Dating Apps for the iPhone

by Online Dating on February 26, 2011

These days, the stigma of online dating is slowly lifting, and mobile apps have made it even easier to find a date. The iPhone is a great companion for online dating, with most dating sites offering apps that work in tandem with their profiles. Start-ups are even creating dating communities around apps alone. Here are 10 great dating apps for the iPhone to up your online dating game.

Dating DNA Free – Free

Dating DNA is a free dating social network for the iPhone and iPad with a companion website. The app is a stand-out app due to no fees whatsoever, and its compatibility matching techniques akin to popular sites like Match and eHarmony. Download on iTunes.

Dating DNA

  • Community monitoring weeds out pervs, fakes and frauds.
  • NO monthly fees
  • Free, 24/7 support via email
  • In-depth compatibility matching
  • “Compatibility Threshold” – Only those who meet your standards can view your profile.
  • Push notification
  • At-a-Glance Compatibility Scoring
  • At-a-Glance Dating Potential Indicator
  • “Match Radar” – GPS enabled for finding nearby Matches when mobile.
  • Global – Locate matches in your city or across the globe.
  • Any gender and sexual orientation
  • Extensive Friends List management
  • Email with historical Message Logs
  • Multi-touch Photo Viewing
  • Optional Myers-Briggs personality profile included
  • Can use from your PC or Mac at datingdna.com
  • Social Network integration
  • Average Customer Rating

Dating DNA Plus – $4.99

Dating DNA Plus is one of the most well-loved, and among the highest rated dating apps on iTunes despite its price tag. The additional features and completely free service makes the price completely worth it. Download on iTunes.

Additional Features

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  • No ads
  • Add up to 20 new friends each day (free app is 5 per day limit)
  • Coverflow photo view for Matches & Friends
  • How We Match summary table
  • Review other users’ questionnaire answers.
  • Attach photos to emails to share photos privately with others without having to upload them to your public profile.
  • “Quick Text” feature allows you to insert pre-stored messages in emails with one tap.
  • Attach Notes, phone numbers, email addresses, and more to profiles
  • Dating Ice Breakers app included ($.99 value)
  • Average Customer Rating

SpeedDate – Free

SpeedDate is a free iPhone dating app with searchable profiles and the ability to chat and flirt with other users. The only catch is that although the app itself is free, you must pay $60 per month to be a member of SpeedDate.com. Although the app has an overall customer rating of two stars, most of the reviews on iTunes seem pretty negative — fake profiles, slow load-time, and difficulty deactivating your account. Download on iTunes.

SpeedDate

  • Over 10 million members
  • Chat with singles from your iPhone or iPad
  • Email, flirt, or wink local singles
  • Advanced search
  • Three easy steps to get started
  • Choose the age range and distance to filter matches
  • Works in conjunction with speeddate.com
  • $60 per month subscription fee to speeddate.com
  • Average Customer Rating

myYearbook – Free

myYearbook is a free iPhone dating app and social website where you can play social games, earn virtual Lunch Money, support your favorite causes, and much more. The app is easy to use, but it seems like there are complaints about error messages in the latest release (version 1.42) and too many in-app advertisements. Download on iTunes.

myYearbook

  • Over 20 million members
  • Meet people near you through myYearbook Chatter
  • Ask and answer questions in the Ask Me tab
  • Update your status and upload photos
  • In-app purchase options
  • Send messages and respond to requests
  • Give gold stars, gifts, and stickers to friends
  • Works in conjunction with myyearbook.com
  • You can control who sees your profile through the Privacy settings
  • Average Customer Rating

Grindr – Free

Grindr is an iPhone dating app for gay, bi, and curious guys and is the world’s largest all-male mobile location-based networking service with over 1.4 million users. With the average Grindr user spending an average of 1.3 hours each day using the app, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to meet someone. There’s no cost or subscription fee for Grindr, so give it a whirl. Download on iTunes.

