Tinder is currently the hottest dating, socializing, hooking-up, and matchmaking app. It first appeared on the radar back in 2012; however, the explosion and growth of Tinder (along with the popularity of its app) didn’t peak until 2014. Since then, it has seen steady growth and continued usage by millions of users, and Tinder has earned a reputation as the most popular dating and hook-up app on the market today.
How does one use Tinder?
- Simply download the application on the Apple App Store or in the Google Play Store.
- Then, sign up and in with your Facebook account. Upon opening the Tinder app, it reassures you that it doesn’t post anything to your Facebook page. (Though, if you’re wary of the app’s promise not to publish anything from Tinder to your Facebook profile, you can check out How to Use Tinder Without Facebook.)
The features of Tinder are simple:
- You’re able to anonymously “Like” or “Pass” on people Tinder suggests for you.
- When someone you’ve liked also likes you in return, you’ll be notified that you’re a match.
- You can then send that person a message and start a chat, choose to keep playing, and/or share to tell your friends, if you so desire.
- Chatting happens within the Tinder application and is seen only by you and your match.
The Tinder app uses your location to find people and possible matches within your current area. In the settings, you are able to set a maximum distance for individuals and matches you’re interested in meeting, talking to, socializing with, and so forth. Tinder updates your location every time the app gets opened. (Note: If you’re concerned about data usage or privacy, your location is only tracked when the Tinder app is in use.)
Like or Pass
By swiping your screen to the right or tapping the heart icon, it means you like the person that the app is showing you. In turn, swiping left on a profile or tapping the “X” on the profile Tinder displays means you don’t like that person or pass on the opportunity to match with them.
If you are really interested in someone, you can tap on the star icon or swipe up on your screen—this means you Super Like them. You are allowed one Super Like every twelve hours with a free Tinder account. Paying subscribers to Tinder Plus are allowed five Super Likes per day.
Undo Super Like
Did you accidentally swipe up or hit the star icon and send a Super Like? Now you’re desperate to undo your accidental Super Like . . . unfortunately, if you are using the free version of Tinder, you’re just plain out of luck. You’ll have to wait twelve hours to get another Super Like added to your account to use.
Ready for the good news? By subscribing to Tinder Plus, you’re allowed to undo one Super Like per day. Tinder Plus users will see a yellow arrow; simply tap it, and the last Super Like gets rewound as if it never happened. (Note: this is only applicable for your most recent Super Like swipe.)
So there you have it . . .
. . . the basic ins and outs of the Tinder app. Millions of users are experiencing Tinder’s perks. Those who don’t want to shell out a monthly payment for the more advanced features will have a basic (and sometimes frustrating, in the instance of the mistaken Super Like) experience, while the ones who pay a fee (starting at $9.99 per month) get access to more popular Tinder features—such as the Super Like Rewind and others.