The 5 Best Free Online Dating Apps

You might think the best online dating sites are the ones with the most users. After all, with more people comes the greater chance of finding matches and going on dates. However, that’s not entirely how this list of dating sites is formatted.

For one of these to be called the best online dating app, it should have features that set it apart from the rest (and there are lots). A good dating service should have a diverse selection of users with features that will help you find dates that match your personality, while also including safety measures to help prevent spam and find real people.

Below is a list of the best online dating apps that takes into account user base, ease of functionality, my personal success with matches, and how thorough the app tries to find deep matches.

Take a shot at these free dating apps, and even install all of them if you wish, so that you get the best of every platform.

Bumble

Bumble is a unique online dating app for multiple reasons, but the primary difference is how it treats matches between a man and a woman. If you’re a woman who matches with a man, you have a full 24 hours to respond before the match expires. In the meantime, he can’t communicate with you at all, which should help with spam.

There’s also a handy snooze mode you can enable if you want to stop getting matches. It hides you from Bumble for as long as it’s enabled. Your matches will remain accessible but you won’t get new matches until you turn off snooze mode.

When you run across someone you’re interested in, just swipe up to move their image down and reveal more information about them. Following Bumble’s other smooth features is a nice list of details about the person presented in badge-like icons. This provides an easy way for you to scan their details to see how tall they are, how often they work out, if they’ve ever smoked, if they have kids, what they’re looking for, their religious views, etc.

The Bumble app is super clean and easy to use, works on Android and iOS, and is also fully accessible from their website. You can pay if you want to access features like Beeline to see a list of who’s already swiped right with you, or Spotlight to be put at the top of people’s lists.

Plenty of Fish

There are plenty of fish in the sea, they say…and that might really be true if you use Plenty of Fish (POF). It has a massive number of daily users and is unique in that it asks lots of really specific questions to help find you the perfect match.

Right after signing up, you’re immediately asked what you’re looking for (dating, long term, friends, or hanging out) and if you’d date someone who smokes, has kids, or who has an extra few pounds. You’re then asked general questions like what you do for work, education level, income range, religion, etc.

These are followed by your relationship status, eye and hair color, height, and body type. Then it’s facts about you, like your personality type, drinking and smoking habits, whether you have a car, whether you want kids, etc. 

Before you can start finding dates, you also have to verify your account, which is what POF does to help stop spam. Once you’re in, you can even take the chemistry test which asks detailed questions about your personality and preferences to dig deep into who they think you might be interested in.

Tinder

Tinder is a classic that should be included in any list of the best online dating apps. It’s super easy to understand and absolutely free if you’re willing to give up some of its neat features.

This is the app that made swiping to find dates popular. Just swipe to the right to attempt at a match, or swipe left if you’re not interested.

Due to Tinder’s popularity, there’s no doubt that you’ll find a huge variety of people here. Unfortunately, though, there weren’t any tests you can take to find better matches. It’s really just a location-based matching app.

Be aware that Tinder seems to be one of the biggest apps for hookups, so if you’re not interested in that, be sure to make it clear in your profile.

Hily

The takeaway with the Hily online dating app is the compatibility meter shown on most profiles as you swipe through potential dates. So long as you complete your profile by answering all the questions, you’ll see a percentage of compatibility on every profile where the person also completed the answers. This is a great way to see how well you might match with someone should you pursue them.

You use this app like most – swipe left to dismiss the person or right to let them know that you want to match. All your conversations are just a tap away, users can post stories like on Snapchat, and you can review all the people you’ve liked and matched with.

There are questions you can answer if you want, but if you’re more interested in swiping to find your matches, you can jump right into it without hesitation.

Boosting your profile and subscribing to Elixir are two ways you can find more matches and get more features out of Hily.

Happn

This dating app is super unique because its primary focus is matching you up with people that you’ve literally crossed paths with. If you make your account and then visit a large city or bar, you might very well find people right there in that building or down the street who use the app, too.

