Best free dating apps for 2021, and it's not tinder

Online dating is a fun journey that starts from flirt and may lead to love and commitment. Dating apps and websites help a huge number of eligible singles to choose their soul mate.

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Free dating apps to try in 2021.

“How you doin'” I always loved to use this line in my dating days. Well, my days of dating have passed ( I got married to the love of my life ), So I can’t use it anymore. ( Any fan of friends or Joey Tribbiani here, please write in comments, I would love to have a long nostalgic chat about “FRIENDS” with you )

We all are not so lucky like Rachel and Ross, so let’s come back to the dating part. YOU are trying to find yourself a partner but don’t have enough time to search? Remember, nobody is stopping you from exploring some new mysteries of romance. I know the importance of your busy schedule, so don’t waste your time and try some of my favorites near to perfect sites for online dating.

Online dating had its own excitement in the old days of “Orkut” and “Yahoo” chat rooms. But nothing changed in the present times except moving on to the left and right swipes on your phone ( love and romance are immortal ).

Online dating is a fun journey that starts from flirt and may lead to love and commitment. Dating apps and websites help a huge number of eligible singles to choose their soul mate. But the big question that arises here is – what is the best app/website for dating?

Generally, dating sites work by two different techniques.

They find matches for you based on the information you provided and other persons in the questionnaire, e.g., your interests, location, expectations, etc.

SECOND, you do browse and select persons you would like to go ahead with. Choosing a decent dating site for genuine commitments and a mature partner is a tough job.

Try these four free dating apps and choose as per your expectations.

free dating apps for 2021

  • ok cupid
  • Silver Singles
  • Coffee meets bagel
  • Happen

Ok Cupid

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This app is a beautiful cupid for every single who is ready to move on from bachelor life as their tag line suggests – Dating for every single person.

“Ok Cupid” is a fantastic app to aid you in your pursuit of finding perfect love or a casual friendship. I like their thorough ( but not exhaustive ) list of relevant questions.

You have many choices among hookups, friendships, short-term dating, or long-term dating, including non-monogamist relationships.

It is available for mobile on both ios and android as well as on Desktop. But unlike other apps, you have to fill the CAPTCHA for the sign-up process. You can also choose five options that depict your gender among a vast pool of descriptors, e.g., cis, androgynous, non-binary, pangender, genderqueer, hijra, gender-fluid, two-spirit, gender nonconforming, etc.

The best thing is you don’t have to pay extra to make a left swipe.


You can access the majority of features without the paid version.
The video chat option is not available.

Suitable for people who are looking for long term relationships
Causal browsers can bother you.

Very transparent
Not so much useful for one-night hookups

A fun and user-friendly interface with lots of features
Ads can bother you with a free version of Ok Cupid.

Maybe this cupid brings joy to your life.

Try Ok Cupid for free.

Silver singles

A decent and fun site for silvered – hair senior folk. It is worth it for single parents to find a partner in these exciting Golden years.

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Silver Singles is a part of sparks Networks and has a worldwide audience in Canada, UK and Europe, and many other countries.

Their main features include –

  • Not allowing anyone under 50 years of age to join.
  • Secure signup process.
  • Relevant information about hobbies and lifestyle to find the true personality for you.
  • 24/7 online customer service.
  • Facilitates a rationale personality quiz for mature relationships
  • A trustworthy dating site for LGBTQ+ old folk, especially in Canada, the U.S, and Europe.

Silver singles’ interface is very easy for newbie non-tech singles. It only takes 3 – 4 minutes to set up your profile for free of cost.

Fully dedicated sites for the age of 50+ people.They have really exhausting list of questions.
Easy to use interface.You can’t see the other person’s photo with a free version.
There is no dearth of senior folk like you.

The best site for your golden years.

Try Silver Singles for free.

Try these other sites for senior citizens

Coffee meets bagel

It is a free dating app where bagels are your matches, and you can quickly find them and enjoy them with your coffee beans. A free version of Coffee meets bagel has a lot to offer.

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You can browse through their Suggested section or discover section.

Coffee meets bagel delivers bagels ( your matches ) at noon every day. Women have some edge here as they liked all the bagels who already liked or sent flowers. This is the best option for all introverts and ambivert people.

Available for both android or ios.It’s not made for hookups like tinder.
They don’t send you the long exhaustive list of matches, so it is easy to find your right bagel.Not providing the video chat option.
You’ll only get messages from users whose profiles you like. Don’t give you extensive control over the matchmaking process.
The free version is very useful.
Every day you get new matches.

A good chance to find your handsome bagel or a cute bean.

Try Coffee meets bagel for free.


Happen is a great site to find cutie pies within your nearby areas as per the happen’s tagline, which states – “the people you’ve crossed paths with.” so it only shows matches who have recently been in the same general physical location as you.

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I feel it creates the matches somewhat organically, as you need your geolocation, real-life encounters for its magic to work. A Facebook profile is also needed to create a profile on Happen. So a fewer chances of encountering scammers or bots.

It’s quite a popular app in the U.S, India, and the UK.

You can also send a voice message to your crushes.

You can easily sign up with your Facebook account or mobile number. In addition, it is easy to import your information from Facebook.

With the premium membership, you can use the invisibility mode for your privacy.

However, you can only send messages if the other person likes you back.

But, with the free version, you can post the status on your profile. So, I mean, that is still something.

Like the other apps, “Happen” is free to use as well. But for Premium features, it costs you $24.99/month.

Basic free features are quite impressive.
Because of geo-targeting, small-town people easily ran out of matches, especially in rural areas.
You can send voice messages or Spotify songs in chat if you are not into writing messages.Location proximity can cause trouble in case things don’t go well.
Best for people who live in big, bustling cities or highly populated areas.They don’t have any desktop version.
Invisibility mode.You cannot search in the free version.
The design is immaculate and accessible, with buttons and easy to navigate.

Happen is a decent and refreshing dating app; it should be worth using its free version first.

Try Happen for free.

BONUS: you can try these fun but not so cheesy opening lines to start the conversion too.

Well, I don’t think “How you doin'” is working anymore for opening lines… sorry, Joe.

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Write to us about your favorite dating site, favorite opening line, and your successful/unsuccessful dating story?

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Comment User Kaybee Lives
Kaybee Lives

Thanks for sharing! I will check out Happen and see if there are people in my area. That is a new dating app to me.

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