A recent and transformative newcomer to the online dating scene, Tinder is caused quite a stir around the world as it keeps growing in popularity and notoriety. Tinder, unlike other online dating options like Plenty of Fish and OKCupid is only a mobile application and you need a smartphone in order to use this application. Tinder was founded in 2012 by Justin Mateen of Hatch Labs and has grown exponentially over the past couple of years to garner millions of members annually and a billion ‘swipes’ per day.
Tinder has become similar to Facebook in that it uses pictures of users who are interested in each other to match and then chat to see if they would like to begin dating or start a friendship. Tinder has become exceedingly popular in the online dating world and is used in many countries. Tinder is the first application to be used for ‘swiping’, which allows users to swipe right to show interest and allow for a potential match or swipe left to indicate they are not interested in the photos and to move on to the next person. Tinder has played a role in influencing other swipe-based apps like Bumble, Hinge, and Happn.
Tinder is a location-based application, which uses your Facebook information and your geophysical place in order to connect you with users who live within a certain-mile or kilometer radius of you. Tinder started out more as a ‘hook-up’ application but has become more social recently in its features and has been accepted more as a dating application. Due to the surging popularity of smartphones such as the iPhone and Android, there has also been a subsequent rise in the amount of Tinder users who find it easy to use and match with people when they’re on the go.
In order to use Tinder, you need to have a registered Facebook account. The fact that you’re signed up for Tinder through Facebook is not shared with your Facebook friends or any other members ensuring some level of privacy for your personal life. Because everybody on Tinder is linked to a Facebook account, that lowers the chance of scammers and fake profiles but it still does not completely eliminate the possibility. You have to screen carefully especially because there are no serious methods of profile verification and the pictures you’re seeing could be fake as well.
Whether you’re at the bar, at home, or are at your workplace, you can use Tinder anywhere as long as you have your smartphone, your current location setting enabled, and a working 3G or internet connection. Tinder is also free to download and use which makes it a very accessible dating application. If you’re considering using Tinder, it’s important to be aware of the main and additional features, the paid v. free membership, and the positive and negative aspects of this specific application. There have also been a number of changes and updates made to Tinder since the application was first launched in 2012 that should be made clear to you, the reader.
- Profile Picture
When it comes to the main features of Tinder, you have to start with the important profile pictures, which helps to determine if you can get matches or not as a user. You can choose pictures from your Facebook profile and also more recently from Instagram. As of now, you can choose up to six pictures to feature on your Tinder profile.
- Describe Yourself
While there’s no formal profile, there is a ‘describe yourself’ box where you can write up to 500 characters about you and what you’re looking for on Tinder. It’s clear that Tinder is more about appearance than substance when compared to OKCupid and Plenty of Fish.
- Age and Distance
There is also a ‘settings’ option where you can modify your distance from other men or women in your area to be 1 mile or up to 50 miles depending on your preference. You can also decide what your age range for male or female members will be whether that is 18 to 24 years old or 35 to 49 years old.
- Check for Mutual Friends
When it comes to matching with an actual person on Tinder, it’s quite easy to do. When you login to the application, the person’s name, picture, age, and personal description will be available to for you to see. You can also see if you have any Facebook friends in common and whether or not you have any mutual interests in sports, music, movies, books, etc. If you tap on their picture to view it more closely, you can also see their distance from you, how long ago they logged in to Tinder and the full ‘about me’ section.
You can scroll through multiple members and swipe right or left depending on your interest in meeting the person or lack thereof. You ‘swipe right’ to indicate that you would like to be matched with them or ‘swipe left’ to indicate that you are not interested in getting to know the person better. An ‘X’ represents the button used to indicate non-interest and a ‘heart’ indicates that you have interest in matching with the person. At some point while swiping, you’ll get an indication that there’s a ‘mutual match’ between you and the other person and a chat box while open up indicating that you can begin the conversation with the person and ask for their number or e-mail.
- Tinder Plus
With the recent addition of Tinder Plus as a paid option for Tinder users, you cannot only upgrade your membership but also your features.
- Super Likes
One of the more popular recent features added to Tinder is ‘Super Likes’ where members can pay to have a certain amount of ‘Super Likes’ to those people who they find really attractive or want to get to know better. These ‘Super Likes’ help grab other members’ attention and make it easier to match with. Each Tinder profile comes with a limited amount of ‘Super Likes’ per day so it’s important that if you want to buy more ‘Super Likes’, you’re going to have to spend an extra $5-$30 depending on how many you want to purchase. You only need to swipe right with the ‘blue star’ to indicate that you ‘super like’ someone and that person will be notified immediately of your heightened interest.
