Tinder is considered the new hook up spot in social media now, but does this online dating platform have more potential than being just a gateway to easy and quick fun, or is that its entire charm? The site was designed for the young generation to find partners for casual dating and hookups. Members with actual connections can swipe each other and get a chance to meet in person.
In this Tinder Review, we will get a closer look into this platform’s workings and what you can expect.
The Tinder website is pretty straightforward and simple when you first look at it. At first look, you will only see three options in front of you. One which helps you create an account, one for logging into a current account, and the third is a drop-down menu, which contains details about the company, the community, a language section, and more.
It is a straightforward website to navigate through. If you want to create a new Tinder account, you need to follow a few quick steps:
In the Create Account Section, you will also find app options. If you click on that, you will be taken to the PC version of the AppStore or Playstore, which will download the app on your phone. You can use Tinder on your phone or your PC/Laptop, whichever is convenient for you. The app is suggested because the platform uses your Location to find matches for you, and it can be more comfortable since everyone carries their mobiles everywhere.
When you open the Mobile app, you can even see several Tinder Reviews and experiences shared by other users of this platform and application.
This app is a lot like Tinder, but there are several differences. Bumble allows women to be chat beginners. This feature aims at protecting Women’s Privacy from unsolicited messages while the feature of beginning chats within 24 hours encourages them to be more active. Bumble is also better in terms of free features and does not have as many tiers of paid membership as the site. Bumble is also available on iOS and Android and has its website as well. More information on differences and similarities between the two apps can be found on both Bumble and Tinder Reviews.
OKCupid asks its users to fill out a few quizzes which it uses to suggest more compatible matches. You find people based on the number of answers you have similar to theirs. However, some of the features on this app are restricted to paid membership alone, and you would need to upgrade to get all the benefits. This platform, too, has its website as well as mobile applications on Android and iOS.
Comparisons between OKCupid and Tinder can be found easily online, so its more comfortable for users to compare the two and judge what’s right for them.
Unlike Tinder, Happn aims to give you a chance to meet people who may have crossed paths. Its algorithm uses your geolocation to find other HAppn users around your Location to send you suggestions. It also does not have a swiping option based solely on photos which, if you see some Tinder reviews, is perceived as superficial. Happn focuses on friendships, dating, serious relationships, and even its users ending up marrying each other, while Tinder mainly focuses on hookups and casual dating.
MadlyThis online dating platform was created in India and is so far only based in India, unlike Tinder, which has its presence globally. It also means that TrulyMadly has a smaller user base by about ten times as compared to Tinder. This application works by going through someone’s profile entirely and then liking it if you find them to be looking for. If they like you back, its a mutual match.
Badoo is another competitor for Tinder. This platform does not have a formal set algorithm that suggests matches. First of all, it requires at least one picture of every user to enable them to use its various features. Some of the features are locked unless you do so. It also has some paid features available. This online dating service also uses the Location of its users to make suggestions for matches. Badoo also has its website as well as Mobile apps.
Tinder has a simple and functional design. The website home page is not made to look very busy, and it is easy to navigate. It has only the bare basics that need to be on and no unnecessary information. When you open the Tinder website, you will be able to see the logo of white fire along with the website name on the top left corner.
Next, you will see two options on the top right corner: Log In and a Drop Down Menu. The Log In button is for already enrolled members who can log into their accounts via Google, Facebook, or with your phone number. Below, you will also find a Trouble Logging In option if you face issues while signing into your account. This option would allow users who have changed their phone numbers or cannot log in through Facebook to use their emails to sign in into their account.
Next to the Log In button, you will see a drop-down menu with details relating to the Company, the Community, Partners, Help, and Support, etc. You can find Language settings as well here. Tinder being a global platform, provides several language options for users around the world. You can find Contact details for the company as well in case you need help. Since it is such a massive platform with millions of users worldwide, they have support teams for different regions. You can find all their information on the website.
Last but not least, you will see the tagline on the website right in the middle, and below that, you will see the option to create your account. You can create a new account on the Tinder website or Mobile Application via Google, Facebook, or your Phone Number.
There are various tiers of membership on Tinder. There are options for Free Membership, Tinder Plus, Tinder Gold, and a few additional features that can be unlocked when paid for. These include Boost, Super Boost, Super like, and Top Picks.
Free Membership: The free membership includes but only a few features for its users. It is only useful if you are not very active on the platform. It includes features like:
It is the next level after the free tier. This Tinder membership includes all the benefits of free membership, plus:
This tier can use two sets of cost listings: One is for people over the age of 30 and the other for the users below 30 years of age. Tinder reviews will shed light on the fact that the platform is unequally priced for these two age groups. This platform is more expensive for users over 30 years, which you will see throughout the paid tiers. As for this level, costs are as follows:
For users under the age of 29 years:
For users over 30 years:
This VIP level on Tinder offers all the features of the above two tiers plus:
Costs for this tier are as follows :
Tinder includes some unique features like Boost, Super Boost, Super like, and top Picks also. These are available to some extent with the paid memberships, but you can also purchase them separately by going to the settings section.
