How To Do Online Dating For Free

You might be asking yourself how to do online dating for free. Online dating is an investment. It’s an investment of your time, in diligently swiping and messaging every day (you’ve really gotta be on there every day!), getting dressed and ready, and spending a minimum of 1.5-2 hours on each date. It’s an investment of your energy, in regularly being up for a date after a long day of work. And it’s an investment of your emotions, in being open to the possibility of rejection… and the possibility of love.

But it doesn’t have to be a financial investment or burden!

Here’s how to do online dating for free (like a PRO!):

Online Dating for free : Apps

The most obvious resource here is, of course, dating apps! Nearly all dating apps offer free versions—the key is choosing which ones are going to give you the most bang for your $0 buck.

I’ve already gone into a lot of detail about which dating apps are actually worth paying for (which you can read about here, for free 😉 ). But that begs the question: which free versions of the apps are the best? You asked, and I answered: here’s my ranking.

  1. Hinge

Hinge is by far the best online dating for free app. Tinder certainly has the most users, but there are a lot of spam accounts to sift through; in my experience, Hinge has the widest pool of real, active, accountable users. The interface is clean and provides a ton of information about your potential matches. The best part is that even on the free version, you’re able to review the profiles of every single person who has liked you, saving you tons of time and energy.

  1. Bumble

In my opinion, Bumble is the next best online dating for free app. While I also discuss why upgrading to Bumble Premium is worth it, free Bumble is fantastic! Bumble is actually the most popular dating app in the U.S., and that’s for a reason. It has an enormous pool of users of all types (and again, at least in mine and my clients’ experiences, fewer spam accounts than Tinder), easy-to-use filters, and – let’s face it – the traditional style of swiping right and left is pretty fun 🙂

  1. Coffee Meets Bagel

CMB is my final pick here for online dating for free. It’s still an incredibly popular app, but the pool of users is decidedly smaller than Tinder/Bumble, which helps make for a more curated and less overwhelming experience. The majority of CMB’s users are age 30-49, which is reflected in its calmer design aesthetic. And with CMB, you get two ways of finding potential matches: through a Discover tab that feeds you unlimited profiles just like Tinder or Bumble, or through a Suggested tab that feeds you 8 top curated people per day. The best of both worlds!

Online Dating For Free Resources

I got into this business because I believe in online dating, and from the bottom of my heart, I want you to find love and happiness. Dating help should be available to anyone and everyone who goes looking for it!

So I created free resources to help you, whether you’re first making a profile and don’t know which app to use or how to write a bio, or if you’ve been getting out there but are finding you want to restyle yourself so you look and feel your absolute best going into a date.

Check them all out here.


I’ve made a career of studying dating trends and tactics, distilling everything I learn from research, interviews, coaching clients, and of course the over 100 dates I went on myself. Everything I learn, I put on my blog! And it is one. hundred. percent. free.

Read about:

The Best Hinge and Bumble Prompt Answers

The 4 Best Dating App Photos To Use In Your Profile

Top 3 Tips on What To Wear To A Coffee Date

Best Questions To Ask in Online Dating Messages

and truly so much more!

All are available on the blog.


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Hi! I’m Alyssa Dineen and I’m a personal stylist and dating coach all rolled into one. I started Style My Profile to help other online daters feel better about getting out there— and staying out there— in the world of online dating. Whether it’s to meet your soulmate, to find a fun person to have dinner with or even just match with more people, I can help you from the ground up.


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