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How does Tinder work? What is, how to use, and top tips for Tinder on 2021

Tinder has become one of the most important apps of the last years. Its impact is so wide, that it’s starting to replace other social media and traditional ways to meet new people and potential partners all the same.

To give you an idea of how big it is, “How Tinder works?” was one of the most-asked questions on Google last year.

Yes, in all the searches worldwide on the engine, wondering how does the app works earned found its way among the most common entries. 

And the numbers keep rising like foam.

So if you were already bouncing the idea of joining but were unconvinced, we are here to help you start your swiping journey with the right foot.

This article will explain everything relating to Tinder. From how it works, how to use it, prices, memberships, and special features, plus tips and tricks to get you started in the world of good texting and setting up a winning profile. 

Let’s jump right to that.

tinder-logo

Tinder has become one of the most important apps of the last years. Its impact is so wide, that it’s starting to replace other social media and traditional ways to meet new people and potential partners all the same.

To give you an idea of how big it is, “How Tinder works?” was one of the most-asked questions on Google last year.

Yes, in all the searches worldwide on the engine, wondering how does the app works earned found its way among the most common entries. 

And the numbers keep rising like foam.

So if you were already bouncing the idea of joining but were unconvinced, we are here to help you start your swiping journey with the right foot.

This article will explain everything relating to Tinder. From how it works, how to use it, prices, memberships, and special features, plus tips and tricks to get you started in the world of good texting and setting up a winning profile. 

Let’s jump right to that.

tinder-logo

Here is what we will cover in this article:

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What is Tinder?

Tinder is the biggest online dating app. It’s present in 190 countries and helps create an average of 3 million dates every week.

Within a few years, Tinder has revolutionized completely the way people flirt, find dates, and engage in relationships. And everything started with the idea of anonymous swipes.

In simple terms, what is Tinder can be answered this way: Tinder is the Facebook of romance and flirt.

What is Tinder?

Tinder is the biggest online dating app. It’s present in 190 countries and helps create an average of 3 million dates every week.

Within a few years, Tinder has revolutionized completely the way people flirt, find dates, and engage in relationships. And everything started with the idea of anonymous swipes.

In simple terms, what is Tinder can be answered this way: Tinder is the Facebook of romance and flirt.

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Who uses Tinder?

In short: everyone above 18 years old, looking for a relationship.

For example, to give a more specific answer, in the USA, 19% of people ranging from 30 to 44 years used Tinder last year. Whereas 15% of people of ages between 18 and 29 years old were users of the app as well. [1]

Even though now are a lot of options available when it comes to online dating, Tinder is still the most popular. As more specialized sites had been created, Tinder had managed to establish itself as a middle ground for everyone due to a couple of reasons.

The way Tinder works is fairly easy to understand, the platform itself presents no complications, and it’s a good starting point for anyone wanting to start online dating. This is because of the swiping system that some other online dating platforms had taken, Tinder came up with it.

Regardless of its wide range and simple use, there are a couple of common concerns about the kind of meetings that can be done on Tinder. Don’t worry, we will clear them right away.

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Who uses Tinder?

In short: everyone above 18 years old, looking for a relationship.

For example, to give a more specific answer, in the USA, 19% of people ranging from 30 to 44 years used Tinder last year. Whereas 15% of people of ages between 18 and 29 years old were users of the app as well. [1]

Even though now are a lot of options available when it comes to online dating, Tinder is still the most popular. As more specialized sites had been created, Tinder had managed to establish itself as a middle ground for everyone due to a couple of reasons.

phone-users

The way Tinder works is fairly easy to understand, the platform itself presents no complications, and it’s a good starting point for anyone wanting to start online dating. This is because of the swiping system that some other online dating platforms had taken, Tinder came up with it.

Regardless of its wide range and simple use, there are a couple of common concerns about the kind of meetings that can be done on Tinder. Don’t worry, we will clear them right away.

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Hook-ups or serious relationships?

Some stories had given Tinder fame of being an app for only hook-ups and players, but that’s not the whole picture.

In numbers, around 54% of users are singles. Whereas the other 46% is composed of married people and persons maintaining another kind of relationship. [2]

But before you get discouraged, you must know that most people, especially women, tend to specify their expectations or current situation in their bios.

As for the hook-ups, there is indeed a great number of people up for this. However, if you want a serious and/or long-term relationship, it’s possible to find it here as well.