Grindr

  • Over 1.4 million members in 180 countries
  • For gay, bi, and curious guys
  • Easy to use
  • Anonymous and discreet
  • Uses network or wi-fi to find guys closest to you
  • Chat in-app
  • 100% free membership
  • Doesn’t require account to use
  • 18 and older
  • Able to add favorites and block users
  • Average Customer Rating

Grindr Xtra – $2.99

Grindr Xtra offers no ads, push notifications, and more. Your initial Grindr Xtra purchase includes 30 days of Grindr Xtra, and a subscription to Xtra is as follows: One Month $2.99, 3 months $7.99, 6 months $14.99, 12 months $28.99. Save money if you’d like to purchase a longer subscription. These subscription prices are peanuts compared to other dating sites! Download on iTunes.

Additional Features

    Grindr Xtra
  • No ads
  • Push Notifications
  • Load 100 More Guys
  • Swipe Through Profiles & Views
  • Save & Send Phrases in Chat
  • Switch between multiple chats
  • Indicate relationship status as well as what you’re looking for
  • Connect your Grindr profile with social media networks
  • Priority support
  • Average Customer Rating

Match – Free

Match is an iPhone dating app that works in tandem with your Match.com account. You can maintain a free Match.com account, or subscribe for additional features. As a free member, you can create a profile, post photos, conduct searches, send and receive winks — accessing the full feature set is $29.99 per month, with more subscription packages available. The app is intuitive, but adding a chat feature, landscape, and multi-tasking support would make it shine. Download on iTunes.

Match

  • Over 15 million members
  • Easy to use
  • Send winks
  • Upload photos to your profile
  • Browse singles near you
  • Free or paid membership
  • Edit your profile on the go
  • Send and receive emails (Match subscription required)
  • See who has viewed your profile (Match subscription required)
  • Average Customer Rating

iDate – Free

iDate is an iPhone dating app that works independently of any website. The app is free, but there is a subscription cost after a trial — $24.99 per year, with options to buy credits for in-app gifts. The app is easy to use, but it lacks the polish of some of the other apps. There are other iDate apps, specifically Christian iDate, iDate Asian, and iDate Hispanic if you’d like to fine-tune your dating search. Download on iTunes.

iDate

  • View profiles
  • Find local singles
  • Flirt and send someone a Smile
  • Send messages
  • Membership subscription
  • Chat live
  • Create your profile in-app
  • Push notifications
  • In-app support
  • Average Customer Rating

eHarmony – Free

eHarmony is an iPhone dating app that works hand-in-hand with your eHarmony.com profile. The app is free, but there are subscription costs if you want to access everything on the site — 1 month at $59.95/mo, 3 months at $39.95/mo, 6 months at $29.95/mo, and 12 months at $19.95/mo. The app is easy to use, and it’s one of the most visually stunning of the iPhone dating apps. Two frequently requested features include allowing users to view prior communications and staying logged in. Hopefully eHarmony will update this app soon, because it seems to crash frequently for many users. Download on iTunes.

eHarmony

  • View profiles
  • View your matches
  • Receive match updates
  • Upload photos
  • Membership subscription required for full access
  • Communicate with your matches (subscribers only)
  • Push notifications
  • Buy subscription in-app
  • In-app help and tips
  • Average Customer Rating

MeetMoi NOW – Free

MeetMoi is an iPhone dating app with a location-based flair. Again, the app is free, but you have two membership choices — the basic membership is free and the premium membership is $9.99 per month. With the premium membership, you’re able to initiate unlimited messages, send unlimited instant messages, and get priority placement in the meetMoi search results, radar alerts when a potential date is near your actual location, and more. There are a couple of issues to keep in mind: The continued GPS running in the background will decrease your battery life, and people outside of bigger cities may not find as many matches. Download on iTunes.

Meet Moi NOW

  • Create your profile
  • Upload your photo
  • Search for singles near you
  • Receive alerts for matches
  • Respond to a match within one hour with a “Yes” or “No”
  • Notification of mutual match
  • Chat free for an hour
  • Searches for matches while you’re away
  • Average Customer Rating

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