Video dating might seem like something super futuristic, but it's actually becoming more and more popular, and a legit way to date online in the modern world. Plenty of your go-to dating apps now offer video date functions, so if you're spending more time at home in your PJs, meeting potential dates via video could be your new fave pastime. Plus: you only need to dress your top half.
While video dating can be useful at any time, especially if you want to take away the awkwardness (and expense) of an IRL first date, it's even more important now as we all spend more time at home social distancing. That's why dating app CLiKD have named video chatting as 'isodating,' and honestly it's a great way to be responsible and have fun.
We've found some of the best dating apps that offer video calls and phone calls inside the app, so you don't even need to exchange phone numbers or social media accounts before chatting. Remember, staying safe on dating apps is always number one priority.
Dating apps with video chat options
Bumble - video and phone calls
Bumble offers you the chance to make phone calls and video calls with your matches within the app, so you don't have to give away any personal details before chatting. You'll see the phone and video icons in the top right-hand corner of your chat with somebody. As women have to send the first message on Bumble, women can even make a video call or phone call as their first move. For men, the call options are only available once the first move has been made.
Bumble is free to use, but you can pay £20.99 a month for Bumble Boost which gives you extra privileges.
Badoo - video calls
You'll also find Badoo's video call button at the top of your chat with somebody. Once you've matched, you need to have exchanged at least one message with each other before you're able to call, so no calls out of the blue, hooray!
You can use Badoo for free or you can buy Badoo Premium starting at £2.29 a week, which gives you loads more features to use.
The League - video speed dating
The League offers a tonne of video options in the app. You can create a 10-second video trailer for your profile, as well as going on 1:1 video dates with matches. If you use video chat, you'll also get a video badge on your profile that lets other users know you're open to video dates. The League also runs League Live, a live speed dating session twice a week. Log in on Wednesdays and Sundays at 9pm and you'll get to go on between three and five video dates, lasting three minutes each. Efficient and easy if you ask us.
Originally only in London, The League is now available in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford and Dublin. You can use The League for free as a 'guest', where you get three matches per day, or you can pay for a full membership starting at £67 a month.
However, while we're all social distancing, The League is offering two weeks of membership for free, followed by a special weekly rate. You just need to message #isoDate to the in-app concierge to get your hands on the deal.
The Intro - scheduled video dates
The Intro literally schedules your dates for you, so no organisation required! You and your match simply share your availability over the next week and the app schedules a date for you. Usually, it would choose a bar or pub for you to meet at, but now The Intro will schedule a video date for when you're both free. The app will even check you're still available on the day of the date. This is the kind of personal assistance we need, TBH.
Your video date can last for as long as you want, and The Intro is free to use.
Fliqpic - video profiles
On Fliqpic, you can add videos to your profile as well as pictures, and you can chat in real-time over video with matches. You can be as private as you want to be. As well as not sharing your phone number, you don't even need to share your age and you can just select an age range instead. Fliqpic is completely free.
JustSayHi - video and audio messages
JustSayHi also lets you add videos to your profile. Instead of going on live video dates, you can send videos to each other within your chat, and even audio notes, which can add tonnes more life to your conversation than standard text.
Basic membership is free but you can pay for a 'power account' to access more privileges, like seeing who likes you and having your profile featured on the discover page. A power account costs £26 for three months.
Meet4u - video messages and games
Meet4u also lets you send video messages within your chat, which means you get a way better idea of someone's personality than you would by simply texting. You can also play games with matches within the app, so definitely no boredom here. Meet4u is free to use, but you can pay for premium membership for £11 a month
Mico - group video calls
Mico allows you to chat with new friends as well as potential dates. You can voice chat and video chat with people you match with. Even better, you can create a group video chat room, where you invite different friends and matches to join, or simply wait for strangers to enter the call, with up to eight people allowed on a call. Who said social distancing had to be antisocial?
Plus, if you'd rather just type messages, Mico translates messages into any language. Time for an international relationship? Mico gives you a seven-day free trial and a subscription costs £7 per month.
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