More and more lesbians are using dating apps, with a study carried out by famous dating site Match showing that 56% of LGBTQ+ singles have dated a person they met online.
That’s a high number that’s growing all the time. And the reason it’s growing is that there are more and more lesbian dating apps that are safe to use, tolerant and open-minded and – more importantly – affordable.
If you’re a woman seeking a woman and you feel like trying a dating app, we’ve put together a review guide of the 10 best lesbian dating apps around today. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re looking to date and see what happens or perhaps find a long-term, committed relationship.
Best Lesbian Dating Apps For 2022
HER is the most popular lesbian dating app – but it also works just as well as a lesbian social media app. In fact, if you asked the founders of HER what it really is (as well as the people who use it), they’d probably say it’s more a social media app than anything else.
Still, you can create a profile, share stories and photos, leave comments on other people’s photos, chat, meet new people – and go on dates. It’s exclusively aimed at women, its user base is now almost at 100,000 daily active users, and sending and receiving messages is totally free. The only catch is that you must have a Facebook or an Instagram account to join.
And while HER is free to have conversations with other users, you can upgrade for $18 a month if you want to see who’s already liked you, as well as take advantage of other premium features.
Perhaps the most popular LGBTQ+ dating app of all time, OkCupid, was launched in 2004 and today is used by more than 50 million people around the world. Its popularity with women seeking women lies with the fact that it’s always promoted inclusivity and encourages people of a wide variety of sexual orientations to sign-up and meet new people.
OkCupid has also created a “safe space” for its users, whereby you can’t send a second message to someone until they’ve replied to your opening message. This is a fab way of ensuring no one gets hassled. Messaging is a free service, but you can’t see when someone has sent you an opening message until you “like” them back first.
If you want to see who’s liked you or unlock other OkCupid premium features, you can subscribe to OKCupid for just under $8 per month.
Hinge is a swipe app, which means profiles are queued up for you, and you have to swipe Yes or No. If you swipe Yes on someone who also swiped Yes on you, the two of you are a match and can start chatting. And while there’s no search function on Hinge, it hardly matters – just make sure to state that you’re a woman seeking a woman, and Hinge will suggest female matches.
Hinge is free to send and receive messages, but you can pay extra to make your profile more visible, as well as to see who’s already liked you. And if you’re the kind of dater who hates writing bios, Hinge gives you a series of prompts – such as “my most irrational fear” – that you can answer with one line and add it to your profile.
How much does Hinge cost? Signing up for a month will set you back $26, but signing up for a 3-month subscription works out cheaper at just $20 per month.
eHarmony recently ran inclusive ads that are aimed at the LGBTQ+ community. Today, it presents itself as one of the best solutions to committed, serious lesbian relationships. It’s a premium dating app, which means you will need to upgrade your account to send and receive messages, but the app claims to have helped millions of people find love worldwide.
eHarmony’s success is based on a powerful algorithm that uses the answers you give in your initial personality questionnaire (which is mandatory upon sign-up). Each day and each week, eHarmony then recommends matches based on how compatible the two of you are. There are also advanced search filters to help you find someone who’s on your level.
To send and receive messages, you first need to upgrade your account. Because eHarmony is for serious daters who are in this for the long-haul, there’s no option to sign-up for a month. Instead, you can go for a 6-month subscription for $40 per month.
Lex is a queer dating app used by trans, queens, non-binary, non-conforming and lesbian women looking for something different. You can use Lex to find a hook-up, new friends, and even long-term lovers. Everyone except men are welcome to sign-up.
Launched in 2020, Lex looks and feels very “current,” and yet it’s a simple, text-based dating app that’s designed to be different.
How is it different? There’s no scope for video and voice messaging. Instead, Lex wants everyone to communicate using language alone, freeing themselves from visual and auditory posturing that often prevent us from making proper connections.
Lesly works kind of like a lesbian version of Bumble and Tinder. It’s a swipe app in which you’re presented with a series of profiles whom you must swipe left or right on. Once you’ve got a mutual match, the two of you can start chatting.
Aimed largely at lesbian and bisexual women, Lesly is still a fairly new dating app that’s growing in popularity. It looks clean, it’s easy to use, and it’s used for those who are looking for a bit of fun, as well as those who want something more serious.
However, Lesly isn’t totally free, and you can’t chat until you’ve upgraded. Prices start out from $9.99 per month, but you’ll save money if you lock yourself into a 3 or 6-month contract.
Feeld is an inclusive dating app that offers a wealth of different gender options. It’s also a location-based app that’s ideal if you live in a town or city and want to meet someone new, and it’s also aimed at people who are a bit more – shall we say – kinky with their tastes.
However, you must have a Facebook account to sign-up, but apart from that, nothing is really mandatory here. You don’t even have to upload a real photo of yourself, and you can register as a single person or a couple. Messaging other users is a premium feature.
Most people who use Feeld stick to the free version, but upgrading for a month for $20 lets you see when someone was last active, as well as when someone wants to connect with you.
ZOE is a lesbian dating app aimed specifically at lesbians and bi-curious women. It’s not used by as many people as some of the online dating app heavyweights, but there’s a lot you can do as a free member, and many users take the app seriously enough and will reply to your messages.
As a free member, you can send and receive messages, and while this can sometimes encourage more fake profiles, ZOE has a strict verification process that means there are very few scammers on this app.
If you choose to subscribe for a month, you will need to pay $16, while subscribing to a quarterly payment package will set you back $13 per month.
One of the best things about Fem is that, unlike many other lesbian dating apps, it lets you have post video clips of yourself. You can also have group chats, and if ever there was a Tik-Tok version of a dating app, Fem would be it.
That said, you don’t have to get involved with group chats, and neither do you have to have to post video clips (you can just stick to photos!). However, you can use Fem to find local dates and international dates, but while it claims to be a free app, you will need to upgrade your account to get the most out of it.
How much does Fem cost? You can either unlock in-app features by purchasing coins (100 coins = $1.99), or you can subscribe for a month for $9.99.
Now one of the world’s most popular dating apps, Bumble is used by millions of people who are looking for friendship, hookups – and committed, lasting relationships. A swipe app with a twist, only women can send the first message – although this feature is redundant among lesbian daters.
However, one feature that remains is the 24 hour countdown. In other words, if no one makes the first move within 24 hours of a match, the match disappears. And while Bumble isn’t aimed specifically at lesbians and comes without a search function, it attracts thousands of lesbian daters in heavily populated towns and cities.
Bumble is totally free to chat, and because many people use it casually to make quick connections, there’s an option to subscribe week-by-week for Bumble premium packages, with prices starting out at $12 per week. You can also subscribe for a month ($27) or choose a 3 or 6-month subscription plan.
Tinder works similarly to Bumble but is even more popular, with an active user base of 75,000,000 worldwide. So while it isn’t aimed at lesbian daters, it’s clear that, as long as you live in a fairly crowded town or city, there’s every chance you’ll find the lesbian date of your dreams.
That said, Tinder is also a swipe app that doesn’t come with a search function. This means to match with women seeking women, you will just need to tweak the filter so that you only get matched with lesbians. And while sending and receiving messages is free, upgrading your account on Tinder is always recommended as it boosts your visibility and helps you land more matches.
Tinder has 3 different premium packages available if you want to see who’s already liked you, change your location, and get access to unlimited swipes. Tinder Plus is the cheapest option at $9 per month; Tinder Gold costs $13 per month, while Tinder Premium will cost you $21 per month.