13 Best Online Dating Apps For Teens

13 Best Online Dating Apps For Teens

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There are several dating apps for teenagers that are gaining popularity every day. Modern romance and online dating are like twinnies. Dating apps for teens make it easier for them to interact with someone they like by texting them freely, sharing memes, and making a great first impression.

However, you should be cautious and prioritize your safety. This can be done by not giving out any personal information to strangers, blocking and reporting profiles that make you uncomfortable, and meeting up with someone new only in places where there are lots of people around.

If you are trying to find a dating app that is suited for teenagers, here are some good options to choose from.

13 Best Dating Apps For Teenagers

1. MyLOL

Age limit: 13 years to 19 years

This app is one of the most popular dating sites in the UK, US, Australia, and Canada. The chat option allows you to have conversations with people with whom you have connected, and you can also add new friends.

What’s good: They are strict with their age restriction policy, so if anyone creates a fake profile, they are banned permanently. You can also filter age and gender preferences. Also, if any user makes any lewd suggestions or propositions to those under 18, their activity is reported to the local police, and their profile is deleted on all platforms.

What’s not: You may find profiles that have no pictures, so it’s difficult to tell the real age of the user. Plus, there may be profile pictures that can be disturbing to look at.

Platform: Android and iOS

2. Skout

Age limit: 17 years or above

Both the site and app allow users to connect and meet new people, so it’s not just a dating app. It has many great features that allow you to go live, watch other live streams, and access the feed of users in your local area.

What’s good: Project Artemis was initiated to fight child predators. They use an “age detection engine” along with a database containing common text patterns, thus preventing the exploitation of teenagers. They also have an integrated team that keeps an eye out for users whose accounts have been banned so that they cannot make an account on Skout again.

What’s not: Since the app allows both adults and teens, it is quite possible for an adult to create a fake profile and trick teenagers.

Platform:
Android and iOS

3. Yubo

Age limit: 13 to 18 years of age

This French social networking app is a curious mix of both Snapchat and Tinder. You can connect with people who have common interests like you from all over the world. The app has a multi-step approach—signing up, setting up the profile, reading through community guidelines, technical tools, and moderation, and reporting and blocking—to ensure maximum safety.

What’s good: They take safety quite seriously since this app is mainly built for teenagers to find new friends. They also engage and educate their users about the steps that they should take for online safety. If anyone breaks their community guidelines, they take active measures to resolve the problem.

What’s not: The major flaw of the app is that there is no age verification, so adults can easily create fake profiles and watch live streams and interact with teenagers. Plus, there is no Android app.

Platform: iOS

4. Hot or Not (The Game by Hot or Not)

Age limit: 13 to 18 years

Presently called The Game, this dating app allows you to meet new people who are nearby. Once you create a profile, you can upload your pictures, after which other users will be able to rate you with either a heart or an X. People who match with you can directly send you a message.

What’s good: People who do not have a profile on the website or the app will have limited access and are unable to upload any content. According to their terms and conditions, any obscene content is prohibited on the site.

What’s not: Adults may prey on teenagers by lying about their age on the platform.

Platform: Android and iOS

5. MeetMe

Age limit: 18 and above

Similar to Skout, MeetMe also falls under The Meet Group. The app offers many different ways to communicate with its users. You can chat with the people you meet on the app, go live yourself, or watch other people’s live streams. There is a bonus feature where users can give each other gifts virtually, which requires payment.

What’s good: They have a thorough list of content and conduct policies because, for them, the safety of their users is a top priority. For the users to have a safe experience on the app and the website, there is a dedicated ‘Report Abuse’ button lest they find someone misbehaving.

What’s not: In 2014, MeetMe was sued due to its evasive privacy policies, which gave the predators a chance to exploit children under 18.

Platform: Android and iOS

6. Coffee Meets Bagel

Age limit: 18 and above

This San Francisco-based dating app is one of the safest dating apps for teens out there. They use a smart algorithm that provides you with the best matches for you, so you do not have to swipe mindlessly. If you do not know what to say to someone you like, they also have “personalized icebreakers,” which let you have meaningful conversations with the other person.

What’s good: They have been featured on several popular platforms such as Buzzfeed, Glamour, Refinery 29, The New Yorker, and Shark Tank. They allow you to get to know your match on a deeper level with a feature called “in-depth profiles.”

What’s not: Just like any other dating app, this app too, isn’t safe from sexual predators. Fortunately, if someone on the app make you uncomfortable, you can easily report them, and their profile will be banned.