Finding dates with Happn is neat because you can rest assured that you don’t have to travel too far to find people to date. You may even have luck getting a date at school, down the block, or in your office building. Just fire up the app at the end of the day to see everyone you came across, or use it in the moment to match with other users who are also looking at the app right now.

You can find nearby people, too, even if you haven’t actually been in close proximity.

Automatically Refresh Web Pages in Your Web Browser

Now that you’ve landed on here, it wouldn’t be wrong for us to assume that you likely want to grab an online deal before it’s gone. Manually refreshing the web page to see when a deal comes up is simply a waste of your time and effort as you can now automatically refresh web pages in your browsers.

Most modern browsers can be equipped with the feature to let you auto-refresh web pages on your computer. These methods even let you specify the duration on which they should reload the page for you.

You don’t need to be tech savvy to add the feature to your browser. The following are methods to automatically refresh web pages for some popular browsers in the market.

Automatically Refresh Web Pages In Google Chrome

Google Chrome is one of the browsers where you have an extension for almost any task you want to do in the browser. For auto-refreshing pages, you also have an extension available that you can easily add to the browser and save yourself from hitting that F5 key again and again.

  • Launch Chrome and head over to the Super Auto Refresh Plus extension page. Click on the Add to Chrome button to add it to your browser.
  • Click on Add extension in the prompt that appears on your screen.
  • Open the web page that you want to automatically refresh at certain seconds of the interval. Then, click on the extension icon in your Chrome bar and select the interval time.
  • Your page will keep getting reloaded. To stop the web page from automatically refreshing, click on the Stop button in the extension menu.

It’s a configurable extension and you can click on its menu icon to open the settings menu. On there, you can enable and disable various options so your web pages are refreshed the way you want.

Automatically Refresh Web Pages In Firefox

Firefox also has a number of add-ons available for it to help you refresh your tabs automatically in your browser. Most add-ons will work the same way and here we use one of those called Tab Auto Refresh.

  • Open Firefox and head over to the Tab Auto Refresh page. Click on the Add to Firefox button to install the add-on.
  • Select Add on the following screen to get the add-on added to your browser.
  • Open the web page you want to automatically reload. Click on the add-on icon in your menu, set an interval time in the provided box, and you are set.

It’ll automatically refresh your web page at the specified interval time. You can enable the Bypass Cache option if you don’t want to see the cached version of the web page in your browser.

Auto Refresh Pages In Opera

If you’re an Opera user, you also have multiple add-ons available for your browser to automatically refresh web pages. We’ll be using one of those to demonstrate the procedure.

  • Open Opera and access the Tab Reloader add-on page on the official add-ons website for Opera. When it loads-up, find and click on the button that says Add to Opera to install the add-on in your browser.
  • Launch the web page that you want to automatically reload in Opera. When it opens, open the add-on menu by clicking on its icon in your menu bar.
  • The first option in the add-on menu should say Enable Reloader for this tab. Turn this option on by clicking the toggle next to it.

    In the Adjust Reloading Time section, enter the time interval when you want for your web page to refresh. You can specify the time in days, hours, minutes, and seconds.

It’ll then automatically start the timer and let you know the time that’s left until the web page refreshes. You can disable the auto-refresh option at any time from the menu bar icon.

Refresh Web Pages Automatically Using An Online Tool

Browser extensions are cool and they help you get many of your tasks done in your browsers. However, they may not fit the personal preferences of every user. There are many users who would avoid using extensions due to concerns regarding the browsing history of the user.

Fortunately, extensions aren’t the only way to auto-refresh pages in your browsers. There are some online tools as well that you can use to do your task.

  1. Open your browser and head over to the UrlReload website.
  2. Enter in the web page URL you want to reload and the refresh interval in seconds. Then click on the Start button.

The site will automatically refresh your web page at the specified interval in your browser. There’s also another site you can use and it’s called RefreshThis.

Create a Custom Web Page To Auto Refresh Web Pages

Those third-party websites also come at a risk of privacy and if you’re still concerned, you might want to use an even safer method.

The safest way to automatically reload your web pages is to create a tool by yourself. This way you know exactly what your tool contains and also it’s fairly easy to create one.

