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HUD Reviews: The Casual Hookup App

People interested in an NSA type of relationship find HUD very easy and convenient to use for several reasons. Hud is a rare jewel in the world of adult dating apps because it offers both online and mobile platforms. The HUD app is designed according to the latest app design trends. It looks slick, and you don’t need any technical knowledge to use it. Hud online (the official website) can no longer be used as a dating website. Users can still log in to manage their subscription or read useful blog posts, guides, and tips.

The Hud App is also available on both mobile platforms, iOS, and Android. Mobile apps allow people looking for a fling to access all the features Hudapp website offers. The Hud App is regularly updated. It works surprisingly fast and takes very little time to download and install.

The Hud App user database is quite large. There are over 6 million registered users worldwide. This makes it a perfect dating companion for people who are traveling, just come out of a relationship, or are too busy for a serious relationship. One could easily say that the Hud App focuses on delivering fling opportunities to its users.

HUD

$12.99/mo.
4.1

Active Members

4.6/5

Ease of Use / Navigation

3.8/5

Popularity

4.5/5

Unique Features

3.8/5

Chance of Getting a Date

4.0/5

Unlike some other popular apps in this niche, the Hud App features no swiping. It appears that the team behind the app is more interested in allowing users to see all the possible matches in their areas at once. The free membership is not that much hookup-friendly. There are plenty of restrictions that you can only bypass by investing in the premium membership — more about it in the detailed review.

There are plenty of in-app purchases users can leverage to increase their chances of finding a hookup instantly. Besides the basic, bronze, silver, and gold package, users can pay for profile boost (24 hours, 3 and 7 days), and photo access.

Since there is no matching system in place, you will be able to use built-in messaging to contact anyone and anytime you want. You don’t have to wait for people to like your profile before engaging with them. And Hudapp is all about making connections, meaning that the app is for everyone.

It doesn’t matter if you identify as gay, straight, pansexual, or bisexual, you can still use the app to find a hookup. The app is also convenient for both singles and couples looking for opportunities to try something new. 

Hud is among the pioneers in the field to promote healthy online flings. It comes with a SAFE app, offers affordable STD checking, and allows users to import and share their verified STD results.

About The Company

HUD was founded in 2011. The company is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, and at the moment provides online casual dating and hookup services to more than 6 million users around the world. The app is developed to offer convenient ways for people to hook up online.

HUD keeps transparent terms of services and facilitates consensual interactions. To maximize its reach and unlock the true hookup potential to its users, HUD continues to offer its services on iOS and Android. Unfortunately, as of October 2nd, 2019, HUD Online is no longer available.

Creating an Account on HUD

Getting started with the Hud App is easy. All you need to do is go to the Google Play Store or the App Store, download and install the app. In the past, users could also visit the official Hud website and complete the account registration process there, but this option is no longer available.

Registering via the Hud App is straightforward. You can either choose to register your account with your Facebook profile or via mobile phone number. Hud promises you that it won’t use your Facebook account to post any content. From what we’ve seen, the company stays true to its promise. Both registration options are quite fast, and, in no time, you will find yourself editing your profile.

Profile Customization Options

If you are new to adult dating apps, you should know that making your profile complete is a must. It is your one chance to attract like-minded people. The more options you have to customize it, the better. Why? Because you can easily make your profile stand out. Besides the usual profile photo and profile description, you will be able to add some interesting additional info.

There are numerous fields you can fill in your profile settings. The one we find very interesting allows you to talk about the stuff you like to do in a bedroom as well as the things that you enjoy receiving in it.

Hud’s target audience is people looking for casual hookups. This is a dedicated hookup app.

Things You Can Do With a Free Membership

As soon as you finish customizing your profile, you will be able to start using the Hud App. But, unfortunately, there is not much you can do with a free membership. Since only premium members can contact and message other people, the only thing you can do is wait and hope that a premium member gets interested in you.

If you get lucky, you will be able to go on a date. But if you don’t, you will have to invest in one of the in-app purchases that allow you to contact other people.

Questionable Photo Sharing Services

The Hud App comes with a built-in feature that allows you to share your photos and send them via messages to other Hud users. While sharing photos during a chat with someone is very useful, you should know that Hud has very questionable photo sharing practices.

