A Couple on the BeachCall me a socially-awkward nerd if you want, but I asked out my now-wife for our first date via email. And this was over a decade ago! The fact of the matter is that the dating is totally different than what it was before the advent of the Internet and it’s even more different now that everyone carries around the Internet in their pockets. It only makes sense that there are a number of iPhone dating apps that help guys and gals find their perfect match.

Your iPhone is a communication tool. You make calls on it. You send instant messages. And, yes, you can flirt with it and pick up your dates with it too. You just have to find the right apps that tap into the right networks for the job. Who knows? The love of your life just might be waiting for you on the other side of that touchscreen display.

OkCupid

OkCupid iPhone Dating App

OkCupid iPhone Dating App

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Tapping into the existing OkCupid dating site, the accompanying app effectively gives you mobile acess to “all the great features of OkCupid.com on your hand computer.” You can browse through your matches and peruse through their profiles, checking out age, location, self-summaries, and more. The profiles can be rated and you can spark up those flirty conversations on the go.

Tinder

Nearby Hot or Not with Tinder

Nearby Hot or Not with Tinder

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What if you want an iPhone dating app that doesn’t necessarily tap into the more traditional dating site on the Internet? It’s always a bit of a bummer when you find your match actually lives thousands of miles away from you. With Tinder, you are able to search for people nearby that the app thinks you should know. Then, you anonymous like or pass on the suggestion. If you two “like” one another, then Tinder makes the introduction and you two can start chatting.

PlentyOfFish

Review Your POF Matches on the Go

Review Your POF Matches on the Go

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More than 200 million messages are exchanged each week on Plenty of Fish, but not all of this has to be done from a traditional desktop or laptop computer. If you get the accompanying app on your iPhone, you can send and receive your messages on the go for free. Just like regular social networking apps, you can also upload images and edit your profile, but in line with dating, the app can also be used to review your matches.

Let’s Date

The Gamification of Dating, Complete with Badges

The Gamification of Dating, Complete with Badges

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Like other iPhone dating apps, this one is also free. You first create your Dater Card by logging in via Facebook. Then, you can browse through the other Dater Cards until you find someone who piques your interest. If you click on the “Let’s Date” button and they reciprocate, the chat opens up and you two can work out the details for your first date. Taking a page out of Foursquare and other gamification paradigms, you can even earn badges in Let’s Date based on your activity.

Match.com

Official Match.com iPhone App

Official Match.com iPhone App

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If you want to hook up with your potential soulmate for free, you’ll have to turn to some of the other iPhone dating apps on this list. However, if you’re already paying for a subscription with Match.com, the smart thing to do would be to take advantage of the free app available for the iPhone. As expected, the app can be used to review daily matches, send and receive messages, view member profiles and “show interest by sending a wink.”

eHarmony

Guiding Communications with eHarmony on iPhone

Guiding Communications with eHarmony on iPhone

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eHarmony prides itself in matching couples based on a whole slew of different dimensions. The free mobile app lets you sign up, fill out your questionnaire, upload photos, receive your daily matches, and send icebreakers, but you will need to subscribe to a paid eHarmony membership if you want to see the photos of your matches, send and receive “guided communication,” see who’s viewed your profile and so on. Subscriptions start at $19.99 per month.

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