Valentine’s Day is upon us, and for singletons it can be a pretty rubbish day (actually, it can be a pretty rubbish day for couples if one gets the other a better present or, worse still, if one forgets completely). If you’re looking for a date for Valentine’s Day, you might still be able to find one online (ok, so a day doesn’t give you much time but you never know), by using one of these online dating sites, all of which have companion apps, too.
Match.com has a free-to-download app that requires a subscription if you want to send or receive messages and access additional dating features. For one week, you can sign up for £7.99.
You’ll be able to set up your profile to find matches that are nearby, particularly using the ‘Around Me’ feature that lets you know whether there are any Match.com members in your current location. You can also find matches based on your interests, qualities, and even imperfections.
There’s an Android app or iPhone app available, too.
Another popular online dating service is eHarmony, which also has a free-to-download app. With a free account, you’ll be able to complete a relationship questionnaire and receive your online dating personality profile, as well as upload photos, receive daily compatible matches, send ‘Smiles’ to matches, use ‘Guided Communication’ to speak to your matches (pre-defined Quick Questions, Makes and Breaks and three open ended questions), and then plan dates using Datebook.
If you subscribe, though, you’ll be able to talk to your matches freely, see all of your matches’ photos, use additional features and more. It starts at £14.99 per month.
Again, there’s an Android app or iOS app available.
OkCupid Dating also has a free-to-download app with some free elements available before you have to cough up for a subscription (a month is £7.99).
For free, you’ll be able to take the OkCupid questionnaire and see matches ranked in order of which the app’s algorithm thinks you’re best matched with. You’ll also be able to send and receive messages and like profiles.
By subscribing (it’s called being an A-List member), you can see who likes you, browse profiles invisibly, use advanced search options, see if your match has read your messages and more.
You’ll find the Android app here and the iOS app here.