Tinder has been deemed the app that fuelled the hookup culture.
However, hookup culture didn’t start in recent years but was started years ago.
While Tinder has been known to find great one-night stands or no strings attached relationships (NSA), it isn’t the only one.
You may be surprise by the platter of apps out there that are just as good or even better suited for NSA relationships or sex.
While long-term relationships may be great for some, some of us just want to have fun and not everyone has the time or emotional bandwidth for anything serious at the moment.
Sometimes life gets crazy and you want to paint the town red without leaving your couch, which is why apps are the best way to pick the cream of the crop of NSA partners.
Here are our top picks of apps for the best no strings attached sex.
|Singles who are looking for hookups, friends with benefits, friendships and threesomes. Also great for couples.||4.5|
If skipping drinks and dinner to know you’re getting lucky is your thing, you’ll be relieved to know the existence of this app.
On Feeld, it’s a very sex positive space that you can ask what they’re into and be open about it.
So if your view is that sex is normal and healthy while it is nothing to be ashamed of, this is the app for you.
An interesting fact to know about Feeld is that it used to be called “3nder”, made for threesomes!
Feeld creates a space where one can explore desires and promotes itself as a threesome dating app for couples and singles.
It’s definitely place that will prove you wrong where you’ll find people who want the same things as you.
It’s also definitely not limited to only straight, lesbians or gays.
Being highly inclusive, you’ll find over 20 sexuality options including pansexual, polysexual, andogynosexual, skoliksexual or even bi-curious.
They also include trans non-binary, agender, bigender, gender fluid and gender nonconforming.
You can include specific desires and fantasies so that the app can connect you with like-minded people such as those looking for threesome, singles, couples, or groups, bdsm, dominant, submissive or even watching.
You can pair accounts with a partner or a friend who’s curious, if both of you want to explore sex with other people together.
The lay out is simple and real minimalist, making it real straightforward and focusing on their profiles.
If you’re real honest with yourself, what you’re looking for and in your profile, you’ll most likely find many like-minded people in this app.
This means you get better chances of fulfilling your sexual desires here!
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|For singles looking for casual encounters, chatting and friendships.||Over 492 million||4.4|
Pretty similar to Happn app, you get to talk to people who are nearby and probably people you’ve encountered but didn’t notice.
With over 492 million people here, you’ll have better luck finding attractive matches here for a NSA.
Just be upfront about it in your “what I honestly want” section to state your dating goals.
It is pretty much a social discovery network as it prides itself to be.
Funnily enough, I received a free Badoo Premium account whereby I could use the advanced filters and see who liked me, making it easy to match with people.
I got a response from the Badoo team that it was apparently a special promotion and was told it would automatically be cancelled.
There was no payment method asked and I never say no to free stuff especially a dating app!
From the people I chatted with, I found out that they also had the same offer so you may just be as lucky too!
On a basic account though, you get to change your location, filter on who is online and new a well as age range.
The advanced filters include language, body type, height, sexuality, status, drinking and smoking.
You can also be more specific on whether they want kids and if they’re living alone or with family, if you answer the question yourself!
The weakness of the app though is that you won’t necessarily pair with someone who is looking for a NSA and could pair with someone who wants a serious relationship.
So this may require some patience in finding a match who would be interested in a NSA or a hookup.
But the good news is the huge amount of people matching and chatting with you can get pretty addictive and you’ll find yourself spending more time than you thought you would.
Plus, it’s never a bad thing to meet a few new people and expand your social networking!
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|For singles looking for people to chat with, hookup, casual dating and new friends. Some of them are looking for long-term.||Over 400,000||4.6|
The name says it all and has been aptly named for people on the hunt for no strings attached relationships.
This app is perfect for no strings attached connections, casual encounters and FWBs.
No mind games here as you state clearly what’s you’re seeking for such as casual dating, hookup, new friends, people to chat with or even long-term relationships (if you’re into that later).
While they market themselves as not a pure hookup app or site, based on experience, most people here are down for a hookup or a NSA relationship.
