Tinder is one of the most popular apps ever created, and it’s our choice for the best dating app. It’s available on iOS, Android and Amazon devices and it connects with Facebook and Instagram to make posting pictures and creating your profile simple. This isn’t the best dating site if you’re looking for matches catered to your preferences or one where you can read people’s in-depth answers, but its simplicity works for a lot of people.
Creating a profile on Tinder is simple. You will need a Facebook account so that Tinder can populate information on your profile about your age, job and other personal information. The app also uses Facebook to let you know if you have any mutual friends with a potential match and if you share any interests. Once you connect your Facebook account, you can select up to six pictures from your Facebook photo albums to display on your dating profile.
Matching on this app happens through swiping. A right swipe means you’re interested. A left swipe means you’re not. If you pay for Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold, you get access to super swipes, which can be used to let potential matches know you’re very interested.
Once you swipe right on a profile that has swiped right on you, Tinder opens a private chat session. You can send messages or GIFs, or use the chat to exchange phone numbers to set up a time to meet. You can delete any matches by clicking “unmatch,” and you can also report users for any inappropriate photos or messages.
Instead of asking in-depth questions, this app gives you a place where you can write a short bio that is visible to anyone who views your profile. You can use the chat feature to tell your matches more about you. If you’d rather use a dating site that lets you see people’s answers to open-ended questions, we recommend OkCupid because it has lots of simple, open-ended questions that you can use to learn more about your matches.
One downside to Tinder is the lack of search capabilities and filters. You can’t search for dates based on any criteria. The only way to sort through people is to swipe left or right as new profiles pop up. If you’re looking for a dating site that lets you narrow the focus of your searches, we recommend our top overall pick, Match.com.
Tinder Plus gives you the ability to appear as the first profile in your area for a limited time. The company says this gives you more of a chance to match with people. With Plus you can also view users from around the world. With the basic profile you can only view users within a 100-mile radius.
While Tinder is best known as a dating app, it also has a website that you can use to view your matches and sift through potential dates. The web version has keyboard shortcuts that you can use to like or pass on people’s profiles. It also has a button called “work mode” that hides the swiping interface and pulls up a fake work report so that you can keep your browsing hidden from your boss or coworkers.
If you need help using the app, Tinder has a FAQs page and an email form that you can find on both its app and the website.
Tinder is the best dating app we researched because it’s simple to use and has become popular all over the world. With over 100 million downloads, there are lots of profiles to sort through and the swiping method is intuitive and fun. If you’re looking for an app to help you find dates, this is our favorite.