Specify your height, relationship level and a pic or two, and the app finds potential partners nearby without pinpointing a location.
Once you’ve winked at someone and the feeling is mutual, the lines of communication are well and truly open.
This includes red- hot conversations and pics you wouldn’t want your mother to see, to more practical uses such as shared calendars for planning dates and travel.
There are even weather updates for notifications of what it’s like where they are – bang goes that uncomfortable silence saver.
Best for gay guys: Scruff (i OS/Android/Windows Phone, free) While Scruff offers a worringly long price list of in-app purchases for maximising man-to-man action, it also excels in free content.A word to the wise: this makes it way, way scarier than Tinder and yet somehow more exciting.Best for private encounters: Tingle (i OS, free) Tingle lets you talk or text without revealing a name and number.This means unlimited videos, photos and text messaging, finding guys near you and further afield, a search and tracking tool to see who has been checking you out, and a ‘would like to meet’ feature where men must meet your criteria.The more you experiment with Tingle, the more credits you earn for messaging – its developers claim this stops spammers and over-flirting but it also monetises Tingle via in-app purchases, meaning you’ll spend to keep in private contact with a catch.
Best for long-distance relationships: Between (i OS/Android, free) Between offers a private vault for storing and sharing memories with someone special.