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5 Best Hookup Apps for Casual Encounters

by | Dating Tips, Meeting People, Moving On

Jun 5, 2024

If you are seeking casual encounters from people online, dating apps are your best bet. In this article, we explore the best hookup apps for casual encounters. Their perks, and how to get hooked up there. 

1. Tinder

Tinder is possibly the best app for your casual encounters. There are millions of users around the world, and very likely, there’s someone around you who wants a casual encounter too. 

Tinder is a swipe-based app. All you have to do is swipe on profiles you like. 

Their interests will be clearly written there. 

With Tinder, “Short Term Fun” means: “Casual encounter.”

The perks of Tinder include:

  • Many users promise the ease of getting liked. 
  • A rich algorithm that brings people who share your interests your way. 
  • Many likes are included in the free plan. 

Read: 10 Best Tinder Openers For Guys

How to get casual encounters on Tinder

It is pretty easy to get casual encounters on Tinder. 

All you need do is:

  • Set your profile up correctly: make sure your profile is complete. If you’re verified, the better. Verified profiles typically get more clicks. 
  • Indicate your interest: if you’re seeking something casual on Tinder, it is best to indicate it. Your profile should read: “Here for short-term fun.”
  • A good bio is the deal: good bios are going to get you a lot of potential mates. Your bio should suggest that you may be a play boy or girl. One who is very open to being sexual. 
  • Use the “Free Tonight” search: Tinder offers some specialized searches. Use the “Free Tonight” search to find people who are interested in being with someone casually. It always works. 

Read: How to Hookup On Tinder: A Cheat Code for Guys

2. Bumble

Like Tinder, Bumble is a swipe-based app. It is also very popular. 

Chances are, there is someone very close to you right now seeking casual encounters on Bumble. 

Bumble offers regular matchmaking services for free or on a paid subscription basis. 

The free version is usually enough to get you someone who is very interested in you. 

The perks of Bumble include:

  • An easy signup process.
  • An easy deletion process: when you’re done using your account and want to delete it, Bumble makes it very easy for that to happen. 
  • Free plans are not so boring: with other dating apps, free plans are usually very boring. But not Bumble. Free plans are not at all boring there. 
  • Location-based algorithm: The algorithm of Bumble is very specialized and includes a lot of filters. You will definitely be shown to people who share your interest and vice versa. 

How to get casual dates

Put up a Hot Profile Picture: Putting up a hot profile picture takes you one step closer to securing that casual date. A hot profile picture is one that makes people wowed and triggers some sexual desire. 

Complete Your Profile: With most dating apps, as a means to avoid catfishing, only completed profiles are truly fronted. That is to say, someone who has a complete profile will be shown more times and to more people than someone who does not. 

Learn the Art of Matching: You’re going to get a lot of likes for sure if your prompts, profile picture, and bio are amazing. It is left for you to learn how to match. Don’t just match with anyone. Match with people who share your interest. That is to say, match with people who also seek short-term fun. 

Learn the Art of Flirtatious Texting: You really do have to learn how to text flirtatiously. The guys and girls who know how to text that way get to meet their matches more than the ones who don’t. 

In a forthcoming article, we show you how to take your interaction from a dating site to real life. How to strike your first date with someone you met on a dating site. 

Read: 10 Best Bumble Openers for Women

3. Baddo

Baddo is another very popular dating app. It is, however, more of a hook up app than a dating app. 

I say so because not many of the people who use Baddo date with a purpose. 

They date for the sake of dating. 

Their profiles are usually a show of this. 

The perks of Baddo

People here usually have the same thing in mind: hooking up. I haven’t heard many stories of people finding love on Baddo. But I sure have heard a lot of stories about people finding hook ups there. 

Account Deletion is Easy: Deleting your account on Baddo is about the easiest thing ever. Just a click away and your account is gone. 

How to get hookups on Baddo

Complete your profile: With Baddo, you sure have to complete your profile. Make sure your features are outstanding. Your profile picture and your bio especially. 

Match with like minds: only swipe right on people who share your interests. This is the fastest way to get hooked up with people. The closer in thinking you are with them, the bigger the chances that a match will happen, and you may get hooked up. 

Read: Best Dating Apps of 2024

4. Snapchat

While I wouldn’t consider Snapchat a dating app, I would consider it a hookup app. 

It is one of the oldest in the books, but not many people know. 

Most of the girls playboys have hooked up with were hooked up with on Snapchat. 

Navigating it is easy. Just search for someone you like and send them a request. 

If they respond, you can initiate the process of hooking up. The good thing about Snapchat is its discreteness. I don’t know many apps that are as discrete as Snapchat. 

You get notifications when people screenshot your messages or save pictures you’ve sent to them. It’s truly spectacular. 

5. Instagram

Last but not the least is Instagram. Everyone knows Instagram as a media platform. But the playboys and girls know it is one of the best apps for getting hooked up with someone. 

The good thing about Instagram is that there is enough out-of-inbox interaction to build sexual tension. It is not as discrete as Snapchat, but works as a hookup app anyway. 


Hookup apps are the best places to secure casual encounters. 

By Ubong

Ubong Johnson is a medic, writer, and editor whose writings explore the complexities of human interactions. He has been published on The Healing Muse, a journal by Upstate Medical University, Blood and Thunder, a journal from Oklahoma University Medical College, and other journals of humanities. Ubong lives in Lagos and is currently undergoing training as a behavioral psychologist.

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