As it was mentioned, Tinder is common ground. So pay attention to the information in the bios, and you can always be clear with your matches about what you are looking for.

Inclusive matches

Another common concern is the possibilities when matching.

Tinder has opened to any kind of relationship and it depends on your interests and preferences the kind of profiles presented on your home screen to swipe. And as in any other online dating app, you can change this anytime.

Due to the limited options regarding gender and orientation, you can always add everything you feel necessary in your bio so people matching you know what to expect as well.

How does Tinder work?

Time to go straight to the hands-on of Tinder: getting familiar with the app and its options to customize your profile. 

This will serve two purposes. The first is so you know where to find everything and the second is to set up a profile that attracts matches but also works in a way that makes you comfortable.

Main screen

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Inclusive matches

Another common concern is the possibilities when matching.

Tinder has opened to any kind of relationship and it depends on your interests and preferences the kind of profiles presented on your home screen to swipe. And as in any other online dating app, you can change this anytime.

Due to the limited options regarding gender and orientation, you can always add everything you feel necessary in your bio so people matching you know what to expect as well.

holding-hands

How does Tinder work?

Time to go straight to the hands-on of Tinder: getting familiar with the app and its options to customize your profile. 

This will serve two purposes. The first is so you know where to find everything and the second is to set up a profile that attracts matches but also works in a way that makes you comfortable.

Main screen

  • Homepage

  • See Likes

  • Messages

  • Profile 

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The flame on the top left corner marks the place to swipe on the profiles available for you at the moment.

ℹ Information

Clicking/tapping on the “i” in the bottom right corner of the picture shows the profile of the person displaying on the screen.

🔄 Rewind

The rewind option, on the bottom left corner, will allow you to undo the last right swipe or profile discarded to watch it again and match in case you want to.

However, it’s part of the Tinder Gold and Tinder Platinum features (we will talk more about that later).

❌ Nope

Discard the profile and see the next. This is the same as a left swipe. This action cannot be undone with free subscription.

⭐ Super Like

The blue star is a Super Like. You can use it when you like someone more than the rest, and you want them to know. Every profile gets one for free daily, and for users with memberships, they get 5 per day.

💚 Like

Like the profile. This is the same as a swipe to the right. If that profile has already liked you, a match will happen, and you will be able to start a conversation.

⚡ Boost

The purple lighting activates a Tinder Boost. We will see that later, and we also have an entire article about it if you want to know every secret about it.

  • Homepage

  • See Likes

  • Messages

  • Profile 

Tinder_mainscreen

The flame on the top left corner marks the place to swipe on the profiles available for you at the moment.

ℹ Information

Clicking/tapping on the “i” in the bottom right corner of the picture shows the profile of the person displaying on the screen.

🔄 Rewind

The rewind option, on the bottom left corner, will allow you to undo the last right swipe or profile discarded to watch it again and match in case you want to.

However, it’s part of the Tinder Gold and Tinder Platinum features (we will talk more about that later).

❌ Nope

Discard the profile and see the next. This is the same as a left swipe. This action cannot be undone with free subscription.

⭐ Super Like

The blue star is a Super Like. You can use it when you like someone more than the rest, and you want them to know. Every profile gets one for free daily, and for users with memberships, they get 5 per day.

💚 Like

Like the profile. This is the same as a swipe to the right. If that profile has already liked you, a match will happen, and you will be able to start a conversation.

⚡ Boost

The purple lighting activates a Tinder Boost. We will see that later, and we also have an entire article about it if you want to know every secret about it.

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Profile

⚙ The engine leads to the settings, which we will cover in the next section.

📷 By clicking/tapping on the camera, you’ll be able to upload photos either new or from your device. We highly recommend that you have an average of 4 to 6 good pictures well-edited to showcase the best of you.

✏ The Edit Info option allows you to manage the order in which your photos appear, upload more, change your bio and add more information about yourself. Such as occupation, education, passions, location, link Instagram and Spotify profiles, and set your gender and orientation.

⭐ The blue star lets you know how many Super Likes available you have and by clicking on it, you can see the pricing and purchase more.

⚡ With the purple lighting, you can activate or purchase more Tinder Boosts, or Super Boosts.

🔥 The upgrade section gives the option to purchase a membership or upgrade the subscription tier to unlock more benefits.

My Tinder: This will lead to managing the options available depending on your subscription tier.

Profile

⚙ The engine leads to the settings, which we will cover in the next section.