  • Open a text editor such as Notepad on Windows or TextEdit on Mac. You can also use a code editor if you have one available.
  • Copy and paste the following code in a new plain text file in your app. Make sure to change the following values before you save the file.

    SiteURL – replace this with the URL of the web page you want to auto-refresh.
    Interval – enter refresh interval in milliseconds.

    <html>
    <head>
    </head>
    <body>
    <iframe src=”SiteURL”></iframe>
    <script type=”text/javascript”>
    setInterval(‘window.location.reload()’, Interval);
    </script>
    </body>
    </html>

  • Enter a name for the file and ensure you save it with html as its extension.
  • Double-click on the newly created file and it’ll open in your default browser.

The file will keep on refreshing the specified URL at the refresh interval entered in the code.

How to Transfer Emails Between Two Gmail Accounts

Moving multiple Gmail emails into another Gmail account should be a dead-simple feature built into Gmail, but it’s not. Fortunately though, you can still transfer Gmail messages between accounts in bulk using the tips on this page.

Sure, you could forward an email or two into another account, but if you want to move a massive number of emails at one time, forwarding just isn’t the best option. What you need is a Gmail-to-Gmail transfer tool so that the emails from one account are moved into the other account in just a few minutes tops.

Maybe you just got a brand-new Gmail account and you want to use it as your primary one and forget about all your other accounts, or maybe you’re wanting to back up your Gmail emails to a different account with more storage. 

No matter the reason, the best options for transferring Gmail emails between accounts are described below. If you need to transfer emails between Yahoo, Outlook, Gmail, etc., then check the link.

Transfer Gmail Emails With Gmail

Gmail has a tool called Import mail and contacts that you can use to do just that. Here’s how:

  • From the source Gmail account (the one that has the emails you want to transfer), open Settings from the options menu and then go to Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
  • Select the bubble next to Enable POP for all mail (even mail that’s already been downloaded).
  • Scroll down and select Save Changes.
  • Sign off and log in again, but this time into the other Gmail account (the one that will receive the emails from the other account).
  • Go to Settings > Accounts and Import.
  • Select the Import mail and contacts link.
  • Type the email address of your other Gmail account, and then select Continue.
  • Choose Continue again on the Step 1 screen.
  • Log in to your other Gmail account.
  • Give Gmail permission to access the other account by selecting Allow when prompted.
  • Close the window that says Authentication successful.
  • Choose Start import.
  • Select OK to return to Gmail’s settings page.

Now that Gmail is transferring all your emails between the Gmail accounts, you just need to wait. You can monitor the process from the Accounts and Imports screen.

This method lets you send mail from the other account, too. Return to the screen above after the import has finished, and select make default to make all outgoing mail default to that Gmail address (you can still use the other one by selecting it manually).

Use Your Desktop Email Client to Transfer Gmail Emails

If you have both your Gmail account connected to an email program on your computer, transferring some or all of your emails into the other account is very simple.

Let’s look at an example of how to transfer emails between Gmail accounts with Microsoft Outlook. Most other email clients will work very similarly.

First, we’ll start with adding the two Gmail accounts to Outlook:

  • Go to File > Info > Account Settings > Account Settings.
  • Select New from the Email tab.
  • Type one of your Gmail email addresses and follow the prompts to sign on and download your emails to the program.
  • Once your account has been added, repeat the first three steps again to add the other Gmail account.
  • Finally, close out of the Account Settings screen so that you’ll return to the list of emails in Outlook.
  • Let all the emails from both accounts fully download into Outlook.

Now it’s time to actually move the Gmail emails in bulk:

  • From the account that has the emails you’re moving, open the folder that contains the messages.
  • Select the emails you want to move over to the other Gmail account. You can do this by selecting multiple with the Ctrl key or by grabbing all of them with Ctrl+A.

Tip: Do you want to move everything over at once, from every folder? Follow the PST export directions here to learn how to merge a PST file (Outlook data file) with your Gmail account.

