Popular Dating Apps For Friends: Dating and Hooking Up

There’s plenty of dating apps out there. However, the new trend is apps that are a cross between social networking and online dating. These social/dating apps can be used to find someone to date or hook up with, as well as chatting and finding new friends. Social apps give you the opportunity to get to know people without the pressure that’s found on most dating sites. You can also learn more about people by watching how they interact with others. Move beyond Tinder and Facebook, and try a new app for friends, dating, or sex. From teen to adult chat and dating, there’s an app for everyone.

Social and Dating Apps

These social and dating apps give you the opportunity to form friendships as well as relationships.

MocoSpace

Mocospace is the largest mobile gaming community in North America. You’ll need to create a profile, which can be as minimal or as extensive as you like. You can enjoy games like Happy Farm and Streetwars. You can also play Match Me, which is the MocoSpace equivalent to Tinder. Simply click on photos and choose yes if you like them, and no if you don’t. It will show you your matches, the people that you like, and the people who like you. Friendshop is another interesting game that allows you to “buy” people. You can buy your friends or complete strangers, and watch your “price” go up as people buy you.

You can also play Match Me, which is the MocoSpace equivalent to Tinder. Simply click on photos and choose yes if you like them, and no if you don’t. It will show you your matches, the people that you like, and the people who like you. Friendshop is another interesting game that allows you to “buy” people. You can buy your friends or complete strangers, and watch your “price” go up as people buy you.

Mocospace also has instant messaging and email messaging similar to other social media and dating sites. Clicking Meet Me will take you to a page filled with people near you. You can filter these results by age, location, sex, sexual orientation, and their last login. Touch a picture to view their profile or send a quick message.

These are all great features, but chat rooms are where MocoSpace stands out from the pack. Near Me chat rooms are filled with people in your local area. You can also choose a room based on age, musical taste, state, sexual orientation, and more. There are always plenty of people to chat with in the chat rooms, and each one has its own personality. You can easily send private messages in the chat room. You can also send anyone that you like a friend request.

MocoSpace is first and foremost about making new friends. However, many people also date the people they meet on Moco. Some people, myself included, have even found their spouse on Moco. People tend to find a chatroom they like and frequent it on a regular basis. This allows you go interact with some of the same people, and get a feel for who they really are. It also gives you the opportunity to get to know them before you try to ask them out on a date, which can improve your success rate.

While it is possible to find love on Moco, most of the people there are looking for something less serious. If you are looking for someone near you to hook up with, Moco is a great place to start. The girls are plentiful and many of them are easy.

MocoSpace is completely free to use. You can purchase Moco gold, and get extras like appearing at the top of search results, but there’s really no need to spend money on Moco. The app functions very well without spending a dime.

The only real downside to Moco is that there are a lot of fake profiles, p’s, and bots. You’ll see people in chat rooms saying p2p (pay to play), and bots telling you how horny they are over and over. Like any social media app, there are also some people on there who aren’t who they appear to be. However, in many of the chat rooms you’ll find people that have met in real life, so you at least know that everyone on there isn’t fake. You’ll find some great people, but you’ll have to weed out some not so great people as well. All in all, it’s worth it. There are many new people to meet, friendships to be made, and easy hook ups if you are so inclined.

Pros

  • Easy profile set up
  • Free
  • Wide variety of chat rooms
  • Interesting games
  • Lots of girls

Cons

  • Fake profiles
  • Bots
  • P’s

Boom

Boom has a similar set up to Tinder, with a few key differences. First, Boom allows you to use videos instead of pictures, so more of your personality shines through in that first impression. You swipe like you do in Tinder. After you get a match, it’s up to the woman to make the first move. If she doesn’t the match is gone forever after 48 hours. This keeps women from being bombarded with messages from men, and it takes the pressure off of guys. The app is free, but you can upgrade your membership to get special features like who has already liked you and undoing your last swipe.