📷 By clicking/tapping on the camera, you’ll be able to upload photos either new or from your device. We highly recommend that you have an average of 4 to 6 good pictures well-edited to showcase the best of you.

✏ The Edit Info option allows you to manage the order in which your photos appear, upload more, change your bio and add more information about yourself. Such as occupation, education, passions, location, link Instagram and Spotify profiles, and set your gender and orientation.

⭐ The blue star lets you know how many Super Likes available you have and by clicking on it, you can see the pricing and purchase more.

⚡ With the purple lighting, you can activate or purchase more Tinder Boosts, or Super Boosts.

🔥 The upgrade section gives the option to purchase a membership or upgrade the subscription tier to unlock more benefits.

My Tinder: This will lead to managing the options available depending on your subscription tier.

Tinder_profile

Settings

Here you can purchase a subscription to Tinder Plus, Gold, or Platinum. Upgrade it to the next tier, buy boosts, super likes, manage every option available to your profile, and also access external tips, tricks, and the support center provided by Tinder. 

Let’s explain a bit more about all you can do here. 

(Note that options marked with a * are for paid subscriptions)

Store: At the top, you will find the subscription tiers options and purchase them. If you already have one, tap over the banner and you will have access to change your preferences. Underneath, you will find Tinder Boosts and Super Likes. Tapping on the icon will lead to the purchase and if you have any available of either, just click on the letters to activate it.

For every purchase you will be able to see plans and prices before paying, so don’t panic if you tap in any to explore or by accident.

Account Settings: You can add payments and contact information here. If you have a discount code, you can also input it here.

Discovery Settings*: This is where you can set location, searching radius, the genre you’re looking for, age range, and activate if you want to have matches from all around the world. Setting location and options to Tinder worldwide come only for subscribers.

Show me on Tinder: When you find a partner or you want to stop using your account for a while, you can set off this option instead of deleting your account.

Vibes: These are short prompts of preferences and likes that when answered, let you be connected with other people who have similar interests or responses. When you deactivate it, your answers won’t be taken into account at the moment of matching. This feature is not always available and it’s also not for every country.

Top Picks: When enabled, Tinder suggests a profile that has high possibilities to become a match. Free accounts get only one every 24 hours.

Username: The place where you can come up with an original name and share your profile around the web.

Read Receipts*: This is the equivalent of the “seen” function from Facebook or the blue checks from WhatsApp.

Peak Hour*: While this is activated, your profile will have priority over others at the peak hours of activity on Tinder every day.

Data use: Manage the automatic play of videos when using Tinder without WiFi. (Only on the mobile app)

Activity Status: Members with subscriptions will be able to see if you’ve been recently active. Enabling this might increase your chances to get messages.

Notifications: You will decide the notifications you want to receive via email, through the app, and on the browser if you ever open Tinder without the app.

Language: In case the app is not in your native language or you’re learning Russian and want to practice, you change it here.

Help & Support, Community, and Legal: will lead you to external links with the information provided by Tinder regarding those topics.

Share Tinder: The place to spread the app to your friends, contacts, and devices close to you via Bluetooth.

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Logout: If you are Tindering on someone else’s smartphone or browser, be sure you end your session here. Also, when you won’t be entering anytime soon, you can logout. Don’t worry in case you’re bad with passwords. Enable login with your phone number and you’ll get a code via SMS every time. No more passwords to remember.

Delete Account: Whatever is your reason, if you don’t want to be part of Tinder anymore, you can delete your account permanently by clicking there. Consider that if you have memberships active, and if you still had other perks like Boosts or Super Likes, you will lose them.

Hovalo tip: Remember that if you need help setting up your profile, you have doubts regarding your pictures or you don’t know how to text, you can always contact us to get specialized help.

Settings

Here you can purchase a subscription to Tinder Plus, Gold, or Platinum. Upgrade it to the next tier, buy boosts, super likes, manage every option available to your profile, and also access external tips, tricks, and the support center provided by Tinder. 

Let’s explain a bit more about all you can do here. 

(Note that options marked with a * are for paid subscriptions)

Store: At the top, you will find the subscription tiers options and purchase them. If you already have one, tap over the banner and you will have access to change your preferences. Underneath, you will find Tinder Boosts and Super Likes. Tapping on the icon will lead to the purchase and if you have any available of either, just click on the letters to activate it.

For every purchase you will be able to see plans and prices before paying, so don’t panic if you tap in any to explore or by accident.

Account Settings: You can add payments and contact information here. If you have a discount code, you can also input it here.

