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Meeting a stranger at a friend’s party or someone at a relative’s wedding and deciding on a date together to know each other is passé.
It is the day and age of connecting with strangers on dating apps.
Unlike before, girls and boys and men and women, no matter their age or faith take on to dating apps to connect with someone likeminded and opt for either a fun date or if the connect is stronger, the possibility of exchanging vows cannot be ruled out.
Though social media has spread its wings deep within our lives, more the crowd, lonelier the individual has become and the lookout for that someone special always lingers on.
Dating apps and most of them have a freemium model wherein certain features are free while you may need to upgrade to avail additional features.
Our experts have done the chaffing for you but we highly recommend that you thoroughly do all the possible background checks of the individual you opt to date/meet and under no circumstances should you opt to meet the person in complete isolation.
Every nook and corner of our cities has a coffee shop and they can be the safest of places to meet and getting to know the person better.
Here is the list of the top 10 dating apps and websites that are hugely popular among singles in India seeking the special one.
The uncrowned king of all dating apps, Tinder needs no introduction!
Tinder has made huge waves in India and their popularity has soared higher than what one would have anticipated.
With the Tinder app, you swipe a profile right for a match and left to unmatch.
They also help you take note of any mutual friend/s and this is certainly a plus point when it comes to casual background check of the person you wish to meet.
The proximity feature also shows how far is the person from your location!
Looking for a serious relationship? Then look no further and just sign up here. EliteSingles caters only those looking for a serious relationship.
Over 85 per cent of their members are 30+ and more than 85 per cent have a university degree.
So if you are looking for serious dating, EliteSingles is the right dating site for you.
They have been creating 2000 new couples each month in more than 20 countries worldwide! So this could perhaps be your destination to find your life-partner, what say?
A tinder-style dating app for India, TrulyMadly is an app developed by and Indian for an Indian. And yes, it is truly free!! Meet, chat and date!
Connect with like-minded people and get ready to change your relationship status from single to in a relationship in no time as TrulyMadly helps you connect not only via chat but you can even take up the various quizzes and check the video profile of the girl or boy who catches your attention.
And the best part is, no matter how many pictures you post, the app does not allow anyone to either download your pictures or take screen shots so whatever you upload on the app is completely safe.
They have something called ‘Trust Score’. Once you upload your profile, your friends can boost it.
Better the score, more people to match it. They also have features like As a Friend and setting preferences based on age, city and other things.
A strange sounding name, Badoo has been around for some time. Again, like Tinder it has a reach across the globe with a presence in over 190 countries.
In fact, though Tinder is widely known, you may be surprise to learn that Badoo has the largest user base in the world and the app is available in 47 different languages and has been in existence since 2006!
Choose from the options of – I want to make new friends, date or simply chat and you are set to get connected. They also happen to be the 17th most used app on Facebook.
If you are a fan of video chatting than this is the app for you! With just a click, begin video chatting with the person of your choice.
So here you have the person right before you and based on how good your experience was, you can then opt to meet the individual in person later on or otherwise there is absolutely no harm in bidding him/her adieu right then and there.
Another feature that the app harps hard upon is their option of adding fun features as you chat. So put on the cat whiskers or the Mickey Mouse bow or the bunny’s teeth and amuse the person you wish to.
Somethings just happen and then there is Happn that helps these things happen. Now, before we confuse you more, Happn helps dating happen in a fun and unique way!
Every time you cross paths with another happn member in real life, their profile shows up on your timeline! Too good to be true, right?
This is one of the most technologically advanced apps and we quite like it as well!
It allows you to check the profile of the person and see the time and place of your last encounter.
You can like them secretly with the ‘heart’ button and they shall not find out unless of course the interest is mutual.
And in case you wish to be noticed, charm them to send them a notification.
And in case you do not like someone’s behavior, report it or block it, the choice is yours!
On every profile, you can see the number of times you have encountered the person and if you do not wish to see a person on happn anymore, you just have to click on the Cross button.
Founded by the ex co-founder of Tinder, Bumble lets women make the first move. This is again another location based social and dating application.
You can sign in using Facebook and search for either romantic matches or just friends using ‘BFF mode’.
A step further, Bumble Bizz facilitates business communication.
To share some key features, you have to swipe right to begin the conversation though as shared earlier, the women here has the power to begin the conversation.
Within 24 hours, if the lady does not respond, the match would automatically disappear forever though the app does allow you to extend the ticking clock for another 24 hours. But then this is for a maximum of only one connection per day.
When the cupid strikes, it rarely misses its aim. That can be said of this app as well. Find not just a suitable date but also a suitable match for yourself based on your sexual orientation.
The algorithm is based on the distance which makes it easy for you to connect with people who are closer to you.
Based on your profile, you can attract matches of someone who has similar interest as that of yours.
They are one of the oldest surviving dating apps in the world with their inception dating as back as 2004! Their tagline – We use math to find your date! So all in all, the entire concept is based on algorithms.
Here you get noticed for who you are and not just on what you look like.
This in a way accentuates the fact that people who would want to connect with you would be doing so based on you as a person and not just by getting attracted to a picture of yours.
Founded in 2012, Hinge uses connections to Facebook friends and this is what facilitates connections.
It is more like Tinder in terms of interface or the user experience except for the fact that you cannot sign into Hinge unless you have a Facebook account.
You create your profile here by answering questions instead of creating a profile based on word limits. The app is quite dependable as it cuts down on frivolous activities.
Here you can upload only pictures that are on your Facebook and Instagram pages. In case you are not active on either of the two platforms, using Hinge is practically impossible.
Another app founded by Indians, Kama is specially built targeting the South Asian community.
Opt for this app if you are looking for finding a genuine connection and not just someone for a hook up or a one night stand.
This app is a boon for Indians living abroad (especially in US, Canada and UK). It connects the entire South Asian community together.
Choose to get connected with someone based on similarity in profession, ambition or cultural beliefs. The filters are well put in place to make the search interesting and clutter free.
Where in India the concept of arranged marriages is still very much active, it wouldn’t really hurt to check the various profiles listed on either of the apps mentioned above.
If something catches your attention, you can always involve your family and take it ahead.
Though we repeat – please do not agree to meet any stranger you meet online in any isolated locations and be very careful with the information you choose to share.
Keep your finances and family properties/investments out of discussion as you decide to date the person. Happy dating!