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Happn Review July 2024

Do you feel that you have crossed paths with your soulmate but did not get the chance to start a conversation?  With its mission of reconciling missed connections, Happn aims to help you out.

Released in February 2014, Happn is a location-based online dating mobile application that connects members who are geographically close to each other– particularly, those who have passed by each other already. With over 50 million users worldwide, the dating app matches members who have crossed paths in real life within the 250-meter proximity.

It is a free app that can be downloaded by iOS, Android or Windows users. However, to fully utilise its functions, you must subscribe to their premium membership.

Although sometimes dubbed as the "new Tinder," Happn is different in several ways. Check out below and see what we found out about this dating app.

New members at Happn in July 2024 in comparison

Here you can see how membership figures at Happn are developing compared to others

Happn Members

55,000 from Hong Kong
Members activity
10,000 active weekly
Gender Proportion
40 %
60 %
  • Records over 420,000 monthly visitors globally
  • Top visitors are mostly from the United States, the United Kingdom, and India
  • Males slightly outnumber females
  • Most users are 25-34 years old
  • Majority of the members access the website via mobile

As a global platform, Happn is active in several countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, France, Netherlands, and Argentina.

In terms of age group, the majority belongs to the 25-34 age range. Still, figures show that there’s quite a balanced ratio for the rest of the groups. From the youth to the matured, and senior users, Happn caters to all.

Gender-wise, males outnumber females by a slight margin. Although it would have been preferable to have an equal ratio, it’s still very likely to find the man or woman of your dreams with this location-based app.


Happn Age Range and Age Distribution

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55+

How to Sign Up for Happn

Happn SignUp
  • Sign up using your Facebook account or mobile number
  • Finish registration in about a minute
  • Import your information from Facebook
  • Identify your gender preference right after creating your account
  • There is no screening or verification

There are two easy ways to create your account with Happn. You may link it to your Facebook account or register through your mobile number. With just a few information, you will be able to sign up.

These include your name, date of birth, and gender. Other data about your work, education and a description of yourself will also be asked but are not required. Before you can proceed, you will need to identify whether you want to cross paths with men, women or both.

After creating your account, you may already use your account's full functionality. Unlike other dating apps, Happn does not hold new accounts for verification and approval.

Making Contact on Happn

Happn Match
  • No free search function
  • Sending a message is only allowed to members who liked each other
  • Turn on the Invisibility Mode to stop crossing path with anyone with a premium subscription
  • Know who liked you with Happn Premium

Happn shows your matches based on the proximity and preferences you have set. Unlike other apps, Happn does not have a search function. Instead, it shows your matches based on the identified criteria– proximity and preferences of the user.

For security purposes, you can only send likes to other members. You may not message them unless they also send you a 'like'. This ensures that members only get to chat with people that they are interested in. Once two members send a like to each other, those members get a "crush" which is similar to a match.

To shorten the process, you can view other members who sent you a 'like'. In that case, you may get a "crush" and send a message instantly. This can be availed through a premium subscription.

'Hello' is another feature to connect with other members. Unlike the Like function, Hello is not a secret action. A member can send a Hello to anyone that appears on their timeline and let them know that they want to start a conversation. It also has a new video call feature that is free to use as long as you don't exceed using it for five minutes.

Happn Profile Quality

Happn Profile
  • Limited information is shown on the profile
  • You may opt to hide some information on your profile such as age, last active date and distance
  • Upload up to 9 photos
  • Sync Facebook and Instagram photos to Happn account
  • Free viewing of profile photo

    There is not much to see on a member's profile. Happn will only show a few information– your picture, name, age, gender, work and education, last active date, distance and a description of yourself. If you purchase a premium, you will be able to hide some of this information. You may upload up to nine photos to your account directly or by syncing your photos from your Facebook or Instagram account.

    Providing useful information and photos that reflect your personality and interests are helpful for other members to know you more, and probably, like you. Unlike Tinder, which makes use of the swipe function, Happn does not require members to decide whether to like your match or not immediately. Other users have the chance to browse your profile first, so make sure you have a good one.

