Online Dating For Expats

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The Best Dating Apps for Expats

Finding a special someone in your native country is difficult enough; finding love overseas is even more difficult. Fortunately, dating apps for expats are available to assist you in getting back into the game. These popular internet apps help you connect with people by doing the legwork for you, so you don’t have to deal with awkward pickup lines or blind dates.

Here are the five top dating apps for expats to help expats swipe “right” instead of “wrong.”

1. Tinder 

Tinder, the most downloaded dating app on the planet, has changed the dating game in the last eight years and given the phrase “swiping” a whole new meaning. When users come across profiles of men and women in their local community, they can swipe their fingers left (to detest) or right (to like). While Tinder offers a lot of cool features like private messaging for people who have both swiped right, Facebook and Instagram profile integration, and different membership tiers, its biggest feature is its global accessibility. Tinder is available in more than 40 languages, and expats from all seven continents (yes, Antarctica included) use it every day to find love, casually date, and meet new people.

2. Badoo

Available in more than 47 languages across 190 countries, Badoo is the world’s most widely used dating network. Operating on a freemium model (i.e., core services are free), Badoo takes pride in its “Bigger than Dating” tagline. While similar to Tinder in having users swipe and find people nearby, Badoo is unique because it allows users to make connections across the globe through its search functionality. Additionally, expats can feel slightly at ease using Badoo’s safety measures against catfishing. The app lets users request selfies in real-time, connect via video chat, and undergo a photo verification process that is overseen by Badoo’s 5,000+ moderators.

3. InterNations 

Although not a traditional dating app, InterNations made this list because it is the largest global network specifically dedicated to expats. Think MeetUp.com, but for expats. Founded in 2007, and now with almost four million members across 420 cities, InterNations labels itself as a community that offers global networking opportunities, local meet-up events, and other expat relevant information. Membership is vetted through an approval process and is offered by various tiered pricing. Users can send other members a “twinkle,” which is InterNations’ way of saying “I think we share some common interests.” InterNations also hosts a worldwide forum where users can create threads, ask questions, and discuss issues related to expats.

4. Lovoo

Lovoo, dubbed “the app with a heart,” is the most popular dating app among expats in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Lovoo users can play Russian roulette by “discovering” and “playing” with member profiles, which have over 70 million members. You can also utilize search filters to find users, host and watch live video sessions, and converse using daily icebreakers.

5. Tantan 

Tantan is here, so don’t be afraid! Tantan has taken over the market as one of the best downloadable dating applications for expats looking to create a connection in China, India, or other surrounding Asian nations. Tantan’s navigation will look very familiar to individuals who are familiar with Tinder. Tantan is a half-social media, half-dating app that needs users to have a Facebook profile that is active. Tantan may be a lot of fun to navigate thanks to its get-to-know-you quizzes, video/audio/chat functionality, and “cross-paths” feature.

Technology gives expats opportunities to connect now more than ever before. Challenges of yesterday are met with solutions for today, and love may be at your fingertips – literally.

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