  • Click and drag the highlighted emails into a folder in the other Gmail account. You can always move the emails again later if they land in the wrong folder, but do your best to pick the right one now (transferring them again later might be a tedious process).

Tip: If you prefer, make a new folder in the destination account that’s entitled “Old Emails” or “Emails From XYZ Account” so that it’ll be easier to distinguish them from other messages.

  • Wait while Outlook synchronizes the local messages with your Gmail account. They’ll appear in your online account shortly, and thus visible from your phone, tablet, web browser, or wherever you access Gmail.

If you’re interested, you can also check all of your email accounts from Gmail. This is ideal if you like the Gmail interface but you want to hold onto your other accounts from different email services.

How To Stop iTunes From Automatically Opening When You Click On An iOS Link

If iTunes is opening automatically each time you click an iPhone or iPad app download link, then your browser is preset to open the program. You can stop iTunes from automatically opening App Store links by changing how your browser deals with those links. 

Why would you want to stop this from happening? While there are absolutely some really great iOS apps out there, it can be rather frustrating if all you’re wanting is to read through an app’s description or view its rating. It’s especially annoying if iTunes isn’t already open, and now you have to wait for it to fully load just so you can shut it down.

Every browser works a bit differently, so choose the set of directions below that apply to the program where links are opening in iTunes automatically.

Tip: iTunes can be a hassle when it comes to other tasks, too. Learn how to prevent iTunes from modifying your music folder if it’s doing that as well.

Why Do iOS Links Open Automatically?

This is happening because at one point in the past, when you clicked an iOS link, you were asked if you wanted to open it in iTunes. You must have ticked a checkbox to remember your decision, so that each subsequent time you open an iTunes link, it will launch the app’s details page in the program instead of in your browser.

How this works is via a file that ends with the .itms file extension. Since iTunes associates .itms files with itself, any file on your computer that ends with that extension, or any file you try opening from your browser, will launch in iTunes. 

Note: The only difference is with Chrome and Edge, which don’t include an option to “remember” your answer and will thus always open iOS links in iTunes, but only if you manually say to do so. You can’t force those browsers to stop asking you and you can’t remember either a “yes” or “no” answer.

Firefox

  • Select the three-linked menu button on the upper-right side of Firefox.
  • Choose Options.
  • Search for Application from the search bar at the top.
  • Locate the entry called itms.
  • Select the drop-down arrow off to the right, and choose Always ask.

Opera

Opera has a Handlers menu in the settings where you can stop websites from interfacing with your programs, such as iTunes. Unfortunately, you can’t disable just iTunes links, so when completing these steps to prevent iTunes from opening automatically when you click iOS links, you’re also stopping any other protocol handlers (such as mailto: links opening your email program).

  • Select the Opera menu from the top-left corner of the program.
  • Choose Settings.
  • Search for handlers.
  • Click Site Settings.
  • Scroll down and choose Handlers.
  • Disable the setting by clicking the button, making it white instead of blue.

Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer protocol handlers are managed not in the browser but instead through Control Panel. However, going that route doesn’t always work, so the best way to make sure you can edit the iTunes and Internet Explorer association with .itms files is to make a slight change in the Windows registry.

  • Open Registry Editor by launching the Run dialog box (WIN+R) and entering regedit.
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ProtocolExecute\itms.
  • Double-click WarnOnOpen from the right pane.
  • Change the value to 1.
  • Select OK.

No reboot is necessary to make these changes stick. The next time you open an iOS link in Internet Explorer, you’ll be asked to launch iTunes. 

Just exit that screen, or select Allow but also check the box that asks if you should always be prompted with this window. The check ensures that iTunes won’t open automatically when you click an iOS link.

Chrome & Edge

Edge and modern versions of the Chrome browser don’t automatically launch iTunes, so there’s no need to change any settings. However, you might still be getting asked to open iTunes when you click an iOS link.

To stop this from happening in these browsers when you open the itms link, just click the option that says to not open iTunes. In Chrome, choose Cancel, or No in Edge.

