The app is easy to use but we personally found the number of messages, winks, views and favourites we received overwhelming. Once: Free The idea behind Once is to move away from today’s dating app culture and back towards traditional match-making – after a computer does the initial whittling down, real human match-makers pick a personalised match for each user every day.
It’s meant to save time and free singles from hours of swiping (although to be fair that it half the fun for many of us), hence the name Once. Extra dedicated users can spend money and even exchange messages with a match-maker too.
When signing up, you have to verify your profile in one of various ways, for example by sending a selfie mimicking a certain pose, which hopefully limits scammers too.
The idea behind it is to save women from receiving leering advances or cringey chat-up lines from men, and it also takes the pressure off guys to start conversations.
The app claims to learn your tastes too, although it seems rare to start conversations.
It’s only available on i OS so far, but is coming to Android soon. Huggle: Free Like most apps, signing in with Facebook makes it very easy and quick to set up a profile.
The unique thing about Huggle is that you pick (initially five of) your favourite places – be they shops, restaurants or parks – and then find people who go there too.
It’s all about location, but you can’t add more places to your list until you’ve visited them.