Unlike the other dating apps we’re covering here, Match is super restrictive on what you can do for free. To get the most out of the service, you will need to pay for a subscription, and this isn’t exactly cheap.
With the basic free membership, users can only view daily matches, browse and like profiles, send Winks (think of a Facebook poke), see who winked at you, and favorite someone’s profile. That’s right, you can’t even send messages to others (a key part of a dating platform) unless they message you first and have paid for a subscription addon that lets the recipient use a Reply for Free mailbox.
So how much is a subscription? Match is phrendly one of the more expensive options, as it starts at $ a month. If you go three, six, or 12 months, then the prices are $, $, and $ a month, respectively.
But that’s not all. Match also has addons that we mentioned earlier, which range from $3.99 to $9.99 a pop. These addons include guaranteeing that anyone can reply to your messages, read receipts, texting without sharing your phone number, and more. If any of these entice you and you go for it, then they add up quickly to your monthly total.
The cost of using Match mers and bots away, so only serious people seeking real relationships are on the site. But it’s still a rather hefty price to pay compared to the competition, which let you do a lot of essentials for free.
Happn is relatively new to the online dating app scene. It aims to replicate the serendipity of real life, almost like a “missed connections” kind of thing. You know, without the cringe factor.
Like Tinder, Happn is a location-based service, except it focuses on the people that you’ve crossed paths with throughout the day, with a range of 250 meters.
With Happn, the app uses your phone’s geolocation to determine where you are and have been. With this, it’s able to detect other Happn users that are near you at the same time. You end up with a chronological timeline of profiles belonging to people you passed by, and Happn even tells you how many times this has happened.
Like Tinder, the only way to join Happn is to have a Facebook account, as it only uses Facebook Connect. So if you prefer to not use Facebook for whatever reason, then you’re out of luck with Happn, as it’s impossible to create an account with just an email address.
Once you log in with your Facebook account, just pick what gender you’re interested in dating and an age range. For Happn to work, you’re going to have to grant it access to your location, and it works best as it runs in the background so the app doesn’t always have to be open.
Since Happn uses Facebook for your account, it fetches bits of information about you from your profile and fills it in on Happn where appropriate. You can also add your own bio on the service, and change profile pictures as needed.
To maximize the efficiency of Happn, you’ll want to enable access to your phone’s GPS and also go about your day as normal. As you’re out and about, Happn detects if you’re near other Happn users, and it gives you a timeline of who you crossed paths with the next time you open the app.
As you view your timeline, Happn tells you how many times you’ve passed by that person, a rough approximation of where you both were, and a little bit about that them (name, age, profession, and photos). If you like what you see, then you can tap on the red heart to give them a Like.