinder, only better because Klique allows you to expand your social circle by looking for love and new friends.
You can match solo, or have the extra comfort and safety of creating a Klique group to make new connections with your friends by your side, so to speak.
Bumble may seem similar to Tinder, especially when it comes to swiping and profile rules. But among its differences comes the fact that ladies must initiate the conversation with matches first, therefore avoiding unwanted messages in return.
Geared for the Latino user, this free location-based dating app allows Hispanic singles to make connections with others who share similar backgrounds and interests. And allowing users to connect on-the-go, singles can connect with prospective matches in a private chat first before actually meeting in person.
WooPlus functions as a niche online dating option, which offers plus-sized women a comfortable and nondiscriminatory environment. And helping users explore dating opportunities without unwanted fat-shaming or humiliation, WooPlus works somewhat like Tinder, as you can simply swipe left and right, before finding suitable matches.
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Originally published March 2016. Updated February 2017.