Tinder

Tinder has arguably become the most popular dating app worldwide, which is well-proven by the sheer volume of its users and the 10 billion and counting matches it boasts. There’s no word on what percentage of these matches actually turn out to be something, but once you try the app, you’ll soon realize that it must be in the low 10s. Using Tinder is super easy: if you like someone, swipe right, if you’d rather pass on the person at hand, swipe left. To get a match, the person you’ve swiped right will also need to swipe you right, so success is not at all guaranteed, though this setup definitely guarantees a degree of privacy. You can also swipe up, which equates to a Super Like ensuring that the person you’ve chosen will immediately notice you, but to get access to Super Likes, you’ll need a subscription, also known as Tinder Plus. Tinder Plus, available in a monthly, a 6-month, and a 1-year package, includes rewinding swipes to correct potential mistakes, a handful of the aforementioned Super Likes, and last not least unlimited swipes. There’s also a new feature called Tinder Boost, which makes your profile first-in-line in your area for 30 minutes. For Tinder Plus subscribers, Boost is available for free once per week, but for more Boosts, you’ll need to make an in-app purchase. Tinder is rather time- and money-consuming, and can get pretty irritating after a while with all the non-replying matches and pointless conversations, but to achieve your goal, you must fail many times, which is true even when it comes to online dating.

Match.com

Match.com is based on the same premise as Tinder: if you like someone, swipe right, if you’d rather skip on the person staring at back you from the screen of your Android device, swipe left. Match.com prides itself as the number one dating site on the planet as it pertains to the number of dates, relationships, and marriages which began to bloom thanks to an advanced algorithm that only brings men and women in your way who are sure to meet your standards. Match.com is perfect for gay dating, lesbian dating, Asian dating, and plus-size dating. The biggest downside of Match.com is its prize: for a monthly subscription, you’ll have to shell out at least $21.99, which, despite the app’s supposedly sky-high success rate, is too much for our liking – and we haven’t even mentioned the bashing rained down upon Match.com in the form of relentlessly honest user reviews.

OkCupid

OkCupid is another swiping-based dating app with the much familiar directions: right for yay, left for nay. The most effective weapon in OkCupid’s arsenal of features that, at least to an extent, raises it above the level of its competition, is that it provides a better-rounded look at the personality of your potential match, which saves you precious time and helps you avoid leading-to-nowhere, mildly awkward conversations. Downloading OkCupid is free, as is its basic features, but unleashing the app’s full potential requires a subscription starting at $9.99 per month.

Happn

Do you regularly cross paths with someone you like, but lack the courage to start a conversation with them? Happn might be your get-out-of-misery free card! The least bit surprisingly, Happn employs the same yup-or-nope system that you’re already familiar with, though it does so with an innovative twist. Every time you cross paths with a fellow Happn user, their profile shows up on your timeline, indicating the number of times you have cross paths, and the time and place of your last encounter. In case you both like each other, you guys have a Crush on your hands, and where it leads to is entirely up to you. The Happn equivalent of the Tinder Super Like is called “Charm”, which is the only in-app purchase you’ll come across in Happn, but you’ll get several Charms only for signing up.