How to Get Started Make a Dating App

Millions of people around the world use dating apps daily to try and find their perfect match. For many, it’s resulted in great experiences and even long-lasting relationships. As a result, there’s a lot of demand.

However, tapping into this market can take time and effort.

According to a Pew Research Center survey of 6,034 adults conducted in July, 2022, three-in-ten adults in US reported using a dating app or site. That’s an enormous market of over 30 million people in the US alone.

Let’s get started on how to make your own dating app:

Conduct market research

Market research is crucial when it comes to making apps. Who is your target audience? What do you want your app to offer that others on the market don’t? How do you want the app to find matches for users?

Analyze the competition

The market is very competitive, but this offers an opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t. What are the major players doing right? What features of certain apps seem to resonate most with users? Are there some apps that offer features that others don’t?

Look at user reviews if you’re finding it tough to know which features people like.

Include essential features

These are some core features of a good dating app:

  1. A Robust Verification System:

To ensure genuine interactions, it’s paramount to have a strong verification system in place. This will help in confirming the authenticity of user profiles and reduce the risk of fake accounts, scams, or catfishing. By integrating multi-step verification processes, like linking to social media accounts or using OTPs sent to mobile phones, users can have confidence in the authenticity of matches.

  1. Matching Preferences:

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to finding a partner. The app should provide a detailed and customizable preference system, allowing users to filter potential matches based on interests, age, location, and other criteria. This ensures that users get matches tailored to their desires.

  1. In-app Messaging:

Communication is how relationships are formed. A messaging platform lets users chat with each other securely. Consider adding features like photo sharing, voice notes, and even video calls to make the user experience better.

  1. Suggestions for First Dates:

Breaking the ice can be difficult. By offering users curated first-date ideas you can help break this barrier. Your app could, for example, suggest a meetup at a local café, or even propose virtual date ideas for long-distance matches.

  1. A Place for Users to Share their Interests:

A basic bio and photo is crucial. Consider adding a dedicated section for users to share more about themselves, such as hobbies, favorite books, music, or movies, etc.. This helps users find common interests, making the connection more meaningful.

  1. Push Notifications to Keep Users Active:

Keeping users engaged is essential. Timely push notifications about new matches or messages.

Look for gaps in the market

After analyzing the competition and knowing about what basic features you should implement, it’s time to look for gaps in the market. What’s a feature that you think would make your app stand out? Carefully think about this, as it can make or break the success of your app. For example, AI-powered solutions can be leveraged to give your app a helpful chatbot to guide users through the process.

Building the app

You’ll need to choose a programming language to build the app – popular choices include Swift, React Native and Java. A back-end system is also necessary to save user info and messages – this can be done by creating database (using PostGreSQL or MongoDB).

Last, you must ensure the algorithm you use to match users works. The complexity of creating the algorithm depends on how you intend to match users.

Monetizing your app

Dating apps offer various monetization strategies, such as in-app purchases, in-app ads, premium access, matching priority, etc. Choose a strategy that aligns with your target audience’s preferences and behavior.

Case Studies: Successful Dating Apps

It might be helpful to glean insights from some industry standouts:

Tinder: Introduced in 2012, Tinder brought a novel approach. Rather than scrolling through pages and pages of profiles, they introduced a simple swipe mechanism: right for “interested”, left for “not interested.” When two people both swipe right, they’re paired up and can start chatting.

Bumble: Here’s an interesting tidbit: Bumble was created by a former Tinder employee. Its unique feature? Women get the reins. After a successful match, they have 24 hours to initiate contact. If not, the match dissipates.

OkCupid: When the mobile wave of apps like Tinder entered the market, OkCupid adapted by launching an app that uses a questionnaire, in which users answer a series of queries, facilitating matches based on shared viewpoints and preferences.


There’s a lot more involved in the process, but I hope this simple guide has helped somewhat in your dating app-building journey.

Remember, your dating app should not only offer an engaging platform for users to find their match but also ensure a safe and respectful community. With the right blend of technology, creativity, and understanding of user needs, you have what it takes to create a successful dating app. On that note, I wish you the best of luck!

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