Tinder – The dating app from the USA for swiping and matching
- Brandnew: Tinder – The dating disaster
- Tinder is a flirt app for young people between the ages of 18 and 25
- Tinder is only partially free
- Using Tinder is really fun
- Hardly any privacy
- When logging in via Facebook, users must have access to many of their data, such as their profession or circle of friends
Tinder in the test
Thanks to a “hot or not” principle, only users who are attractive at first glance come into contact with each other. The principle of the app is to make other users attractive or unappealing (to wipe them off to the left or right). The simple principle makes Tinder a lot of fun and is one of the leading dating apps in Germany and around the world. Unfortunately, Tinder is also very superficial and therefore not suitable for serious relationships. If you are looking for a real partner for a serious relationship , you will not find it here. A few fake profiles met us in the test.
The secret Tinder alternatives with real tingling contacts:
In demand at Tinder
Our editor Chris (r.) Met the co-founder of Tinder, Jonathan Deen (l.), And asked him a few short questions.
Chris : Hello Jonathan, Tinder is very successful worldwide and also arrived here in Germany in the meantime. First of all, congratulations!
What’s next, what are you focusing on?
Jonathan : We are still interested in bringing Tinder users who like each other into contact. And in a simple and intuitive way.
Chris : You have succeeded visually quite well, but many users find Tinder very superficial due to the restriction to profile pictures. What can you do about it?
Jonathan : It’s up to the users if they are interested in the profile. One has the possibility to see further details like a profile text or likes. But we have observed that especially the image at the beginning is crucial and, so to speak, the initial interest.
Chris : Thank you for your time, then I wish you continued success and many matches!
How does Tinder work?
Profiling is extremely fast and convenient at Tinder. There is no lengthy completion of profiles or the like. As a user, you only have to grant the app access to its Facebook profile or mobile number. If one chooses Facebook to confirm his identity, the app gets all the necessary information, including photos themselves. Interestingly, if you choose the verification via mobile phone number, the Facebook profile will not be linked to Tinder, but because this tool also belongs to Facebook , receives this data on device, etc. We found it a bit questionable that this step is mandatory – if you refuse the app to provide his personal information, you can not use them unfortunately. As far as the privacy and personal data of the user are concerned, this approach is rather questionable. After all, not everyone wants their stolen personal Facebook data to be viewable by strangers – not even a cool dating app.
You can also link your Instagram profile to Tinder. If 5 photos are not enough to show the super cool holiday photos, the breakfast, his six pack or the most beautiful mirrored fies, you only have to connect your accounts once and all Tinderellas and Tinder-Prinzen will see all photos shared via Instagram on the profile.
If you also want to share his exquisite musical taste, you can also connect your Spotify account with Tinder. You can then select and display your personal anthem as well as your favorite artists from the most-listened songs.
Design and usability
When it comes to design and ease of use, Tinder sets new standards.
None of the apps we have tested so far was so easy and comfortable to use. The design of the app ensures that it is intuitive to use and consciously dispenses with any superfluous function.
“Hot or Not” principle
- You save tedious cover letters
- Fun factor guaranteed
- The appearance alone decides here about a “match”
If you use Tinder, you will first get photos of other singles that are nearby. The search circle can be set in the settings but even between 2 and 160 kilometers. Thus, the village children from rural areas can dilute diligently. Then you can choose whether one of the shown single like it or not. Swipe left or press “X” = “I do not like it”, swipe right or press green heart = “Like”. Following the same pattern, the site displays its own profile image to other users who also decide whether to find it attractive or not. If two users find each other pretty, the app will inform them (” It’s a match! “
Especially for men, this feature is interesting, it saves you the tedious cover letter of single women who have no interest in one anyway. In addition, the use of the app through this feature is really fun. Just say if you like another single or not – that’s how easy online dating can be. No eternal search for the right words, no brooding if one finds the other at all attractive. Instead, simply choose relaxed and see what happens.
In our test, it has been shown that the gentlemen usually record little or nothing about their person and personality in their profile description: Usually the honest statements are mostly limited to size and country of origin or visited holiday countries. Some still take up hobbies and sports, but only if these are exotic and extravagant: Instead of chess and football so you read more kitesurfing, sailing or bouldering.
It also happens that as a person who has not seen too much of the world, one of a Tinder minority belongs: If you have not visited any other continent is not right down through, but at least apparently not so cosmopolitan and travel-like like the opposite.
Professionally, most of them are still students between the ages of 18 and 26: very few have a stable job and if so, then most of them are also in the media or engineering sector.
Since one reads only the first names, it is not surprising that most profiles merge with so many similarities to a mass at some point. Whether Max, Jan, Daniel or Sebastian: Somehow they are the same, do the same, want the same.
Since the following profile is a real exception, but still does not necessarily indicate the personality of the Tinder users:
- Miss singles you like the “Super Like”
- Swipe photo of the super singles up or press the star button in the middle
- You can see from whom you received a “Super Like”
- “Super Like” can only be used once a day for free
- Chances of success by awarding the “Super Like” hardly bigger
To use this function, the Tinder user can swipe up the photo of the super singles or press the star button in the middle. Members know from whom they have received a “Super Like”, as these profiles in the feed receive a blue frame with a star.
