As in, how much do you want to pay to make your heart go pitter-patter?Some apps, like Plenty of Fish, let you view profiles and send messages for free.Once you pick that perfect selfie and write paragraphs to sell all your best attributes to your future mate, it's time to start browsing.This is where the big differences between these apps are apparent.When it comes down to actually putting yourself out there and creating a profile, all apps ask for the basics: name, age, location, a photo, a short blurb about yourself, and (usually) if you can stand a person who smokes. Some apps, like Tinder, value photos over personality.Others, like eharmony, make you fill out an endless questionnaire before you can even think about browsing for your match.For example, there's no swiping on Tinder's browser version.
Match will let you Wink at a fellow member for free, and Plenty of Fish doesn't charge for messaging, but in almost all other instances you're going to get charged for the reach-out.Dating is hard work, so we did some of the legwork for you by taking a deep dive into seven of the most popular apps.Check out our brief thoughts on each below, and then click through to read our in-depth reviews.Most of the others let you view your potential matches without charging, but make you pony up and subscribe if you want to actually reach out to them. Options—letting you pay to boost your ranking in search results, letting someone know that you are really, really interested in him or her or them, or undoing a dreaded left-swipe that was supposed to be a right-swipe—will cost you extra.While the monthly charges for the apps we review here range in price from to more than , most offer a discount if you commit to a long-term subscription such as six months or a year. While some apps may advertise themselves as free, all of them will try to get a buck from you in the end.As this is 2019, all of these services, even the decades-old Match, offer both i Phone apps and Android Apps, but still have desktop counterparts for when you're at work and want to take a break from your spreadsheet to set up a weekend tryst.(Bumble is the one exception here.) Just be aware that the functionality can vary substantially between the app and desktop interfaces.For example, Ok Cupid goes beyond forcing users to choose between being a male or female, including options like Hijra, genderfluid, and two-spirit.If you're a man seeking a man or a woman seeking a woman, you'll want to steer clear of eharmony: It doesn't even give you the option of a same-sex match.Others, like Ok Cupid, have robust profiles that let you dive deep into a user's personality (or at least the one he or she has decided to present to you), before you decide to go on the pursuit.Now that you've perused the dating pool and have your eyes on that special someone, it's time to bite the bullet and actually reach out to him or her.