Here Are the 10 Safest Dating Apps for 2021

Safety Team
Updated Feb 19, 2021
1 min read

People have their own reasons for dating, but whether you’re playing the field or playing for keeps, safety is always a priority. You want a dating app that’s going to protect you on your path to a relationship. While nearly all dating platforms allow you to block other users and report abuse, these are the ones with safety features that you’ll truly fall in love with.

The League

Exceptional, ambitious people deserve a dating app to match, at least that’s what the creators of The League believe. This app is tailored to the driven, who may not have much time to look, but prioritize standards for a possible match. Fortunately, the app also has high standards for safety. App developers authenticate every user through their Linkedin profiles, then make sure that matches don’t coincide with your business associates. Once you’re a member, in-app video chatting helps keep your interactions safe and convenient. Exceptional security, exceptional people, all that’s left is an exceptional relationship.


Think dating should be fun? XO agrees with you. Interactions on the app start with playing a light, amusing game. This activity-turned-social driver encourages natural conversation and honest interaction. If you’re still not sure about putting yourself out there, use the Third Wheel feature to have an XO employee sit in on your conversation. For those who prefer a more familiar backup, the app offers four-person icebreaker games you can invite your friends to join. Either way, you never have to be alone until you decide that you and your match could use some privacy.


Even Bumble’s main selling point—that women in heterosexual matches get to message the man first—has a built-in element of safety. However, empowering women to control their dating life is just the start of the app’s protections for its millions of users. Photo verification protects you from catfishing, while in-app video and voice call features ensure that your personal information stays protected.  They’ve even pioneered a Private Detector that blurs certain anatomical features of those unwanted nudes. These features cover every aspect of security, so that you can stay focused on the birds and the bees.


If you’re due for a careless fling that doesn’t compromise your safety, look no further than this spontaneous dating experience. Just create a profile, tell them the kind of company you’re in the mood for, and it will immediately connect you with the best matches in your area. The idea is a spur-of-the-moment romantic encounter, so all your activity—profile, likes, comments, everything—self-destructs after 24 hours. What’s more, any photos you send can’t be saved, and the app alerts you if someone tries to screenshot them. Basically, Mission Impossible meets Cinderella, and you’re at the center of the fairytale.


A little scared to take on the online dating world alone? With Ship, you don’t have to because it’s the first app that makes your friends and family a part of the matchmaking process. Have them create a profile, and they can become part of your Crew. Then you can send your Crew potential matches to research. You’ll love their feedback, they’ll be thrilled to help, and they’ll provide a level of security unique to this interface. The fact is, these are the people who have your back, so why not let them support you in the world of on-line dating. With their help, the catfishing scams and bots won’t stand a chance.


It’s a bit surprising that this dating heavyweight also slays the safety game, but we have to give credit where it’s due. Tinder is mostly photo-based, and their photo verification feature lets you know exactly who you’re swiping right for. Lately, they’ve also teamed with Noonlight, the security platform, to keep you safe on dates. Just upload the time and location of your date, and if things start going badly, press the panic button to summon emergency services. For any other safety-related concerns, Tinder is one of the few apps with a dedicated Safety Center designed to answer your specific questions.


This newcomer to the online dating scene doubles down on the belief that there’s no true compatibility without face-to-face interaction. Users create video profiles, then make connections through—you guessed it—live video chats. This set-up may feel a bit awkward, but it creates authentic chemistry and lets you know exactly who you’re communicating with. That makes it one of the safest and most honest ways to meet someone online.


This leading LGBTQ dating app has lately garnered plenty of praise lately for how it safeguards its much-maligned clientele. Despite its use of geolocation, the app offers a distance-cloaking security option so that sophisticated users can’t triangulate your position. This is as useful for avoiding clingy matches as it is for bamboozling international governments that might not be LGBTQ-friendly. The app will also alert you upon arriving in a country that’s less than kind to the gay community. As a final protection, while other apps, like Grindr, share your information with third-party marketing services, Scruff’s in-house ad and marketing department protects your personal data. The result is a user-centered experience committed to the well-being of its customers.


We know, it’s not the trendiest app, and that extensive questionnaire can be a drag, but this  mature dating platform still has a few things to teach about safety. First, that pesky survey filters out many potential matches who might not be on the app for the right reasons. It also offers a wide range of privacy settings that you can customize yourself. If you’re willing to pay a little, A-list status allows you to browse other people’s profiles invisibly. Still not enough privacy? Upgrade to Incognito mode, and the only people who will see you are the ones you contact first.


This worldwide dating platform appreciates that with great popularity comes great responsibility. Its three-pronged face, phone, and social media verification system ensure that you know exactly who you’re communicating with. If that’s not enough, Badoo uses facial recognition software as a gateway to the app, and you can request selfies if you still want to confirm your match’s identity. As a bonus, its Private Detector (Bumble and Badoo are under the same ownership) will weed out any unsolicited nudes so that even your eyes gain a layer of protection. Ultimately, it’s a security suite worthy of what may be the largest dating network in the world.

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