    Although the app does not verify accounts, which makes ultimately leads to higher risk of running into fake accounts, users are allowed to report or block suspicious accounts for their privacy and safety.

    Happn App

    Happn App
    • Simple and easy to navigate
    • Clean and modern design
    • Accessible features buttons
    • Notifications can be managed
    • Uses an interactive map to discover people you've crossed path with for the last 7 days

    Happn's clean and simple interface makes it a user-friendly application. Even if you close your app, Happn app will continue to track the places that you go to and get matches along the way.

    If you are concerned about privacy, you may stop the Happn app from tracking for a certain time by turning on the "Invisibility Mode" with a premium subscription. However, unlike Tinder Places, there is no option for the users to block certain places such as your home, office or gym, which is inadvisable for safety purposes.

    Nevertheless, you have the choice to schedule invisibility when you do not want to cross paths with other members. Pausing your account is another option, but your crushes will no longer be able to track you and see your messages.

    Happn Costs and Prices

    Free Features
    • Basic Matching
    • Sending likes
    • Chat with crush
    • Post status on your profile
    • View profile photos of other members
    Premium Features
    • Send up to 10 Hellos per day
    • Schedule Invisibility
    • Set your privacy settings and be more mysterious.
    • Remove ads while browsing.
    • CrushTime
    Duration / Credits / CoinsCostsTotal
    Happn Essential Subscription
    1 Month118.00 HKD / Month118.00 HKD
    3 Months94.33 HKD / Month283.00 HKD
    6 Months70.50 HKD / Month423.00 HKD
    Happn Credits
    Available for purchase after subscribing to Happn Premium
    10 Coins2.30 HKD / Coin23.00 HKD
    60 Coins1.38 HKD / Coin83.00 HKD
    100 Coins1.28 HKD / Coin128.00 HKD
    250 Coins1.15 HKD / Coin288.00 HKD
    Happn Price
    Payment Options
    • Credit Card
    • Direct Debit
    • PayPal
    • Via Mobile Phone

    Happn app finds users matches based on the provided preference and location. You can let other users know what you are up to by posting status updates on your profile. It is a free feature that you can use anytime. You may indicate whether you want to grab a bite, get a drink, catch a movie, go out, go for a walk or run.

    On the other hand, the dating app has several paid features that you can also enjoy. You may know who liked your profile and send one back to get instant crush. You may also change your settings to “Invisibility Mode” to let you hide your account from other members on your chosen time. Once you activate this feature, your location will be turned off and you will not cross path with anyone in Happn.

    Happn coins will be available for purchase after subscribing to premium. You will also get 10 Hellos per day automatically once you subscribe. These are credited to your account– 5 Hellos in every 12 hours. However, these Hellos do not add up and will be lost if you fail to use them within 12 hours.

    Special Features

    Happn has some unique features that can add more personality to its members' profiles. We have provided a list and brief description of each below.


    This is the newest feature that Happn can offer. It lets the users give a more personal touch on how they communicate and connect with others. To use this, the members have to choose something about the other member based on his/ her profile and ask a personalized question based on it.


    Let other members know that you want to talk– send a Hello! Each member has ten free Hellos once they sign up. Once it runs out, you will have to purchase through a premium subscription.

    Voice Messages

    Happn does not offer video chat to its users. Nevertheless, you may send a voice message to your crushes.

    My Music Selection

    Sync Happn to your Spotify account. If you are a music person, show your personality better by sending tracks to your "crushes." 

    Crush Time

    This in-app game shows four members that you have recently crossed paths with. You will then have to choose who among those members like you. Get it correctly to be able to send a message to that user instantly. If you have guessed it wrong, a 'like' will automatically be sent to the user that you chose.

    I'm up for...

    Show what you're currently up for the next six hours. Let the other members know that you are open to dining out, getting some drinks, watching a movie or simply going out or and taking a walk.