Discovery Settings*: This is where you can set location, searching radius, the genre you’re looking for, age range, and activate if you want to have matches from all around the world. Setting location and options to Tinder worldwide come only for subscribers.

Show me on Tinder: When you find a partner or you want to stop using your account for a while, you can set off this option instead of deleting your account.

Vibes: These are short prompts of preferences and likes that when answered, let you be connected with other people who have similar interests or responses. When you deactivate it, your answers won’t be taken into account at the moment of matching. This feature is not always available and it’s also not for every country.

Top Picks: When enabled, Tinder suggests a profile that has high possibilities to become a match. Free accounts get only one every 24 hours.

Username: The place where you can come up with an original name and share your profile around the web.

Read Receipts*: This is the equivalent of the “seen” function from Facebook or the blue checks from WhatsApp.

Peak Hour*: While this is activated, your profile will have priority over others at the peak hours of activity on Tinder every day.

Data use: Manage the automatic play of videos when using Tinder without WiFi. (Only on the mobile app)

Activity Status: Members with subscriptions will be able to see if you’ve been recently active. Enabling this might increase your chances to get messages.

Notifications: You will decide the notifications you want to receive via email, through the app, and on the browser if you ever open Tinder without the app.

Language: In case the app is not in your native language or you’re learning Russian and want to practice, you change it here.

Help & Support, Community, and Legal: will lead you to external links with the information provided by Tinder regarding those topics.

Share Tinder: The place to spread the app to your friends, contacts, and devices close to you via Bluetooth.

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Logout: If you are Tindering on someone else’s smartphone or browser, be sure you end your session here. Also, when you won’t be entering anytime soon, you can logout. Don’t worry in case you’re bad with passwords. Enable login with your phone number and you’ll get a code via SMS every time. No more passwords to remember.

Delete Account: Whatever is your reason, if you don’t want to be part of Tinder anymore, you can delete your account permanently by clicking there. Consider that if you have memberships active, and if you still had other perks like Boosts or Super Likes, you will lose them.

Hovalo tip: Remember that if you need help setting up your profile, you have doubts regarding your pictures or you don’t know how to text, you can always contact us to get specialized help.

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Subscriptions

There are four levels on Tinder: Free, Plus, Gold and Platinum.

As you climb levels, more benefits will be unlocked for the purchased duration. You can upgrade whenever you want, but if you want to downgrade your membership, it will become effective until after the purchased time expires. There’s no refunding.

You also have to consider that you can’t jump directly into the highest tier of Tinder. You need to purchase first Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold in order to access Tinder Platinum. And sometimes, it won’t be available even after you acquire a membership.

Prices can be found in the next section.

Features

Tinder Free

Tinder Plus

Tinder Gold

Tinder Platinum

Match. Chat. Meet.

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1 Super like daily

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Unlimited Likes


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Unlimited Rewinds


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5 Super Likes daily


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1 free Boost monthly


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Passport


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Hide advertisments


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See who likes you



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New Top Picks daily



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Message before matching




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Prioritized likes




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See likes sent

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Tinder Boost and Super Likes

Tinder Boost: For half an hour, your profile will have more visibility, leading to an increase of up to 10x more matches. The average price is 4 USD per Boost, but this varies depending on age, location, Elo Score, and other parameters.
Super Boost: Choose 3, 6, or 12 hours to give your priority to your profile and gain up to 100x more matches. For 3 hours, the average price starts at 35 USD, and 116 USD for 12. In both cases, bulk purchasing (or more time) gets discounts on individual prices, and note that they work better, or aren’t needed at all when you have a good profile. 
Super Likes: As it was explained before, this is a way to show when you really, really liked someone. When matches are done this way, a blue star will appear down the profile picture. You will get one every day with a free account, and 5 a day when you acquire a subscription.
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Tinder Boost and Super Likes

Tinder Boost: For half an hour, your profile will have more visibility, leading to an increase of up to 10x more matches. The average price is 4 USD per Boost, but this varies depending on age, location, Elo Score, and other parameters.
Super Boost: Choose 3, 6, or 12 hours to give your priority to your profile and gain up to 100x more matches. For 3 hours, the average price starts at 35 USD, and 116 USD for 12. In both cases, bulk purchasing (or more time) gets discounts on individual prices, and note that they work better, or aren’t needed at all when you have a good profile. 
Super Likes: As it was explained before, this is a way to show when you really, really liked someone. When matches are done this way, a blue star will appear down the profile picture. You will get one every day with a free account, and 5 a day when you acquire a subscription.
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How to Tinder

Now that you know how does Tinder work, it’s time to get to the point: how to use Tinder, or more specifically, how to Tinder.

