Best Dating Apps For Hooking Up
Looking for Something a Little More… Casual? Try These Apps
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Fellas, we’re living in a time where you can scope out potential hook up buddies from the comfort of your own home, without having to buy anyone a drink or even put on pants. What a time to be alive, right?
The odds are in your favor when you’re using an app that connects you with hundreds of local single women in your area. You’re able to connect with and chat up prospective hook up partners at a volume that you just wouldn’t be able to recreate if you were out at a bar trying to seal the deal.
Of course, using an app to get lucky can also have its downsides. Putting out feelers for a casual hook up to strangers you haven’t met yet can get dicey fairly quickly. Figuring out the right approach can take some time as well. You want to make your intentions known, but you need to do so in a way that doesn’t come off too strong or make her feel uncomfortable. You’ll need to exchange a few messages to see if you two are feeling each other — but you don’t want to become pen pals with someone you’re just trying to get it on with, either.
And of course, you’ll want to be using the right dating app to get the job done. Luckily, you’re looking for a casual encounter at a time where new apps and features are constantly evolving to help you find exactly what it is you’re looking for. Not sure which apps to start with? Here are the best dating apps for hooking up, and how to use them to your advantage to get lucky tonight.
How To Use Dating Apps For Hookups
When you’re using apps to find a local hookup, there are a few ground rules to keep in mind that will set you up for success in the long run – starting with what you decide to put on your profile. If you’re truly here for a good time and not a long time (for casual sex instead of a long-term thing), Isabel James, founder of Elite Dating Managers says that attracting your next casual encounter can be as easy as being upfront right off the bat — in your profile. “Explicitly state that you’re looking for a hookup on your profile,” she says. “Something like: ‘Not looking for a long-term relationship. Looking to have fun tonight!’ makes it clear.” Being clear about your expectations from the get-go means you’ll only be matching with women who are also looking for something casual with no strings attached – which will save you the time it’d take to gauge whether or not your matches are here for the same reason as you are. Trust us: dating sites work much better if your match knows what you’re looking for, and you’re not being misleading.
As for how to approach potential hook-up partners you’ve matched with, transparency and manners are important. “The key to initiating a hookup over a dating app is to exercise patience,” says Caleb Hacke, health and wellness expert at Maple Holistics. “Ultimately, it’s more important to make sure you don’t offend or put off anyone who isn’t interested in a hookup than it is to get your point across as boldly and as quickly as possible.”
Hacke recommends testing the waters before proposing a hookup. “Try to get flirtatious and see how she responds,” he says. “As long as your would-be hookup partner is matching your flirtatiousness beat for beat without appearing put off or weirded out, you’re not doing anything wrong. You can gradually escalate the nature of your flirting until you’ve advanced to sexual innuendo. At that point, if she still seems interested, you’ve got a green light of sorts to attempt to initiate a hookup.”
Before there were dating apps, there was OkCupid. What started as a traditional online dating site you had to access on your actual computer has evolved into an app equipped with the traditional swiping and messaging functions you’d come to expect in a dating app, coupled with a more robust written profile that allows users to state things such as interests, what they can’t live without and what a typical Friday night looks like to give potential matches a better feel of the person they’re chatting with. But what makes this dating app especially great for finding hookups is the search functionality, hands down. While apps like Tinder and Bumble only allow you to filter by location and age, OkCupid lets you to search using keywords found on profiles. Meaning, you can see who’s looking for something casual, or type in phrases like “not looking for anything serious.” If you’re kinky, you can also sort matches using your fetish of choice — all while keeping your location and age parameters intact.This is one of the app store’s most popular dating apps for a reason.
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If you don’t have the patience to weed out matches that are explicitly looking for a no strings attached hook up, a quick search on FriendFinder-X will probably make you pretty happy. You can search for potential matches using filters that range from proximity, sexual preferences and even cup size. Too lazy to search? The app has a list of compatible profiles sent to you for your consideration.
Sometimes, half the battle of finding a willing hook up partner involves proximity. And even when you’re filtering through matches that are extremely close to you, the inconveniences of city transportation can thwart your best efforts for sealing the deal. Enter: Happn, an app that connects matches based on the paths you both frequent (the gimmick being that you both could have, if the timing were right, passed one another on the street at some point without knowing it). While this isn’t strictly a hookup app, taking advantage of a platform that curates your matches based on locations that you frequent makes for a convenient way to facilitate a hook up that’s centrally located and convenient for both of you.
