Having a hard time being single?
Then online dating sites & apps may help you in meeting some like-minded. With thousands of young generation, boys & girls nowadays are signing up for online dating.
In this article I’ll review the best dating apps in India that are free, well almost free. 😀
It will be a matter of time that these matchmaker apps gets you connected with someone.
Whether your looking to make friends nearby or a good time, or even someone to love, they will help you because there is something for each and every single person.
Many of these local dating apps in India are freemium i.e. in a way or other you have to pay for some extended services.
Free apps mean they’re just free to download from app markets like play store & App store not to use.
For the complete list continue reading….
In India, people were not into online dating nor they used to take it seriously.
But now more and more young people are joining online dating and matchmaking sites.
According to Quartz, there is a spike in searches like “online dating apps” and a decrease in searches like “online matrimony sites”. In another news reported by Livemint, the userbase of these apps have nearly tripled in 2018. This is the result of the rapid increase in internet users in India.
Practically, online dating is way better than the traditional one.
It is easy, fast and inexpensive, one can interact with someone they find very pleasant just by sitting on a sofa and can share as much time as they like.
Even in apps like tinder, the rejection rate is also damn less because both have to like each other before starting any conversation.
What You Will Learn!
- 1 Here are 6 dating tips for geeks to take most of any online dating app
- 2 Typical features offered by Online Dating apps & Sites
- 3 So, let’s start the list of best dating apps for India 2018
- 3.1 TanTan
- 3.2 Azar
- 3.3 1. Badoo
- 3.4 2. Happn
- 3.5 3. Mingle2
- 3.6 4. Jaumo dating App
- 3.7 5. Meetme
- 3.8 6. OkCupid
- 3.9 7. Tinder
- 3.10 8. POF
- 3.11 9. Truly Madly
- 3.12 10. Nearby
- 3.13 11. Woo
- 3.14 12. IndianCupid
- 3.15 13. Blindr
- 3.16 14. Zoosk
- 3.17 15. Aisle
- 3.18 16. SinglesAroundMe
- 3.19 17. Grindr
- 4 Pitfall & dangers associated with online dating
- 5 Final Thoughts
Here are 6 dating tips for geeks to take most of any online dating app
1. Finding top dating apps
There are hundreds of apps on both the smartphone platforms Android & iOS, there is a chance you’ll get confused.
So, you need to chalk out which type of dating you prefer.
Some apps are built for people interested in serious relationships, friendship, some for ethnic groups, based on religious believes, race, region etc., many categories are there.
Some of them are a pure scam, they target especially men.
They will promise you many things in order to take money from you. So beware read the reviews first then act.
2. Create a genuine dating profile.
It is important to create your personal profile correctly, it should not look suspicious or spammy.
Correctly fill pieces of information like height, weight, region, body type, hobbies etc.
Always write a short and precise bio with a little bit of humor.
Tips: Search on google for finding good bios. 😉
All the apps will give you the option of uploading a profile picture. It’s a must that you upload a photo of yourself.
Uploading a photo on your profile will get you up to ten times more responses.No one pays attention to profiles without any proper profile picture.
The idea is to make a profile that will stand out among others.
Just be honest about your likes and dislikes. It will be a lot easier for people to respond, who share the same interests and preferences.
3. Search for the Best Match
Okay, you’ll have many filters to search or browse profiles.
You can search for the desired profile by two methods:
First is traditional i.e. very precise search. You’ll get limited results.
Second is flexibility i.e. look for variation (recommended).
Someone just has like your profile or has matched you, now what’s next?
Unlike traditional dating, here you don’t have to worry anyone about face to face rejection.
Be the first one to approach, maybe the other person is also waiting for the same.
Don’t waste time thinking he or she should message first.
I will recommend to wait at least 10 hours before sending the first message. A lil bit silence cum waiting period is good.
Start my complementing his/her profile, what you think of their display picture, interests, hobbies etc.
Here are some icebreakers to start any conversations:
– if you comment on her looks, mention what you liked (eyes, smile);
– make a point of referencing her profile, it will show her you’ve read what she has to say and that you are attentive;
– find things in common, it will make it easier to generate a response from her.
5. Level up
You both matched each other, congratulations. Take it one step further, ask each other to meet in real person, if interested.
Don’t get carried away, share information about each other’s life. Just take it easy, you will know if things are going well!
6. Don’t be too optimistic
Even if you indulge with someone, there will be times when the person you are interested in may not reciprocate.
Don’t take it too close to heart, there is still plenty of fish in the sea.