This feature puts your profile on top in the queue for thirty minutes so that it appears first, and your chances of getting swiped right increase, thus, giving your profile a “boost.” You can click the purple Lightning bolt to activate this feature. Costs for activation include three levels:
Using this feature can increase your chances of being matched by ten times.
This feature is a better version of boost. This feature is also considered as the main Tinder hack by the users. It moves the user’s profile at the top of the line, increasing his chances for better matches 100 times during peak hours. It costs about $5.99 for 1 Super boost. You can activate this also by clicking the purple lightning bolt icon.
A super like is a means to let other users know that you think they stand out. The icon is a blue star, and when the user whom you have super liked gets your notification, they will also be able to see that you have super liked their profile. When you click the Blue star or someone’s profile, you will always see the blue star. Tinder users get one super like per day. However, you can purchase more super likes on Tinder. The cost of 5 Superlikes is $6.99.
Tinder users are given a certain number of Top Picks each day, but there are options to buy more Top picks when you purchase free membership. The cost for 10 top Picks is about $3.99. Top Picks is a way to help you find the best members compatible with you. It helps save time and increases your chances of finding someone suitable soon.
If you plan on purchasing the Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold memberships, you will have the following options to make the payment:
You can also use your credit card directly to pay for Tinder if you do not want to set up a payment method via PlayStore. Tinder accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express cards. To access this method, you need to log in to your account, go to your profile and click on the Manage Payment option.
There are safety and privacy protection policies followed on the Tinder website as well as the app. You can see the various privacy and security practices undertaken by Tinder to protect its users and keep all their information safe. Tinder, like other dating websites, requires users to fill in a lot of personal information, thus making it very important for the users to be aware of the policies in place and what information to fill in or leave out accordingly. However, the website acknowledges that there cannot be a complete guarantee of 100% privacy standards. Still, it also states that they are continually updating and evolving the security policies to ensure maximum safety. Tinder has a whole team consisting of professionals from different fields like legal, engineering, design, and such to update security and privacy from all standards.
The Tinder algorithm is made only to receive messages and send messages to those users who have also liked you. Suppose you have a mutual like, which means if you and the user both like each other, only then can you two message or chat with each other, not otherwise. If you have liked a user, but they have not liked you back, you cannot message him; similarly, if you haven’t liked any user, they cannot message you.
If you have liked a user previously, but for some reason do not want to keep in contact with them anymore, Tinder provides the option to unlike them. You need to; unlike the user, you do not want to message anymore. Once you unlike them, it will become a one-way connection, and you will not receive any more messages from them.
Unfortunately, the Tinder website and apps do not have the option to block any users. If in case you are suspicious about someone, you can report them. In case you are in touch with someone whom you later feel is a scammer or fraud, you can always Unmatch yourself from them.
Members can only message you if you are matched with them. Unmatch yourself from them to prevent them from messaging you. Additionally, if you think they are fraud, go to their profile, and from the drop-down menu provided, select the option to Report them.
Since user safety is so vital to the platform, it encourages users from reporting possible fake profiles. Detailed information about the steps and procedures to follow when you feel suspicious about a user profile can be found on the Tinder website under the Support and Safety Tips sections.
While posting on Tinder, you need to keep in mind that your personal information will be used to find matches for you. While you would think that providing full information would increase your chances, you also need to keep in mind that a vast corporation uses your information. They keep your information as long as the corporation needs it for legal reasons and as allowed by law.
You also need to keep in mind that your information will be available to other Tinder users to see if you are compatible.
Tinder website also links your other social media accounts like Snapchat, Instagram, and Spotify. It will also possibly give more information about you to other users, and you need to be sure you want to make that information available to other users. Do not post things like your address or other intimate details to keep yourself safe.
As per the thousands of Tinder reviews that you can find easily on PlayStore or AppStore or even on Google, several fake profiles on the site and legitimate users need to be aware of it; it is even suggested in some guidelines that you can find on the website to verify profiles that provide a link. For example, if a profile says that you can find out more about them on the “provided link,” then you should be aware of those users. Such a user may be a scammer. Do not click on any links provided on other Users’ profiles, and if their behavior feels suspicious, do report them.
Though Tinder has a broad reach and audience, there are also a vast number of fake profiles, and as such, users must be aware of this themselves. While it works continuously to stay updated with security measures, it is necessary to note that fake profiles are now pretty simple to create, and users need to ensure that they are not being scammed.
Tinder has a global presence and, as such, has created several offices in different regions of the world. Contact information can be found on the website, and you can select the details to contact based on the region you are in.
If you are looking to have some fun or have a casual relationship, this site is for you. However, if you are looking for something serious, this is not the best platform for it since most users are looking for a casual fling. Tinder is hence, a platform designed for the young scouts to boost up their love and sexual fantasies.