100 percent free dating sites and apps for singles (2022)

Love at the cost of $0.

Last Updated on: / Blog Post by: Mani Upadhyay

We are surprised to see articles all over the internet whose headlines give the 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 over-50 singles. 

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To add more, we do not consider an app a dating app if it does not foster a deep relationship, even if it is 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 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 plans 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 long-term dating journeys.

Having said that, our list of really free dating sites and apps is as follows:

List of genuinely Free dating websites/ apps

1. Plenty of Fish (POF)

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Do not get turned off by the look of the POF website. After all, you are looking for online dating rather than a chance to judge the 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 on this list in terms of the number of users. Unlike other dating sites, their free plan is more than you need for your successful online dating journey, although there is an option to upgrade.

Once your dating profile is approved, you will get all the basic features such as creating a profile, taking a personality test, sending messages, and replying to the received messages. This dating app is best known for its chemistry test for compatibility. The algorithm works really well. Most of the members are from English speaking countries like the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, and there are also a significant number of singles from Brazil, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, and Mexico.

If you upgrade to the premium version, however, you can enjoy ad-free browsing and can access more details about other members, such as the ability to search in terms of level of education or income, upload up to 16 photos, search based on usernames, the ability to view who has viewed your profile and whether a user has read and/or deleted your message etc.

While every category of daters, from teens to seniors, uses this app, the majority of the singles are around 35 years of age. Also, you have to be careful as there are some bot profiles and scams.

2. OkCupid

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To the question of whether OkCupid is truly free or not, the help article on their website clearly mentions that the dating platform is completely free for as long as you want. That is it is a 100 percent free dating site with no fees for joining, searching and messaging. 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 those 30 years of age 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 on 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 your preferences and also on your activity on the website/app.

If you and your potential date like each other, you can view the like and can also send a message to him/her for free. You also have the 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 have the ability to view all the members who have liked you before you also liked them.

3. Bumble

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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 sexes in Bumble, women have to initiate conversation (hint: it was founded by a former Tinder executive who is also a female). So this is a good app for women who are tired of receiving unsolicited messages on other dating apps, as well as for boys who are tired of having to make the first move only to be disappointed later.

To make a match, both you and the other member must swipe your profiles to the right.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 expires. 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 entirely out of luck. As a male, you have the 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 platforms in terms of traffic (mainly in the USA, although its userbase is throughout the world) and is available for Android and iOS-based smartphone apps in addition to the website. You can join this app using your Facebook account, Apple ID, or phone number. While you can sign up for this site without paying a dime, there is an optional premium feature (available in beta) in some countries though. For anyone seeking a serious relationship, Bumble is a good choice.

4. Hinge

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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 on the dating app. A match in Hinge is created when someone, for example, likes your photo. Similarly, it is free to see who liked you one by one.Viewing all the users who liked you at once and other advanced features, however, require 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. You basically have two ways to create your account without making any payment at Hinge-either by using the Android app (available for Android 5.0.0 and above) or the 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 the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia. So, whether you are from Texas, Sydney, or Delhi, this free dating app is for you. It is available for mobile devices only and not as a website. Also, note that when you like someone, they will be notified to be matched with you.

5. Facebook Dating

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Facebook dating is the latest dating app on this list. It is only available for singles who are 18+ in selected countries on 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 on 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 on its dating service website that your Facebook dating profile remains separate from your main Facebook profile and will not be shared anywhere outside of Facebook dating. However, to use Facebook dating, you must have an 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 on 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 a 100 km range.

Conclusion

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.

You may have noticed that from the list of absolutely free dating platforms, with the exception of Facebook Dating and Hinge, which are only available as mobile apps for Android and iOS, the remaining three are available as both a website and a mobile app. This is important as some people, for example, senior singles, feel comfortable browsing through computers while others, like teens, find it convenient and easy to use smartphone apps.

While we have covered five free dating apps or sites in this article, your experience on one platform might be different than that of others. Hence, we recommend that you read the above descriptions and features of each of the dating services, try them out one by one, and experience the pros and cons for yourself. What was your experience using these free dating sites? Were you able to find your match yet? Let us know in the comments below or through our contact page.

We wish you very good luck in finding your perfect match. Happy dating!

FAQ

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 like creating your dating profile, messaging, and profile search can be used for $0.


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