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The 27 best opening lines for dating apps in 2023

Because we know we can do better than ‘how’s your day been?’

Written by High Life North
Published 11.02.2023

According to Statista’s Digital Market Insights, online dating providers are expected to have reached 441 million active users worldwide by the end of 2023.

And our tiny island, the UK, is a big hitter – second globally only to the US with 19.1% of our population swiping left and right on a daily basis.

Sounds great, right? The digital age now means we can meet someone literally sitting on the sofa.

In a way yes, but talk to anyone active on a dating app right now and they’ll tell you – it’s a jungle out there.

Ghosting (a sudden stop to all communication), cat fishing (fake profiles), dishonest users (an average of 30% of dating app users are married and 12% are in a relationship) – on top of wading through a host of matches to try and find a spark. It’s work.

So our pre-cursor? Make sure you’re ready. Using dating apps takes thick skin, patience and precious time that could be used making yourself happy.

But if you are ready to swipe, we’re here to help you get started with some creative opening lines.

Now, the best are likely thoughtfully related to their profile. But sometimes, our minds are blank and we have zero game.

So here are 27 that you can copy and paste when you need them.


Let’s slide into some DMs shall we?

Has anyone ever told you that you look like (insert celebrity name here – preferably a good-looking one).

Do you like bad girls? Because I’m really bad at dating apps.

I woke up thinking today was another boring Monday, then I saw we’d matched.

Describe yourself in three emojis.

Tell me what you find funny.

What’s the worst opening line you’ve ever received?

Why did you swipe right?

Send me a GIF that best describes you.

What will I find if I Google you?

Tell me your most controversial opinion. If we can get past that we can get past anything.

I swiped right 50% because of the dog.

It’s payday – what’s the first thing you’ve bought?

Whale hello there GIF (works every time)


If you were a Greggs bake, which one would you be?

Dominoes or Papa Johns?

Want to make a deal? I’ll cook you dinner if you cook me breakfast.

I’m cold.

Have you ever dated a contortionist?

I’m free Thursday at 7pm – does that work for you?

Favourite thing to do in [insert location]?

Drinks or coffee this week?

Two truths and a lie! Go!

If you were a fruit you’d be a fineapple

What’s something people often get wrong about you?

We should skip this week of making small talk and just go for a coffee.

Did you know it’s physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky?

I’ve spent way too long trying to think of something witty to say.

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