Pros

  • Videos are supported
  • Women make the first move

Cons

  • Pay for premium features
  • Only available on IOS devices

Badoo

Badoo is a great app for finding friends, a date, or free sex. You must upload at least one profile picture to be able to use the site, so you don’t have to deal with profiles without a picture. You can also upload videos to your profile. Your Badoo profile can be as minimal or extensive as you like. You also have the ability to change your location, and search for users in any location around the world. This comes in handy if you are traveling, or if you are looking for someone with a different nationality.

Encounters is a Badoo feature that has a Tinder feel to it, where you like or unlike pictures. Badoo will show you everyone who liked your picture, as well as those you matched with. You can also view people nearby. Badoo gets a little controversy because it will show you exactly how close to you someone is and even gives you a map with their location. If you aren’t concerned about being stalked by a random person on Badoo, this can make it easy to meet people who are really close to you. I live in a rural area, and I was surprised to find out how many people on Badoo live in the same tiny town that I do. Badoo has a huge member base of people from down the street and around the world. This makes Badoo a great way to meet people, whether you live in the city or the middle of nowhere.

You’ll also see when someone was last online, and you can even request a selfie when you begin chatting with someone. Put them on the spot and make sure their photo isn’t from ten years ago.

Badoo is perfectly functional for free, but you can pay to get special features. Badoo features are purchased with Badoo credits which you can buy or earn in the app. Badoo Superpowers lets you see who has liked you in Encounters. This is a great feature that allows you to know who is interested in you without having to play the Encounters game. It also allows you to view more information on other’s profiles. Superpowers also let you know when someone has read a message you’ve sent, so you aren’t left wondering. You can also conduct advanced searches, and check out user profiles without them knowing. Spotlight is also a paid feature. It will put your photo at the top of people near you’s screen, so you have increased visibility. You can also use your coins for other visibility advantages like being shown more in Encounters.

Pros

  • Large user base
  • Easy to search in different locations
  • Video support
  • Free to use
  • Encounters game
  • Easy messaging

Cons

  • May be difficult to get noticed without Spotlight due to large user base
  • Features like seeing who liked you require a paid subscription

Skout

Skout is a great site for finding new friends or a potential date. However, the first thing you need to know about Skout is that the minimum sign up age is 13. This means that they are strict about any content that wouldn’t be considered appropriate for a 13 year old to view. If you are a teen or in your 20’s, you’ll fit in nicely on Skout. Skout is geared more towards finding friends than it is dating, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use it for dating.

Signing up is easy. Just link your Facebook or Google+ account and you are good to go. You will need to enter a mobile phone number to verify your account. The profiles are very limited. You can enter your age, ethnicity, and height. There’s also a free form about me section. The search function is also limited to these criteria.

Skout uses GPS to determine your location. However, it doesn’t give out specific locations like Badoo does. The shake to chat feature will give you a random person to chat with each time you shake your device. You can post status updates similar to Facebook. Simply tap on a user’s profile to view their information or send them a wink or message. The app’s ads can be intrusive, but you can pay to remove the ads.

Pros

  • Easy to meet new people
  • Fun chat features
  • Passport feature

Cons

  • Young user base
  • Lots of ads
  • Limited profile
  • Limited search function

Waplog

Waplog is available on IOS, Android, and Windows devices. It’s easy to use, and it is perfectly functional for free. Signing up is a breeze. Simply link your Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Yahoo account. Once you’ve created your profile, you’ll see icons to find a friend, view your favorites, visitors, friends and messages. You can change your find a friend settings at the top of that screen. However, you are limited to basics like age, sex, and location.

Waplog fits the bill of being a hybrid dating app and social network with the ability to post a status and like and comment on photos. The find a friend search feature is limited, but it claims to only find people near you that are online at the time. This gives you the advantage of not sitting around for days wondering if someone has seen your message, and should make it much easier to start chatting with someone.

While you can successfully make friends or find a date on Waplog free of charge, they also offer a VIP subscription. This puts you in the spotlight by putting you at the top of search results. It gives you unlimited messages, and the ability to see when someone has read your messages. It also removes ads and allows you to customize your profile.

