Pickable: safe for the women, a game for the men
Muzmatch: to meet Muslims
Muzmatch wins the award for the best dating ads on the tube, including ‘Halal, is it meet you’re looking for’, and ‘You had me at Halal’. Genius. As you can probably guess, the basis for Muzmatch is to find fellow Muslims to date and get married too – so far 15,000 couples have tied the knot through the app.
The user interface looks similar to Tinder and verifies you using your phone number and a selfie, not a Facebook account. There’s also the option to choose to keep your photos blurred until you match with someone, though the app says profiles with visible photos receive 300 per cent more matches.
Pickable is similar to Bumble in that it throws all the power over to the women, but that’s where the similarities stop. It allows them to log on anonymously without any picture or description or age., then they can browse profiles from men – offering them the choice to reveal their profile to a potential date when they feel ready.
On the male side, they can upload a profile picture and register themselves ‘pickable’ for a certain timeframe, and wait for chat requests. Men also get to see how many views they’ve had and as well as ranking within the region, to gameify the process.
Raya: to meet a celebrity
Ever wanted to date a celebrity? This ‘illuminati Tinder’ app is the place to go if you’re after a bedfellow with money and fame. Cara Delevingne, Ruby Rose and Elijah Wood are all reported to be members of Raya, the world’s most exclusive dating app.
Getting on there, however, is harder than finding a great date. You’ll have to be very beautiful, very successful and have 5,000-plus Instagram followers to get in. It’s basically the Soho House of dating. Good luck.
Salt: to meet Christians
The app launched at the end of 2017 by an all-Christian team who were disillusioned about trying to meet other Christians in the wild. In particular, the team behind Salt hope to make Christian dating “a little less awkward and a lot more fun.”
The design of the app is gorgeous, all muted greys and subtle pinks, so you can download and look for love in style.
The Inner Circle: if you’re looking for a date with money
This controversial dating website and app initially billed itself as a network for “like-minded” individuals; a “high-end”, “exclusive community” with an “impressive following of successful and attractive people.”
Its since toned down the exclusive marketing, and updated the design, and appears to have been fairly successful — the app is now active in over 50 cities around the world with over 2 million members.
The League: for the elites
If you can’t get on Raya, then you can also try The League, dubbed Tinder for elites. It’s a selective dating app for young, successful individuals, which first launched in San Francisco before making its way to London at the end of last year.
You have to be between 24 and 36 to be a member on the app and many of the members work in careers such as finance, technology, consulting and fashion.
Tinder: for the casual hook up
Arguably the most well-known dating app, Tinder was once the place for social introverts to meet their significant other. Now it’s a tool for swiftly finding an insignificant one-night stand – whether you’re straight, gay, bi, transgender or gender-fluid.
In 2015, Vanity Fair declared Tinder as the ultimate place that twentysomethings go to “hit it and quit it”, claiming that the app was solely responsible for a “dating apocalypse”. While die-hard romantics might agree, others say the app has revolutionised the process of hunting down no-strings fun at relatively little expense. The tool basically works by swiping yes or no based on each user’s picture.