If you want to ensure you’ll have someone to give a giant heart-shaped box of chocolates to on Valentine’s Day, it’s time to start looking. Turn your smartphone into a mobile matchmaker with one of these top dating apps and let technology find your soul mate. If you’re worried about the safety of location-based dating apps, you’ll want to read about finding love via your smartphone.
Users: 2 million
Target Audience: All singles
How It Works: Download the app (available for iOS only) and create a user account. The setup process will require you to enter your ZIP code, which helps the service zero in on potential matches in your area. Once you’re signed in, you can browse through photos of local users and click “Yes!” on those you like to indicate you’re interested. You’ll be alerted when someone likes you back, and the app supports live chat.
Privacy Features: The app gives users the option to “go invisible,” so they can browse profiles without showing up for other users. You can also filter matches by all users or only those using the service on their mobile phone.