The Tinder app was the premier app that established the idea of mobile dating. While online dating had been around for years, the rise of smartphones in turn led to the public’s need for instantaneous socialization, which essentially led to mobile dating.
Tinder serves as a mobile matchmaker, presenting you with potential matches and then letting you decide whether or not you would like to pursue said matches. The Tinder app, available on both iOS and Android, matches you with people who are local, allowing you to easily meet someone in your area.
About the Tinder App
So, what is the Tinder app? It’s essentially a mobile dating app that matches users based on whether or not they find one another attractive. Becoming a Tinder pro is simple. After you download the app, simply sign in with your Facebook account — this is required since the app pulls information, like your friends and likes, from your Facebook. Nothing is posted without your permission, so your friends aren’t likely to find out that you’re on Tinder, if that’s a concern. Next step is to edit your profile — select your best photos that will draw in the crowd and edit your description to show off your personality or to make it clear as to what you’re searching for in a potential match. After that, adjust the app settings to reflect your gender, as well as your preference for matches, such as their gender, age range, and distance from you.
Once you have completed the setup, then comes the fun part. The Tinder app will present to you an array of potential matches, showing the person’s first profile photo, their name, age, and number of mutual friends and interests. Simply swipe left to pass or swipe right to like. However, note that unless you have Tinder Plus, there is no way to undo a swipe — once you’ve passed on someone, their profile has forever disappeared from your roster of potential matches. If someone intrigues you, tap the person’s photo to get a glimpse at their personality by reading their description. When you get a match, meaning that someone you swiped right on has swiped right on you as well, you are then able to message them.
Top Features of the Tinder App
The top features of Tinder are synonymous with Tinder’s subscription-based service known as Tinder Plus, which starts at $9.99 per month. Although the free version of Tinder is the version that gained an incredible amount of popularity, Tinder Plus enhances the experience that much more. Some wonder why Tinder became so popular so quickly. Everyone has a similar idea — Tinder became so immensely popular because it offered singles a brand new way to meet potential matches. Some people shudder at the thought of communicating with random strangers face-to-face, but no one seems to have an issue when hiding behind their phone. Tinder makes it so much easier to connect with local people you never would have met otherwise. These matches can indeed form into real relationships, oftentimes even leading to true love and marriage.
Tinder’s notable features include:
- Super Likes
If you find someone extraordinarily attractive and want to take special measures in order to be noticed, throw a “Super Like” their way. That person will immediately be alerted of your special interest. Unless subscribed to Tinder Plus, a limited number of Super Likes are available to each account per day. If you find yourself in need of more, Super Likes can be purchased separately for non-members of Tinder Plus.
On the occasion that you find yourself accidentally swiping left when you meant to swipe right, “Rewind” is the only way to reverse the action. This feature is available only to members of Tinder Plus.
If you find yourself traveling, set your location to whatever city you settle into and utilize “Passport” to swipe your way through to find someone interested in meeting up during your stay. Passport is available only to members of Tinder Plus.
Apps Like Tinder
There are various Tinder like apps that basically serve the same purpose:
- Coffee Meets Bagel: A slower-paced alternative in which you receive one match per day. If the like is mutual, you can chat via a private chat room.
- OK Cupid: A polished mobile app that doubles as a website. You can take it slow on here, building a rapport before breaking out into the real world, or instead use the Tinder-style Quick Match feature.
- Happn: This app only shows potential matches that you have been near recently. For instance, if you’re in the same coffee shop with a potential match, you can send a heart and chat.
- Loveflutter: Instead of displaying someone’s full image like on Tinder, this app blurs the image and shows you a 140-character profile. The goal is to get users to judge personalities first rather than looks.
Troubleshooting for the Tinder App
Is the Tinder app not working? Users having issues with the app itself is not unusual — like most apps, Tinder sometimes has problems.
Some of the most common complaints include:
- Not seeing new profiles.
- Unable to see any prior matches.
- Not being able to send messages.
- Unable to log in.
The developers of Tinder address the issues only by advising users to try again later, log out and log back in, or uninstall and then reinstall the app. These solutions sometimes fix the issue and sometimes they don’t. Fellow users suggest turning off your phone before reinstalling. If you’re still having trouble with the Tinder app, reach out to support and see if they can work with you to rectify the problem. For known issues, keep an eye on Tinder’s official Twitter (@Tinder) for updates.
Tinder App Compatibility
The official Tinder dating app is available on both iOS and Android operating systems. A web-based Tinder platform is currently in the works, but in the meantime, you’ll need to use a smart device. Tinder is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, Android smartphones, and Android tablets.
• iOS version: 8.0 and up.
• Android version: 4.0.3 and up.
Tinder occupies 127 MB on iOS and 48.3 MB on Android, leaving an overall insignificant footprint that won’t hinder your smart device from working to its maximum performance.
Available In-App Purchases:
- Tinder Plus Subscription (starts at $9.99/month).
- Super Like Packages.
- Boost Packages.
- iTunes link: Tinder 7.2.2
- Google Play link: Tinder 6.9.2
- Official Website: goTinder
- Official Support: Tinder FAQ
When the Tinder app was first released, it was looked at as mainly being a hook-up app — which it essentially was — but it has since evolved into much more than that, allowing couples to find true love. It all depends on what you are looking for. If you want a hookup, you can find that. If you instead want a real relationship, that’s a more difficult task but one that’s definitely achievable. Have you ever used the Tinder app before? If so, we want to hear about it! Share your experience, good or bad, by leaving us a reply in the comment section below.