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10 Dating Apps to Help You Find True Love

10 Apps for Mobile Dating

OkCupid is the fastest-growing online dating platform. It's easy to see why — OkCupid is free, simple and incredibly saturated.

The app integrates the site's math-based magic, which suggests compatible mates. On the mobile app, users will still have to build a profile and answer at least 25 questions. But the more questions you answer the better.

OkCupid's "Locals" feature on the mobile app lets singles utilize their free time to scout who's nearby for coffee or a drink. Say you have two hours before dinner with friends, you can also send out a "Broadcast" to singles nearby — "I'm free for coffee downtown." Then just wait for responses. When the app is on, users will also benefit from live notifications if there are any good matches passing them by.

2. HowAboutWe

The HowAboutWe experience revolves around great date suggestions. The dating network has made a name for itself with its one-liners.

Sign up, propose an awesome date and wait for responses. Or be proactive and go after a fun date. It's all about extraordinary first dates that could potentially lead to a second date or a long-term romance.

The app lets users browse and choose dates on the go. Scroll through the "Newest" entries or "Nearby" outings. Then click "Ask Out" to connect.

3. Zoosk

We must warn you, it gets a bit crowded on Zoosk. But your chances of sparking a connection with someone nearby is high. There are over 50 million singles on Zoosk.

To get started, sign up and turn on the app's radar to see singles nearby who are online now.

Zoosk's mobile platform lets users modify preferences for the type of people who turn up in your dial. Get ready for lots of incoming "Flirts."

4. Plenty of Fish

The Plenty of Fish app lets users send and accept messages on the go. Checking notifications regularly means you don't miss a beat.

On the app, scroll through profiles of daters nearby. Plus, make changes to your dating profile on the fly — upload images, edit information, search for users and more.

If you get tired of receiving messages, simply turn off the app or the location-based tracking.

5. Jazzed

Jazzed is the Instagram of mobile dating. Instead of long, complicated dating profiles, users are encouraged to express themselves through photos.

In the app, users can search through a main feed of photographs by users, interests or with the "Nearby" filter. The Jazzed app matches duos by common interests.

Mobile users can also access the platform's numerous features, including emails, ice-breakers, "budges," profile views and profile saves.

6. Grindr

The Grindr app has been dubbed "the world's biggest mobile network of guys." Since launching in 2009, the all-male location-based app has gained a huge global network of more than 4 million users.

Plus, the GPS-enabled app adds 10,000 more users each day.

Users can whip out the app anywhere to find dates and friends close by. Within the app, members can access chat, private messages, photos and location-based tracking.

7. Blendr

Blendr is Grindr for the straight crowd. Really. The location-based app was launched by Grindr founder Joel Simkhai after the latter's success.

Blendr is a social network packed into a mobile app. Users list different interests under a variety of categories.

From there, singles can search for potential matches by interest or preference. Like Grindr, Blendr is a location-based app that shows you who's close IRL.

We see potential in trying to find friends while on vacation, when your flight is delayed at the airport or after moving to a new place. Another cool app feature lets you see trending hotspots nearby and who has checked in from Blendr.

8. MeetMoi

The app makes one-on-one introductions based on users' GPS locations and shared interests.

For the optimal experience, build up your dating profile. Turn on MeetMoi and you'll see who's nearby to chat. At the office, I gave the app a go. It turned up four matches for me within a few city blocks.

In the intro section, it's a lot of speed dating. The app gives you just one hour to chat with someone. The clock starts counting down once you start viewing your matches. You can choose to chat now, never or later.

"An Intro is someone we're ready to introduce you to who is nearby — and if you both accept, you can chat for up to an hour," MeetMoi explains.

If you hit it off, you can meet in person in the near future (because you guys are so close).

9. eHarmony

The eHarmony app lets users sign into their paid profiles on the go.

Users will be able to access matches and use the app's "Ice Breakers" feature to send messages and upload pictures.

The app complements the web platform. Users are required to take the relationship questionnaire from the web platform.

10. Sonar

Sonar is great for meeting people nearby. The app gives users the option to connect their Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or Foursquare accounts. It auto-fills a picture and basic bio data from this integration.

Then, it shows you "Interesting People" and trending "Places" nearby. Sonar surfaces friends and friends of friends.

Simply pause your Sonar account when you don't want to be found.

This app isn't traditionally used for dating, but it's fun to chat with nearby friends (from Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Foursquare) and to connect with interesting Sonar members in person.

Sonar also recommends using the app at conferences, meetups, concerts, parties and various other events.

Right now, more than 40 million singles use top online personals platforms such as Match.com and eHarmony as well as niche dating websites to find love. Online dating, however, is evolving. More and more, connected singles are using dating apps to improve their chances of meeting that special someone.

Singles can connect online and test their web-based love connections in person. In some cases, it's only a few minutes after virtually chatting, thanks to location-based features.

"If you think you’re not tech-savvy enough to download a dating app, think again," Laurie Davis, founder of eFlirt Expert and author of Love At First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating (releasing in February by Simon & Schuster) tells Mashable. "In today’s apped-up, textaholic society, exploration means downloading apps, not just checking out a new YouTube video."

Enter spur-of-the-moment dating. Busy young adults of the connected generation can utilize their free time to the fullest by meeting matches nearby. Some dating apps require less sign-up information than their web counterparts — an added bonus.

"Most mobile apps are good for connecting quickly, so you’ll find more singles looking for casual relationships ready to meet on the fly," Julie Spira, a leading authority in online dating advice, tells Mashable. "However, the traditional online dating sites are doing a good job with mobile."

Most apps are complementary to existing web platforms. The mobile platform encourages users to regularly flirt and keep up with incoming messages. There are also plenty of new apps on the market.

"Perusing new platforms that don’t have a traditional site, like location-based app MeetMoi, means viewing new matches you haven’t seen before who might be your right click," Davis says.

Singles should take the time to see what different dating apps offer, she says. Spira leads a Los Angeles-based Mobile Dating BootCamp, helping singles of all levels use mobile dating apps. She offers the following tips.

"As with any social networking site or dating site, critical mass is important," Spira says. "We also found in the BootCamp that the simpler the features and sign-up process, the happier the singles were with the apps they were using. Too many premium features became confusing. Having an interface that makes it easy to write to someone is important."

Don't be afraid to get the ball rolling on a potential romance. Mobile app users aren't expected to wait and get to know the person before scheduling a meetup. "The initial intention to meet focuses on fun, but that doesn’t mean that things can’t turn serious later as your relationship develops," Davis says.

As much as mobile dating apps are about the now, it's also important to note that if the notifications and constant messaging get overwhelming, it's okay to take a break.

"Don’t forget that most location-based apps have an off button," Davis says. "Typically found in the preferences section, it’s important to only make yourself available when you’re ready to flirt, so you don’t get caught by a cutie when you’re at the grocery store in your PJs."

Dating apps facilitate real-life meetups, so safety is even more important with casual mobile meetups, Davis says.

"Meeting is more spontaneous, so staying in a public place, keeping communication on the app (rather than exchanging numbers) and creating a user name without your real name in it are musts."