The best dating apps 2020: straight, gay or bi, find love whatever your orientation

There was a time when dating services may have been considered a last resort in the long, arduous hunt for love. But fast-forward to 2020 and everything has changed.

Nowadays if you’re young (or not-so-young), free and single, chances are you have Tinder, Bumble or the hottest new dating app around between staples, like Instagram and Deliveroo, on your homescreen. 

Dating apps are more popular than ever, which means the demand for intuitive experiences, quality connections and more diversity is more important than ever too. 

That’s why we’re here to help you before you begin your swiping spree. Take a look at our pick of the best dating apps around in 2020 – catering to a wide range of preferences and orientations. 

We’d also like to add that we didn’t just look at the app stores to come up with this list, we also quizzed a wide range of dating app guinea pigs, from those who used them once and found a soulmate to those who use them regularly for everything from relationships to flings.

So whatever your preferences, and whatever you’re looking for, check out our selection of the best dating apps on offer right now. We’ll keep updating this list as new apps are released, because dating apps are becoming even more specific to help you find the perfect partner.

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The best LGBTQ dating apps for Android and iOS

More of us are meeting our partners online than ever before, according to a 2020 survey by Pew Research, and when it comes to gay couples, this is even more common — in fact, 28% of those surveyed met their current squeeze online. Sadly, many LGBTQ online daters have horror stories to share of harassment or bullying online. Over half say they have received a sexually explicit image or message they didn’t ask for — compared to 32% of straight online daters — and 41% have experienced being called an offensive name on dating sites or apps. So when you’re hunting for a safe, inclusive space to date, how do you know which apps to choose?

There’s no need to worry, as we’ve selected some of the best LGBTQ dating apps for Android and iOS. Learning more about the different features of these apps will help you find an app that corresponds to the kind of online dating experience you would like to have.

 The best LGBTQ dating apps for Android and iOS

The Best Gay Dating Sites 2019: Find A New Connection By This Weekend ?

In reality, the chances of meeting someone IRL are increasingly rare. Do not despair, however! There are a myriad of brilliant gay dating sites out there where you can meet Mr/Ms. Right; or where you can have a great time searching. And no, we are not talking gay apps or gay hookup sites, these are a little more … sophisticated and geared towards finding Mr. Right, rather than Mr. Right now…

So why a site over an app? There has clearly been a proliferation of dating apps for gay and straight singletons alike over the past few years; this has totally changed how we interact and date. However, we still like to be a little old-school and there are tons of unsung benefits of using one of the best gay dating sites.

First and foremost, dating sites place far less emphasis on physical appearance than apps do, so you stand a better chance of finding someone to forge a meaningful connection with. You tend to go more in-depth with your profile so you can learn more about the people you’re matching with – hello, informed decisions! (I hear they’re better than drunken decisions!)

As a member of the LGBT community, it can be tricky to find good dating sites that aren’t just geared towards the hetero folk. Luckily, we’re here to help, with some of the best gay dating sites around.

The Best Gay Dating Sites 2019: Find A New Connection By This Weekend ?

Mapping State-by-State Tech Trends: Most Popular Dating Apps

PCMag surveyed dating-app preferences across the US. Tinder was the most popular, winning 27 states. Match was the most popular in 17 states, and Bumble came in third.

We like maps here at PCMag. We recently surveyed 2,033 US consumers across the country on a variety of tech topics, and we gathered additional demographic data, including the respondents‘ home states. First we told you which states prefer Android or iOS, then we mapped preferred gaming platforms. This week, we’re looking at the most popular dating apps in each state.

The dating-app landscape is crowded with options: Tinder, Bumble, OKCupid, Match, Plenty of Fish, and Zoosk, as well as other lesser-known services, such as Coffee Meets Bagel and Hinge. Tinder was the top dating app in the US, at 17 percent. It was followed by Match, at 15 percent. Bumble and Plenty of Fish each garnered 8 percent, and OKCupid and Zoosk earned 5 percent apiece. Eight percent chose „Other.“ And 34 percent of respondents said they don’t use dating apps.

