Which Is the First Dating App?

Irene Olsen

In the age of swiping left and right, it’s hard to imagine a time before dating apps. But have you ever wondered which was the first dating app? Let’s take a trip down memory lane and explore the origins of online dating.

The First Online Dating Platforms

Believe it or not, the first online dating platforms were created in the 1960s. However, they were not as sophisticated as today’s apps.

The first computer dating service was created by Harvard students in 1965 called “Operation Match.” It used a simple questionnaire to match users based on their preferences.

The Birth of Match.com

Fast forward to the early 90s, when technology had advanced enough for people to use personal computers at home. In 1995, Match.com was born and became one of the first mainstream dating websites.

It allowed users to create profiles, browse potential matches, and exchange messages with other singles. Match.com paved the way for many other dating apps that followed.

The First Dating App

The first dating app was Grindr, launched in 2009 by Joel Simkhai. It was originally designed for gay and bisexual men to connect with each other based on their location. Grindr used GPS technology to show nearby users and allowed them to chat with each other instantly.

Other Early Dating Apps

After Grindr’s success, other companies started developing their own dating apps. In 2010, OkCupid launched its app version, followed by Tinder in 2012. These two apps revolutionized online dating by introducing swiping features that made it easier for users to find matches quickly.


In conclusion, while there were earlier attempts at computer-based matchmaking services, Match.com is considered the first mainstream online dating platform that paved the way for today’s dating apps. However, Grindr holds the title of being the first dating app to use location-based technology and create a new way of connecting people.

So there you have it, a brief history of the first dating app! Whether you’re using Tinder, Bumble, or Hinge today, it’s interesting to see how far online dating has come since its early beginnings.