No matter what you’re looking for – a quick introduction or a long-term relationship – there’s sure to be a dating app that will work for you.
The list is long and varied – from Tinder and Bumblebee for OKCupid and Grindr – and also includes local variants since the Indian founders realized the potential and launched their own versions.
According to Statisticalthe online dating segment revenue in India is expected to reach $559 million in 2022. It is expected to grow at an annual growth rate (CAGR 2022-2026) of 11.80%, which would translate into a forecasted market volume of $873 million by 2026.
The growing popularity of dating apps has spawned several local apps that take advantage of this growing demand by offering various unique features and focusing on common interests and activities.
Your story curated a list of local dating apps that cater to the needs of Indians.
Founded by Bhanu Pratap Singh Tanwar, Hardik Bansal, and Harshvardhan Chhangani in 2019, Bangalore based dating appis an audio-romance and friend-discovery startup that allows users to connect with each other through live streams.
Users connect via audio pseudo-anonymously and initiate a conversation through a matchmaker.
The matchmaker-run chat rooms and game rooms on the platform have a moderation system aimed at connecting people through safe yet engaging conversation.
The app focuses on making one-to-one connections through audio games like Raja Rani Chor Police, Voice Match and others. It currently has over five million downloads on the Google Play Store.
Founded in 2020 by Jitesh Bisht, Bengaluru-based dating platformallows users to “communicate reliably and interestingly with other users”. It provides topic suggestions that people can use to start conversations.
The app claims to keep a strict tab on reported accounts and targets people between the ages of 18 and 65.
HiHi App has over five million downloads on Google Play Store.
Founded in 2014 by Sumesh Menon and Ankit Nautyal, dating and matchmaking platform Woo focuses on well-educated professionals. It provides voice introduction, direct messaging features, questions and answers, and tag search features. The app also offers a voice call option.
Woo aims to connect like-minded people and also claims to be a platform that puts women first. Women can make voice calls without sharing their numbers; the app never shares their name, location and number.
Woo Plus gives access to ignored profiles and allows you to check who visited your profile. The app has over 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store.
Neha Kanodia and Meet Kanodia, Co-Founders, GoGaga
Founded in 2017 by Meet Kanodia and Neha Kanodia,allows users to find friends of friends for dating. The app has a unique concept as it involves a friend in finding a dating partner.
The idea behind this app came from the fact that most people are introduced by mutual friends. The app aims to make dating social – bearing in mind that most people in India want it to be personal. The social referral feature helps weed out fake accounts.
The app also uses artificial intelligence (AI) to choose the best match. It’s free to use, but you need to invite friends to earn flames and get better suggestions. The app will not find matches until you invite your friends to join you.
GoGaga has over 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store.
Founded in 2009 by Ravi Mittal, India-focused dating app based in Hyderabadhelps to chat and flirt with eligible and like-minded local singles.
The app focuses on quality over volume and quick swipe deeper connections. It matches users based on education, habits, locations, and occupations, as well as personal details such as “deal breakers and lighters.”
The application is free and allows anyone to connect securely. It offers active content moderation, monitoring and privacy features, and has over 10 million downloads.