Tinder Dating App Guide: What Is Tinder, How Does Tinder Work? Why Do People Use Tinder? Who Is Tinder For? How To Use Tinder?

Tinder is the app that set off the swipe culture of not only dating apps but all apps these days. Tinder is an introduction app whose tagline is: Tinder | Dating, Make Friends & Meet New People.

Tinder is one of the most downloaded dating apps in the world and is referenced in popular culture all the time. The left-swipe and right-swipe references can be attributed to Tinder.

Using Tinder can feel rather ambiguous, confusing and pointless but it is still a viable app for many people these days. This guide below will help you understand Tinder and answer some questions that you have.

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What Is Tinder? How Does Tinder Work?

Tinder is an app that people use to connect with others. It is available on Android and Iphones and it uses location to suggest profiles to you in your area. It uses demographics like age and gender to help narrow down profiles to suggest to you. Profiles are shown via an algorithm which users demographic data, swipe data and inbound interest to factor who to show you and when.


How To Install Tinder? How To Download Tinder?

Tinder is available for free in the App Store (iPhone) and Google Play (Android). You can also use it on your web browser using Tinder.com. A phone number is required to create a profile.

Tinder Profile Questions, How To Setup A Tinder Profile? How To Create A Tinder Profile

A profile consists of questions and photos. You can access the Tinder profile template here. A profile is used to market oneself to others but also used by the app to figure out when and to whom to show your profile to.


How To Use Tinder, Which Way To Swipe On Tinder? 

After a profile is created, Tinder will show you profiles based on your profile but also your preferences/filters. Profiles will be shown one at a time and you can either left-swipe (not interested) or right-swipe (interested).


How Do Likes Work On Tinder, How Do Matches Work On Tinder?

If you swipe left, nothing happens and the next profile is shown.

If you swipe right, unless a profile already liked you, nothing will happen (next profile is shown). Users cannot see if another person has liked them unless they pay to see who likes them. Profiles are shown and if two people like each other, an indication will be made to both parties. At that point, messages can be sent to each other.


Tinder No More Profiles, Tinder Ran Out Of Profiles To Show Me?

You might have to adjust your filters or wait for people to show up (movement, new profiles etc.)

Related read: How To Get More Likes/Matches On Tinder 

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Tinder Features

Tinder Boosts

Tinder allows users to showcase their profile more often to people with payment. More on Tinder Boost here.


Tinder Super Likes

Tinder allows users even more visibility by allowing them to send super likes which are seen more quickly than regular likes which are sorted based on payment as well as when likes are sent/received. More on Tinder Super Likes here.


Tinder Smart Photo

Tinder has a feature called smart photo that allows people to upload photos to their profile and get feedback from Tinder to figure out what is the best photo to use first. It seems like a no-brainer but it’s a feature I recommend people do not use. Read more on Tinder Smart Photo here.


Are Tinder Paid Features Worth It?

Paid features can certainly help some people but not most. Most users will not get additional likes, matches, messages nor dates as a result of paid features namely because they have poor profiles, bad messages or don’t know how to screen timewasters, bots, scammers, narcissists, catfishers and the like. 

Before considering paying for any paid features, one should work on creating a good dating profile first.


Why Do People Use Tinder? What Is Tinder Used For? Is Tinder For Hookups? Who Uses Tinder?

Some people think it is used for dating, some think it’s used mostly for hookups but in reality, people use it for all sorts of reasons including tour guides, marketing their businesses, finding friends, networking as well as for validation and in some cases to deceive others.

Rather than assume people want the same thing as you or assume people are telling the truth, it’s best to ask questions, learn to screen profiles, and figure out how to read people. 


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About Eddie Hernandez

Eddie is a dating coach for men & women in San Francisco (clients in NYC, LA, Chicago, & beyond ), as seen in the NYT & Bumble). He helps w/ profiles, photos, wardrobe, messaging, date ideas, red flags, lifestyle choices, hobbies, grooming/hygiene, communication, social skills & offline efforts.