How to Tinder: Our guide on how to use the Tinder app

Only a few years ago online dating was that thing many of us assumed that only desperate or creepy people did, and no-one dared admit to searching for or having met their partner online; today, it’s the easiest way for singles to meet new people, and it seems as though all the single ladies (and men) are doing it. There’s one app in particular they’re using: Tinder. Here we explain what Tinder is, how to use it, why it’s so popular, and more, including why you might not be getting any interest.

I’ve lost track of the number of friends who’ve asked me about Tinder. And I’m not entirely sure why, since I’m not single. But it just goes to show how interested are people in the dating app. I do have several close friends who use Tinder, however, so yesterday I took the opportunity to force on them a game of 20 questions in an effort to answer your Tinder FAQs. Special thanks goes to Paul, who let me have a nosey at his Tinder profile.

How to Tinder: What is Tinder?

Tinder is an online dating app that matches couples based on their physical attraction to one another. It alerts you to other Tinder users who fall within a specified age range and gender and are within a certain distance of your location, and it lets you know whether you have any mutual friends. You decide whether or not you like the look of a person: if you do, great; if you don’t, they’ll never know. If you’re both interested then Tinder’s messaging function offers you a private chat thread in which to talk and get to know each other better. It’s very much like being introduced to the hot friend of a friend in a bar, but it removes the clumsy, drunken matchmaker and the want-to-curl-up-and-die cringeworthiness from the equation.

How to Tinder: How do I get Tinder?

Tinder is available as a free app for Android or iOS; just download it from the App Store or Google Play. You’ll also need a Facebook account to log in; this is necessary for Tinder to attempt to match you with people with whom you have friends or interests in common, and also take basic details such as your age and any photos you allow to appear on your Tinder profile.

How to Tinder: Why is Tinder the most popular dating app?

The people we’ve spoken to about Tinder like it because it’s so simple: there’s no 400-question registration process, and it doesn’t put you in a box for – as an example – saying you’re a non-smoker when actually you have been known to indulge on occasion and wouldn’t particularly mind dating someone who smokes. And while personalities are ultimately what’s important in a long-term relationship, Tinder recognises that when developing an attraction establishing how well suited you are to a person often comes second to the way they look. It’s also perfectly suited to mobile use, such as when you’re in the pub, you’ve had a few beers and you’ve got your game face on.

How to Tinder: How many users does Tinder have?

Tinder claims to have 1.4 billion swipes and 26 million matches every single day, so it’s fair to say there are quite a lot of people on there.

How to Tinder: How do I use Tinder?

Tinder is a really simple app to use. Just download it, log in with your Facebook profile, specify the gender and age range of the people you’d like to meet, and how far you’re prepared to travel to meet them. When Tinder finds people who match those criteria it places cards on your screen that show a large photo of the person; tap this to see a short description they’ve written. Below the picture is a heart icon and a cross – tap the heart if you like them and the cross if you don’t – or swipe to the right if you like them, and to the left if you don’t. If you like someone who also likes you Tinder will tell you that a match has been made and opens up a simple messaging function.

You’ll also have to fill out your own profile. Tinder pulls some information from your Facebook profile, such as your job and education, but you can choose what to display and write out a short bio of yourself. You also need to pick a few photos to include – you can pull these either from your phone’s image library or your Facebook account.

How to Tinder: Super Likes and Boosts

Since Tinder launched it’s added a few new features to give hopeful singles some more options. First up are ‘Super Likes’ – you can Super Like someone by tapping the blue star icon or swiping up on their profile – unlike a regular attempt to match, this will immediately send them a notification that they’ve been Super Liked and the chance to see your profile. It’s a more upfront way to try and match with someone, but be warned that some users can see it as slightly too forward. You can also only use one Super Like per day, so use it wisely.

One of the other more recent features is Boost. This is a paid option that pushes your profile to the top of the queue of every Tinder user nearby for 30 minutes, making it much more likely you’ll get matches over the next half hour. A single boost costs £3.89, so they’re not cheap, but you can get them at a discount by buying packs of five or ten. You can find the Boosts by tapping the purple lightning bolt icon.

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