Dating apps for targeting your type

Find Ms. or Mr. Right with these niche dating apps.

There are a lot of dating apps -- so many that you might need a matchmaker to help you find the right app to help you find the right person. We've picked dating apps that focus on your type, whether you're looking for a fellow geek or a girl who likes girls. If you'd rather have an app that matches your dating style, check out 7 apps for 7 daters.

Instagram fans: Nine (iOS)

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Location-based Nine helps you meet nearby Instagram addicts. Link to your Instagram account, add hashtags to describe yourself, and Nine will create a 3x3 collage of your nine most liked photos over the last year. Then swipe through other users' Nines -- to the right if you like them and to the left if you don't. When you match other users, you'll be able to chat with them and arrange a date -- guaranteed to be captured and Instagrammed.

Nice Jewish boys or girls: JSwipe (iOS, Android)

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JSwipe is the Tinder for people of all faiths who are looking for Jewish people. Register with your Facebook account, and JSwipe will suggest existing Facebook photos for you to use. Then input your level of observance -- from other to Orthodox -- and whether you keep kosher, and you're good to swipe. Swipe right if you're interested and left if you're not. When you find a match, feel free to start kibitzing or breaking challah with them.

People of color: Bae (iOS, Android)

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Bae, which stands for "before anyone else," is a straightforward app that aims to introduce you to the special person you'll cherish above all others. Register with Facebook and you're thrown into a Tinder-like experience designed for African Americans and their admirers. Swipe right to like and left to leave behind. You can only swipe right 30 times, though, every eight hours, so choose wisely. Once you match, you can chat in app.

Geek squad: Cuddli (Android)

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Are you a geek looking for other geeks to chat about comic books and gaming? Then Cuddli is where it's at. The app keeps users honest by requiring them to register with Facebook accounts and add clear face photos. Once you're in the system, you'll see a grid view of potential matches. Tap a user's picture to check or X them out. Once you match, you can start chatting and get dating tips for geek-approved outings near you.

Girls who like girls: Her (iOS)

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Don't let the name fool you: The app Her is nothing like Spike Jonze's 2013 movie about a lonely introvert who falls in love with his digital voice assistant. Her is a supportive environment for women looking to date other women. All accounts must be verified by Facebook or Instagram first to ensure that users are all female, which cuts down on the potential for creeps and bots. Once in, you can scan profiles and like individuals to express interest and to chat. A community-oriented app that's about more than hook-ups, Her also provides the opportunity to make new friends, attend LGBT events, and read relevant news.

People with seniority: OurTime (iOS, Android)

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Although OurTime uses a Tinder-like interface, it's a more mature app catering to the 50-plus crowd looking for friendships or potential marriage partners in their age group. So make no mistake: This is not the app for hook-ups; it's for finding mates for the long haul. On OurTime, it's free to create a profile and swipe. But to send and receive email or to see who's already expressed interest in you, prepare to pony up for a premium plan, starting at $37.99.

Disney fans: Mouse Mingle

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If you need a date for your next visit to the Magic Kingdom, there's no better app than Mouse Mingle. iOS and Android apps are currently in the works, and in the meantime you can use the Mouse Mingle website. Just input your profile info, a photo, what you're looking for, and most importantly which Disney theme park is closest to you. After verifying your email address for security purposes, you can start searching for your next Prince or Princess Charming. You can wink for free, but you have to pony up $12.55 a month or $120 per year to comment on photos or send or receive chat or email messages.

About Joshua Rotter

Joshua Rotter is a copy editor for Download.com and covers iOS.

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