Typical features offered by Online Dating apps & Sites
Physical matching is the one which you choose based on their physical appearance such as body type, hair color etc.
This type of matching is done through their algorithm by using the information you give to them such as interests, hobbies, books you like etc.,
They will show you profile which have shared interests or hobbies etc.
Every profile has a photo gallery where all users can see each other’s photos.
People can save or mark favorite any profile they like.
Nowadays few apps enables you to record a short intro video to show to your profile visitors.
Each and every matchmaking services have instant messaging or online chat facilities enables you to communicate instantly when you get a match on their app or site.
To fight against spam and fraudulent, they have verified profile system.
Where you need to upload a photo of yours or some legal document to show that you are a real person, not a fake one.
- This post is very long. So take some time to read it.
- Apps are selected here based on ratings, reviews, downloads & no. of users from India.
- These dating apps are available for both Android & iOS platforms.
- The majority are freemiun, i.e. free to download.
- They have monthly, quarterly & yearly subscriptions.
So, let’s start the list of best dating apps for India 2018
Okay, I’m updating this post with 2 leading apps which are trending right now on Google Play store India chart.
Maybe some of you already know the apps or have already used it. If so then please leave a review of your experience to help other readers. Thank you.
In India, the craze for Chinese apps is all time high right now. Apps like TiokTok, Helo, etc, are ruling the India app market share.
This is yet another Chinese developed dating app that has taken the youth of this country by storm.
Tantan dating app released in India not so long ago now it has emerged as one of the most downloaded & trending matchmaking apps among the youth population.
This app has prioritized privacy very much, no unwanted or stranger can message you. The working of this app is very easy someone likes you and if you like him/her back then it’s a match. This way you can increase your friend’s social circle.
One great feature that I liked the most is the Ice-breaking feature extremely useful for introvert people. Each one answers a set of 10 questions to understand each other better.
Azar a free video chat app for smartphone users. While looking for some cool local chatting app on google play store I came across this one.
They claim that people have made more than 50 Billion matches using this app, which is a very rare feat achieved by only a handful of the apps till now.
This app is also extremely easy to use, just sign up and start video chatting. The principle works on is the same as the Omegle once a very popular online video chat platform for random strangers.
You have to swipe to see people video chatting just like any other app. Swipe left if you don’t like or continue chatting with that person.
If you ask me the concept is excellent you don’t have to like someone and then wait for an eternity for them to like back and thus getting a match.
Surely, one of the best live video chatting app in India.
Badoo one of the worlds largest & one of the top dating apps in India currently has over 350 million people from 190 countries over 47 languages.
According to them, as many as 400,000 new users sign up every day. That freaking awesome!
- Vote via swipe or browse profiles (even offline)
- See if you’ve crossed paths or have mutual friends
- People can only send 2 messages unless you reply
- Choose to only chat with verified users
- Ask for a live selfie when you start chatting
- Verify profile with a photo, Facebook or a call
This is also the top dating apps in google play store. You’ll get a match for friendship, togetherness, dating, outing etc.
They have very less number of fake profiles.
happn is a Local dating app, I am an Instagram addict while browsing through Instagram posts I came across this app.
Happn is doing a heavily paid promotion with Indian bases Instagram pages, I thought let’s give it a try, results were average.
Happn till date has over 45 million users.
They allow you to easily find the people you’ve crossed paths with IN REAL LIFE (yes, those who caught your eye, but you didn’t dare to approach 😏)!
With happn, we give you the opportunity to create your own luck!
If you want you can also send people a “secret hi”, the name will not be displayed until & unless you want to be.
Cool concept, an easy to use the app and has many in-app purchases. To send “hi”, it will cost you one credit.
Okay ._.! Till now I haven’t met anyone I might have crossed paths with. Let’s be optimistic.
They offer free Online Dating & singles chat rooms. It is one of the biggest free online dating apps in India.
With mingle you meet, chat, date and hang out with people near you!
If you’re looking for someone to marry, serious relationship, date, or just making new friends then you can go for this app.
– Send and receive an unlimited number of messages for free
– Send and receive an unlimited number of nudges/winks/hugs for free
– Add an unlimited number of new friends for free
– Find people near you and see who’s online to start chatting instantly for free
– Get recommended matches every day for free
– Play Mutual Match with unlimited singles for free
The best features oft Mingle2 is that they don’t set any limitation to your interactions like other fellow dating apps!
How to use Mingle2?
