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compass - 5 dating apps put to the test

1 HAPPN

What? The name “happn” is the short form of “happen”, the English word for “to happen”.

This app works using GPS data. If the location tracker is activated, happn will accompany you. All people who also use happn are tracked in this way. Everywhere they go.

The app counts how often you run into whom, when and where. If necessary, you can give the people you've met with a “like”. It happens secretly. A person only sees the “like” if he also “likes” me. If you find someone super megatoll, you can also send him / her a «Charm». This is then also visible without a counter - «charm». With mutual likes or charms you can chat.

The app was developed in France in 2014, the link opens in a new window and slowly winds its way to us.

Privacy: The app needs GPS data and access via Facebook. Although «happn» never posts on your Facebook wall, it naturally collects data. The location tracker is also not so ideal for data protection freaks. Most dating apps are unsafe though, Link opens in a new window. Dating apps collect information that can be misused by determining the location and employer.

inApp advertising: No

Free version vs. paid version: Women can give “charms” (visible “likes”) for free, whereas men have to pay for them. Equal rights? Nothing.

My experiences: Of all 5 tested, "happn" is the apps, the app that scared me a little. All the while you are told where you run into whom. I ran into Leon four times in 48 hours at the Wiedikon train station. Every time I came to the train station, I was afraid of meeting him. I also had a match with a girl (yes, I hired both genders) who invited me to a threesome with her boyfriend. Conclusion: something happens to me at «happn» to much.

My rating: 3/6

2 TINDER

What: The classic. Tinder has long since gained a foothold in pop culture. 2.2 million people have been using the app in Germany alone since 2012, Link will open the app in a new window.

After the download, Tinder must be connected to the Facebook profile. An algorithm then generates a profile from 5 of your Facebook photos and your professional activity. The age is also taken over from Facebook.

Once the app has started, you will immediately be shown people around you. You can then either swipe to the left (“not like”) or to the right (“like”). If both parties swipe to the right, it's a match. Then the flirtation can begin.

Privacy: Since a lot of data is taken over from Facebook, you will certainly leave more traces with a Tinder profile than if you could simply log in anonymously. In addition, you have to enter the mobile phone number for verification, which also encroaches on privacy.

inApp advertising: No

Free version vs. paid version: In the free version, the radius of potential matches is a maximum of 120 kilometers, in which the Tinder Prince or Tinderella is located.

For hardcore daters, there has been a paid version since 2014, where you pay $ 20 a month. You can determine the place where you want to find your matches. So if an Englishman is into Peruvian women, he can move his Tinder location to Peru. With an app costing $ 20 per month, the Englishman prefers to fly to Peru, depending on how long he has to use Tinder to actually land a match.

My experiences: It's not the first time I've been using Tinder. Last year I used the app, then deleted it, then used it again. I used it for one simple reason: curiosity.

I deleted them because of all the constant profile pictures (in front of a sight, with a cute animal, while surfing) and the often superficial conversations. It was no different now. "Where are you from?", "Did you have a good weekend?" or "Pretty, do you want to come for a cup of coffee?" are still the order of the day. I've only had an interesting match once or twice so far. I also met with the people.

My rating: 5/6

3 BADOO

What: Badoo is one of the only dating apps that doesn't require you to log in via Facebook or any other platform. All you need to do is register via email and you're in the game.

At Badoo you can reveal your whole life: In the profile it is possible to reveal extensive information - if you want to.

Privacy: Dating apps are generally not the privacy advocates' best friends, but things are particularly deceptive with Badoo. You think, because you only log in with your mobile phone, that you are not revealing any information about yourself. However, the app has access to practically all content on your smartphone: contacts, location, camera & microphone, photos, Bluetooth and much more.

inApp advertising: Yes

Free version vs. paid version: Many functions are not visible in the free version. You can purchase credits: 100 credits cost 3 francs. With it you can unlock people who have liked you and make your own profile more visible.

My experiences: Because your own profile is visible to everyone, that also means: Everyone can write me a message. As a result, I already had a lot of messages in my mailbox after logging in, without doing anything else.

These included messages like "lonely and horny?" or “what do you look at when you first impress someone?”. I then wrote back to the second person "on the photo". Unfortunately, nothing more came after that. Was probably the wrong answer. I have a friend who uses Badoo for his preference for older women. Badoo is good for this, because the app is very revealing.

My rating: 2/6

4 OKCUPID

What: OkCupid has been around since 2001 and was originally a website. Using collective questions, users are categorized and referred to potential flirt partners. If you start the app, you can answer questions about smoking or religion.

Privacy: All you need to register with OkCupid is an email address.

inApp advertising: Yes, banners keep popping up.

Free version vs. paid version: With the paid version, OkCupid users can place their photos more prominently or distribute any number of awards.

My experiences: Since OkCupid is used most in the USA, the number of local contacts in Switzerland is small. In addition, the same scenario prevails as with Badoo: You receive far too many messages and the profiles on it do not seem sorted. In my opinion, the factors “random” and “superfluous” are capitalized on this app.

My rating: 2/6

5 ONCE

What: Once from France was introduced in Switzerland in April 2016. This app follows an anti-wear strategy. The motto here is apparently not “quantity before quality”. Once is designed in such a way that you get a match every 24 hours. You then have 24 hours to exchange ideas. These matches are not only determined by algorithms. At Once there are actually people (so-called “matchmakers”) who network males and females.

Once founder Jean Meyer is aimed specifically at people between the ages of 20 and 35, Link opens in a new window, who are looking for a serious relationship.

Privacy: Is most common at Once. Nobody can see your profile, except for the 24-Match and only for 24 hours.

inApp advertising: No

Free version vs. paid version: If you pay at Once, you have the chance to retrospectively write a match that you missed in the limited 24 hours. In addition, by paying you can revive the stalker game and check whether the other person has read the message or not.

My experiences: I only had one match in my test phase. A 27 year old from Zurich. It took a whole day. I like the idea that real people bring two profiles together. However, even after my “hello” my match had nothing to say. Still, I think Once has great potential. Because you only focus on one person.

My rating: 4/6