On a state-by-state basis, Tinder won in 27 states, followed by Match with 17 states. Bumble won two states, Missouri and Oregon; and Plenty of Fish won Maine and Utah. The two remaining apps won one state each: OKCupid in West Virginia and Zoosk in New Mexico.

The results are also interesting when broken down across demographic lines: 32 percent of Tinder users were ages 18 to 24, and 38 percent of that age group prefers Tinder above the rest. This is the only age group where the percentage of respondents preferring any one dating app eclipses those who answered „none.“ Although dating apps have become part of our culture, plenty of people are already in relationships, and others simply prefer dating the old-fashioned way.

Plenty of Fish skewed a bit older, with 32 percent of users who prefer POF between the ages of 25 and 34. Looking at wider age ranges, respondents ages 18 to 44 generally prefer Tinder, and those ages 45 to 65-plus are more apt to look for love on Match.

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OKCupid

Competition for a date may be tough. But competition between the top dating apps is fierce. That means it can be hard for other apps to really stand out, which is why OKCupid has turned its focus to matching people up on a ‘deeper level.’ 

By filling out your profile and answering questions, the app’s algorithm will suggest potential matches who share your interests in the hope you’ll build deeper connections, which you can easily see from a ‘compatibility’ score displayed next to other users. You can also link up your Instagram profile if you think it gives potential matches a better picture of what you’re all about.

Nick said: “The OKCupid dates I went on were often the most interesting, with people I could genuinely chat to.” 

The app is free and, unless you use its ‘quickmatch’ Tinder-style option, it’s all about browsing through many profiles and breaking the ice with a message. But this focus on messages can lead to some clear downsides. 

Sarah said: “The fact you can easily message for free comes with the downside that you might get a fair few unwanted messages.”

Last year, OKCupid recently refreshed its user profiles with an update that allows users to define their pronouns. This information shows up alongside gender and orientation.

Tinder

Here it is, Tinder. The app that’s apparently the cause of everything, from the rise of STDs and breeding promiscuity to global warming (okay, we’re messing with you with that one). But regardless of who you ask, it has become synonymous with casual dating and hookups rather than those looking for their soulmates. 

It’s perfect if you’re looking for something not so serious, but that’s not to say that it’s impossible to find a more long-term love. After all, we’ve all got a friend-of-a-friend who married someone they matched with on Tinder, right? Unless we’re all just referring to the same couple…

The core concept is simple enough. You see someone’s photo. If you like it, swipe right. If you don’t, swipe left. And then repeat a couple of hundred times. If you’ve swiped right on someone and they’ve swiped right on you as well, you’ll be notified and can begin messaging one another. 

Hayley Minn says: “I used to love it, it’s so easy to use and fun, but it now feels like a game more than anything and I’ve never had a date lead to anything serious.” 

Despite the fact it seems to be losing its edge, we included it because it’s still popular, and the large user numbers mean the more chance of dates.

Louise said: “I’m sick of it, but most people are on it. And I’ve had a few good, well, mediocre, dates.”

Bumble

In many ways, the Bumble experience is pretty much identical to the Tinder style of swiping, but rather than either party making the first move, it’s up to the girl to say something witty and impressive first within a day. 

For many women that we chatted to, this was a breath of fresh air in the often seedy and overwhelming world of online dating and cringe-worthy first messages. 

Hayley told us: “I LOVE it! The woman speaks first, and it means guys are way more likely to speak to you if you’re not just one of many.” 

It also seems that the higher quality experience and focus on women being in control attracts a slightly better standard of men. 

Louise told us: “The men are better, looks and personality.” 

Hinge

Calling itself “the relationship app”, Hinge is aimed at those who are tired of Tinder, or just have really sore thumbs from all the swiping. 