- Sign up! – 30-second sign up to create your profile
- Browse profiles of local singles in your area
- Find someone interesting? Start a chat message!
- Don’t know what to say? Send them a nudge or add them as friends
- Play mutual match to meet someone special
This app is free and gives you unlimited access. Undoubtedly, of the best dating apps that are free to some extent.
4. Jaumo dating App
One of the top rated dating & flirt app in google play with 10,000,000+ app downloads, despite this fact I think Jaumo is a very little known app in India. I haven’t found this app getting featured on anybody’s top 10 list.
They have a simple motto: Flirt. Chat. Date.
Dating should be easy, fun, simple not complicated & awkward.
How does it work?
It has a nimble one-tap sign up making it super easy to reach & connect with singles and people near you.
Over 30 million people have signed up for this app. That’s a pretty big community of people seeking friendship, relationship or even dating.
Though the description says the apps are free, but there is less freedom for a free user like other apps.
As quoted by Dailydot, this app has the features of both OkCupid & Tinder, like swipe right if you like somebody, swipe left to skip.
A good feature of this app is you can live video chat.
They’re very strict towards fake profile and scammers.
Rating: 4.4 on playstore
MeetMe app has the functions of both Instagram & Snapchat to some extent.
Along with those cool features it also has live video chatting, messaging, streaming and a great user interface.
Meetme is a strong contender in this segment, they have over whooping 100+ million people using their services.
This app is for people of all ages, religion, race etc., making it one of best dating apps that are free.
– Video chat with local people
– Chat with new people near you and around the world
– Livestream and feel the love
– Find people who share your interests
Rating: 4.2 on play store.
Note: This app is primarily targeted for people living in the USA, but users from all other countries also use this app.
OkCupid one my personal favorite online dating sites, they have one of the best matchmaking algorithms that will try to match you with some like-minded person.
Their using proposition is, Better dates come from better connections.
They show who you really are based on your interests, hobbies, political views, religious views etc.
How does it work?
After signing up, they will ask you some questions regarding your personality and interests.
Using the answers they’ll find the perfect or near-perfect match for you.
Isn’t that great?
OkCupid Discovery helps you search for people who share your passions.
“Want to have ‘hell yes’ first dates? OkCupid is the perfect wingman” – Huffington Post
“OkCupid may be the OG of dating sites, but that doesn’t mean it’s done innovating.” – Glamour
They one free to use option and a premium subscription with extra benefits.
Rating: 4.1 on play store.
OkCupid is one of the oldest & trusted services of its kind.
Tinder is the most popular dating app in the world with almost 20 billion matches till date.
No doubt tinder is one of the top rated nearby dating apps in the world.
If you want to meet new people wherever you go maybe a new place or new country expand your social circle or meet new people or local guys when you are on a tour.
I think it will be appropriate to say that tinder has the most number of female users in India than other local dating apps.
Most of the profiles in tinder tend to be genuine because the majority of the people sign up through their Facebook accounts. Tinder is the only app which sparks more than 26 million profile matches on a single day, by far it is the most by any app till now in the market.
This is the reason why tinder is known as the World’s hottest app.
How does it work?
Swipe. Match. Chat. Date. Tindering is easy and fun—Swipe Right to Like someone, Swipe Left to pass.
If someone likes you back, It’s a Match!
If it is a match then you can start chatting with your match and if you want to take it a step further then you can meet in the real world.
In a free tinder account, you can swipe for approx 30 times and can have one super like option.
Ratings: 4.1 on Google Play Store
POF Free Dating App, I recently signed up for this online dating website plenty of fish and found the user interface to be quite complex.
When you sign up you have to answer a set of questions that will determine your personality and interest.
Based on the information that you’ve provided their algorithm will match or show profile according to that.
They have a very complex website structure, but their app is quite useful uncomplicated and easy to use. They have listed their app as free making the messaging completely free online some other apps where you have to pay.
POF claims that singles have the most number of conversation on their app than others.
You are 2.7 x times more likely to enter a conversation in your first 24 hours only that’s something great if it true cause I haven’t found anything like that yet.
– Advanced matching algorithm for FREE
– View your matches for FREE! Sort by last online, newest users and more!
– Most importantly, send and receive unlimited messages for FREE
+ More features than we have room to tell you about
Interestingly POF is a part of the match group which also owns tinder, match.com, OkCupid, twoo, meetic, and ourtime.
So you can assume why this app has so much of success install this app and try your luck to find your relationship
Ratings: 4.2 on Google Play Store
9. Truly Madly
Truly madly India’s best dating and matching app from the point of view that it is a developed in India application probably the first of its kind in this country.
