100 percent free dating sites and apps for singles (2021)
Love at the cost of $0.
We are surprised to see articles all over the internet whose headline gives an impression that the article is all about free dating sites and apps for singles but in reality the article is full of dating websites which are useless without a paid plan. We wanted to change that and here is this very article where we have listed 100 percent free dating sites and apps for men and women which could be used by teens as well as by over 50 singles as well.
To add more, we do not consider an app as a dating app if it does not foster a deep relationship even if its free. So, you will not see some of the so called popular dating apps in this article. In a nutshell, we have included those dating apps whose primary operational model is freemium and where most of the functionality required for a successful and serious dating can be used for $0.
We have not included Match and eHarmony in this list of fully free dating sites. Why? Some of the features of these apps are free but you have to sign up for their premium plan to get any significant and meaningful online dating experience, which means they are basically paid apps. We also intentionally left Tinder out of this list due to the fact that this app is mainly used by people who do not believe in a long term dating journey.
Having said that, our list of really free dating sites and apps are as follows:
List of genuinely Free dating websites/ apps
1. Plenty of Fish (POF)
Do not get turned off by the look of POF website. Afterall, you are looking for online dating rather than a chance of judging user interface of a website, right? Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, this Canadian dating platform (which is now a part of the Match group) is the largest free dating site in this list in terms of number of users. Unlike other dating sites, free plan is more than you need for your successful online dating journey, although there is an option for upgrade.
In the free plan, once your dating profile is approved, you will get all the basic features such as creating profile, taking personality test, sending messages and replying to the received messages. This dating app is best know for its chemistry test for compatibility. The algorithm works really well. Most of the members are from English speaking countries like USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland and also a significant number of singles from Brazil, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden and Mexico.
If you upgrade to premium version however, you can enjoy an ads free browsing and can access more details about other members such as an ability to search in terms of level of education or income, upload upto 16 photos, search based on usernames, ability to view who have viewed your profile and whether a user read and/ or deleted your message etc.
While every category of daters from teens to seniors use this app, the majority of the singles are around 35 years of age. Also, you have to be careful as there are some bots profile and scams.
To the question of whether OkCupid is honestly free or not, help article on their website clearly mentions that the dating platform is completely free for as long as you want. Which means it is a 100 percent free dating site with no fees required to join, search and message. The only thing limited for a free account is the number of likes you can send per day. Based in the USA, this app has international members too and is also a good choice for Indian daters. It is not only the second largest free dating site in this list, but is also one of the oldest (founded in 2004).
While the main age group is comprised of 30 years and younger, this free dating platform is also a good choice for singles over 50 due to the fact that this app promotes real and serious relationships. The reason is the fact that profiles on OkCupid are more detailed than other platforms such as Tinder. This is also because, successful matches on this site are based on your answers to the match questions to gauge you preferences and also on your activity on the website/ app.
If you and your potential date likes each other, you can view the like and can also send message to him/ her for free. You also have an option of sending a free introductory message to other members before they like you. In their paid version, also known as "A-list" membership (which is absolutely optional), you will get sponsored profile promotions, won`t see any external ads, have access to unlimited likes and an ability to view all the members who have liked you before you also like them.
Bumble(headquartered in Austin, Texas) is the best dating app for women (and for men for the same reason). This is because, when a match is made between the opposite sex in Bumble, women have to initiate conversation (hint: it is founded by a former Tinder executive who is also a female). So this is a good app for women tired of getting unsolicited messages on other dating apps and also for boys who are tired of having to make the first move only to become unsuccessful later on.
To create a match, both you and the other member have to swipe each other`s profile to the right side. After this, the women have 24 hours to send the first message. If she does not send within this time (counted from the time the match is created), the match gets expired. But if the woman sends the first message and the man does not reply within 24 hours, this connection expires too.
But men are not out of luck entirely. As a male, you have an option to let her know that you are interested in her by using the daily 24-hour extend feature or through the Rematch feature. You can view all the expired matches in your Match queue in silver circles. To rematch with an expired connection, you need to tap on this silver circle and choose "Rematch".
Bumble is one of the most popular dating platform in terms of traffic (mainly in the USA although its userbase is throughout the world) which is available for Android and iOS based smartphone apps in addition to website. You can join this app using your Facebook account, apple ID or phone number. While you can sign up this site without paying a dime, there is an optional premium feature (available in beta) in some countries though. For anyone seeking for a serious relationship, Bumble is a good choice.
The tagline of Hinge is "The dating app designed to be deleted". Now, this clearly indicates that they want their app users to connect in person beyond merely matching them in the dating app. A match in Hinge is created when someone for example likes your photo. Likewise, it is free to view who liked you one by one. Viewing all the users who liked you at once and other advanced features however requires an upgrade to preferred membership.
You basically have two ways to create your account without making any payment at Hinge - either by using Android app (available for Android 5.0.0 & above) or iOS app (iOS 10+) or by using your Facebook credentials. For the safety and security of your account, you must verify your phone number. So, if you are into creating a real relationship, this app is a good fit.
One thing to note about this app is that there is a limit of 10 likes per day to encourage you to be more thoughtful about who you like to match with. They claim to be the number one mobile-first dating app and also the fastest growing dating app in USA, UK, Canada and Australia. So, whether you are from Texas, Sydney or Delhi, this free dating app is for you which is available for mobile devices and not as a website. Also note that when you like someone, they will be notified to be matched with you.
5. Facebook Dating
Facebook dating is the latest dating app in this list. It is only available for singles who are 18+ in selected countries in iOS and Android. You can not access it from your computer however. To know if you are eligible to use Facebook dating, just click on the "three horizontal bar" icon in the Facebook app installed in your mobile phone. Then tap on "Dating". Alternatively, you can just search for "Facebook dating" using the Facebook search bar and click on the dating shortcut.
Facebook has made it clear in its dating service website, that your Facebook dating profile remains separate from your main Facebook profile and will not be shared anywhere outside Facebook dating. However, to use Facebook dating, you must have existing Facebook profile. Then you have to separately sign up for Facebook dating.
In this app, you can find your match based on the groups you are a member of or based on the events you are already going to. They also recommend some safety tips in their dating website such as not including your phone number, email address, your home address or your last name in your dating profile or in messages. The matching in Facebook dating is done with other members within 100 Km range.
As you have seen from above, although free dating sites like speeddate, rocknrolldating or spray date are defunct, there are still some popular entirely free dating sites and apps online these days. And COVID-19 has made these sites even more important not only due to the social distancing requirements but also due to our financial situation during and after the pandemic.
Going through the above list of absolutely free dating platforms, you may have noticed that except for Facebook dating and Hinge which are only available as a mobile apps for Android and iOS, the rest three are available as a website and as a mobile app. This is important as some people for example senior singles feel comfortable in browsing through computers while others like teens find it convenient and easy to use smartphone apps.
While we have covered 5 free dating apps/ sites in this article, your experience in one platform might be different than that of others. Hence, we recommend you to read the above descriptions and features about each of the dating services, try them out one by one and experience the pros and cons for yourself. How was your experience using these free dating sites? Were you able to find your match yet? Let us know in the comment below or through our contact page.
We wish you a very good luck in finding your perfect match. Happy dating!
Is there a 100% free dating app?
Absolutely! All of the above mentioned dating sites and apps are fully free to use, mainly POF (Plenty of Fish) and OkC (OkCupid) where the majority of features such as creating your dating profile, messaging and profile search can be used for $0.