You’re prompted to ask a series of questions, but you can choose which you answer. The idea is you can build an authentic picture of yourself, with answers, photos, details about what you’re reading or listening to and even video. So you’re more likely to find someone with genuine shared interests, rather than just a nice face.

The biggest difference is there’s no ‘hot or not?’ style swiping. You can like someone’s activities and photos, which reminds us more of Facebook-style interactions, but packaged up within a dating app. 

Does this all sound a bit too good to be true? That’s maybe because it is. 

Sarah said: “Hinge definitely sounds good in theory. But I haven’t had a date through it yet. I’m trying to stay patient and positive, but I think the instant buzz of Tinder might have ruined me.”

Plenty of Fish

Plenty of Fish is another app that allows you to create a profile, answer questions or just upload your favorite selfies. It’s got a large user-base and when it comes to success rates, it really divides opinion. The huge choice of, erm, fish, tend to mean there are a few long-term love stories and lots of “okay I guess” dating anecdotes.

Louise said: “It’s a totally mixed bag. Be ready to hunt for people through the droves and droves. I’ve had a few fun dates through it, you just have to put the time in to weed through the rubbish.”

Paul said: “All I ever hear from men is that women never reply, and all I ever hear from women is that they get too many messages.”

That said, we know personally of one real world couple that are now married having met through Plenty of Fish, so love can be found here!

Chappy

If you’re serious about finding long-term love as a gay man, Chappy may well be the best app option on the market. Built from an idea by Made In Chelsea’s Ollie Locke (stick with us…) it’s a respectful community with a higher quality user than some of the sleazier apps.

Letting you choose between „Mr Right“ and „Mr Right Now“ it’s fun and playful if you’re in the mood for some quick company, while offering a bit more depth for those looking for a bit more.

According to Basil it’s greatest feature is „a slider at the top, where you can indicate what you’re after, so only like-minded guys will populate your feed,“ but the app experience „from that point onwards, is basically Tinder.“

Scruff

After a hairy hookup? Scruff takes the basic dating app experience, and tailors it to gay guys looking for burly, furry men, also known as bears, polar bears, cubs and otters.

Scruff quotes over 12 million worldwide users, and has recently expanded into AirBnB style travel accommodation, with a gay-friendly slant, also letting you know if fellow travellers from out of town are looking for some company. Paid tiers unlock additional features for committed users, but the free experience is worthy of inclusion here.

Basil enjoyed the „instant messaging, whether you’ve been highlighted for a positive match or not. It means there’s not instant rejection, but be ready for unsolicited messages too.“ He encouraged using the private gallery feature to have more meaningful interactions with would-be dates.

Most downloaded dating apps in 50 countries, 2015

With data provided exclusively to the BBC by analytics company App Annie, it is also possible to tell the story of the apps behind the phenomenon.Looking at 50 of the world’s biggest app markets, two names dominated in 2015: Badoo and a decade after it launched, Badoo had the top dating app in 21 was the most downloaded dating app in 18 countries and came a close second to Badoo in many others.

Asia

The dominance of Tinder and Badoo does not extend to East Asia, where each country has a very specific preference. In China, Momo is trying to escape its origins as a dating app and become a social network.

Shruti, 30, and Nitin, 31, live in Delhi and work in finance. They found each other on TrulyMadly, an Indian-made app, which came second to Tinder in terms of downloads in 2015. They got married in November.“At first we didn’t inform our parents that we met through a dating app, but once they knew, they accepted it because we are both from the same religion and caste,“ says Shruti.“Parents don’t think you’ll get a good partner through dating apps because people are there just to have fake relationships and will just spend some time with a girl or boy then leave.““With arranged marriages, you meet the girl and her family, and then after a week or so, you have to reply,“ says Nitin. „I don’t like that because you don’t have freedom or control.“

„They will just allow us to meet that person for 15 or 20 minutes in some private place, but you cannot judge a person by just meeting them within 15 or 20 minutes,“ says Shruti.