They also have the same algorithm just like other apps bringing like-minded people together to meet, greet and be unsingle.
I tried this at once after searching for so long got only one match do my profile was Highly popular one.
Once you open an account, your profile will be the most popular one for I think 48 hours.
They have social media verification along with photo verification system.
How does it work?
Select: this is a premium feature of this app, it makes finding accounts very much easier.
Sparks: it is a personalized message to get noticed by others. this can help you start a conversation with anyone without waiting for a like back from them.
Video profile: this feature enables you to add full video to your profile, have to say fast time seeing this kind of feature in an app like this.
Super safe: this is one of the security measures when no one can download your profile pics for other uploads. tight security.
Trust Score: there are two ways to increase trust score:
- The number of matches you get.
- Verifying your profile using Facebook LinkedIn photo ID etc.
- Incognito where you can hide your profile and chat with people you have matched.
- Though not necessary, a useful feature.
- Play quizzes to know your matches better.
Ratings: 3.9 on Play Store
Well not to be confused with NearBuy lol.
Nearby another chat meet and make local friends app.
One of the free local dating apps that have no complexity simple UI easy to use and has a good community.
Though recently many users are reporting for bugs.
This is a very good app which needs some basic tweaks to make it even good, deal with all the fake profiles and make clean.
According to them, 45 billion messages have been sent today by this app.
I am not sure how much nearby is popular in India but I would suggest you try this at once maybe you will find it better than others.
This app contents ad and in-app purchases.
Their motto: Live Chat with strangers. Meet people nearby. Make friends.
Rating: 4.0 on Play Store
Active installations: 5,000,000+
Not a girls dating app but Woo is girl-centric.
Woo dating app puts the interest privacy and security of girls first.
A very good initiative by this type of app I have not seen till now.
Just like other online dating apps who also meets you with like-minded people who are just right for you.
Woo is developed by a Singaporean company, has helped many Indians and desi guys across the world to find chat and meet interesting people as claimed by the app.
Woo is in the league of best dating apps in India currently.
Woo phone: A very interesting feature of this app is that women can make an internet call directly from the app and their number remains hidden and private this feature is available only to girls.
Woo Secret: every woman’s details remain confidential and is not shared.
Woo same: this feature helps you to find people with same interests just like you
How does it work?
- Woo recommends profiles based on your location and interests. Match with people you like and kick start something great.
- You can anonymously like or dislike a profile by swiping left or right! Woo gives you the power to like or ignore someone without revealing your identity.
- If you both like each other’s profile, it’s a match! A private chat room will open for the two of you.
You can then send text messages and let the conversation flow!
Read more here: http://www.getwooapp.com/faq.html
Ratings: 3.8 on play store.
Indian Cupid is an online dating and matrimonial app for NRI guys.
Bringing thousands of nonresidential Indians from UK, USA, Australia, Canada and all the major countries around the world together.
A very useful app if you are NRI and looking for Indian women or girls for friendship, relationship, or even marriage.
I like the concept of this app really cool, people from India who are living abroad can have the opportunity to find and meet desi Indian singles.
While reading the reviews this App got on the major app store I got the feeling that this app is not a one that you can ignore for Indian living abroad this is a must try the app for you guys.
Membership options include 1, 3 and 12-month plans.
IndianCupid app allows you to:
- Sign up or log into your IndianCupid account anytime, anywhere
- Create, edit and update your profile on the go
- Upload new photos
- Search for matches from our database made up of Indian singles from all over the world
- Communicate via our advanced messaging features
- Receive instant notifications
- Upgrade your membership
Ratings: 3.9 on Play Store
Blindr in a new app in this section quit just over 50000 Plus download.
It’s much more like a social networking site for singles.
The unique feature of this app is that they will give you a unique opportunity to meet singles via online blind date.
This app is more focused on the European population than the subcontinent their method of profile verification is unknown to me.
I haven’t got the chance to use this app but this still has some good ratings in all major app stores.
It contains in-app purchases starting from 160 rupees.
My opinion is that wait for it to have at least 1 million members then go for this app otherwise it will be just a waste of time.
Ratings: 4.4 on Play Store
Installation: 50000 Plus
This app has a good user base of young generation Indians, I think next to dinner that has the highest number of Indian users.
I also used to use this app the interface is very simple designs full you’ll not have any problem searching for profiles and doing other stuff.
After tinder, this is the second app which I used. You will get a lot of suggestion still will have a hard time finding the right match for you xD.