The highlight feature of this app has got to be the intention filter where you can find others who have the same dating goal in mind and it’s FREE!
Other apps usually requires you to pay a premium price to be able to unlock this specific feature and it is not a swiping app.
So, you don’t waste time swiping and get to match quicker with like-minded people.
Another satisfying feature that would make this app more palatable to you, is that you can also filter people who are photo verified with no charges!
So if safety is your utmost priority, you’ll get the kick out of this feature and saves you the headache of being scammed or catfished.
They boast that they currently have 65% verified users which may seem low but they have come a long way since they first launched and its user base is still growing from the increased number of attractive potential matches in the app.
I remembered the days when I would get the same candidates on a daily basis, no matter how much I liked or skipped the matches.
Now, it is filled with more like-minded people and people you don’t usually bump into in Tinder so let’s celebrate the different pool of users here!
Another feature to celebrate about this app is that you can see who likes you instead of needing to unlock their profiles with a skyrocketted fee.
And we’re not done there yet.
You also can see who you have “passed” in the past and the app believes in second chances so if you have a change of heart, you can go back there and like them.
So if you’re sick of seeing the same faces popping up on your screen from Tinder, give this a shot!
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|For singles and couples who are looking for an FWB, casual encounters, one-night stand or any other NSA relationships.||Over 50,000||4.3|
If you feel like you’re wasting time lurking in general dating apps among those seeking a committed relationship, then this app may be the perfect match for you.
This app prides itself as the “Tinder Minus Marriage-Minded Daters” and says it is the trusted alternative to Craigslist for seeking casual encounters.
It even adopts Tinder swiping method here and you can tell this is definitely all out for casual relationships.
The profile features a full length profile photo and you would need to tap on their picture to see their profile.
Zero effort required as the profile section would only show their name, gender, age, location and a very short bio that most people won’t really bother filling up.
So, if you’re looking for something fast, easy and don’t care much about personality other than location, this app would fit that need.
And men, if you’re wondering if there are women who are looking for casual encounters in this app, you’ll be happy to know it does!
There doesn’t seem to be a photo verification process on this app so do practice caution and always propose for a video call first before proceeding to meet.
Their search filter is basic and straightforward with age range, gender, if you prefer to use your current GPS location or select your own location.
On a free account, you can message one user for free each day if both of you have not mutually liked each other.
If you want a gold membership (minimum one-day free membership) in the app but not keen on churning out money, then you could share the word on Casualx on your social media and send a screenshot to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|For singles looking for hookups and NSA.||Over 5 million||4.2|
Usage: Free on iOS, with paid membership options starting from USD7.99.
Market specifically as an adult hookup app and for NSA dating, this app claims to be utilising smart matching based on common interests, values and psychological compatibility.
The good news is that they have loads of choices here and you will end up spoilt for choices.
They claim they have over 5 million verified profiles but the process for this is unclear as there is no verified tag for the profiles.
So, I would still approach this with same caution as any app and get the necessary details to make you feel safe including more profile pictures.
The sad part of the app is that to unlock locals nearby, you would need to pay USD7.99 a week to gain access to it.
But you may feel this is worth it as you can scroll through snippets of profiles of people nearby to see if they have people you’re into.
So, you do get a glimpse of the potential matches you are interested in.
With the paid version, you get to boost your visibility, unlock who viewed you, know if your message was read and most of all, no ads!
Also, there are definitely quite a bit of users here and with a rating of 4.3 out of 5 on Apple App Store, it may be worth a shot depending on your area and users there.
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|For singles looking for chats, casual dating, friends and romantic relationships.||Over 100 million||4.3|
MeetMe is a great social networking app to meet new people nearby who share your interests and well, chat!
Despite being mainly marketed as a chat app, anything can happen by just sending a message to someone in this app.
In your profile, you can choose your intentions, whether you’re looking for friendship, dating, chat or all!
So you can kill three birds with one stone, thanks to this app.
They have a great selection of users here for both men and women.
A little heads up though: You will be swamped with messages real fast after you sign up so you have to get cracking answering those texts pronto!
