Tinder App Roundup: Usage, Features, Subscription Plans, How to Use & More
Dating is not what it used to be in the 2000s. Over the past decades, online dating has changed the way one meets his/her companion. One no longer needs to approach people in public places and get rejected in the face. They can now build their virtual profile with relevant details and pictures and choose who can be good for them as per their preferences. If they find someone, they can just message them or ping them and wait for their response.
Online Dating was revolutionized when the Tinder App came into play. Tinder added a gesture called swipe to help you decide whom you are interested in. Though it might seem a simple task there’s a lot that goes behind swiping right or left. To understand what Tinder is and what it does, dive in.
What is Tinder?
Founded back in 2012, Tinder is an online dating site/app that matches singles in your area and around the world virtually. When it was launched, it was a one-of-a-kind app but later on, many similar dating apps came up like OkCupid, Bumble, etc.
In general Tinder’s functions are pretty much simple- you have to swipe to indicate who you are most interested in. Anyone can sign up for free but for more features, you will need a subscription. Tinder works on Android as well as iOS devices. Tinder is available in 21 countries across the world.
How Does Tinder Work?
Tinder might be frowned upon by those who still prefer the traditional way of meeting and dating but in today’s times, it offers a gateway to relationships and even marriage for this tech-savvy generation.
Tinder upends traditional dating culture which needed one to go out and interact with strangers in physical spaces. It brings the entire dating pool to your device so you can choose if you like someone sitting at home.
Earlier Tinder used to apply an Elo rating system to match users, essentially ranking people by a user-driven attractiveness algorithm under which the more people who liked and swiped right the higher they were ranked. It created dating bubbles and defeated the purpose so Tinder abandoned this within a few years.
In 2019 Tinder revealed that their algorithm is designed to be open. They don’t rely on Elo and prioritize users who are most active and match one with others who are active at the same time. It doesn’t consider race or income but details you enter like location, gender, age, etc.
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Tinder: Subscription Plans
To get maximum features, you can subscribe to either of these plans-
The plan includes unlimited likes and no daily limits, unlimited rewinds, 5 super likes in a day, 1 free boost in a month, a passport to any location, hides advertisements, allows you to see who likes you, and new top picks are visible. It is priced at Rs. 355 for 1 month, Rs. 1500 for 6 months and Rs. 2200 for 12 months.
The plan includes unlimited likes, unlimited rewinds, 5 super likes in a day, 1 free boost a month, a passport to any location, hides ads, allows you to see who likes you, and new top picks. The price starts at Rs. 570 a month, Rs. 2200 for 6 months, and Rs. 3200 for 12 months.
How to Use Tinder
To use Tinder, you will have to install the Tinder app and create a profile there. Once done, you will be able to access the Tinder interface and settings and start matching with other users in no time.
- Download the Tinder app from the Play Store or App Store.
- Now open Tinder and ‘Login with Facebook’ available at the bottom of the screen.
- Click on OK when prompted and enter the Facebook login details if it isn’t saved on your device.
- Tap allow when prompted and turn on location services for Tinder. For Tinder to work, you have to leave the live location feature on.
- Select if you want to receive notifications or not. Once done, your profile will be created using your Facebook account information. Now you can start using Tinder for free. You can even buy Tinder Gold if you want some extra features.
- You can review the Tinder page and check out other Tinder profiles.
- Tap the red X icon to dislike a profile or swipe left over a profile to perform if you don’t like the profile.
- If you like any of the Tinder profiles, tap on the green, heart-shaped icon to match with them if they like you back. You can also swipe right over a profile to like the profile.
- You can tap on the purple lightning bolt icon to boost your profile’s visibility for 30 minutes. Tinder gives one free boost per month.
Features of the Tinder App
The Login feature also users to sign up and log in using their Facebook, Google, or phone number credentials. This saves time and reduces the steps required to create a complete profile. Businesses also gather user data and personalize their experience.
2. Create User Profile
A critical component of a dating app to showcase a user’s interest and personality to potential matches is the user profile. These details help users understand whether they are a good match for a potential partner and can help them decide whether to pursue a relationship.
Tinder’s Geolocation feature helps users find their potential matches who are located nearby. It is an essential feature for any dating platform as it helps businesses increase the chance of successful matches.
Swipe is a signature feature of Tinder that allows users to quickly browse through potential matches and show whether they are interested or not. A series of profiles shows users that they can swipe right if interested or swipe if not. If two users swipe right on each other’s profiles, it’s a match and they can start messaging each other.
The Match feature is crucial for helping connections between users, as it allows them to express mutual interest and initiate communication. This has been a major factor in the success of dating apps like Tinder, as it creates a sense of excitement and anticipation for users when they match with someone they find attractive.
It is a premium feature that allows users to indicate a stronger level of interest in another user. By swiping up on a profile, the user sends a notification to another user, showing they have been super liked. This feature increases the chances of getting a match.
7. Unlimited Likes
The Unlimited Likes feature allows users to swipe right on as many profiles as they want without any restrictions. This will enhance the user experience by allowing them to explore new profiles to like and connect with many potential matches.