Pros

  • Free app
  • Large user base
  • Great for making friends as well as dating

Cons

  • Fake profiles
  • Pay to remove ads
  • Pay for unlimited messaging

PalTalk

PalTalk claims to be the largest video chat community in the world, with over 4 million active members, and 200,000 members online each day. PalTalk offers you a ton of features for free. It works on every major platform including IOS, Android, Kindle, Windows, and Mac. This gives you the ability to have the app on your computer, phone, and tablet, so you can use it on all of your devices. PalTalk has over 5,000 chat rooms, and you also have the ability to create your own.

You can chat via video or text. You can even have video conference calls with up to ten people, and save your conversations and video calls. This can be very handy if you are using the app for business purposes, or so you can remember certain details about your new love interest (or interests). You’ll find people of every interest from all around the world, making the app a great choice to find people with common interests. The only thing that isn’t free on PalTalk is the ability to call mobile or landline numbers in the app. However, the rates are reasonable.

There are a few privacy concerns on PalTalk. The ability to record and save conversations may be a concern. The app is currently owned by Facebook, which raises its own set of privacy concerns. Perhaps the most disconcerting and confusing is the fact that the NSA has been listening in on PalTalk since 2009. Of course, the NSA also monitors, Facebook, Youtube, and Google among others, so PalTalk isn’t alone here.

Pros

  • Large worldwide user base
  • Nearly everything is free
  • 5,000 chatrooms
  • Ability to video chat and conference
  • Ability to save conversations

Cons

  • Privacy concerns
  • Ads

Hater

Hater takes the concept of online dating to another level by matching you with people who hate the same things that you do. The app has a Tinder like feel and function. You can swipe through potential matches just like you can on Tinder. What makes Hater different is that you can also swipe based on what you hate. Choose from things like politics, pop culture personalities, things like having nothing to do, sexual positions, and more. You have the option to swipe up, down, left or right to indicate hate, dislike, like, or love. Hater began with 2,000 topics to love or hate, and they say they will keep adding the topics their users request.

Hater doesn’t give you much information before you swipe left or right on a potential match. You’ll see their age, photos, and a few of the things that they hate. The app also stands out by creating an icebreaker message with input from you. You’ll see an add lib type sentence that allows you to choose from four choices. This can be very helpful in taking the pressure off of that opening message. After that, you can bond over the things that you hate. Have you ever noticed that we become much more passionate about the things that we hate, and have more bonding experience over these things? Let’s say you come to work and tell your coworkers a story about someone cutting you off in traffic, and how much you hate it. If someone says, I hate it when that happens with a fair amount of passion, the two of you will likely bond over your mutual hatred. Maybe we are simply more passionate about the things that we hate than the things we like. Maybe hating requires more intimacy and honesty than love. After all, you may tell an acquaintance about something you love, but you will only tell someone close to you what you hate. This passion and connection are what Hater hopes to use to launch your new relationship or one night stand.

Specialty Apps

These apps cater to a specific niche. If you are looking for something specific, here’s where you will find it.

Woo Plus

Woo Plus is a specialty app for BBW dating. According to Woo Plus, the app is for plus size women and their admirers. It’s also for BHM, or Big Handsome Men. They aren’t the only app out there for BBW dating, but they may be the first to bring Tinderesque swiping to plus size dating. It’s available exclusively on mobile devices, and it is available for IOS and Android.

Woo Plus will show you the photos and profiles of nearby singles, and allow you to swipe to show your interest or disinterest. Much like Tinder, if you are both interested, it’s a match. Unlike Tinder, you can send messages to people that you haven’t matched with, but it will cost you Woo coins. You can also send virtual gifts with Woo coins. Like many newer dating apps, you can also comment on other’s photos. Most of the app’s features are free, and Woo Plus works hard to keep out fake profiles and trolls. The environment is casual and positive, but the user base isn’t that large. If you are plus size or searching for a plus size love interest, Woo Plus is certainly worth a shot.

