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Cost 1 Month $29.99
Cheap
Popularity 660,000 active users
Very popular
Gender make-up More men
(2 to 1)
Better for women

HUD is short for Hook-Up Dating. It's a popular app for anyone interested in casual dating, flings or just a bit of flirty online chat.

Joining HUD

To get started, you just download the app from the iTunes or Google app store. Alternatively, you can sign up at their website and go step by step through the registration procedure.

The walk-through gives you the choice of linking your account to your Facebook but this isn't necessary and it lets you continue with just an email.

The app is free to try out. But once you install it and put up a photo profile you'll quickly find there isn't a great deal you can do other than wait and hope that paying members will contact you.

There is a trial that gives you full premium access but it has to be cancelled before the end otherwise you'll be billed.

Among HUD's members, men do make up the majority. As with other hook-up apps, attractive females get a lot of attention.

Photos

There are two types of photo: private and public. You can send any of your photos when in a chat with someone.

If you set pictures to private this will not block access to everyone other than who you choose. It blocks viewing by free members. But be careful because anyone who's bought a full the photo access pass can see all pictures, even your private ones.

Free viewers will just see a blurred out picture until they upgrade.

Doing Searches

Free users can search but are limited to searching their current location. Too bad if you're in a quiet area! The only way to get matches is to upgrade which allows you to widen your search boundary.

With HUD premium, the paid membership, you can do much more extensive searches. It allows you to change your location and set it to anywhere you choose. This will expand the number of matches you can find.

Not surprisingly, free users are also restricted in their ability to send messages and therefore make contact with anyone. There is a button to send winks and flirts to other people. But again to unlock full messaging you have to purchase one of the paid membership plans.

Matching on HUD

Unlike a lot of other apps, HUD doesn't use mutual matches. This means it works more like a regular dating site. Anybody can contact anyone else, regardless of whether they've shown mutual interest in each other or not.

The down side to this is if you're popular, you might get a bit too much attention. The app does provide some tools to help keep your inbox uncluttered.

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