How handy is a smartphone?  You can do pretty much anything on it - even finding a date. If that appeals, here our our top 5 dating apps.

Tinder (iOS, Android – free)

Tinder_AppLaunched almost a year ago, Tinder has taken the dating scene by storm with downloads already into the millions. Tinder uses people’s Facebook profiles to find possible love interests located close by, by matching mutual friends and common interests. The app then provides you with photos of potential dates which you decide whether you’re interested in or not by ‘liking’ the photos of those people who take your fancy. Tinder only puts you in contact with a potential date if you have both liked each others’ photo, you can then chat online and decide whether to take things further and meet up on a date.

Badoo (Android – free)

badoo-app-1Another location based app, Badoo is a social networking app which puts you in touch with new people in your area. Badoo has more than 180 million users worldwide so there’s a good chance they’ll be people local to your area already signed up. Whether you want to make some new friends or are looking for a date or want to search out Badoo users in your local club when you’re there, this free app could make it happen.

MeetMe (Andoid, iOS – free)

Meetme_appJoin the 90 million plus MeetMe users for a chat with old and new friends, asking whatever you need to know on Ask Me and arranging a date or two. Thanks to the Locals option, you can easily see who is currently near to you and if you have anything in common via the chat feature before organising to meet up.

Lets Date (iOS – free)

letsdate_appAnother app which you can access through Facebook. Simply log in and create your own personalised dating profile called a ‘dater card’. The app lets you look through other users dater cards where you indicate whether you want ‘to date’ or’ pass’, don’t worry none of this is posted on your Facebook wall. Let’s Date will suggest a match where two people have mutually liked their dating cards and will even suggest some possible venues to arrange to meet up.

How About We (iOS, Android – free)

How-about-we-appA slightly different approach towards dating from the makers of How About We. Essentially you post an idea for a date and enter a description of what you’d like to do on your date and you then sit back to wait and see who would be interested in joining you. It’s also quick and easy to browse the local dates posted by other members and view the profiles and photos to help you choose some potential dates to meet up with.