Middle East

Egypt and Saudi Arabia use apps that have little popularity beyond their borders. Apart from Egypt, the only other country where Frim has a foothold is Russia. Similarly, WhosHere is specific to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Aisha, whose name has been changed, is 42 and lives with her parents in Kuwait. She does not want to reveal her identity because dating is not accepted in her culture. „I use Badoo. I’m trying to find some friends around the world. I’m trying to find people with an open mind, who are kind, intelligent, smart. People who really try to know and discover others. „At the first meeting, I am a little bit shy as an Arabian girl meeting a strange person. I have a lot of traditions. But at the same time, I am of an age where I can recognise what is right or wrong. I tell them from the first day I am only offering friendship. Most of them don’t accept – they want to take the relationship to a second level. But some of them say they need the same. I have made more than five friends this way. They are very very unique relationships. „My family don’t accept that kind of relationship because they don’t agree about relations between men and women. But they know me very well and they know that I will not do something bad. At the same time, I have to be careful about the traditions, about my religion… about everything.“

South America

Badoo may be on top here, but in each case it only just beat Tinder. In South America dating apps are particularly popular compared with other apps.

Deborah is 22 and lives in Sao Paulo. She works in film production, is single and uses Tinder and Happn. „I used to go to clubs, but it seems everyone goes for a single purpose – getting a girl or a guy. I don’t really like the feeling. It feels like you’re hunting or being hunted. In Brazil, some of the guys in clubs are really pushy. Sometimes, they try to kiss you even if you don’t want to. „It’s a lot smoother through the apps. Even if you’re shy, you can just swipe right on someone and start a conversation. „I don’t go out much, and I don’t even have to go out to find someone I like. Just be in the app for a few minutes and you can find someone to talk to at least.

„Before the apps, they used to have dating websites – people my age would never ever use them. Tinder and Happn made online dating more accessible and less embarrassing to younger people. You don’t have to be ashamed of it any more, because most of your friends use it.“

Africa

The lack of good mobile internet in many parts of Africa means the app market is still in its infancy here. Many people use social networks rather than dedicated dating platforms to meet partners. South Africa is the only African nation included in the world’s top 50 app markets.

John, whose name has been changed, is 32, and works in a beauty salon in Nairobi. He doesn’t want to use his real name because he could lose his job and his home if his boss and his landlord found out he was gay. He uses PlanetRomeo and Facebook to meet men, despite a bad experience on one meeting.“He took my clothes off, then I took his clothes off. Then after five minutes, two men came into the house. They started shouting, ‘You people, are you gay?'“They wanted me to pay 50,000 [Kenyan shillings], or they would call Mungiki [a violent criminal gang in Kenya], who would put tyres on me and set me on fire.“I thought, ‘Oh my God, oh my God. Today is my last day in the world.'“John managed to escape physically unharmed.

North America

Like Australia and the UK, Canada and the United States turn to Tinder to meet new people, while Mexico follows South America in its use of Badoo. Tinder is the 10th most popular lifestyle app in Canada and 15th in the United States.

Whitney, 24, lives in New York and works in marketing. She mainly uses Tinder and OKCupid. „In New York, there are eight million people. How the hell are you supposed to find someone? There’s so many people, so little time. So we use tools for everything. We have Uber; we even have a laundry app. Why wouldn’t we have a dating app? „I have girlfriends who are single who will take my phone away just so they can start swiping for me because it becomes a sort of addictive game that you do.“

„It’s crazy. You’ll just have guys who are like, ‘Do you wanna come over? Can I come over? Do you wanna meet up now? Are you down to do whatever?‘ Even if I was looking for a one night stand, not with you! Not with someone who completely bypasses etiquette.“

Notes and credits

For the world’s 50 biggest app markets (and two additional countries in Africa, Nigeria and Kenya), we identified the most downloaded dating app in the lifestyle and social categories of Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store for the whole of 2015. We defined a dating app as one that advertised itself as being for dating, or is primarily used for that purpose. For example, we did not count Facebook or Whatsapp, even though many people use them to meet new people.Interviews and research by Simon Maybin. This page was designed by Emily Maguire, produced by Henry Clarke Price and John Walton and developed by Punit Shah.

