Forget about Tinder – there’s an awesome new dating app that everyone is raving about, and if you try it, you’ll understand why. Happn, a dating app that matches you with people you’ve crossed paths with, is similar to Tinder – but so much better. Many Happn users are saying they prefer it over Tinder, which is why this new mobile dating app’s user base is growing exponentially while Tinder is seemingly on its way out. Happn already has over 6 million users and counting, and much of their popularity is attributed to word-of-mouth recommendations from happy users that have met their partner on it. Here are 8 advantages Happn has over Tinder:

1. It’s not just local, it’s hyper-local

While Tinder matches you with people in your general area, Happn steps it up a notch by matching you with people you’ve crossed paths with. Happn’s location technology is so spot-on, it tells you the street on which the two of you crossed paths and even states how many times you’ve crossed paths.

2. It solves the problem of missed connections

Take Happn’s spot-on location based technology and combine it with real-time, and what do you get? A brilliant solution to missed connections. Can Tinder do that? We didn’t think so. Sometimes, the reason we’re too shy to approach a cutie is because we’re worried they might not be single and we might get rejected. However, if they send you a charm on Happn that question is answered for you. Now, when you exchange a flirtatious smile with someone on the subway, a missed connection can turn into a real one so long as you’re both Happn users (which is exactly why you should download it now!) Instead of missing connections all the time, now you have an app that makes the first move for you and introduces you to singles you’ve crossed paths with. If you failed to introduce yourself to the girl on the subway, Happn could very likely save your ass by making that introduction for you.

3. No blank profiles

On Happn, most people’s profession is listed in addition to their ‘about me’ section, because Happn imports your profession from your Facebook profile when you set up your account. This is something Tinder for some reason doesn’t import. Tinder also allows users to only show their photo with no ‘about me’ and no profession listed. While some Tinder users choose to write an ‘about me’ section, many opt not to and leave their profile completely blank. This leaves several confused swipers who care about more than just looks wondering who is this person and should I swipe left or right? It’s certainly an advantage that Happn tells you a bit more about the person you’re looking at, as you’ll almost never see a blank profile on Happn.

4. You’re not matched with randoms

On Happn, you’re matched with people you actually have something in common with rather than randoms. Happn introduces you to people you’ve crossed paths with and who you likely share something in common with. For example, if Happn tells you “you’ve crossed paths with Jessica 31 times” that means Jessica could very well be your neighbour, or work in the same building as you, or go to the same gym as you. The good news? You and Jessica already share that common ground before you even swipe right. Happn introduces you to people who likely have a more similar lifestyle to yours than your random tinder match.

5. More opportunity to get noticed

On Tinder, you can’t see or talk to anyone unless they’ve liked you back. On Happn, however, you can send a ‘charm’ to any woman you like – and that can at least get her to notice you and spur her to look at your profile and photos, even if she hasn’t ‘liked’ you yet. Similar to Tinder, Happn doesn’t allow any contact unless both users have ‘liked’ each other, (Happn calls this a ‘crush’ rather than calling it a ‘match’) which protects the users from wasting their time messaging someone who isn’t interested. However, the fact that you can send anyone a flirtatious nudge in the form of a ‘charm’ is a definite advantage over Tinder!

6. You can meet your neighbours

One of the most interesting things about Happn is that it notifies you how many times you’ve crossed paths with a particular user. In our parent’s generation, it was common to introduce yourself to your neighbours. Our generation, however, has lost the neighbourly gene. Perhaps Happn can help us meet our neighbours again, whether that be a work neighbour (someone who works in the same building as you) or an actual neighbour.

7. You can share your taste in music

Another unique advantage of Happn that Tinder doesn’t have, is a partnership with Spotify. This allows you to see if you have the same taste in music someone on Happn who caught your eye, and if they’re in your list of crushes, you can even send a song to them!

8. It’s just more real

The great thing about Happn is that it uses your day-to-day routine and your real life activities to match you with women in your area. Happn is making dating a lot less arbitrary and instead more real by helping you find a partner who is nearby in likely a much more real and suitable way than the randomness of Tinder.

Happn is definitely a must-have app for anyone who is single and looking for love. There’s no other dating app that is hyper-local and notifies you of singles you’ve crossed paths with. Soon, everyone who’s single will have Happn on their smartphone and missed connections will become a problem of the past. If you’re looking to meet a quality man or woman, look no further than Happn.

Happn is free, and available on both iPhone and Android.

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