Whenever you swipe a profile, either left or right, you’re already Tindering. (If that wasn’t a verb before, I declare it official now)

Regardless of the simplicity of it, you must be careful when swiping. If you are very desperate to have a date, don’t let it show, and try to be selective. Read the profile info if there’s any, look at the pictures, and be objective about what you see. Do you really think that person can be a good match?

If you still think that the more the merrier, think again because as much as it has been denied and changed, Tinder is watching you and many right swipes can affect your Elo score.

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How to make matches on Tinder

There are two ways: the hard and free, or the easy and paid.

You guessed right. The first one comes with the free account, but also the Plus subscription. 

In these two tiers, the only way to make a match is to have a good profile that catches the eye of the persons you liked, so they swipe you right as well after some hoping and waiting. When this is the case, an instant match will happen. If you have a good profile, this won’t be a problem.

When you don’t, you will need perfect aim to match someone. 

This is because you won’t know who likes you unless you like them by back by pure casualty. If this happens, Tinder lets you know that a match has been made.

When you have Tinder Gold or Platinum, you can see every like received, look through the profiles and decide if you want to make it a match. Which leads to a huge time saving, since you don’t have to wait and see if your likes turn into matches.

Whenever a match has been made this way, profiles will have a golden or black heart below. The color-you guessed right again-will depend on your tier.

How to make matches on Tinder

There are two ways: the hard and free, or the easy and paid.

You guessed right. The first one comes with the free account, but also the Plus subscription. 

In these two tiers, the only way to make a match is to have a good profile that catches the eye of the persons you liked, so they swipe you right as well after some hoping and waiting. When this is the case, an instant match will happen. If you have a good profile, this won’t be a problem.

When you don’t, you will need perfect aim to match someone. 

This is because you won’t know who likes you unless you like them by back by pure casualty. If this happens, Tinder lets you know that a match has been made.

When you have Tinder Gold or Platinum, you can see every like received, look through the profiles and decide if you want to make it a match. Which leads to a huge time saving, since you don’t have to wait and see if your likes turn into matches.

Whenever a match has been made this way, profiles will have a golden or black heart below. The color-you guessed right again-will depend on your tier.

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Elo score

This has been a topic of upsetting, nightmares, and trouble for Tinder. However, it still exists and it affects how does Tinder works for you. 

According to your age, looks, profile, matches, activity, location, and some other parameters, Tinder assigns a score to every profile. This score is internal, and no one can know it. Not even the owner of the account.

When your score is good, your profile will have preference over others at the moment of being presented for swiping. When it’s low, your profile will be delegated to the sidelines up to the point where it can be shadowbanned or completely banned from Tinder.

But don’t worry. There are ways to avoid this: Having excellent pictures, a good bio, and a high rate of conversations started and responded will assure you a good Elo score. Therefore, the opportunity to match and be matched will go up.

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Elo score

This has been a topic of upsetting, nightmares, and trouble for Tinder. However, it still exists and it affects how does Tinder works for you. 

According to your age, looks, profile, matches, activity, location, and some other parameters, Tinder assigns a score to every profile. This score is internal, and no one can know it. Not even the owner of the account.

When your score is good, your profile will have preference over others at the moment of being presented for swiping. When it’s low, your profile will be delegated to the sidelines and if it’s terrible, your profile might get lost into oblivion.

But don’t worry. There are ways to avoid this: Having excellent pictures, a good bio, and a high rate of conversations started and responded will assure you a good Elo score. Therefore, the opportunity to match and be matched will go up.

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Tinder for men and Tinder for women

Here is something you might want to take note of: men and women use Tinder in contrary ways. Hence, the differences in how matches work for one or the other.

Men tend to go for quantity; swiping right almost every profile, changing locations often to find more matches, and taking all the membership advantages to give more likes, see the ones received and use the Tinder Boosts.

On the other side, women tend to go for quality; reading thoroughly the biography, studying the photos, and analyzing if the information provided can lead to a potentially good match before jumping into giving away all of their available likes in hopes of finding someone soon.

However, there are always exceptions, and this is just a general rule, but it doesn’t mean that every single person uses Tinder the same way.

