The best dating apps for women over 40

I’ve never been good at dating. As a serial monogamist, I “dated” a handful of people and then married my best partner. I realize that not everyone is so lucky and that dating is difficult. Additionally, the world of online dating can be Great crushing. Many dating apps tend to cater to younger audiences (think Tinder), but there’s a whole world of online dating for a more mature audience.

As someone fast approaching 40, I often think of the classic meme: “I’m almost 40, but I still feel like I’m 20 until I hang out with kids from 20 years. Then I say to myself ‘no, too bad, I’m 40 years old’. The same could be said for dating sites. Although, if you’re looking for a “place to hang out” or whatever the kids are up to these days, Tinder or Zoosk might be your scene.

But, if you’re looking for someone you might have more in common with and can have a conversation with, the sites below are Following likely to help you find a partner. (No guarantees!) I mean, if Carrie Bradshaw took over the online dating world on And just like that…probably worth it. To the right?

Whether you’re divorced, widowed (condolences, Carrie B.!), or still looking for the right person to accompany you, it might be time to take the plunge. Read ahead about the pros and cons of the best dating apps for women over 40.

Bumblebee

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Advantages:

  • It is an app that empowers women in their love life. In an attempt to standardize the rules of the game, it’s up to women to initiate the conversation (straight).
  • There is an option to see only verified users, to eliminate catfish possibilities.
  • Although it’s a free app, you can optimize your filters and searches with Bumble Boost and Bumble Premium.

The inconvenients:

  • If you match someone, you only have 24 hours to message them, before you are “unmatched”.
  • The app is not specifically aimed at an older clientele, and anyone over the age of 18 can join. However, you can set your filters for specific age groups. Keep in mind that only people in your age range will also see your profile.

Elite Singles

Hands holding a tablet loading the Elite Singles dating webpage (in French).
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Advantages:

  • The website says 85% of users have “above average education”. They are people who are more likely to be in a professional career, to be successful and not living in their parents’ basements. (Crossed fingers!)
  • The basic subscription option is free and lets you try out the basic features.
  • The Premium subscription has more features and uses a tiered subscription which costs less with longer subscriptions.

The inconvenients:

  • To get the most out of the app, a paid subscription is probably the way to go.
  • On the free version, you won’t be able to view photos and messaging will be restricted. The mobile app is also available only for Premium users.

Hinge

Close up of smartphone on app loading screen for Hinge dating apps.
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Advantages:

  • It uses a Nobel Prize-winning algorithm to ensure more quality dates.
  • The profiles are detailed. With just the free version, you can add up to six images and respond to three prompts.
  • The app is transparent with no hidden or anonymous likes.

The inconvenients:

  • Finding six good quality photos of yourself to add to your profile could be a mission. I know, because I needed it for my signature and couldn’t find a decent image. If you have an incomplete profile, you will not be able to send “likes”.
  • You’ll have to put in more effort to match someone than a simple swipe. Filtering profiles, sending likes, matching and messaging can be time consuming, but in the end, it can be worth it!

Ultimately, there is no one dating app. And unfortunately, like dating itself, sometimes you won’t get gold on your first download. But don’t give up! The right application, and ultimately the right relationship, could be just a click away.

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