Dating App Revenue and Usage Statistics (2022)

David Curry

Updated: May 4, 2022

In 2013, Tinder revolutionised the online dating industry with a simple system, swipe right if interested, left if not. Instead of having a matchmaker rifle through thousands of profiles to find someone unique, users could decide whether they liked someone based off a few photos. 

In comparison to the services which had come before, Tinder made dating simple, but it also, as studies have found, made it less about lasting connections and relationships and more about casual hook-ups and cheesy openers. 

What’s rather unique about Tinder, in the age of entrepreneurs and startups, is that it was built by Hatch Labs, a startup incubator funded by IAC, a holding company responsible for, Plenty of Fish and OK Cupid. 

Instead of an outsider crushing the competition, IAC built its own cannibal, which has eaten away at the market share held by and its affiliate sites. 

In the United States, Tinder has ruled the roost since its inception, but in Europe and South America, Badoo has been the frontrunner. Created by Russian entrepreneur Andrey Andreev, Badoo has had many lives, including as a social games and quiz app in Facebook Games heyday in the early 2010s. 

Badoo is the most downloaded dating app in the world, with over 400 million registered users, but it has not been able to make a mark in the US. In 2014, Andreev partnered with Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, who left the company after tensions with executives, to found Bumble.

Where Badoo failed, Bumble succeeded in drawing North American users away from Tinder. Marketed as the feminist dating app, Bumble allows women to make the first move, giving them full control of the experience. 

Bumble’s growth in the past few years has also marked a change in attitudes towards dating, as people have started to turn away from the casual hook-up culture of Tinder. Hinge, another IAC-owned app, switched its entire platform in 2017 to focus on long term relationships. 

That said, the culture is not devolving back to the era. Tinder and Badoo are still the leaders in monthly active users, and in emerging markets like China and South-east Asia, casual dating apps are far exceeding long-term services in popularity.

Top dating apps

Tinder The crowning jewel of Match Group, which owns over 45 dating apps. Tinder fundamentally changed online dating by removing the seriousness and giving users more control
Bumble Tinder’s main rival in North America, designed to give women control of the experience. Bumble was started by Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd, who left after tensions at the company 
Badoo Badoo started far before Tinder and Bumble as a social search, games and quiz app. After receiving a warning from Facebook in 2013, it transitioned to casual dating in the same form as Tinder
Hinge Hinge may have been destined to be one of the many dating app failures, but the team reformed the app for long-term relationships and has hit the ground running in North America
Happn Unlike the other apps on the list, which use location in a general sense to find matches, Happn is critically focused on matching users with people they may have seen recently
Grindr While Tinder, Bumble and most other dating apps have settings for gay users, Grindr was the first app to be specifically for LGBTQ people and remains the most popular app for gay people 
Tantan Casual dating is not as popular in China as it is in the West, however, Tantan, known as China’s Tinder, has accumulated a sizeable community of singles, primarily college students
Plenty of Fish One of the old guard, Plenty of Fish has been around since 2003. It has transitioned well into the mobile age, as one of the more popular apps used by older people

Global Dating App Revenue

After a slump in the early 2010s, dating app revenues have increased every year since 2015, reaching $5.61 billion in 2021.

Year Revenue
2015 $1.36 billion
2016 $1.46 billion
2017 $1.75 billion
2018 $2.38 billion
2019 $2.97 billion
2020 $3.82 billion
2021 $5.61 billion

Global Dating App Users

Usage has also increased, with over 323 million people worldwide using dating apps. The vast majority of matchmaking is done on mobile devices.

Year Users
2015 198 million
2016 217 million
2017 241 million
2018 250 million
2019 283 million
2020 293 million
2021 323 million

Global Dating App Downloads

Downloads have actually decreased in the past two years, from a peak of 287.4 million downloads in 2019.

Year Downloads
2015 168 million
2016 191 million
2017 208 million
2018 246 million
2019 287.4 million
2020 287 million
2021 260 million

Global Dating App Users by App

Tinder and Badoo have been in a two horse race for total users since 2015, with Tinder winning out in North America and Badoo in Europe and South America.

Want to see more data like this? Check out our dating app report

US Dating App Market Share

Tinder is the leader in the US dating app market, but Bumble has increased its market share every year since 2017. Hinge is also positioning itself as a potential leader in the near future.

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