Just to be sure, you need to take time and be careful at the time of building your profile. This will ensure the least amount possible of misunderstandings (and maybe heartbreaks).

Tinder for men and Tinder for women

Here is something you might want to take note of: men and women use Tinder in contrary ways. Hence, the differences in how matches work for one or the other.

Men tend to go for quantity; swiping right almost every profile, changing locations often to find more matches, and taking all the membership advantages to give more likes, see the ones received and use the Tinder Boosts.

On the other side, women tend to go for quality; reading thoroughly the biography, studying the photos, and analyzing if the information provided can lead to a potentially good match before jumping into giving away all of their available likes in hopes of finding someone soon.

However, there are always exceptions, and this is just a general rule, but it doesn’t mean that every single person uses Tinder the same way.

Just to be sure, you need to take time and be careful at the time of building your profile. This will ensure the least amount possible of misunderstandings (and maybe heartbreaks).

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Is Tinder free?

Yes, it is at the most basic level.

You can swipe, use your daily Super Like, get one Top Pick every 24 hours, and message matches. 

You can also purchase more Super Likes and Tinder Boosts if you want, but if you’d like to squeeze all the juice from Tinder, maybe you should consider trying a subscription.

This will be especially useful if you are curious and can’t live with the doubt of who liked your profile 😉

Anyway, you can buy subscriptions for one month, so you can try it, see if it's useful or if you like better the features unlocked and decide for yourself if it’s worth the expense, or not.

Here we leave the average prices. And before any confusion arises, your eyes are fine. There are indeed two different price schemes: People under 30 years old get the benefits of any membership for a much lower price than users 31 years old and up. 

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Is Tinder free?

Yes, it is at the most basic level.

You can swipe, use your daily Super Like, get one Top Pick every 24 hours, and message matches. 

You can also purchase more Super Likes and Tinder Boosts if you want, but if you’d like to squeeze all the juice from Tinder, maybe you should consider trying a subscription.

This will be especially useful if you are curious and can’t live with the doubt of who liked your profile 😉

Anyway, you can buy subscriptions for one month, so you can try it, see if it's useful or if you like better the features unlocked and decide for yourself if it’s worth the expense, or not.

Here we leave the average prices. And before any confusion arises, your eyes are fine. There are indeed two different price schemes: People under 30 years old get the benefits of any membership for a much lower price than users 31 years old and up. 

The reason behind this is that on one side, people under 30 might perceive a lower income, and the other side is that people over 30 might be more willing to put their money on a dating app if that reduces the chances of a failure. Plus, they constitute the bigger percentage of users on Tinder, as we saw before.

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Tinder pricing for users under 30 years

Plan

Monthly cost (USD)

Annual cost (USD)

Saving

Plus 1 m

4.99

4.99

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Plus 6 m

3.00

18.00

37%

Plus 12 m

2.33

27.96

53%

Gold 1 m

14.99

14.99

~

Gold 6 m

8.83

52.98

41%

Gold 12 m

6.92

83.04

54%

Tinder pricing for users over 30 years

Plan

Monthly cost (USD)

Annual cost (USD)

Saving

Plus 1 m

19.99

19.99

~

Plus 6 m

12.50

74.99

37%

Plus 12 m

8.33

99.99

58%

Gold 1 m

29.99

29.99

~

Gold 6 m

18.83

112.99

37%

Gold 12 m

12.50

149.99

58%

Privacy and security on Tinder

When it started, Tinder was (and still is) a close friend to Facebook. It used to be necessary to have an account on the social app to link information, gather pictures, make better matches, or suggest friends in common and ensure more security.

Fortunately, having Facebook is not a must anymore. You can access it with a phone number or an email account. The same goes for linking your Tinder profile with Spotify and Instagram; all it’s optional.

Quick tip: You can always open a new Facebook / Spotify / Instagram account to use exclusively for Tinder. Just make sure the content uploaded adds value to your potential matches.

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Scam, catfishing and fake profiles

Lately, news had been plagued with stories of people who got tricked, betrayed, scammed, and so on. Unfortunately, women are still the ones who suffer this the most. 

Anonymity

One of the greatest features that Tinder offers is that no one knows when their profile was dismissed. 

This ensures confidence at the moment of swiping because you can be sure that there will be no retaliation of any kind whenever you discard a profile.

Also, it’s not possible to search and much less swipe profiles without an account.

Unlike other social media platforms, you can’t even see profiles without forming part of the community. This way, the privacy of the pictures and information uploaded and shared is somehow secured.

