I tried to score a date on Happn dating app

Mar 30, 2017 · 5 min read

Happn, the dating app that hails from France took Europe by storm as well as made them self one of the biggest contenders among modern day dating apps.

What is happn?

Happn is a dating app that launched sometime in late 2014 with the slogan, “find the people you’ve crossed paths with”. Happn’s unique take on dating apps is that from the home screen, you can see locals you actually crossed paths with. The reason this concept is unique for dating app users is that we technically have 100s of missed connection daily with people who could be so close to us without even knowing or having the opportunity to approach and introduce yourself. Being that happn finds people on a very local level also adds to compatibility. People are more likely to go on a date somewhere close than having to get in their cars and drive somewhere far to meet.

How does it work?

Setting up a profile takes all but 1 minute. Happn has the same setup process like tinder and most dating apps, Facebook login. This verifies your account and then will import your photos and some of your basic information like job, education etc. Happn allows you to edit all of this information. If you don’t want your job listed on your profile you can take it down.

All of your photos can be edited as well. Happn lets you upload a maximum of 9 photos which is 4 more than the usual 5 or 6 we see on other dating apps.

Next, just set your age and gender preferences and you can start using happn.

Happn then uses the location and GPS tracking of your device to find other users within your preference that you have “crossed paths with”. It will list these user profiles on your home screen and even let you know how many times you crossed paths and where the location was.

If you see someone you are interested in, you can “like” them in hopes they will like you back, which forms a “crush” and then will allow you both to start a conversation. However, if you don’t want to wait around for a mutual like, you can send someone a “charm” which will directly notify that person that you liked them in hopes of getting their attention on you.


After using Happn for a few weeks, I was finally able to get some matches going. However, most people I matched with actually either didn’t respond to my messages or the conversations went cold. This is a similar issue many are having on Tinder, Bumble and most all other hot or not dating apps. Lots of matches, no dates.


  1. Setup a profile fast. The Facebook login feature literally lets you create a full profile, pictures and all in minutes.
  2. Detailed profiles. Most users have the information filled out, such as job and a little “about met” section. This is actually a huge plus because many dating apps like Tinder are filled with users with mostly blank information so it’s hard to even determine why you matched with someone in the first place other than liking a photo.
  3. Charms are worth the money. Happn dating app gives you 10 credits that you can use towards sending charms after you create your profile. You will soon notice that those charms are really effective in getting matches because it gets your face in front of the person you like before the user gets bombarded with other users on their home screen.
  4. Attractive users. I can’t say anything about the men, but I have to say most of the girls on happn were very beautiful. The user base seems to be a generally younger crowd too, so if you’re in the 21–35 age range this app has a very good age demographic.


  1. Sensory overload. Simply put, Happn introduces you to too many users. It almost seems infinite. They introduce you to so many people that it actually gets a bit tiresome looking though all of those profiles one-by-one.When I was all out of charms and desperate to make a mutual match, I found myself just tapping like on every profile I saw. This is literally the same problem people are having on Tinder. Too many low quality users and the hot or not setup cause people to get lazy, which leads to liking or swiping right on everyone hoping to yield some matches.
  2. Crushes, messages don’t lead to ACTUAL dates. Moreover, I wasn’t able to score a date on Happn dating app. I know it’s not impossible as I have friends that were luckier than me, but my point is that there is no actual setting up a date feature on this app. Again, this is the same problem Tinder and Bumble have. Once you matched and start messaging, messages usually go cold and people start ghosting when you attempt to setup a coffee date. The reason for this is related to #1, too many low quality users and too many matches. Because there is no serious date concept to this app many free users who have zero intention to meet for a first date are clogging up the home screen. There is no way to weed these people out.
  3. Safety. Although I personally say happn is completely safe to use, many have stressed their concerns on the dangers of users being able “to see where they have crossed paths with matches on a map as well as the number of times a potential match has been in the user’s vicinity.”

(Posted by Michael Tudda)

CHECK OUT: I used Tinder, Happn, Bumble and Dine for 2 weeks. Results were interesting.

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