Pros

  • Specifically for BBW and BHM and their admirers
  • Most features are free
  • Tinderesque approach to app
  • Ability to contact people you haven’t matched with
  • Positive atmosphere
  • Few fake profiles
  •  No trolling allowed

Cons

  • Smaller user base

MyLol 

MyLol is the go to dating and chatting app for teens. It claims to be the number one teen dating app in the world. While the app is for teens aged 13 and up, the site seems much more geared toward older teens. You will find foul language, sexual innuendo, drug use, and adults in the chat rooms. For some, this seems like a nightmare. For others, well they are likely at The App Store downloading it right now. MyLol does make efforts to police the site, and you may be asked to verify your profile by posting a photo holding a sign at any time.

If you put aside the horror stories and visit the site or download the app yourself, you’ll quickly realize two things. First is that Mylol feels and looks like Facebook for the younger generation. It’s part Hot or Not, part chat room site, and part social network. The second thing that you will find is that there is an age limit on the site. You must be between 13 and 19, or at least willing to claim you are.

After you enter in the basics like age, username, and location, you’ll be taken to a screen where you can choose some people you might be interested in. You can also skip this step. When you get to the next page you can adjust some preferences. You can only choose an age range between 13 and 19 or all, yet you’ll see people with their age listed in their 20’s on their profiles. You can choose your local area or all areas, and the gender that you would like to see. You can also manage your alert preferences here.

Your profile must be approved before you can join the chat area. In addition to chat, the site has forums with categories like general, music, and dating. The site also has a blog with posts like The Best Music of the Year and Back to School Tips. Shout feels like a strange Twitter wanna be, limited shouts you post to 130 characters. Maybe I’m just too old to get it?

You can send and receive instant messages, and refreshingly, you get credits for replying to messages. There’s also a Facebook style newsfeed where you can post text, pictures, and videos. Votes is the site’s version of hot or not. One feature unique to the site is the ability to create and take quizzes, I think. One minute quizzes were there, then they were gone. Once again, I think I’m simply too old to get it.

The app is free to use, however you can buy things with credits. You can also pay to be “privileged” which gives the standard benefits of seeing who liked you, when someone’s read your messages, and puts you at the top of search results. The site feels fun and respectable. Looks like a great option for the age group that it caters too.

Pros

  • Number 1 Teen Dating App
  • Features including newsfeed, shout, and votes
  • Fun atmosphere
  • Chat rooms
  • Most things are free

Cons

  • Some content not appropriate for younger teens

Jack’d

Jack’d is a dating app specifically for gay men. Dating can be tough for anyone, but gay men have a harder time than most finding suitable partners. Jack’d aims to succeed where others have failed, by making it easier for men with similar interests to connect. The basics are similar to other dating sites. You create a profile, upload photos, and browse others profiles.

Jack’d stands out because of its scenes. It has a very diverse community of singles broken down into different “scenes”. These scenes include straight, bi, curious, long-term relationships, strictly friends, big muscles, twinks, and bears. These scenes make it easier for guys who have the same interest to find each other, and you can view the scenes one at a time or all at once.

You can also conduct searches based on age, weight, height, photo availability, ethnicity, active profiles, and new profiles. You can also search around the world or in your local area. You can make your profile minimal or in depth, and configure push notifications to your satisfaction. There’s a match feature that’s similar to Tinder. If you both like each other’s photos, you will both be notified. If only one person likes the others photos, you won’t be notified.

Pros

  • Scenes
  • Match feature
  • Advanced search
  • Wide user base

Cons

  • Ads
  • Some things require in-app purchases

Her

Her is an app for women who label themselves bi, lesbian, pansexual, or queer. It certainly covers all the bases besides straight when it comes to sexual orientation, but how does it stack up in other areas?

Her has an easy sign up where you link your Facebook. You choose a few pictures (studies have shown that 8 is the optimal number for this app) and fill out your profile with as much ( or as little) detail as you desire. Her has a very basic profile in terms of stats and prompts, but they give you a text box so you can reveal as much as you choose about yourself. However, the trend is moving toward minimal profiles so you have to actually communicate to get to know each other. They do require a Facebook profile, which helps keep fake profiles, particularly men pretending to be lesbians, off the site.

Her has an ultra modern minimalist feel. The Meet Me tab will show you all of the lovely ladies in your vicinity, and you can simply click on a picture to see more. Liking these pictures can result in a match if they like you back, similar to Tinder. You’ll also get a notification when someone likes your photo, so you can see if you like theirs too. If you match, you are invited to start chatting.

