10 Best Free Local Dating Apps that are popular right now

2019 Best local dating apps that are FREE and are easy to use

By Linda F.
10 Best Free Local Dating Apps that are popular right now

Nothing in life is permanent.  Sadly, this is true for relationships too.


If your long-term relationship didn’t last, then you may find yourself terrified and overwhelmed with the thought that you may have to go through life alone. The sudden and unexpected death of a loved one in a relationship is particularly terrifying.


Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be so. Modern technology has brought the internet right to our doorsteps. It has permeated every area of our lives. Finding love online too, is not that uncommon these days thanks to dating sites, many with very easy to download dating apps.

10 popular local dating mobile apps for relationship

While choosing the app that works best for you, take a deep breath and ask yourself what is it you’re looking for? Some of these could be:


Am I ready to date again and get into a relationship?

Am I looking for a short term or long term relationship?

Where would I want to be in my relationship status a year from now?

How much am I willing to invest in my search financially?

Do I want to be matched digitally as per my compatibility quotient or am I okay with making my own decisions?

The following are the top ten dating apps scoring high on the popularity charts in 2018 and spill well over to 2019. All of them are available for free to download from iTunes and Googleplay stores.

1. Zoosk


This one appears frequently on many popularity charts. Available on Amazon too, the app is very easy to download and use on account of its compatibility with most smartphones and tablets. The website proclaims to have over 40 million-plus users worldwide, so your chances of finding love are pretty high.

Over 3 million hopeful messages are exchanged between its registered users seeking a meaningful relationship. The site allows a period of free trial where a user can create a profile and check out other users. However, no messages can be sent or received unless registration is completed which requires the registration fees. The best advantage that Zoosk offers is that it’s the place to go if you’re looking for a serious long-term relationship.

2. Tinder


Tinder has been around for a long time on the online dating scene. It is one of the oldest online dating portals out there. The down side to this app is that it has different registration charges for different age groups. So if you’re on the wrong side of 30 you may end up paying more per month. It credits up to a whopping 30 billion matches to its services. Professing to making over 30 million matches per day this one is for you if you like a wider choice and ease of use.

Once registered you can go through the profile and swipe left to pass a profile over. Just swipe right to express interest and the app will connect you to them if the like is mutual. No going through painful grey areas where you are worried if the person you like will turn you down and the interest is solely on your side.

3. EliteSingles


If you’re over 35, looking for a serious commitment but and don’t want the hassle of a long sign in session then this one is for you. You can sign in and register within half an hour and start your search. With over 80 percent of members having a college or university degree, you can find someone on your wavelength if this is important for you. The app matches you with someone who has similar interests, goals and a compatible personality as yours.


It has over 15 million registered users with a breakdown of 56% women and 44% male, making for a healthy balance of both genders. Each profile is manually verified for authenticity. The website states that someone finds their match every 8 mins, not surprising, considering that once registered you will receive between 4 and 7 potential matches daily.  The new upgrade ‘Tinder plus’s allows users to undo the left swipe if they change their minds about someone.

4. Okcupid


Gender neutrality about this site lays emphasis on every person’s core choices and what it is they are looking for in a partner. Once you enter in your details choice and preferences the site creates matches for you. The best part about the okcupid site is that you can see the profile of who likes your profile before you like them.

5. Eharmony


Marriage Counsellor, Dr. Neil Clark Warren, also the CEO and founder of the dating site, Eharmony, learned over his career that marriages tend to be more successful and happier when compatible people got together. This prompted him to found Eharmony; currently available in 4 countries including the US, Canada, UK and Australia.


Registering for this site requires you to answer questions regarding your interests, religious, ethnicities, ages and political leanings. A patented electronic matchmaking system will then pull up the best match options for you.


Constant research keeps the system up to date with current trends for local, domestic and even international markets.

6. Hinge



Hinge is an app that requires you to connect through your Facebook account. Per your personality and preferences used to create your profile, it may look for potential matches on your friends and friends of your friend’s pages. Creating the profile is half the fun because you can answer the questions by simply swiping right for yes and left for no.


Answers that other users have given is also displayed in an appealing way, as opposed to just words which you may or may not want to read. The advantage to this app is that if you do make a potential match with someone your Facebook friend knows, you always get a personal opinion as to what your friend thinks of them and whether or not, you two would make a great fit.

7. OurTime


This app is designed for people 50 and above and are looking to date. The best advantage this app offers is bringing people in this particular age group together which makes the search more consolidated. Seniors looking for a long-term relationship, friendship and companionship can register and find what they want. The friendly user face makes navigating the site very easy.


Customized searches narrow down options to save time trying to go through many profiles that are not potential matches. Messaging and chatting with a user you find interesting or who is interested in you is also fast and the profiles are all verified to maintain the genuineness of the site.

8. Bumble


Over 45 million users are registered to Bumble which makes it one of the most popular dating sites out there. With emphasis on creating meaning friendships before launching into relationships, the app gives its users the opportunity to do just that.


On this app, it is always the woman who makes the first move with the man having up to 24 hours to respond to it. So, if you are all for women empowerment then this one is for you. What makes Bumble unique is that it brings friendship, romance and career relationships on the same common platform.


Like-minded career professionals have a very good chance of hitting it big-time by using site. The dating website states that over 3 billion messages have been exchanged between its users.

9. BlackPeopleMeet


As the name states, this is a great site if you’re a single black person looking to form relationships with someone of the same race and ethnicity. Since the search is narrowed down to black singles looking to forge serious relationships, it is not surprising a very popular dating site.


Preferences, interests, tastes and age groups make the site very friendly to use and navigate. If this is what you are looking for then look no further.

10. CoffeeMeetsBagle


CoffeeMeetsBagle is a good place to be even if you don’t like either coffee or bagels, but are looking for the right match. You have to login using your Facebook account. Once done you will have to enter in your preferences and when that is done, you will be sent one ’virtual ‘bagel’ per day which translates to a potential match every day.


For up to the next 24 hours, you can decide if you want to keep it or pass it on. When the like is mutual, you can chat with them on a private chat room and take it from there. The site promises an in-depth personal experience with profiles carefully matched using mathematical algorithms. Every day at noon, the system generates new combinations of matches for you to follow up if you wish.


Romantic relationships have to go through the test of time. Many may endure while some may not. It all boils down to finding that one right person.


Online dating sites have taken away all the disadvantages and inconveniences of traditional dating sites and made everything that much easier. So go ahead and download the right dating app for you.



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