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You knew it’d make the list. Tinder is great app for hookups mainly due to the sheer number of users that are on it (a respectable 50 million as of 2015). Finding a willing hook up buddy in your area is undoubtedly a numbers game, and while not everyone on this app is on it for a casual fling, the odds are high that you’ll be able to connect with users that are looking for something casual tonight. Not to mention, it’s beyond easy to use. Create profile with a few photos, choose an age and location range for the hook up you’re looking for, and start swiping (left to reject, right to accept). If you both dig each other, you’ll be able to send messages to get things started.
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Pure offers an even shorter window than Lucky, deleting conversations and photos exchanged between users an hour after they’ve been sent. Which means you spend more time getting busy and less time exchanging niceties. It’s overtly branded as a hook up app, so you know the intentions of whoever you’re chatting with without having to play the guessing game. Not only does this app protect your anonymity by making messages and images self-destruct, but it’s also free to download. Talk about a win-win.
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All you need to set up an account on Lucky is one single photo — and as the site coyly points out, it doesn’t have to be of your face. A hook up app that boasts complete anonymity, there’s no connecting your social accounts or even entering an email address involved. Meaning, you can find what you’re looking for faster, without having to jump through hoops or enter any personal information — other than your location, that is. If you match, you’ve got a three-hour window to respond and get busy, which encourages a sense of urgency for users who are looking to get lucky tonight. Ladies can use the platform for free, but male users will need to pay $19.99 per month after the free month trial is up.
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Maybe you already have one (or several) potential hook-up partners in mind who also just so happen to be your friends on Facebook (or friends with your friends on Facebook). Don’t you wish there were some way to see if they were interested in a no-strings-attached type of arrangement? Enter: DOWN Dating, the app that connects you with your Facebook friends (and friends of friends) who are down to get down. But don’t worry, the lady you have your eye on won’t know you’re down for a hook-up unless she says she’s down for one with you, too.
If you’re in the market for a hookup that satisfies a particular fetish, look no further than the new FetL app, a dating app that connects local singles with shared fetish interests. This app packs all of the GPS features of Grindr (read: you can find out if there’s anyone who’s into the same fetish as you at the bar you’re at), with the ease of Tinder’s swipe left/right functionality to make finding a fetish hook up easier than it’s ever been before. “When I’d meet people in clubs, they almost always told me that they found it difficult to meet people who shared their fetishes,” Iris Li, one of the co-founders of FetL explains. She created FetL to help fill the gap, and users have been getting their needs met ever since.
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If you like the ease of Tinder but are searching for hookups exclusively, CasualX bills itself as “Tinder Minus Marriage-Minded Daters.” The app’s functionalities are pretty much identical to Tinder – the main and, maybe only difference being that no one here is trying to find anything serious. Using an app where everyone’s on the same page undoubtedly increases your success rate for finding a warm, willing body to spend the night with, which makes CasualX an ideal app for hookups.
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A niche app with a wide user base (around 13 million and counting), BeNaughty has both a wide audience and the right audience for finding a partner who’s down for a free and easy night of fun. Not to mention, you can maximize your chances of finding a match who’s free tonight thanks to the app’s mass messaging system, which allows you to send out the same message to multiple members at once every 12 hours. The app functions with the same swipe left/right capabilities as a standard dating app, but also allows users to find potential matches via forums and group chats rather than swiping through matches one by one, further increasing your odds of finding what you’re looking for.
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If you’re concerned about being discovered while using an app to hook up, Wild affords users the anonymity that other dating apps don’t. For starters, there’s no social login required. The app also goes the extra mile to verify its users (meaning, you’ll need to send a photo of you giving a thumbs up, which is then checked against the photos you’ve posted to verify it’s really you), which helps take the awkwardness out of meeting up with a potential hook up that looks nothing like her picture. You can also filter by intention, so that you’re not wasting time sorting through matches who are here for something serious. Once you’ve found a hook-up for the night, you can set your profile to invisible so that other users aren’t messaging you when you’re, uh, in the middle of something.
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