Her is more than just a dating app, however. It also has a Facebook style newsfeed where you can post a status, links, videos, and anything else you might want the community to see. Lesbian women can have a tough time finding friends of the same orientation, and Her’s newsfeed makes it easy to connect with other lesbians with common interests. It also gives you a place to post those things that your Facebook friends just wouldn’t understand.

Her claims to be for women of any sexual orientation. However, you may encounter some prejudice if you are bi or pansexual, as many women on the app are only interested in women who are lesbian. Your profile may take some time to get approved, and it may not be approved at all. According to Her this can happen because there aren’t other Her users near you or other nebulous and nonsensical reasons as they see fit. Assuming that your profile is approved, Her is supposed to be the number one app for lesbians and bisexuals, so you should give Her a try. It’s available for Google and Apple devices. It is important to note that Her will send you lots of notifications, assuming you’ve enabled push notifications. This can be a good thing if you are seriously trying to date someone. If not, you may find them annoying.

Pros

  • Only for lesbian, bisexual, and pansexual women
  • Modern feel
  • Easy to connect with other members
  • Great for socializing as well as dating

Cons

  • Bisexual and pansexual women may have trouble finding someone
  • It may be difficult to get your profile approved
  • Lots of push notifications

High There

High There is an app devoted to lovers of marijuana. While today’s society is becoming more accepting of marijuana use, it can still be difficult to find a love interest to toke up with. The app is also useful for those who work in the marijuana industry. Explaining to people that you grow or sell marijuana for a living can be a bit awkward. High There removes these issues and connects you with people who love pot as much as you do.

When you create your profile, in addition to the basic profile questions, you’ll be asked questions about your marijuana use, including your preferred method of using marijuana and your energy level.

Once you’ve created your profile and added a photo, you can swipe through potential matches just like Tinder. The app is available for IOS and Android devices, and it’s completely free. If you enjoy smoking the occasional joint, this may be the place to find the next love of your life (or just get high and hook up).

Pros

  • Just for stoners
  • Free
  • Tinder style matching

Cons

  • Small user base

Adult and Hookup Apps

Adultfriendfinder 

If you haven’t tried Adultfriendfinder yet, you can find a wealth of information here. You won’t find the Adultfriedfinder app in the Google Play store due to its adult content, but you can download it here. Adult Friend Finder claims to be the leading online adult and swingers site. With over 34 million members, the only problem you’ll have is who to choose.

The Adult Friend Finder app has all of the features that you expect on the Adult Friend Finder website. Setting up a profile is simple. You’ll need to enter the usual information as well as your interests. You won’t find a ton of questions, however. You can customize your “Cupid Interests” to narrow them down to exactly the type of person you are looking for.

There’s plenty to do on Adult Friend Finder. In addition to traditional site searches and messages, you have access to three types of chat rooms. You can choose from a wide variety of text-based chat rooms. You can also choose Live Action chatrooms, which have, well, live action). These video-based chat rooms are available as member rooms and model rooms. You can view other members webcams as a free member. If you are a paying member, you can post your own webcam and have conversations with people that you cam with.

Adult Friend Finder is a world all its own. A world completely different from day to day life filled with openly horny people looking to get laid. The more you participate (including broadcasting your sexy self) the greater the chances of getting laid. Forget about pretending that you like someone just to get them into bed. Forget having to go on a date and making boring small talk in an attempt to get laid. When you join Adult Friend Finder, it’s truly all about finding friends for adult activities online or offline.

Pros

  • Huge member base
  • Easy to find local horny singles
  • Live cams with members and models
  • Lots of adult chat rooms

Cons

  • You’ll have to be a paying member to get the most out of the app

Down

Down used to be known as Bang With Friends till a Facebook lawsuit forced the company to change the name. Though the name has changed, the concept hasn’t. Down is still about banging your friends (or obscure Facebook acquaintances). The app works by connecting with your Facebook. There are no lengthy profiles to fill out where you try to explain how wonderful you are and what kind of person you are looking for without appearing shallow.