One of the best features of the app is Chat. This allows users to communicate to whom they have matched messages in real-time within the app. The feature enables them to get to know each other better and potentially form a connection.
9. Push Notifications
The Push Notifications feature in Tinder allows users to receive real-time updates on their mobile devices, such as new matches, messages, and other activities even when the app is not in use.
The Boost feature is a paid option that promotes a user’s profile to be shown to more potential profiles in their area for a limited time, increasing the chances of getting more matches and ultimately more dates.
11. Unlimited Rewind
The most talked about feature of Tinder is rewinding the last swipe. If a user knowingly left-swiped someone with whom they want to date, then give them a second chance to reconsider and swipe right instead. For businesses, it is a valuable addition to enhancing their dating app.
12. No Ads
No Ads is a premium option that eliminates all ads from the user and interface, providing a more seamless and uninterrupted experience for the user. It is most valuable for users who are annoyed by ads or prefer a cleaner interface.
13. Hide Distance & Age
Hiding distance and age for users concerned about safety or who want to be cautious about their dating preferences.
14. Passport to Swipe Around the World
This feature allows users to change their location and swipe on potential profiles from different cities or countries, pretending they have visited that location. This can be helpful for travelers interested in meeting people from different cultures or for those planning to shift to a new area and want to get a head start on dating.
15. Control Whom User See
It displays profiles based on various factors, including the user’s and the potential profile’s ELO score. Recent activity of a user can be seen with whom they have a match.
16. Control Who Sees User
The user profile is shown based on the ELO score determined by the algorithm of the app. Users can control the display of their profile as they will only be able to view it if they like other profiles first.
17. Smart Photos
Smart Photos is an excellent example of how AI is used in dating apps to optimize user’s profiles and increase their chances of getting matches. It uses a machine learning algorithm to determine which of a user’s photos will generate the most right swipes.
18. Top Picks
Top Picks is a premium feature offered by Tinder that showcases a curated selection of profiles that are specially chosen for the user based on their interests, swiping history, and behavior on the app.
19. Block Users
If someone behaves inappropriately, harasses, or makes users feel uncomfortable, they can block that user to prevent them from seeing their profile or sending them messages.
20. Traveler Alert
The Traveler Alert feature helps LGBTQ+ users stay safe when traveling to places where their sexual orientation or gender identity may be stigmatized or criminalized. It hides their profile in certain locations and reminds them to be cautious.
21. Likes You
Likes You is the most innovative Tinder app feature available in premium Tinder Gold and Platinum plans, which allows users to know in advance who wants them even before they start.
22. Message before Match
The message before match feature in the app allows users to send messages to others even before they have matched.
23. Priority Likes
The Priority Likes feature is also exclusive to Tinder Platinum users. With this, subscriber’s likes and super likes are given higher priority than the likes of non-subscribers.
24. Video Chat
Allows users to have video calls with their matches directly within the app. This feature enhances the user experience by allowing users to have more meaningful interactions and build stronger connections with their matches.
25. Work Mode
The Work Mode feature allows users to hide their dating profiles and activity during specific hours of the day, such as during work hours. Helps maintain work-life balance.
26. Blind Date
The Blind Date feature allows users to connect with someone without knowing their identity beforehand. It is a blind matchmaking feature where the user’s profile is hidden until both parties have agreed to match and communicate.
27. Noonlight Timeline
It is a safety tool that allows users to share their plans and locations with friends during a date. If the user feels unsafe or in danger, they can trigger a discreet panic button that will notify emergency services and send their location to designated friends.
28. Hot Takes
It is a fun and interactive way for users to express their opinions on different topics and see how they match with potential matches.
29. Explore Section
The Explore Section allows users to discover new potential matches beyond their usual geographic and age-range preferences.
30. Plus One
Many single people often want a partner to accompany them to special events or weddings. Luckily Tinder has recently partnered with WeddingWire to offer a Plus One feature in the Explore Section.
The Vibes is an event-like feature that allows users to be matched with people with the same interests. Users have to answer a series of questions that appear in an event and the answers will appear on their profile.
32. AYS (Are You Sure)
Tinder has taken forward the best measures to stop abuse and harassment in the app. So it has launched a new feature called Are You Sure? It is a real-time warning to think twice. It detects inappropriate messages and proactively warns the sender their message may be offensive when they are in draft before clicking on send.
33. Incognito Mode
This feature allows users to hide their profile from being seen by anyone they haven’t already swiped right on.
34. Tinder U
Tinder U is exclusively for university students. The users can swipe through potential matches from their own schools and nearby campuses.
Safety Features in the Tinder App
Tinder has launched a Dating Safety Guide recently for online daters in India. Tinder has worked with CSR to make the app safer for women.
The app spends heavily on safety and has built innovative features like Are You Sure? And Does This Bother you?
Other safety features include Block Contacts and Photo verification. You can block or report any suspicious accounts or users who misbehave. You can report any profile irrespective of whether you have matched with them or not.
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