Which are the most popular dating apps in 2021?

After a year or more of lockdowns, those on the lookout for love have seen their options been severely limited. Whereas once they may have donned their glad rags and hit the town, singletons have had to find new ways to hook up and make out (all while socially distancing, of course). 

Dating apps are nothing new, but their popularity has certainly increased of late. We have all become professional photographers (and some of us experts in Photoshop) in our quest to present the best possible image of ourselves. If you are one of the many looking to end a physical contact drought, you are going to need to know the places to be. Let’s have a look at the top 3 dating apps of the year so far according to our friends at Betway Casino.


Love it or loathe it, Tinder certainly has a reputation, and its popularity is extraordinary. 86% of singles, lotharios, and cheats report Tinder as being their go-to app. Having launched back in 2012, this dating app has racked up 50 million users across 190 countries. Does the app work? With 20 billion matches being made, it appears that it at least gets people talking. Exactly what they are talking about, we are not sure we want to know, but there are at least connections being made. 

Success on Tinder requires you to be straight up. A profile saying exactly what you are looking for (with a hope that grandma never signs up and sees) and some quality photos. Are you going to find love on Tinder? Who knows, but there are certainly plenty of active users and those numbers are only growing. 


From Russia with love, Russian entrepreneur Andrey Andreev is the brain begin Badoo. Founded in 2006 and officially launched in 2009, this was on the scene a good 3 years before Tinder was up and running. With over 500m users, in terms of membership, this is the biggest dating app around. 7% of people rated it as their favourite to use.  

Badoo is about fun. If you are looking for love you are perhaps going to have to look elsewhere. If you’re looking for some filthy flirtatious fun, then you’ve probably found your perfect match. Having started life as a Facebook app, Badoo has come certainly come a long way and, like most things Russian, has hopes of dominating the world. 


A dating app where women come first (so to speak), Bumble is all about the female experience. Working in a similar way to Tinder with left and right swipes, the key difference is that women have to make the first move. Rated by 2% as the best in dating apps, Bumble has a lot to offer and has progressed to networking as well as dating. There is also a separate app focusing on finding platonic friendships. 

Formed in 2014, the app has an estimated 42 million users. With Andreev (of Badoo fame) and Whitney Wolfe Herd (previously from Tinder) as its founders, Bumble was always destined for big things.