Anonymity

One of the greatest features that Tinder offers is that no one knows when their profile was dismissed. 

This ensures confidence at the moment of swiping because you can be sure that there will be no retaliation of any kind whenever you discard a profile.

Also, it’s not possible to search and much less swipe profiles without an account.

Unlike other social media platforms, you can’t even see profiles without forming part of the community. This way, the privacy of the pictures and information uploaded and shared is somehow secured.

Scam, catfishing and fake profiles

Lately, news had been plagued with stories of people who got tricked, betrayed, scammed, and so on. Unfortunately, women are still the ones who suffer this the most. 

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Here are some clues to find faster if you have matched with a fake profile or a bad person:

  • Pictures look fake: Either stock photos, they have few, or it looks like a famous person, usually in their twenties.
  • Age and pictures don’t correspond: Catsfishers tend to use younger profile pictures but state their age above thirty and up to their fifties.
  • Keep weird hours: Sometimes these people are in a completely different time zone and they will be answering at odd hours.
  • Non-native language: They will be portrayed as engineers, doctors, or Ph.D. in something, but their English will be awful or have strange slang. In the worst-case scenario, it may be a robot answering.
  • Won’t meet in person: After some time of messaging, when chemistry has been settled, they will find ways to avoid meeting in real life or video calling.
  • Send suspicious links or ask for money: When you get a link without explanation, go. If they ask you for money, don’t give it. This is usually the beginning of a scam.

Tips for a good Tinder experience

Here’s to you some advice to get you using Tinder like a pro.

Photos

We will never get tired of saying this, but your pictures are the most important thing in your profile. Attraction starts with the eyes. Especially on a platform where the most important thing you see is a photo, so be careful.

You can go over our articles on taking pictures and editing them to make sure you are portraying your best version.

If you don’t want to read that much, take into consideration avoiding selfies, group photos, being careful with the background, smile, look at the camera, and don’t forget to showcase your talents and hobbies. 

Remember this can lead to better matches and open more conversations or being completely ignored.

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  • Trust your instincts: Above all, don’t let illusions or desperation fall into a trap. Usually, when something is wrong, you’ll feel it first before noticing all the signs. Trust that instinct and find another match. Is best to lose a potentially good time than regret losing several thousand bucks.
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  • Pictures look fake: Either stock photos, they have few, or it looks like a famous person, usually in their twenties.
  • Age and pictures don’t correspond: Catsfishers tend to use younger profile pictures but state their age above thirty and up to their fifties.
  • Keep weird hours: Sometimes these people are in a completely different time zone and they will be answering at odd hours.
  • Non-native language: They will be portrayed as engineers, doctors, or Ph.D. in something, but their English will be awful or have strange slang. In the worst-case scenario, it may be a robot answering.
  • Won’t meet in person: After some time of messaging, when chemistry has been settled, they will find ways to avoid meeting in real life or video calling.
  • Send suspicious links or ask for money: When you get a link without explanation, go. If they ask you for money, don’t give it. This is usually the beginning of a scam.
  • Trust your instincts: Above all, don’t let illusions or desperation fall into a trap. Usually, when something is wrong, you’ll feel it first before noticing all the signs. Trust that instinct and find another match. Is best to lose a potentially good time than regret losing several thousand bucks.
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Tips for a good Tinder experience

Here’s to you some advice to get you using Tinder like a pro.

Photos

We will never get tired of saying this, but your pictures are the most important thing in your profile. Attraction starts with the eyes. Especially on a platform where the most important thing you see is a photo, so be careful.

You can go over our articles on taking pictures and editing them to make sure you are portraying your best version.

If you don’t want to read that much, take into consideration avoiding selfies, group photos, being careful with the background, smile, look at the camera, and don’t forget to showcase your talents and hobbies. 

Remember this can lead to better matches and open more conversations or being completely ignored.

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Texting

After the photos, this is the most important thing. A good set of photos will lead you nowhere if you start every single conversation with a “Hi”.

It's also important to know that certain phrases can end a conversation with barely any chances to bring it back to life. 

Things like: You’re hot. Do your smarts match your looks? What’s up? You free tonight? You’re beautiful. My kids are my life. I work hard and play hard. Just looking for a friend and so on, are big no-nos.

There are courses, pick-up lines spread around the web, and you can always outsource this to us if you feel like texting it’s not your thing.

