Easy to Use
The design of the Tinder app is simple, uncluttered, and easy to navigate. Once you have learned what each icon means, it is simply a case of swiping left and right and tapping.
Messaging and the matching system
Tinder will show you the photo and bio of people near to you who match your criteria. Swipe right or tap the heart icon to express interest in them. Swipe left or tap the cross icon to say ‘No’ to that person. You can ‘rewind’ your choice if you make a mistake or change your mind. You must be ‘matched’ with another Tinder user before you can message them. That means that you must have both ‘swiped right’ to each other, so the spark of interest is mutual. Instant and private messaging are both available on Tinder.
Super Like – a blue star icon to gift to the person who you think is the most amazing. Boost – be at the top of the match queue for thirty minutes for maximum match potential. Top Picks – Tinder will save you time and energy by searching for your perfect matches. Who Likes you – find out who ‘likes’ you for quicker matching.
Profiles or Username
Tinder search only works if you have matched each other. Unless that has happened, you can’t search/find specific users. This adds a layer of anonymity that can be useful or suspicious, depending on your perspective.
Your location determines who Tinder will offer to match you with. Their distance away will appear alongside their photo and bio. It’s possible to override this and choose a town or city anywhere in the world.
Tinder will do the searching for you and present you with a daily selection of your perfect matches.
Safety & Security
The Tinder support team
Tinder is committed to dating safety. They have a fax number and a ‘contact form’ which will be your first point of contact if you have any worries about a user of the site.
Because of the ease with which you can register for an account on Tinder, there will be quite a few fake profiles. Helpfully, Tinder will automatically de-activate the accounts that have been inactive for a while.
Use common sense. When you first start chatting to someone, be very wary of giving out personal details such as your address or place of work.
This is only available to celebrities and ‘important’ people who are unlikely to be on Tinder anyway.
Incognito mode for LGBT Tinder users
The ‘Traveler Alert’ mode has recently been added to Tinder. It’s an awesome feature that alerts members of the LGBT community that they have arrived in an unfriendly country.
If you are interested in dating casually at home or abroad, then Tinder is a great app. We love the fact you don’t receive messages from people unless you’ve felt a spark of interest and swiped right. The features for the LGBT community are fantastic too.