Platform: Android and iOS

7. Happn

Age limit: 18 and above

What if the experience of crossing paths with someone in real life and meeting someone on a dating app were mashed together? Happn is the app that makes it possible. People who have a profile on Happn and with whom you cross paths, in reality, will show up on your timeline quite literally. This will give you a chance to connect with them. So, if your crush is at the same place as you are, they will show up on your timeline, and you can send in a quick hi!

What’s good: When you are at the same place as a Happn user, they will show up on your timeline; it’s an easy way to meet people and get to know them.

What’s not: You may come across creepy users with whom you might have crossed paths, so if you feel uncomfortable, you can set the age restrictions on the app and block them.

Platform: Android and iOS

8. Taffy

Age limit: 17 and above

Taffy has been created keeping in mind that someone’s personality is just as important as their physical appearance, so when you first start talking to someone, their profile picture will remain blurred out. Once you break the ice and get to know them through regular conversations, their profile picture becomes clear. By this time, you pretty much have a good understanding of their personality.

What’s good: The users on Taffy get to express themselves through different topics and posts, which are visible to the other users as well.

What’s not: It hasn’t been long since the app has been launched, so you might not find a lot of matches on there.

Platform: Android and iOS

9. Bumble Date

Age limit: 18 and above

To challenge the traditional heterosexual norms, Bumble Date was created where women make the first move. Of course, you would have to swipe right on those people who match your interest. However, once you have a match with someone, if you don’t reach out to them in 24 hours, that match becomes void. If it’s a same-sex match, either of you can make the first move.

What’s good
: It’s a safe and easy way to connect with other people.

What’s not: If you are the shy kind and refrain from making the first move, then you might not like this app.

Platform: Android and iOS

10. Nearify

Age limit: No age limit

This is not a typical dating app because it allows its users to discover fun and interesting events that are happening near them. The app takes into consideration your current location and sends you a list of events specially curated for you. This way, if any event that you want to go to does pop up, you can plan and take your friends with you or maybe go out with the person you like.

What’s good: It’s a good way to socialize with your friends, and you might even end up meeting new people who have the same interests as you do.

What’s not: Since it’s not your typical dating app, you won’t be going on actual dates; instead, it suggests events—comedy nights, concerts, etc.—to let you plan a date night.

Platform: Android and iOS

11. Spotafriend – Meet Teens

Age limit: 13 to 19 years of age

Another swiping app, this one is specifically made for teens. On the app, you can meet new people and make friends. Just like other dating apps, it also asks for your location. Even though this app is for teenagers, there is no obligation to include your birth date.

What’s good: When you enter your age in the app, it matches you with people of your age, so a 15-year-old will get matched with another 15-year-old.

What’s not: Some profile pictures may make you uncomfortable. The website also contains the “More than friends” section, which may be inappropriate for teenagers.

Platforms: Android and iOS

12. Kik

Age limit: Users must be a minimum of 13 years or older

This messaging app is a great way to meet new people. Two of the most popular tools used by Kik users to find a date are “Matcher” and “Match & chat,” both of which allow you to look into other people’s profiles and like them. If they like you back, you have a match. “Flirt!” is another popular tool that filters out people based on your chosen age range.

What’s good: You can search for different hashtags that cater to your interests. That way, you can join a specific public group and meet new people.

What’s not: Sometimes, meeting distasteful people is a con of online dating, but luckily, there is a block and report option on Kik messenger. If you do find someone creepy, report their profile and block them instantly.

Platform: Android and iOS

13. Tinder

Age limit: 18 and above

The most popular dating app to date, Tinder gives you a list of potential matches. You swipe right on the people you like, and when they swipe right on your profile, you have a match. After you have matched with someone, you can message them directly on the app.

What’s good: The “turbo” facility which you would have to purchase lets you be visible to more people around your local radius, which means you will have more matches.

What’s not: If you are not into flings, Tinder might not be suitable for you.

Platform: Android and iOS

Online dating has made socializing a lot easier as you can find people with common interests. However, you must always be careful because there are some people who might exploit you. Be aware of predators and never give out any personal information to strangers. If you have found your match and everything seems safe, then go ahead. Happy dating!

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Harshita Makvana

Harshita is a graduate in commerce and holds a PG Diploma in Patent and Copyrights Law from NALSAR University. She has also pursued CA and has more than three years of internship experience in auditing. Her love for travelling has taken her to various parts of the world, and writing the travelogues was what brought out her love for content writing.... more