Or, if you have the link to the app copied, paste it without pressing enter, and remove the itms:// part at the beginning. Entering that new URL will let you view the app’s details in your browser instead of iTunes.

How To Get Microsoft Word For Free

Getting Microsoft Word for free sounds like a dream. It’s an awesome program and is a staple in most office, home, and school environments, but it normally costs each year you want to use it. But you actually don’t have to pay for Microsoft Word when there are several ways to use it for free.

Whether
you want to open a Word document, edit one, or simply view a document, these
free Microsoft Word tools are exactly what you need.

Even
if these Microsoft Word free-use strategies aren’t what you’re after, there are
other ways to use a Microsoft Word document without ever needing to install or
buy Microsoft Word. See the bottom of this page for more on that.

Microsoft Word Online: Free
Browser Version

The absolute best way to use Microsoft Word free is with the online version. Just log in with your Microsoft account to get started, or create one here.

You
can edit Word documents for free that are stored in your OneDrive account,
upload new documents from your computer, and create brand-new Word documents
without ever needing the offline version of MS Word.

Word
Online saves all your work automatically, so you never have to hit the Save
button. You can easily share your document online through a special link, let
others collaborate with you, embed the document on your website, and download
your work when you’re done, in the Word format, a PDF file, or ODT file.

Word Mobile: Free Microsoft
Word For Windows 10

Another way to get Microsoft Word free is through Word Mobile, which is a mobile app from Microsoft that works on these Windows 10 devices:

  • Windows 10 Mobile v15063.0 or
    higher.
  • Windows 10 v15063.0 or
    higher.

There’s
an important caveat though – full use (viewing, editing, and creating
documents) is supported only on phones, specifically devices with a screen size
of 10.1 inches or smaller. You can still use Word Mobile on larger laptops,
desktops, and tablets, but you’ll only be able to view documents for free.

Microsoft Word Free App:
Android & iOS

To use Microsoft Word for free on your Android or iOS device, you can install the official Microsoft Word app. Get the Android version here, and Word for iOS here. Full editing is supported, so you can use a realistic version of Word straight from your mobile device.

You
can pin documents to your home screen for quick access, share files as a link
or email attachment, search through documents, and open files from various
places like OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox.

Free Microsoft Word Trial:
Anyone Can Apply

Yet another way to get Microsoft Word for free is with an Office 365 trial. Microsoft lets anyone use Office 365 absolutely free for an entire month so you can test all the features before deciding if you want to pay for it.

The
trial can be used to its fullest capacity during the trial period, meaning that
you can read and edit Word documents and make your own from scratch or a
template.

The
Microsoft Word free trial even comes with other Office applications: Excel,
PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and Publisher.

Tip: See our list of the most useful Microsoft Word tips and tricks.

Free Microsoft Word for
Students: EDU Email Required

If a
trial isn’t enough because you’re a student who needs Microsoft Word all year
long, please know that Microsoft offers Office 365 at zero cost for students
and educators.

Visit their Office 365 Education page for all the details. You’ll need to enter your school email address to verify that you’re someone in the education field. You’ll be required to open an email sent to that address from Microsoft, and then enter the code from the message into the form to create your free account.

If
your school isn’t recognized, you’ll have an opportunity to request access, but
it won’t be an instant process like it is for schools already on the list.

Other Ways To Use Word
Documents

If
you’re looking for free ways to use Microsoft Word, you don’t actually have to
use a Microsoft-approved program. In other words, Word files like .docx and
.doc can be opened, edited, and shared in other programs, too.

Google Docs is one of the best online alternatives to Microsoft Word. You can use it as a free MS Word because it lets you view and edit Word files right from your browser or through the mobile app. Learn how Google Docs compares to MS Word for all the differences to take note of.

Another way to use Microsoft Word documents without needing Word is to install OpenOffice Writer. See how to make it look and function like Word to ease your transition.

Some people looking to use Microsoft Word for free really just want a free word processor; that is, something that lets them write documents and save them back to their computer or other device. There are lots of applications for that in addition to the two mentioned above, including LibreOffice, WPS Office, AbiWord, and FreeOffice.