How to flirt on Tinder 101

Once that you know how to use Tinder, it's time to start having those matches falling for you. In case you want to learn how to lead a conversation from start to end, here are some basic steps to guide you along.

Texting

After the photos, this is the most important thing. A good set of photos will lead you nowhere if you start every single conversation with a “Hi”.

It's also important to know that certain phrases can end a conversation with barely any chances to bring it back to life. 

Things like: You’re hot. Do your smarts match your looks? What’s up? You free tonight? You’re beautiful. My kids are my life. I work hard and play hard. Just looking for a friend and so on, are big no-nos.

There are courses, pick-up lines spread around the web, and you can always outsource this to us if you feel like texting it’s not your thing.

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How to flirt on Tinder 101

Once that you know how to use Tinder, it's time to start having those matches falling for you. In case you want to learn how to lead a conversation from start to end, here are some basic steps to guide you along.

1. Opening line

◾Open-end questions.

◾Ask about something on bio.

◾Talk about common interests.

◾Show a sense of humor with one-liners.

◾Throw a few compliments.

2. Conversation

◾Would you rather…

◾Ask a question about an assumption.

◾Use a silly pun.

◾Point out the flirting if nervous.

◾Keep replaying.

3. Asking out

◾Ask for their number.

◾Try a video call.

◾Use common interests for easier planning.

◾Ask indirectly about later plans.

◾Ask about places to go keeping the flirt.

Alternatives to Tinder

Yeah, up in the first sections we said that Tinder was a good middle ground to get started.

But there might be the case that despite all that you have read about it, you are still unconvinced, and that is fine. 

We are not Tinder sponsors (Although we wouldn’t mind. Hire us Tinder!). So here you have other good alternatives you may want to try instead.

  • eHarmony

  • Bumble

  • EliteSingles

  • Hinge

  • Zoosk

  • Happn

  • FB Dating

Regardless of its wide popularity, Tinder is not the online dating app with the best rate of couples made. It’s eHarmony.

The matches here are based on the results of a personality test made when setting up the account. The scores let the app choose profiles with the highest compatibility and that’s the trick.

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Final thoughts on Tinder

Finally, we reach the end.

If you read through the whole thing, by now you know what is Tinder, how does Tinder work, how to use Tinder, and how to Tinder. 

You also have an idea of the prices and as a bonus, you got some tips to start your profile in the best possible way.

Regardless of what you can hear around, Tinder will still preserve its place as one of the principal dating apps, and as we said several times, it’s a middle ground for everything. This makes it a good option to get started or in case you don’t have very clear what you’re up for in the online dating world.

It also offers more possibilities when it comes to purchasing benefits because it’s not only subscriptions that Tinder has to offer. And that is a good feature for users willing to explore and have fun beyond looking at the likes received.

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As for the bad fame building around it, we can only say that unfortunately, that can happen to anyone, anywhere. So, there is nothing better than staying alert while having fun around any platform you choose.

In the end, we encourage you to try the app that presents you as the most appealing. And why not? You can always try a couple of them to see where you feel more comfortable.

In case you still have doubts or you need personalized advice on the online dating app that will work better for you, or if you need help getting safely into this world, don’t hesitate to schedule a call

We are happy to help to get you the exact kind of online dating experience that you want.

Until next time!

Final thoughts on Tinder

Finally, we reach the end.

If you read through the whole thing, by now you know what is Tinder, how does Tinder work, how to use Tinder, and how to Tinder. 

You also have an idea of the prices and as a bonus, you got some tips to start your profile in the best possible way.

Regardless of what you can hear around, Tinder will still preserve its place as one of the principal dating apps, and as we said several times, it’s a middle ground for everything. This makes it a good option to get started or in case you don’t have very clear what you’re up for in the online dating world.

It also offers more possibilities when it comes to purchasing benefits because it’s not only subscriptions that Tinder has to offer. And that is a good feature for users willing to explore and have fun beyond looking at the likes received.

man-texting-3

As for the bad fame building around it, we can only say that unfortunately, that can happen to anyone, anywhere. So, there is nothing better than staying alert while having fun around any platform you choose.

In the end, we encourage you to try the app that presents you as the most appealing. And why not? You can always try a couple of them to see where you feel more comfortable.

In case you still have doubts or you need personalized advice on the online dating app that will work better for you, or if you need help getting safely into this world, don’t hesitate to schedule a call

We are happy to help to get you the exact kind of online dating experience that you want.

Until next time!

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