The majority of internet users in Africa access the internet on their mobile phones. The trend has led to thousands of mobile applications. The first generation of mobile applications in Africa targeted basic services such as banking and health services. However, current applications target economic, political, and social sectors including dating. In the past, people turning to dating websites to connect with other singles looking for love. Mobile dating apps are slowly overtaking dating websites. Most of the apps target mobile phone users in specific countries or regions. The most popular dating apps in Africa are outlined below:
The Los-Angeles based app is popular in South Africa. The app is also gaining popularity in East Africa countries, especially in Kenya. The app has a simple user interface and allows users to share real-time photos as they chat with their match. Active app users get up to 100 matches in a month.
The app targets gay men who prefer to date privately. Most African societies are conservative about same-sex relationships and marriages. Hence, Grindr has gained popularity because it offers gay men an alternative way of meeting and building relationships. Kenya is among the top users of the app. The developers claim that it is the safest gay dating app in Kenya and Africa.
The dating app has more than 13 million users in the world. One of the features that attract users to the app is the five-minute video dates. Users can go on a virtual date with their matches for five minutes on the app. Kenya is among the top African countries with many active users on the app.
Some people use dating sites and apps for fun. Such people are not interested in committed relationships or meeting a lifetime mate. BeNaughty is popular among these internet users. Users can vote for the best members and participate in such competitions. The downside of the app is that many users create multiple fake profiles for the fun of it.
Lovoo ranks among the top-grossing social networks in Africa. The app is an extension of the German dating website. One of the unique features of the app is that users connect with other users within their vicinity.
More than 25 million people in the world use Zoosk. The app has a behavioral matching engine that connects users with their perfect matches. The app ranks number 3 among highest-grossing iPad apps in Kenya.
The dating app helps its users to meet new friends and find love through chat messages. Users can locate potential dates in their location using a map on the app. The app enables singles to identify other local singles within their geographical location.
Are You Interested (AYI)
AYI is one of the most popular dating apps in Africa. The developers target mature singles interested in finding love. The app is integrated with Facebook and so users must create profiles on both social platforms. Users can share photos and see other users who are interested in them on the app. Access to Facebook profiles gives users more information about their potential dates.
OkCupid gets more than three million new visitors every month and ranks high among the most popular African social networking applications. South Africans are the most active users of online dating sites and apps on the continent. However, the app has also spread to East and West African countries.
Tagged is one of the leading apps where people meet new friends, chat, and flirt. The app has more than 300 million registered users. Tagged is among the popular paid-up social networking apps. The app stands out because it has a playful atmosphere where people can meet and play social games.