Also, other new features include ‘Passport’ where if you’re on the road and heading to different cities in different countries, you can set your location to that new city and swipe away to see if anyone’s interested in meeting up with you during your stay. While you’re location may be in a different city, you can pretend to be in a new city and see what the local men and women are like.
Also, another neat new feature is ‘Rewind’ which allows you to return to the last person who you swiped on rather than starting all over again with the search for new members. You won’t have to waste time loading new potential matches when you login again but rather you’ll be able to start where you left off when you last logged off. It’s important to remember that these new additional features come with a Tinder Plus membership, which isn’t free and requires payment.
Tinder Costs: Free vs. Paid Membership
Since March of 2015, Tinder has created a paid membership option known as ‘Tinder Plus.’ Prices differ depending on the country and how old you are. For example, a member of Tinder who is 30+ years old may pay $9.99 per month for the same upgraded features while another member of Tinder who is under 30 years old may only pay $4.99 per month. The costs for the premium membership can range from $2.99 per month to $19.99 per month.
As stated before, a premium membership with ‘Tinder Plus’ gives you access to the ‘Rewind’ and ‘Passport’ features. There is also the very new ‘Tinder Social’ feature, which can match you and your friend with another group of people who want to go out for a night on the town. This is the newest feature of ‘Tinder Plus’ but is quickly gaining in overall popularity. While ‘Tinder Plus’ has some advantages to it, most members of Tinder are quite satisfied with their free membership. With a free membership, you can still have a full profile with profile pictures, a ‘About Me’ section, and an ability to start a chat with members whom you match with.
Both free and paid members get access to a certain amount of ‘Super Likes’ per day but it is required to pay for more likes regardless if you have a paid or unpaid membership. If you don’t feel like paying $10 or $20 per month, you’ll luckily still be able to use the important features of Tinder in order to find a date or more. Some dating applications don’t make it easy for users to match and communicate with each other but Tinder is an exception with its’ easy to use interface and its’ geo-locator feature
Free membership includes the following:
- Free download of the app. You need Facebook account.
- Accept or reject your local matches.
- Set your geographic preferences (approx 10 miles).
- Set age preferences
- Set ‘tag’ of yourself or brief description.
- Check mutual interests or Facebook friends.
- Include up to 6 photos of yourself. Can be taken from your phone, Facebook or Instagram).
- Swipe your matches. Left or right for “yes” or “no”.
- If it’s mutual accept, you can start chatting with each other.
- See messages in your inbox.
- Create and organize lists for your matches.
- Easy and simple to start messaging as long as there is a mutual accept
- Quick contact for customer service via Tinder app.
- Use it for traveling to meet people in other areas.
- Can’t go back in case you want to reconsider an accept.
- New matches each time you log in.
Paid membership ( Tinder Plus) includes:
- Prices differ in age and countries
- Costs in USD: $19.99/month for users 30 years or older. $9.99 for users under 30.
- Rewind – Allows you to go back to the last member who you swiped rather than start again from the beginning.
- Passport – Lets you add your new location when travelling.
- Super Like. Swipe up to do a Super Like. It adds a blue star next to the user you have previously Super Liked. Other members can find out who have Super Liked them. These users will see a blue banner under the names of people who Super Liked them.
Check out our other article about Tinder pick-up lines.
Positive and Negative Aspects
- Free and quick to download
Tinder has a lot of positive aspects to it that have made it one of the most popular dating applications around the world. It’s free to use most of the features of Tinder and it takes less than a minute to download.
- Compatible both with Apple and Google Smartphones
You can use it with both Apple and Google Smartphones such as the iPhone and the Android. You can easily use your Facebook profile to set up your Tinder profile so you won’t need to waste too much adding new photos, creating a long description and list of interests.
- Simple interface
It has a really simple interface when you can just swipe right or left on men or women’s photos in order to see if there’s a mutual match. From then on, you can just message your matches in the chat box to see if they want to hang out in real life. You swipe right to approve a match, and swipe left to reject a match. You can also swipe up nowadays to give a ‘Super Like’ for a potential match. You can adjust your location or expand your radius so you can potentially get new people to match with each time you login to your account. There are millions of users to sift through in different cities around the world. Tinder can also be a social game with your friends or girlfriends and it can be turned into an event with your friends telling you whom to swipe right or left on.