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Ever find yourself longing for the uncomplicated days of Craigslist personals? Then opt for Lex, a no-frills app with a healthy dose of ’80s and ’90s nostalgia. Inspired by the personal ads in On Our Backs, the woman-run erotica mag, it takes a simple yet charming approach to dating in the modern age. There are no cheesy selfies, just the opportunity to write an engaging personal ad that will — hopefully — help you meet your match.

The app isn’t just for dating — members have used it to make friends, start a band, and even plan a protest, according to its founder. Give shallow selfie swiping a miss and make a real, meaningful connection, or post in the “Missed Connection” section and you might find yourself getting together with that guy you saw at the farmers market but were too shy to speak to.

The app’s design is minimalist and inclusive, allowing you to choose your pronouns and asking you to agree to its strict rules of conduct for new members before you get started. You can browse the personals or search by keyword — so finding somebody who loves pizza as much as you do is totally achievable — send private messages, and save people’s posts to reply later, when you have more time. All this, and it’s totally free to use.

Surge

Surge is, dare we say, the Tinder for gay dating. It functions similarly to Tinder, with a swipe right to like and left to reject style — there’s even a Power Message option that’s the equivalent of a Super Like. It’s quick to sign up and you can share photos from your camera roll, Facebook, or Instagram to your profile. It’s free too, and you can swipe through potential matches (a limited number each day) and start chatting without paying a penny.

We love that Surge is all about inclusivity, and their motto “No Labels” means that whoever you are, you can be yourself while searching for your ideal match.

If you decide to upgrade to Premium membership, you’ll enjoy access to features like Who Liked Me, as well as Private Mode, where you’re only visible to guys you’ve already liked, the aforementioned Power Message to get you noticed, After-Match Photos, which allows you to upload private photos only visible to your matches, and several other handy features. You can sign up for a one-, three-, or 12-month membership starting at $7 a month.

Tser

Tser claims to be “the best TS and trans dating app for crossdressers and transgender women and men.” A pretty bold claim — but judging by the app’s popularity, it may well be true. Everyone’s welcome on the app, and it’s a safe space to be yourself, whatever your gender identity. It’s free to use and there’s a clean community policy that means no pornography or nudity is allowed.

Getting started involves filling out a few personal details, adding a couple of sentences (or a few paragraphs, if you’ve more to say) about what you’re looking for from the app, and uploading a photo. If we had one criticism during signup, it’s that the photo uploading process is very slow, and sometimes causes the app to crash.

Once you’re in, you can browse profiles and search for transgender singles near you using the filters. You can message matches for free, or start a voice message chat if you prefer to hear their voice. There’s a premium subscription that gives you access to additional features and starts from $13 a month, or you can sign up for three months for $27 or six months for $46.

It’s worth noting that the user base for Tser is still pretty small — but growing by the day — so unless you live in a major city, you may not find many matches near you.

Bumble

Fans of Chappy, the gay dating site that shut down just as it was starting to peak in popularity will be pleased to hear that the app joined forces with Bumble. Bumble is committed to fighting inequality and creating a space for healthy, safe connections across the LGBTQ+ spectrum, so where better to find your match? Traditionally Bumble asked women to make the first move on their app — but when it comes to same-sex matches, either party can make the first move, and the other party has 24 hours to respond and start a chat.

When you first open the app you’re presented with the option to log in with your Facebook account or use a mobile number. You’ll set up your profile, which includes a startling amount of information, including what you’re looking for, what pets you have, and a wide range of sexual orientation and gender identity options. You also get to choose whether to display your gender identity to matches.