But the great news is chatting here is free and you don’t need to wait for each other to match.
It’s great if you want fast connections but you would have to do your best to filter the messages yourself.
You can also add five tags of interests only so I would advice you to choose wisely on your top five interests that is a priority to you, because the app’s algorithm will match you with people of similar interests.
So if you’re a gym buff and want to find someone who works out as well, make sure to make it among your five tags because their algorithm works fast in matching according to your interests.
Also the bells and whistles that stands out in this app versus the other apps in the market is the Covid Dating Preference.
You get to make it known if you want virtual dates, meeting outdoors, indoors with masks, open to discussion or you’re not concerned at all.
It makes meeting expectations better and saves time, versus needing to discuss it with every single person on the app.
Be safe on the app by utilising the video call feature on the app before meeting anyone.
It can prevent you from meeting any catfishes or scammers.
Our biggest tip for this app would be to be picky and take your pick of the litter here.
|Singles who are looking for casual dating, relationship, new friends and those who are unsure.||4.4|
Ship is a fun dating app with a huge distinct twist to it.
If you’re one those people who always say you have no luck in dating or always seem to pick the wrong ones even for a NSA relationship, this app is going to pack a punch for you.
You don’t need to go through your NSA dating experience alone and can bring your friends along for the ride.
Yes, but not exactly what you’re thinking of.
Your friends will be the one finding matches for you and can set you up.
So instead of constantly texting them to vet your crushes and telling them from A to Z about each person, you can share your experience together in terms of the crushes, ghosting and everything in between on this app.
So, forget needing to create a group chat with all your closest friends and sending them screenshots or even making poll for each potential match and use this instead.
Create your own “crew” here and get your friends behind you throughout your online dating experience.
Even if it’s a NSA, your friends can make a difference in seeing if the person will be a good match for you.
You can choose your dating goals between something casual, relationship, new friends or even don’t know yet.
Let’s just say your dating life won’t be even a tinge dull with this app if your friends come on board.
Just download the app, choose whether you’re single or not single and fill up what you want in your profile.
Preferences in the filter section is limited to gender you’re interested in, age range and distance.
If you want to step up your game here, you can earn sparks and unlock perks using it such as sending unlimited likes.
To earn Sparks, you can complete certain tasks on Ship such as inviting a friend to join the app.
|Singles looking to flirt, fwb, fast dating, casual relationship with no strings attached, hooking up, arrangement or serious relationships.||4.6|
Priding themselves as the “Shameless Hookup Dating App”, it is an app that uses an ad board like how you would advertise for a penpal in the 90s, but in this case advertising for hookups, one night stands, NSAs or even FWBs.Pure, as the name suggest, is filled with pure sexual experiences and zero emotions.
Here, you can purely be yourself and you have nothing to hold you back on this.
Express openly your deepest desires in your ads and get hits real fast.
Get creative with your ads because it really helps you to stand out.
And we’re talking about creating ads such as “Looking for a human heater in this winter pandemic”, “Depressed and stressed, trying to get undressed” or “God in bed. Atheist in life”.
The app protects your privacy and you can enter anonymously by not using your real name or even picture.
But that of course comes with a cost then because anyone could be on the other end.
So, be cautious and ask for extra photos if needed to verify that they’re not creeps.
Signing up for the app is straightforward and fast while getting messages don’t take long at all.
So if you’re looking for someone nearby and a fast hookup or NSA, this app would be the app for you.
You’ll only get 24 hours to arrange a meet or rules but if you want it longer, you can turn off the chat timer by tapping the collar icon.
Since privacy is a priority here, you can’t save the naughty photos they send you and vice versa.
And if someone takes a screenshot of your photos, the app will notify you!
The app is simple, minimalist and user-friendly for first-timers who usually get lost in other dating apps.
To further stand out in the crowd, you can opt to make some in-app purchases such as sending gifts to someone to gain their attention or become King of the Hill to be on top of the feed for an hour.
(Last updated: 9 December 2020)
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