Love App-tually

This Valentine’s Day, more people than ever will be searching for their perfect match with a dating app. We take a look at what’s out there…

Hopeless romantics may be happy to wait for a chance encounter with Cupid’s arrow, but a growing army of singles has found that love can be just a few taps away.

You’ve probably heard of Tinder, the smartphone app that revolutionised dating by getting users to swipe right to show interest in a potential match, and left to pass them by. But which other apps are worth your time?

Location-based app Happn uses your phone’s GPS to find prospective matches whose paths cross yours within a radius of 250 metres. Others help you find people who share a hobby, such as Tastebuds, an iPhone dating app for music lovers. Bristlr, an app for beard enthusiasts, goes to show that however niche your interest is, there’s probably an app for you.

With a 4G phone, you can even watch streaming videos of potential matches while you’re on the move, thanks to new app Tickr. According to the site’s creator Daniel Freeman, video offers a great way to meet people, as users can’t hide behind a well-crafted profile.

We can’t guarantee you’ll find a dream date for Valentine’s day with our pick of dating apps – but you never know… <3

The first video-only dating site lets users upload three movies of up to 30 seconds each.
FREE – Available on iOS and Android


Scans your iTunes library (and, if you wish, and Songkick) to match you with a fellow muso.
FREE – Available on iOS


The light-hearted Bristlr connects people with beards and those who admire them.
FREE – Available on iOS and Android


No one knows you like your friends. This app lets your mates suggest and discuss matches.
FREE – Available on iOS


Get to know what your potential dates are really like with masses of in-depth personality quizzes.
FREE – Available on iOS and Android


Worried about getting too much attention? Here, women make the first contact once a match is made.
FREE – Available on iOS and Android


Birds of a feather flock together. Happn matches you with others who hang out where you do.
FREE – Available on iOS, Android and Windows Mobile


Created with the help of our friends at Wayra UK, Trueview connects you to new people based on the things you love to do.
FREE – Available on iOS and Android


Have you had any luck finding love on an app? Share your success story with us in the comments…