A new section called COVID Dating lets you set preferences for dating during the pandemic — for example, whether you’re okay with IRL dating or prefer to date virtually for now, and whether indoors or outdoors dates are your ideal. This will only be displayed to your matches, but it’s definitely a helpful way of gauging what people are open to, without having to ask. You can also connect your Instagram and Spotify to share even more about yourself with potential matches.

Bumble has a huge user base, making it easier to find matches in your area, and it’s free to use — plus the 24-hour time limit to make a connection means you’re less likely to let matches languish and be reshuffled into the deck. The recent addition of in-app voice and video chat functions, as well as the option to send audio notes, gives you plenty of ways to communicate if typing lengthy messages isn’t your thing. You can subscribe to Bumble Boost or Premium from $9 a month to access all of Bumble’s additional features.

Scruff

Scruff allows you to browse through over 15 million profiles from nearby and around the world. Targeted toward men who have, or like, a little scruff, the app gives you options to search for different types of guys. The developers at Scruff have taken lots of steps to make the app more inclusive to everyone in the LGBTQ community, from being the first to include an option for the transgender community to removing the requirement to list an ethnicity when setting up a profile. It’s pretty easy to get started — just create your profile, entering your date of birth and uploading a photo to start matching. Profiles are pretty detailed, but you don’t have to fill everything out upfront. The app operates on a familiar swipe left or right format — but we love that if you can’t decide right now, you can choose “Ask Later” to be shown the guy again tomorrow.

There are loads of cool features to help you connect, like the quiz show, where you can meet new guys and compete for a cash prize, a social calendar of LGBTQ events in your area or worldwide, and Venture, your travel companion that lets you connect with guys in your destination city before you arrive.

Scruff is a free app, but if you want access to more advanced search features, user videos, and message histories, you’ll need to pay $20 a month for Scruff Pro.

Grindr

If you’re tired of dating apps that don’t include the trans and queer communities, Grindr is a perfect solution. As the largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people, you won’t be short of choices when looking for a date. The app uses your phone’s location to find other members nearby and sign up is quick and easy – just fill out the form or sign up with your Facebook account.

The app will show you who’s in your area, with large, high-quality pictures, so there are no surprises. Don’t want to message someone right now? Just favorite them to speak to them later. You can even browse other locations, so if you’re moving to a new city or heading away for the weekend, you can meet people before you arrive. If something goes wrong, you can easily report or block accounts – but it’s worth noting free users get a limited number of blocks; a bit of a turnoff.

Grindr is free to use, with limits. With a free account, you can only see 100 profiles in your area – and there are other limits too. To lift them, you can subscribe to Grindr XTRA or Unlimited. XTRA lets you see up to 600 profiles, remove ads, and view who’s online now, plus a range of other upgrades – and it costs $20 per month. For the top-notch experience, Unlimited lets you view unlimited profiles, browse in Incognito mode, and see who’s viewed your profile. It also unlocks expiring photo mode, where images sent expire after 10 seconds – and the handy chat translate feature that lets you communicate with those who don’t speak your language. It’s a pretty hefty investment though at $25 a month.

Tinder

Tinder is not just for straight folks — it lets you swipe right on people across the LGBTQ spectrum. Tinder has also added several new features to make it welcoming to trans and queer users. The More Genders feature gives users a wide variety of gender identity options, while the Traveler Alert feature warns users who have identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer when they enter a country that criminalizes this. This feature ensures your profile won’t be automatically shown when you’re traveling to one of these locations.

You don’t need a Facebook account to sign up for Tinder – but you do have to be older than 18. It’s quick to get started – just write a 500 character bio and add up to six images. There’s the option to link Tinder to your Instagram account too. Adjust your Discovery settings for who can find your profile, from distance and proximity to age range and gender identity.

Tinder operates on the now-familiar swipe right mechanism. You’ll only see a photo, name, and age for each prospective date. Tap on the photo to see some additional information – then swipe right to like them or left to pass. If you’ve fallen instantly in love, you can use a “super like” which the other person will receive instantly. If you both swipe right on each other, you’ll see a screen telling you you’ve matched and inviting you to chat. Tinder also recently adding video chat, great for getting to know each other better before meeting up, or dating during lockdown.