I haven’t tried the premium plan. Zosk was made best dating app of 2016 by a website called wallethub.
Till date, this app has 8 million verified photos and 40 Million members worldwide and 3 million messages are sent daily for this app.
How does it work?
* Personalized SmartPick™ introductions based on your likes and preferences.
* Zoosk’s Photo Verification feature that lets members submit video selfies to confirm that they look like their photos.
* More ways to meet and chat with other local singles—quickly match up or browse for who you like.
* Advanced search options including body type, religion, height, and more.
* A helpful customer support team to give you extra when you need it
Success Stories: https://about.zoosk.com/en/blog/success-stories/
A great app to the novel concept different from other dating apps available in the market.
Aisle — Dating App for Indians, exclusively made for India this is basically relationship app
This app is not for fun and casual dating they have a closed community of and we are one like-minded India from not only this country.
But from around the world looking for a meaningful and long-lasting relationship.
I really like the concept of this app very much you will find less bull shit and a community with genuine like-minded Indians.
There are some criteria that you have to follow to be part of the community
How to be a part of the Aisle community?
To become a part of the Aisle community, you must first apply for membership which is free.
From the details they receive through your application, their team verifies your credentials.
If they feel that you fit the criteria you will be approved into the community
Who should apply?
Aisle is meant for urban, independent Indians with taste and similar wavelengths.
My opinion, try this app, I really liked their concept. One will surely get some value from the community.
Note: While going through the reviews of this app, I got an impression that their customer service is not up to the mark.
Singles around me is a local dating app, you can also say it’s a tinder like dating app.
It’s a 100% GPS based where you will have 90% of the profile from your local neighborhood design for singles to discover other singers in each other locality.
Wherever you go the app will show profile according to your GPS location as claimed by this app.
I am not sure how many Indians do use this app I have checked reviews from multiple sources I found fewer people from our country is using this app.
They havemembers well over 1 million around the globe the feature on the cover of the USA today and in other media around the world.
How does it work?
✔️ AroundMe: Swipe through daily photos of nearby singles and engage with people that interest you.
✔️ By chance: Meet people you crossed paths with throughout your day.
✔️ Mingle Room: Presents the newest and most active members to one another.
✔️ Like” or “Dislike” photos and keep a fresh list of all the users you “Like”.
✔️ See who has already “Liked” your profile.
✔️ Users that mutually “Like” each other can talk for free.
✔️ Travelling someplace soon, use “Destination Search” to meet and arrange dates in advance.
✔️ Message anyone that interests you and let your personality shine through.
✔️ Keep track of all conversations in the message section.
✔️ Check “New Users” that have recently joined in your area.
✔️ 100% location-based, 100% GPS dating.
✔️ Location Privacy: Choose when to “show”, “hide” or “shift” your location on the Last Check-In map.
✔️ The last Check-In location gives you the opportunity to verify that the person you’re chatting to is really where they say they are and not someone faking it.
✔️ Control how you wish to receive messages by email or app notification or both.
Grindr is the world’s #1 FREE mobile social networking app for gay and bi guys to connect.
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No matter what you’re looking for: relationship, friends, play, dates, love… you can find it here!
Good app to meet & hang out with attractive guys. This app this both free and paid.
I didn’t how many guys from India might be using this app, though I’m sure few hundreds or maybe thousands are using this app.
So, go ahead and install this app and try out your luck.
- See up to 600 guys on their location-based grid
- Browse cleaner profiles with bigger photos
- Chat and share private photos
- Filter your search to find just the right match
- Customize your profiles to better represent who you are
- Star your favorite guys and block others
- Report guys quicker
- Send your location and make it easier to meet
Pitfall & dangers associated with online dating
The main issue decides face is spam and fake profile registration, this often hurts the integrity and genuineness of their service.
Some dangers associated are date rape, kidnapping and honeymoon trapping.
Care to read them
Some useful article to educate yourself with the dangers of online dating, getting scammed or something even worse
- Research analysis: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.688.9332&rep=rep1&type=pdf
- Kaspersky Study: https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/online-dating-report/
All said and done. Online dating has brought a revolution of traditional dating.
In India the dating apps are gaining popularity, now millions of youngsters using this type services.
I believe this will grow exponentially over time as India is adding millions of internet users per year.
Using few of the mentioned best dating apps for India you can surely find your true match.
Be patient, keep trying and make sure to message him or her first.
If I miss any app or any information please write it down in the comment section I will try to add those in my post.
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