See, the platform allows you to label your photos as either private or public. When labeling the photos private, you can choose people you want to block seeing them. The free members are automatically included in this filter, and all of your pictures will appear blurred to them. But the in-app purchase by the name “Full photo access pass” is what troubles us.

Even if you make some of your photos private, people with the full photo access pass will still be able to see all your pictures.

Searching for Hookups on HUD App

Searching is open for both free and premium members. Free members cannot use it to the full extent, though. As a free member, you can only search for other members in your current location, which can prove quite futile if you live in an inactive area.

The complete search functionality, including bypassing the user location boundary and applying various search filters, is locked behind the premium membership. There is also an in-app purchase that allows you to boost your profile visibility, thus increasing your chances to appear in other users’ searches and get a date. With an active premium membership, you can even change your geolocation to discover people elsewhere.

The search functionality is great in Hud App; too bad it is almost entirely reserved for premium members.

Finding a Match on HUD App

Although it is similar to various match-based adult dating websites, Hud App is entirely free of mutual matches. What does this mean in practice? Unlike in match-based apps where you can contact only the people that liked your profile, in Hud App, you can start a conversation with anyone you like. This, of course, only applies to premium members.

The Hud App works like any other regular dating site allowing you to pursue as many hookup opportunities as you want. Popular people probably get more attention than they need. To address this inconvenience, Hud App offers various tools that help users unclutter their inbox.

Great Female Friendly Features

Back in 2018, Hud decided to empower women interested in finding flings and hookups online. To do this, HUD came up with brand new features designed to remove the risk of women being stigmatized for having casual sex.

Since 2018, women on Hud App have access to the “Chat Request” feature. It is located at the top of the inbox. Female Hud App users can use it to decide whether they want to interact with someone before even receiving a message. The “Chat Request” also shows who is trying to contact you, and contains additional information about the user. If you deny a chat request, the user won’t be able to contact you ever again.

Premium Membership: What Does it Unlock?

The Hud App premium membership brings all the fun to the online dating game. With an active premium membership, you will be able to view other user profiles in full, find out their preferences in bed, and lots of other useful things.

Since users can label some of their photos as private, free members won’t be able to see them. You will have to pay to see all the pictures of Hud App users. There is also the matter of search functionality that we’ve already mentioned. To be able to use all the search filters and settings, you will have to become a premium member.

Instant messaging is also a premium thing as wells as sending and receiving emails from Hud App users.

The Hud App is For People Who Don’t Mind Spending Money on Their Hookup Adventures

With more than 6 million users and mobile apps for both Android and iOS, the Hud App is a dating app worth your time. Most of its features are locked behind the premium membership. If you don’t mind spending money on a hookup app, the Hud App will help you connect to like-minded people and enjoy NSA encounters both locally and while you are traveling.

Not For People Who Prefer Match-based and Free-to-use Hookup Apps

Hud App is not a match-based dating app. It does appear as one, though. You will be able to send messages to people who didn’t like your profile or showed any interest in you. This puts the Hud App into the basket with other regular dating websites.

On top of that, you will have to pay to unlock Hud App’s full potential. If you are looking for match-based and free-to-use hookup apps, you should consider other options.

HUD App Pros

Hud App brought something new to the world of adult dating sites and hookup apps.

  • Chat request is a great way to build a female-friendly online dating environment
  • You can send messages to anyone in your search
  • Fast and reliable mobile app for both iOS and Android
  • Great multi-language support (over ten languages)
  • It’s very easy to block annoying or unwanted contacts
  • You can blur photos to get some more protection

HUD App Cons

There are several things that we didn’t like about Hud App.

  • Too many features reserved only for premium members
  • Too many bots and fake profiles
  • Price for premium membership above the average industry standard

HUD App Alternatives

There are plenty of Hud App alternatives out there. If you want to stay devoted to your NSA lifestyle, you can look for fling opportunities on Tinder, which is a match-based hookup app.

There are also other options which include Lipsi, quite a popular app among the people of the youngest generation if we might add. The Local Hookup app is also a viable option. Down Dating and Wild are also hookup apps that you should check out.

Final Verdict

The Hud App is a hookup app designed to help like-minded people connect whether they are using Android or iOS-based smartphones. The app is regularly updated, and it looks fantastic. More importantly, it is a very easy-to-use app, and there are over 6 million Hud App users.

But, to get a quick hookup, you will have to invest in a premium membership because most of the features such as initiating a chat are only available to premium members.

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