Tinder is free but you get limited swipes each day. To enjoy unlimited swipes and a whole host of other features, you can sign up for Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold. But the best thing about Tinder? It’s one of the most popular dating apps, so you’re more likely to meet someone you like who lives near you than on some of the other apps – and most people on the app actually want to meet up in real-life, whether for a hookup or something more.

Hornet

Boasting over 30 million registered users, Hornet is one of the world’s largest dating apps designed by the gay community for the gay community. Founded in 2011, it’s as much a social network as a dating app, enabling you to create your own news feeds, join groups, and generally immerse yourself in online gay communities. Follow those you’re interested in and see their posts, videos, and photos — and share your own in the news feed. Use the virtual travel feature to explore the world, and engage in interesting conversations about every topic under the sun in curated discussions.

Hornet makes it easy to connect with others for friendship, hookups, and relationships — just use the filters to find the right person, comment on or like their posts, or send a heartstring to make a quick intro. The app takes privacy seriously, and there’s free 24/7 support if you need it.

It’s free to use, although you can subscribe to Premium to enjoy additional features — there’s a fixed period subscription or a rolling monthly one, starting from $10 per month.

The only app that’s worked for me

Out of all the dating apps Iv been on over the years this is the only one that has ever worked for me. Yes sometimes a bit of fun is good now and then but I’m after a serious relationship. I’m one of the nice guys, not bad looking, good job, home and car in my early 30s and yet FAWN is the only app Iv managed to meet anyone from. All the others are fleeting swipes right .. silence. At least you have to talk with this app. Yes it has it’s annoying habits, fakes, picture hunters, stalkers, users who are online for 30 seconds who only reply once a day, and general arrogant users, so FAWN developers is there any way of cutting down the fakes? It’s hard but it might make the app all that more enjoyable. There is hope for the future if the developers can adapt to the users and if people can stop being jerks and using the app as a joke.

Best gay dating app

FAWN should be crowded the best gay dating app and more guys should check them out ( instead of grindr). User experience is very good, fast and responsive! Though it was a free app and sometimes you do see ads, they don’t distract! And basic feature is pretty decent and good enough if you would like the freemium things! All in all, i would totally recommend this to anyone! And it should be crowded as the main hub for gay guys!

Although not specifically designed for LGBT users, EliteSingles is a popular site in the UK for professional singles looking for a serious relationship. This is a pretty unusual focus among gay dating sites and they do it well. With over 30,000,000 members and a strong base in the UK and Australia, it’s worth a shot if you’re tired of meaningless hook-ups (if that’s what you’re after, skip the rest of this section!).

One of the defining features of EliteSingles is the purpose-built personality test that helps match members. It’s an extensive questionnaire covering 29 personality traits which then results in the site offering you up to 10 contact suggestions per day. It’s all about quality, not quantity here, so you can be confident the suggestions are good.

There’s also a thorough privacy policy and there are lots of measures taken to ensure member safety. You request photos directly from the potential matches to help you make your decision to meet up. While the initial questionnaire might seem a bit lengthy, it’s actually a good way of weeding out people who aren’t serious as well.

BiCupid

It’s true, you might not have heard of it but a dating site specifically for bisexual or bi-curious people does actually exist! This caters to people who are looking to try something new, looking for a serious relationship or a fling; the site is available to all types of commitment.

It’s amazingly easy to use. You can sign up with only an email address and a couple of photos (good ones, please); the questions and About Me don’t need to be completed if users don’t want to, although we’d recommend taking the time to fill it in. It’s a super-supportive community as well, although you should be aware that the company doesn’t run background checks on users.

BiCupid is the world’s most popular bisexual dating site, used in dozens of countries by almost a million users, so whatever bi experience you’re looking for, you should find it here.