Down claims that 50% of their matches meet in real life. It also claims that women swipe get down 75% compared to men at 65%. This is great news for guys struggling to stand out in a sea of lonely horny men with the occasional lovely woman appearing like a life raft.

Down works like Tinder, with a twist. It takes your Facebook friends and shows you those you might be interested in. You still swipe left for no. However, you swipe up if you are interested in a date, and down if you are down for sex. No one will know that you’ve swiped them unless you match, so you don’t have to worry about being embarrassed about swiping down on someone who isn’t interested and then seeing them in real life or on Facebook.

The only downside of down is that it seems to use your entire friends list. So that girl that you swiped down on could be married and have no interest in the app. Still, Down saves your swipes, so if they download it at a later date, you could still be a match. If they don’t, they will never know you were interested.

Pros

  • Lets you swipe for not interested, interested in dating, interested in sex
  • Uses your Facebook friends instead of strangers
  • Quick sign up
  • Anonymously show interest in your crush

Cons

  • People you like may not have the app
  • Must have Facebook

Hook Up Dating

Hook Up Dating is exactly what it sounds like. The site gives you a discreet way to find a hookup. The site also accepts couples and attached people looking for a discreet encounter. You can create a profile with your Facebook account or an email address. You can upload photos and set them as either public or private, which comes in handy when you are uploading racy photos. You can conduct basic or advanced searches, and send messages and winks to other members.

Sounds great, right? Before you use Hook Up Dating for your next hook up, there are a few things you should know. Some of the features on the site are only available to paying members, and it costs you credits to send messages.  Some users have expressed concerns over the security of the site. Meaning it might not be a good idea to enter your credit card information here.

The other issue with Hook Up Dating is the use of Virtual Profiles to “provide excitement”. This is the company’s polite way of saying that they employ fake profiles as a way to get you interested in the site, make their user base look larger, and ultimately convince you to spend your hard earned money on someone who doesn’t exist.

It’s got a 3.9 rating in the Google Play Store and it’s the #1 hook up app in the Appstore. Clearly, the app isn’t all bad. If you are willing to sort through the fake profiles and spend money to send messages, you can probably find someone to hook up with, but frankly, you are probably better off with Adult Friend Finder.

Pros

  • It’s all about hooking up

Cons

  • Costs money to send messages
  • Security concerns
  • Fake profiles

Whiplr

Whiplr is like Tinder meets Fifty Shades of Grey. If you are into any sort of kink, particularly bdsm, you may have a good time on Whipler. When you create your profile, you will also select your kinks. There are a large amount of kinks to choose from, and you can select up to fifteen of them. You’ll also select whether you are a Dom, Sub, or Switch. Whiplr has lots to do. In addition to one on one chats, you can engage in group chats on a wide variety of topics or even create your own. One interesting feature is the ability to keep private notes about members. Let’s face it, when you talk to a lot of people online, it’s easy to forget certain details. Why not keep notes?

Whiplr has some great features, but some of them require you to purchase the Dekadom package.

Free Features

  • Start ten instant message chats a day
  • Initiate 3 outgoing video calls a day, unlimited incoming calls
  • 3 Random “sparks” per day

Deka Dom Features

  • Advanced searches including kinks, status, experience, and age
  • Unlimited video calls
  • Unlimited instant messages
  • Unlimited “sparks”

If you are planning on using the app on a regular basis, you may want the Dekadom package. However, the app is functional for free. The men on this app can be overly aggressive. The good news is that if you act like a normal respectful human being, you will probably make a great impression on the women because the bar is set very low. Don’t try to top someone before you know who they are, and don’t send dick pics. This will put you in the top 10% of men on the app.

Ladies, we all have a sub side deep down. This is a place to be proud of your kinks. If you can get past the random dick pics, this app can be useful to you as well.