- Connect quickly with matches
Compared to OKCupid or Plenty of Fish, you can connect and meet up with matches a lot quicker due to the text-like chat system that is set up by Tinder when there’s a mutual match.
- Low security and investment
While Tinder is unique, easy to use, and mostly free in its features, there are still some negative aspects to this dating application. There’s not a lot of investment needed to join this application, which means that while it may be good for casual dating, you may not be able to find a more serious relationship due to the lack of investment by some members. There’s also not a lot of security for this dating application due to only needing a Facebook profile to sign-up. There have many instances on Tinder with fake profiles, scammers, and robotic advertisements happening when people match with some users.
- Not enough information
When you match with another member, chances are you won’t know much about them except their name and age. It’s not mandatory for members to have their ‘about me’ part of the profile filled out.
- Unable to search for people with common interests
You also can’t search for someone who has similar interests or a similar background to you so it’s impossible to find someone who fits your preferences because you can’t make those known on Tinder. It’s likely that you won’t connect with your matches due to your lack of mutual interests or background.
- Unable to fix accidental swipes
It’s also possible you may accidentally swipe no on a person that you meant to swipe yes on.
- Only available on mobile devices
Lastly, Tinder is only available for mobile smartphones so you can’t use it on tablets or on your laptop unfortunately.
Relationships To Search For
Status Of Relationships
Tools To Use
- Use with Android or iPhone smartphone, app only no PC
- Upload photos from your phone, Facebook or Instagram
- Check profiles
- Use private messaging. If you want to “like” a message, tap a green heart that shows up next to your received message. You can also prevew links sent within messages (requires iPhone 3D touch). Additionally, you can add GIFs and emojis when chatting (use GIPHY to get GIFS, simply push the blue GIF button at the bottom of your chat interface.
- Use a tagline
- Check for mutual friends or interests
- Simple and scroll through the matches. Simply swipe right or left to reject or accept
- Set your search location
- Use push notification. You can get alerts on your cellphone if there are 2-3 times higher rates of matches in your search area.
How To Delete Tinder Account?
Mobile online dating applications are becoming more and more popular every day. The most popular mobile dating application currently on the market is none other than Tinder. Tinder is usually hit or miss in terms of having actual success or having a lot of failures instead.
There’s not much involved besides posting some good pictures of you along with some basic information. If you have found a serious relationship from Tinder or even gotten married off of that application, you may find it’s time to delete the application. That may also be the case if you haven’t gotten any matches and are ready to give up on the ‘shallow’ application once and for all.
In order to delete your account, it is pretty simple on Tinder to accomplish this. You need to open up the application on your mobile phone first or if it is connected to Facebook. Then, you need to go to the ‘settings’ option for your account and scroll to the bottom of the page. Lastly, you will see the ‘delete account’ option and all you need to do is double click and your account will be mostly gone.
Unlike other online dating websites and applications, your Tinder account is never truly dead. This is because your profile will remain active for some time even if you have lost access to it.
I highly recommend that you delete all of your photos and any basic information about yourself linked to your Tinder account before you decide to delete it. It’s possible that the data on your account will still be there even after you delete everything. Make sure to take the necessary precaution in order to make the account truly deleted.
If Tinder didn’t work out for you and you want to sign up for another dating site, check out our OkCupid review.
Tinder may be thought of as a hook-up app but with the recent introduction of its’ ‘Tinder Social’ feature, it may be expanding its’ purpose in having new people meet and develop friendships and deeper relationships. Tinder is a relatively young dating application compared to other dating sites as Match or Plenty Of Fish but it is set to grow and expand as its’ appeal continues to grow for both single men and women.
The fact that it was one of the first mobile applications for dating and relationships makes it a mainstay in the competition. A location-based application with some measure of privacy and discretion will still attract new members and keep old members around. As long as Tinder continues to innovate new features and develop its membership base, it will continue to be used by singles around the world now and into the future.
Have you ever used Tinder before? If yes, how was your experience with this dating app? I’d like to hear your thoughts, advice or any other useful information you collected using Tinder. Leave your reply in the comment section below.