The Most Popular Dating Apps in 2015

By Lau  /  December 4, 2015
Online dating is getting more and more popular these days and thanks to mobile devices, the world has the world has become your playground to find your special someone. At Butterboom, we’ve reviewed the Most Popular Dating Apps in 2015 based on the number of users signed up in Hong Kong, quality of members and most importantly, the user interface so you know which apps are easy to use. 
Bumblebumble_butterboomNew to the Hong Kong dating scene is Bumble, it’s been dubbed the ‘female-empowering app’ that was  launched in 2015 by Whitney Wolfe, co-founder of Tinder. Operating similarily to Tinder, swiping left for no and right for yes but there’s a twist; women have to reach out and start the conversation within 24 hours otherwise their match will go. If the guy really wants a girl who is yet to contact, he can add an extra 24 hours hoping she will send a flirty message over. 
 Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel a dating app based on your mutual Facebook friends who have signed upto CMB. Everyday, CMB brings a match at noon and then you have 24 hours to decide to like this user or not. Each user are given ‘beans,’ a virtual currency to view more people, mutual Facebook friends and to forward matches to friends on CMB. If both people like each other, a chat is opened for messaging but there’s a catch, there’s an expiry date. If nobody talks to each other within a a few days, the match disappears.  
Go Paktor
Go Paktor was founded in Singapore in 2013 when founder Joseph Phua found himself single from a failed relationship. The name translates into the Cantonese phrase ‘going on a date’ and similar to Tinder, swipe right to like or left to pass. What’s different about this app is that users can participate in group chats based on common interests. Since 2013, Go Paktor has been a huge success across Southeast Asia and in July 2015, they raised USD$7.4M from investors to expand their userbase and services. 
One of the biggest and most popular gay dating apps on the market is Grindr, geared towards gay and bisexual men. In 6 years, they have over 6 million users across the world and available in 196 countries. Users can use filters to find their ideal guy like body type, ethnicity and types they find sexy like Jockeys and Bear type. There’s also an Xtra service where you pay an additional costs for ad free browsing and a larger list of guys to view. However, Grindr is based on location, so users can find other men close by – very handy to meet up and for ‘quick hook ups.’ 
Happn launched in France in 2014 as an app to find people you’ve crossed paths and to discover singles within a 250m radius using a GPS tracking device. The app shows a list of people near you and informs you how many times you’ve seen this person and where you have crossed paths along with their names, photo and profession. Like Tinder, the apps links to your Facebook profile picture to creates your profile. Happn is easy to use and we’re excited by the idea of actually having the chance to meet the cute guy at that coffee shop again that caught our eye!  
Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 1.19.33 pmOn Hinge, users link their by Facebook to the app and then each day, you will recieve 13 people who are connected with their immediate friends, friends of their friends or third-degree friends, reducing the chance of meeting potenial weirdos. Filter via age, distance, education, height, ethnicity, religion, and interests to narrow down your search. Users can upload up to 16 images on your profile page. 


Hitch is a dating app that lets you play matchmaker! Log in with your Facebook and select two of your friends you’d like to set up and the two can start chatting. At the beginning, chats are anonymous so the only thing users will is the set-up person. If they like each other, send a reveal request to find out who it is and to see each other’s photos.

 Ok Cupid
okcupid_butterboomOk Cupid launced in 2004 and is one of the most popular free online dating services on the market. Ok Cupid uses algorithms to find digital matches by answering a series of fun questions generated by the company. The more questions you answer, the smarter OkCupid gets at recommending matches for you. When viewing another user’s profile, you can compare your answers to test compatibility and take quirky tests like The Personality test- a fun way to get to know potential dates!
Plenty of Fishplentyoffish_butterboomPlenty Of Fish was created by Markus Frind in 2003 in order to simply beef up his resume, however the site took off and by 2005, Plenty Of Fish reached over 1 million users. Based in Vancouver, PlentyOfFish today has over 109 million users. Users are matched based on a complex variety of matching algorithms which are built around the individual’s interests. 
Tindertinder_butterboomTinder is hands down the most popular dating apps in the world and in Hong Kong too. Very  easy to use, Tinder taps onto your Facebook to show your age, selected pictures, interest and friends. Swipe right of the picture if you’re interested, otherwise swipe left. If you and a match swipe right of each other, then you can start messaging each other and set up a date if you want.   The simple user interface makes Tinder so very addictive.  Be warned if you are looking for a serious relationship, read their profiles and check if they live in Hong Kong, there’s a lot of guys looking to just hook up and have a good time.

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