    Audio Feature

    happn is planning to release an audio feature this September 2021 in which users will allow to hear a match’s voice before making a connection. This new feature aims to provide a more immersive and sensory online dating experience.

    Similarities Badge

    This feature will detect common interests that you share with a member or a match. Sharing passions and interests with matches helps start meaningful conversations so always check out this section added on the profiles in a badge form.


    The "Hub" allows users to have more control over their potential matches. The Hub space can be accessed on the happn app and is split into four sections: Discover, Play, Explore, and Meet. The Discover section provides certified, online, and newly registered profiles. The Play section offers the CrushTime game, while the Explore section features a map system that shows potential matches users have come across in real life. Finally, the Meet section allows users to filter according to profile characteristics such as passions and romantic preferences.

    Ready to Date

    The ‘Ready to Date’ tool lets users know when their match is ready to meet offline. The new feature will appear on the conversation page of two users. When an individual feels ready to meet the other offline, they can have this preference registered on the app.


    CrushPoints allows users to add their favourite places to their profile and discover those of their Crushes, based on 6 categories: events, bars, restaurants, sports, culture and outdoors.

    Our rating

    Signing Up: 3.5 / 5
    Making Contact: 3.0 / 5
    Profile Quality: 3.0 / 5
    App: 3.5 / 5

    Editor's Conclusion

    DatingsScout.hk Author Chris Pleines
    Chris Pleines
    Founder of Datingscout and Author of the book "Online Dating for Dummies"
    Happn is an online dating mobile application that uses proximity and member preferences to match users. Its goal is to give people who have encountered in real life a chance to get to know each other. Given its location-based functions, the dating app might work well with people who stay in highly populated areas.Happn seems to have improved a lot as its number of members grew significantly over the years. However, if you are a homebody or live in a low-population area, you might want to try other Dating Apps  that we tested that may help you better in finding your match.

    Happn FAQ


    Who owns Happn?

    Didier Rappaport founded Happn along with Antony Cohen and Fabien Cohen.


    How do you find people on Happn?

    Happ has no free search feature available. You may only find other members when they appear on your timeline. Other members may appear on your timeline if you have the same preferences and if you crossed path with them within the 250-meter radius.

    How do you know if someone blocked you in Happn?

    In case you cannot find a crush or message/conversations with other members, it is possible that you have been blocked. To be sure, try to restart your Happn app then check again.

    Do you still get matches when you log out of Happn?

    Once you log out your account, you will not get any matches until you log back in.

    How to start a conversation on Happn?

    To send messages to other members, you must send them a 'like', and they should like you as well. You may not chat or receive a message from anyone if you have not both liked each other.


    How can I deactivate my Happn account?

    To deactivate your Happn account, select "Pause my Account" under the "App Settings." This will completely hide your account from all other users, including the people you crushed and messaged with. No one will also cross path with you until you activate your account again.

    What happens if I deactivate my Facebook account?

    In case you deactivate your Facebook account, you will not be able to access your Happn account.


    Is Happn safe?

    In case of crossing paths with other members, Happn does not disclose exactly where or how far you are. It just reflects that you are within the 250-meter radius.


    When was Happn created?

    Happn was created in Paris, France in January 2014.

    How to download Happn?

    Happn can be downloaded from Google Play, Apple Store, or Microsoft Store.

    How to login on Happn without Facebook?

    Aside from linking your Facebook account, you may use your mobile number to sign up with Happn.


    How do you unblock someone on Happn?

    To unblock someone on Happn, you have to go 'Users Declined / Blocked' under the 'My Preferences' tab.


    What kind of Facebook information does Happn use to create my profile?

    Signing up using Facebook will let Happn use some information from your account. This includes your first name, age, gender and most recent profile photos.

    Is Happn dating app free?

    Signing up for Happn is free. But you may purchase a premium subscription to get access to more features.

    How to get Happn credits?

    Happn credits can be purchased using your credit/debit cards, Paypal or mobile debit.

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