iBone: What iPhone Apps to Use When Looking to Hook Up
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To date, Apple has sold roughly 2.2 billion iPhones, and in America, 20 percent of internet users are actively using dating sites or apps. This is all to say there’s clearly a lot of people looking for love (and/or sex, of course) on these devices.
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As attitudes around sex become more lax and casual, more and more individuals use these dating apps to get their rocks off because that’s the culture these days, and also because … well, why the hell not? As long as you prioritize safety and consent, let your sexual liberties, and an iPhone stocked full of effective hookup apps, be your guide.
To make things easier for you, we compiled a list of the best apps for like-minded individuals seeking non-committal fun on the iOS.
Since its launch in 2012, Tinder has become one of the most widespread dating apps in existence. With tens of millions of daily active users, Tinder is often used for dating, but research published by Leah LeFebvre found 52 percent of those surveyed actually perceive the app as designed for hooking up, and only 34 percent believe it’s better suited for dating.
Either way, be a gentleman and charm the other person’s socks off. If you’re unfamiliar with the app (welcome out from under that rock!), it uses geolocation to source potential matches, where you’re then tasked to swipe left if you’re not interested or right if you’d like to get to know them further. When a match is made, you are invited to chat and make plans to meet up.
Best for: Those seeking the largest selection possible.
While Happn operates similar to Tinder, it matches you with people who are in the closest proximity, targeting those you’ve recently crossed paths with.
It could be considered a modern take on Craigslist’s coveted missed connections feature by informing individuals how many times they’ve crossed paths with a prospective paramor – for instance, the lady you’ve been making eyes with on the subway all of last month. This means you’re matching with people who are nearest you at all times, be it a neighbor, someone who works in the same building as you or somebody who frequents the same deli for lunch.
For hookups, this feature is ideal, making sex wildly accessible. In addition, the app has partnered with Spotify to let users witness the kind of music you’re into. If nothing else, this can help you two assemble a killer sex playlist if things go well.
Best for: Those seeking close and convenient hookups.
Grindr is the Tinder of hookup apps for gay men. If you’re looking for the most people to potentially hookup with, Grindr is your best bet.
With 3.8 million daily active users, Grindr is, according to research, the most widely used gay dating app (with 74 percent of gay men using the app), and has become an equally respected and revered symbol of gay culture. The app uses geolocation to source potential matches with those closest given priority. Users can filter profiles by age, tribes (jock, nerd, discrete, etc.), the type of relationships they’re looking for (casual, dating, a relationship, etc.) and so on.
Grindr is free, but its features are limited (for instance, the free version allows you to filter your searches with three categories while Premium lets you filter through eight categories). Grindr Xtra memberships range from $22.99 to $92.99.
Best for: Those seeking the largest selection of gay men.
People like to say Scruff is Grindr for hairy men, but it’s actually open to everyone — just like Grindr. The gay hookup app hosts about 15 million users worldwide and is second only to Grindr in terms of popularity (with 31 percent of gay men using the app), but beats the app in terms of overall satisfaction.
Like Grindr, Scruff uses geolocation to source profiles and is free to use, but its features are limited. Scruff PRO memberships range from $11.99 to $99.99. Something unique to Scruff is the app allows users to check out queer events in your area. This feature not only makes Scruff both a great dating and sex app, but it allows gay men to meet in safe spaces where they can connect in real life.
Best for: Those looking for a reputable alternative to Grindr.
Feeld originally debuted as 3nder, the “Tinder for threesomes,” but soon rebranded after Tinder sued.
The first iteration was specifically for threesomes but has since become a one-stop forum for non-normative relationship models, offering 18 different sexual identifications to choose from. Feeld welcomes couples and singles from all over the sexuality spectrum, uses Facebook to verify users (no bots!) and provides the option to hide profiles from friends for privacy.
The app hosts 500,000 weekly active users, uses geolocation to source matches and favors up and down swiping to indicate interest as opposed to the more common right or left model.
Best for: Those interested in polyamory, kink and alternative sexual preferences.
Pure is an app entirely dedicated to hookups. The app erases your profile every 60 minutes to assure discretion while encouraging users to remain active and find what they’re looking for.
Your profile can be easily restored so you don’t have to create a new profile every hour. Like most hookup apps, Pure uses geolocation to source profiles. When a match is made, it’s your time to shine because time is limited. After an hour, your profile will go full “Mission Impossible” and imploding, erasing all evidence of any prior interactions.
Best for: Those looking to find a hookup fast and avoid time-wasters.
TapDat describes itself as “the cheeky hookup app” so suffice it to say, they know and cater to what their user base is looking for: non-committal fun. The hookup app uses geolocation where, like Tinder, you swipe left or right to express interest. To encourage action, TapDat gives you 72 hours to make a move before a conversation locks and connects you with people who share similar sexual interests. Ideal for those explicitly seeking a cheeky, naughty, good time.
Best for: Those looking to bypass daters entirely.
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