Pros

  • All about kinks
  • Video, Voice, and text chat
  • Groups
  • Many free features

Cons

  • Lots of immature men
  • Certain features are limited or not available without a subscription

Pure

Pure is purely about hooking up. If you are concerned about your privacy or have a significant other that you don’t want to know about your extracuricular activities, Pure is the app for you. The app asks for minimal personal information, including your age, sex, and sexual orientation. You’ll also need to allow geolocation on your device, and add a few photos. When you are ready, you can post your profile for one hour. After this hour expires, any conversations you’ve had will disappear, and no one will be able to see your profile.

You make matches by liking people’s photos, similar to Tinder. If you’ve matched, you’ll be able to chat. The chat window will disappear forever one hour after you’ve matched. This has obvious benefits if you are trying to cheat on your significant other, but it has benefits for single people as well.

When it’s Saturday night and you are looking for a good time, Pure can help you find one. The idea behind Pure is that you use it when you are ready and willing for a hook up, and the hour time limit helps move things along. No chatting for days before you get their number on this app!

When you begin chatting with someone, the chat box will actually show you the distance you are from each other and how long it would take to walk or drive there. You can also open Uber from the chat box, so you can catch an Uber to their house while you are chatting.

Pure gives you a one week free trial. After that, you’ll have to pay to use the app. If you are successful within the first week, it is probably worth purchasing a subscription.

Pros

  • Allows you to meet someone quickly
  • Encourages you to move to meeting in real life within an hour
  • Extremely discreet
  • No drawn out sign up process

Cons

  • May be difficult to find someone in the hour your profile is up
  • Must purchase a subscription after a one week trial

Apps For Dating Safety

While women face the most dangers when it comes to online dating, men have a certain amount of risk as well. Both sexes want to know that the person they are meeting is who they say they are. Women want to know that they are safe when they are on a date. The good news is there’s an app for that.

Date Check

Date Check is an app that can tell you anything you want to know about a person, but can’t ask or don’t trust them to tell you the truth about. Are they married? Are they a criminal? Do they really have a $500,000 home? What are their interests? Are you two astrologically compatible?

Date Check offers very basic information (called sleaze detector) for free. Similar to doing a free background check online, it will tell you that Jane or John Smith has two criminal records in Ohio. For details on their criminal activity and other things, you’ll need to pony up some money. The price varies from a few dollars to nearly $40 for a full background check. When it comes to keeping you and your family safe, many people say the cost is well worth it.

Many men get scammed by their online love interests, and Date Check can help with this as well. It can verify the details that your love interest gives you. It can also tell you whether they’ve filed bankruptcy, their place of employment, and where they live. This information can be invaluable when you are trying to determine if someone is who they say they are.

For women, it offers an added level of safety as well. While not everyone convicted of a crime is dangerous and not everyone who isn’t convicted of a crime is safe, it does go a long way towards increasing the odds that the person you are meeting is safe as well as who they say they are.

Pros

  • Gives you all the information you need to stay safe
  • Lets you know if someone is who they say they are

Cons

  • Full background check can be expensive

DateCheck

DateCheck is very similar to the app Date Check. It’s only available in the AppStore. It gives you information on relationship status, criminal background, their hometown, and their place of employment. Even though the information provided is very similar to that on Date Check, you can get the information you are looking for much cheaper. You can get a full profile for $5.99 or purchase unlimited checks for $14.99 a month. If you are active on the dating scene, online or offline, this is a great deal.

Pros

  • Cheaper than Date Check
  • Gives you all the information you need

Cons

  • Only available on IOS

bSafe

bSafe is an app available for IOS and Android devices. You can set specific contacts to be guardians. The app has an SOS button. If you push it, it will notify all of your contacts that you need help and send them your gps location. It will also set off an alarm and a bright light on your phone. You can also set the app to trigger an alarm if you haven’t checked in within a certain timeframe. Some features are free, but a subscription is only $20 a year, and it’s well worth it.

Another worthwhile feature of bSafe is the fake call. If you are on a date that isn’t going well, nothing is better than a well timed phone call to get you out of the situation. You can even select who the “call” should be from, making it the perfect way to extract yourself from an uncomfortable situation.

Pros

  • SOS sends out a message to certain contacts
  • Set timer and notify contacts if you haven’t checked in
  • Fake call for uncomfortable situations

Cons

  • Some features require a subscription

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