Adam4Adam

This might be one of the best gay dating sites for more casual hook-ups, but we can’t pretend it is ideal for long-term love. Having said that, you never know, and we do know quite a few couples who started out just as an online fling! The majority of Adam4Adam’s 9 million members are in the US and are pretty active on the site so you’re sure to find someone for something.

It doesn’t take too long to set up a basic profile to start using immediately and you can add more details later. Mostly, though, they’re not that detailed although photos will be reviewed. Make contact with a ‘smile’ if you’re feeling a little shy initially, or get chatting for free. Remember you can only keep inactive conversations for 10 days so you have to make decisions fairly swiftly.

The usability could be improved a little but the profile design on a browser is pretty good. Whether you’re traveling around the world in any number or fabulous gay destinations or looking at home, this is the right place for a hook-up or saucy conversation.

PinkCupid

Established in 2006, PinkCupid has about 800,000 members worldwide and is a popular dating site for lesbian and bi-curious ladies. It’s most popular in the UK, where it has 60,000 members and it has helped lots of single women find lurve.

You can create quite an extensive profile with at least seven ‘CupidTags’, enabling you to match with people with similar interests and personalities. You also have to have at least 3 photos, so you can be more certain that they’re for real. Another aspect we like is that when you view a user, you also see four suggested similar profiles (it’s good to cast the net wide at first, right?).

With so many active members and a thorough vetting system, it’s a secure way to find people to match with. Without premium membership it can be tricky to send and receive messages, but there are hacks to get around this so you can flirt with the cutie of your choosing!

With a fun, personalized approach and easy-to-use interface, you can see why Zoosk has gained a place among the best gay dating sites. Popular in Australia with 250,000 members there, it’s perfect for gay users with a sense of fun and a light-hearted approach to dating.

The unique behavioral matchmaking technology makes use of data and algorithms to help you find your match. It tracks preferences through clicks and messaging to help match you with people who are suitable and save users scrolling through endless profiles. You know that the photos you are attracted to are accurate because users have their profile photos verified through a 7 second video selfie, so no nasty surprises here!

It’s easy to get chatting to people when you can give them a wink before having to think of a clever opening line and once you feel comfortable with someone there’s the option to video chat. There’s a flirty reputation attached to the site which we definitely like the idea of being part of and is friendly to all users, gay, straight or unicorn.

Would a list of the best gay dating sites be complete without one for the over-50s? We don’t think so because it’s important to be inclusive and, of course, love and sex do happen once you’re older. SilverSingles has been running since 2002 under different names and offers dating opportunities in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and France.

It’s free to join and all accounts are verified to ensure everyone’s privacy. Sign up with some basic information and then build your profile up over time. Remember, the more detailed your profile is, the more accurate the matches will be. You can also review profiles to decide whether to accept or reject them.

Adult Friend Finder

With an enormous user base across the world, particularly in the US, this titillating site is ideal for LGBT users looking for some sexy exploits and is particularly good for trans or bi people. Bear in mind that the primary purpose is sharing kinks and lust, so if you’re looking for a serious relationship perhaps look elsewhere.

Users can choose how detailed they want their profile to be. Sign up in a matter of minutes or really take your time curating a profile that reflects you and your preferences. As well as personality questions, there’s also a kink list and a ‘hot or not’ feature. If you’re looking for some new experiences, it’s a site worth visiting.

Honorary Mention: OKCupid

We know that it’s also not technically a gay dating site, but given its huge LGBT following, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention OKCupid. It worked hard to become more queer-friendly by expanding gender identity and orientation options. You can also block straight visitor profiles and stop them seeing your profile, so you know that you’re ‘fishing in the right pool’, as it were.

The profiles here are extensive so you know that you’re learning a lot about someone before venturing out to meet them IRL. Hopefully this means that your success rate is higher! It’s got a huge following so it’s always worth getting on OKCupid (as well as one or two of the other options!).

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