Hookups and casual relationships are a big part of modern dating. Today, people are looking for options in the casual dating scene. People are also looking for apps that can make it easier for them to hook up. Some people are looking for apps to help them find someone right now. Others are looking for apps that can help them in their search for casual hookups in their area. This blog will teach you which apps to look for, depending on your particular needs.
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Sometimes you’re not in the mood to get dressed up, take the train to a bar, and have a full-on date. Sometimes, you just want to jump into bed with someone, no strings attached.
There’s no shame in wanting casual sex as long as you’re honest and open about your intentions. (In other words, don’t lead your date on if you’re just looking for a one-time hookup.) Lord knows there are plenty of likeminded people out there who are looking to skip dinner and head straight to poundtown.
This is where hookup apps can really come in handy. Hookup apps (or sex apps) are different from dating apps like Hinge or Bumble, in that they specifically cater to folks looking for casual sex—not long-term relationships and love.
Some apps, like Tinder and OkCupid, are hookup/dating hybrids. With these apps, it’s important to let potential matches know what you’re looking for. Don’t be gross about it. Writing “looking to hit it and quit it” on your Tinder bio isn’t gonna get you any matches whatsoever. Instead, say something like, “Not looking for anything serious at the moment, but down to have some fun in the meantime. 😉”
Once you match with someone on a hookup app, you should still put in some work in the form of witty banter (and proving you’re not a serial killer) before you meet up for sex.
Now that you know what to do, here are the best hookup apps for all you casual sex fans out there.
For the love of God, the app’s name is “Kasual.” You really can’t get more casual than that. Kasual is a great app for folks who don’t want others to know that they’re seeking no strings attached hookups. They don’t gather any personal information, and users can blurry their profile pics or cover their faces with emojis for even more anonymity.
Download Kasual on iOS or Google Play.
Do you like giving oral? Do you like receiving oral? Then Headero is the app for you. Created for oral sex lovers, Headero is also very inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations. It’s one of the few apps out there that seems to cater to straight, bisexual, and gay folks evenly.
Download Headero on iOS or Google Play.
Pure is the anonymous hookup app. In fact, in the Apple store, you’ll notice the full title of the app is “Pure anonymous hookup chat 18+.” With Pure, you don’t have to link to your social media, and there’s no way to identify you if you so choose. Also, chats automatically disappear after 24 hours (unless you and the person you’re speaking to both agree to extend).
Download Pure on iOS or Google Play.
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The app is literally called Down, so you know that folks on it are DTF. With every match, you can choose whether you’re looking to “Date” or “Hookup,” so if you’re just looking to have sex, you know which one to press.
Download Down Dating on iOS or Google Play.
Grindr was the first geolocation hookup app that you could download to your smartphone. The app, which predominantly caters to gay, bisexual, and bicurious men, tells you exactly how far someone is away (in feet). So if you’re looking for a quick and easy hookup, you can find a guy who’s less than a block from your apartment.
Download Grindr on iOS and Google Play.
We debated included Ashley Madison, but this is a list of the best casual hookup apps—not a list of the best ethical hookup apps. With the tagline “Life is short. Have an affair,” Ashley Madison boasts of having over 50 million users worldwide (making it one of the most popular hookup apps in the world). The married men and women on the app are definitely not looking for anything serious; they’re simply trying to get their rocks off quickly and discreetly.
Download Ashley Madison on iOS and Google Play.
There are numerous sex apps out there for queer men that cater predominantly to a “pump and dump.” Scruff is a wildly popular one that caters to hairier men — think guys who prescribe to the gay bear, cub, and otter tribes.
Download Scruff on iOS and Google Play.
HUD is for people looking to hookup, plain and simple. They call it commitment-free dating. You’ll notice on their site, they use the tagline, “The app for people who want the [eggplant emoji] but not the [ring emoji].”
Download HUD on iOS or Google Play.
Hornet is another popular gay/bisexual hookup app for men. While not as popular in the United States as Grindr or Scruff, it does have many users in Europe and Asia, making this the perfect hookup app to use when traveling abroad.
Download Hornet on iOS and Google Play.
Feeld is an app that caters to open and polyamorous couples of all genders and sexual orientations. You’ll notice that there are a lot of couples on the app who are looking for a third to experiment with. So if you’re into threesomes, this is the app for you. Even if you’re not looking for a third, but just want a more casual fling, Feeld is a great space because you can be very candid about your hookup desires from the get-go. You’d be less likely to be judged on Feeld for hooking up than on an app like Tinder.
Download Feeld on iOS and Google Play.
3Somer is a specific threesome app, and as we previously noted in Men’s Health, this platform is specifically geared for couples and swingers, meaning it typically draws in a more seasoned crowd than Feeld. Meeting a couple for a casual encounter could be as easy as creating a profile and swiping through for couples.
Download 3Somer on iOS and Google Play.
We all know Tinder and likely have a love-hate relationship with it. You can use Tinder if you’re interested in dating someone long term, but lord knows you can use it if you’re just looking to hook up, too.
Download Tinder on iOS and Google Play.
With OkCupid you can definitely find people to date, but there’s also a sex-positive/kinky/hookup side to to the app/site. I think this is because OKC profiles are so damn thorough. I’ve seen people write literal novels about what it is they’re looking for and answer dozens of personal questions on the app. So some folks are very explicit about their desire to hookup and exactly how they’d like to do it.
Download OkCupid on iOS and Google Play.
FetLife has been around for a dozen years. It’s a huge social networking website (and now app) for folks interested in BDSM and various fetishes and kinks. FetLife distinguishes itself from other apps by emphasizing that it’s a social networking site and not a dating site.
Download FetLife on Google Play.
With a sex app named “Wild,” you know that things can get…wild. This app allows you to rewind on matches you first initially passed on (albeit it accidentally or on purpose). You can also upload NSFW pictures that only matches have access to.
Download Wild on iOS or Google Play.
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