How to use Tinder
Tinder’s appeal is in its ease of use. When you load up the app you’ll be presented with a lovely lady/gent. You then have a few options:
- Tap on the right of their photo- to show their next photo
- Tap on their name- to bring up their bio and full profile
- Tap on the left of their photo to go back one photo
- You can swipe them right, by holding and dragging your finger to the right, this ‘likes’ them
- You can swipe left, in the same way. This ‘dislikes’ them
- You can swipe up to ‘super like’ them
- It doesn’t matter which way you swipe the ads, they go away regardless
There’s also a number of buttons:
- The top left icon lets you edit your profile
- The gem switches to picks mode (you’ll need Tinder Gold to use this)
- The speech bubble… you guessed it… goes to your messages.
- The yellow arrow resets your previous swipe (Only for Tinder Plus Subscribers)
- The red X dislikes the current profile
- The blue star super likes the current profile
- The green heart likes the current profile
- The purple lightning bolt activates boost (Only for Tinder Plus Subscribers)
On a free version of the app, you’re limited to about 100 swipes a day before you ‘run out’. After that you’ll either have to wait 12 hours for them to reset, or cough up for a Plus subscription.
Super Likes Explained
When you super like someone on Tinder, it sends a notification to their phone stating that someone has super liked them. As they are swiping normally, and your profile pops up, it’ll have an extra blue border around it- alerting the user that you were the one to initiate the super like.
Normal users get one super like per day. Tinder Plus and Gold subscribers can send five a day. You can also buy additional bundles if you run out. At the time of writing they are priced at:
- 5 for 92p each
- 25 for 74p each
- 60 for 65p each
Should you super like someone? It depends. Generally no, it’s a bit cringe and does make you stand out as a try-hard, though there are some valid exceptions:
- If someone you know IRL pops up. Banter.
- If someone who very closely shares your interests, or has similar photos pops up
- If you’re not paying for plus, you’re out of daily swipes, and you see someone cute pop up. Worth a shot.
Tinder Boosts Explained
Tinder boosts are like taking an taxi instead of the bus, you’ll get there quicker, but it’ll cost you. Essentially they make your profile more visible for other users for 30 minutes. You can get “up to 10x more profile views while boosting”, but your mileage will vary depending on how many of your target demographic are online within your location limits.
Plus and Gold subscribers currently get one free boost per month. Or, you can buy em for:
- 1 for £3.89
- 5 for £2.50 each
- 10 for £2.45 each
Are they worth it? Generally, yes, especially if you’re low on matches. Quite often the issue is not that you’re ugly, it’s just that there’s so much competition in your area that the right people aren’t seeing your profile. It’s probably best to test with the free boost you receive with Plus, before splashing out on individual boosts.
Tinder Plus Explained
Tinder Plus gives you a wide variety of bonus features, including:
- Unlimited likes, with no daily limits
- The rewind function- undo your last swipe in the event that your finger slipped on a 2/10
- 5 super likes a day. Yay.
- 1 boost per month
- The ability to change your location to anywhere in the world
- Chose between swiping either ‘balanced’ and ‘recently active’ users
- Enable better privacy, so that only users you’ve liked can see your profile
- Hide your age
- Hide your distance
- Hide Ads
The standout features here are the unlimited swipes, and the location changing function. This makes connecting with people while travelling much easier, as you can set yourself up in the location you’ll be visiting ahead of time, and you’re not restricted by a swipe limit.
You can currently buy Tinder Plus in the following bundles:
- 1 month for £4.49 a month
- 6 months for £3.00 a month
- 12 months for £2.25 a month
By default this is set to renew each month, so if you want to cancel make sure you do before the next billing cycle. You can cancel at any time and keep your perks for the remainder of the month.
Tinder Gold gives you all the advantages of Plus, with the addition of being able to see users who have matched with you directly. This saves you time and is great for lazy people who want to bypass the swipe game.
You also have access to the ‘picks’ section, accessible by the diamond icon at the top of the app. These are exclusive profiles for your consideration, which refresh every day.
Tinder Gold currently costs:
- 1 month for £9.99 a month
- 6 months for £5.34 a month
- 12 months for £4.05 a month
Tinder Social was a a feature which allowed groups to join up and swipe together. It was taken off the app in August 2017.
How to use Bumble
Bumble works in much of the same way as Tinder, though there are a few differences you should be aware of:
- Swiping up scrolls through the profile’s pictures
- The yellow heart button does a ‘SuperSwipe’, which works in the same way as a Super Like
- On Bumble, only women can initiate the conversation
- If no message is sent in 24 hours, the match expires and can no longer be contacted
- If a match is about to expire, you can extend it by 24 hours, by using a ‘Daily Extend’
- You get one free ‘Daily Extend’ a day, but more can be purchased