However, the “Super Like” can only be awarded once a day, unless you pay the paid membership to access more “Super Likes”. It is conceivable that Tinder hopes that the additional function will pay more users.
Personally, we find that the “Super Like” is somewhere a “super compliment”, but you can save that as well. Although it is a flattery, but also superfluous. In practice, super-lics were rated as well as standard lics.
The game “Super Likable”
“Super Likable” was added as a feature some time ago. Here you get four profiles suggested that all deserve a “superlike” according to the Tinder algorithm. In fact, the four profile images looked all very appealing at first glance, but when we decided on one and tapped it, the surprise came: we were not headed for the profile, but the super-like was awarded immediately, without we could look at the rest of the profile. Not optimal. Example: Melissa, 27, is actually looking for dates on Tinder with the prospect of an employment. She plays “Superlikable” for the first time and finds the picture of “Marc, 28” very attractive and chooses him. Marc, however, writes in his profile,
Of course Melissa did not see that. When Marc writes her, she falls from the clouds. To avoid this, here is a tip : skip the game first, but remember the photos and the names. With a high probability, these profiles are also among your top picks of the day . And here you can fully view the profiles and then forgive your Superlike if necessary.
Tinder always tries to update the features and to match the behavior of the users. So there are often new features, but then under certain circumstances be set again (eg “Tinder moments”).
Although the import of the Facebook data is doubtful, it also brings some advantages with it: So you can see whether the opposite and you have accidentally the same sites on Facebook geliked or where and about whom you know each other. Common connections, interests and mutual friends are displayed directly and provide a good basis for an initial conversation.
Apart from the usual swipe gestures, you can also create groups with your friends and enter when and where to go in the evening. Other matches can then join – double and triple dates have never been so easy! And more serious contenders can be checked out right away by the best buddies.
“Sweet, but not my case, but the dream man Sarah always loves.” Tinder users can do this in a similar way – and Tinder considered this with their “recommend” function. Anyone who wants to forward a Tinderhottie immediately can do it now. Simply go to “Recommend XY” and select the medium to share: via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or e-mail.
At Tinder you can see a lot of people – the most beautiful and influential you can see at Tinder Select . Never heard? In fact, this secret community within Tinder is really very exclusive. Admission is only granted to those who have a corresponding “Elo Score”. This Elo Score is calculated by an algorithm that incorporates various aspects of the user. It is not yet known which variables the algorithm uses, but it is suspected that the attractiveness, educational level and employment status (company bosses preferred) also include the matching quotient (how many are mistreated versus how many likes are included in the calculation).
At times, some of these elite Tinder users were allowed to invite other users into this secret club – they could join but not nominate any further. This ensures exclusivity. Now you can give only one friend a passport for the secret Tinder version, which supposedly has a different design.
In is also, who is not in it! If you’re not a celebrity, CEO, top blogger, YouTube star or top model, you do not have to be disappointed with the “normal” users – there are many beauties, smart and successful people who have stayed on the ground ,
New to Tinder are the Tinder Picks. They work similar to “You might like that too …” – Shopping features: Tinder makes a pre-selection of partners you might like. With this function, especially top profiles of doctors, artists and the like should reach the match faster. However, this special feature is only available with Tinder Gold. Every day you will be offered 10 selected picks, possibly with Highligt annotation. These will expire after 24 hours and new suggestions will be loaded. If 10 picks are not enough for you, you can also buy extra.
Geswipet, matched – and now?
So Tinderella and Tinder-Prinz are both attractive – and now? If you do not only use Tinder to hoard a kindergarten (= collection of matches / self-confessional contacts) you should also communicate with your matches. But you can do a lot wrong or get lost in the crowd: As a woman I scored within a week about 70 matches and was already very picky. That not every match really stands out is clear, but some still remain in the memory. The best cover letters we show you.
Tinder and the love …
Tinder and love or drives and heart thieves. In our experience, Tinder is more about spontaneity and adventure than great feelings. Tinder is and remains very superficial: It is a hip app for mostly young people who want to have their fun. The principle of getting to know each other is, of course, unbeatably easy, but experience has shown that the app is hardly used for chatting – this is why mobile phone numbers are better exchanged.
If you can not find what you’re looking for at Tinder, then you definitely do not have to worry. If you are looking for non-committal, erotic contacts that may also be out of your student years, you should try your luck with casual dating .
If you are fed up with superficiality and would rather search for a partner that really suits you, you should look into dating agencies.
For those who are not quite sure what and whom they are looking for, dating is ideal. Here you can look around, chat, flirt and just let everything come to you.
Too fat for Tinder-Date: Woman dumped from England
In the “Hot or Not” principle, the evaluation of other singles is mainly based on the first photo. Within seconds, users can use Tinder to assess other profiles. Inadvertently, hard times are sometimes chosen even though the profile seemed sympathetic – and vice versa. It can quickly lead to disappointments, such as that of Michelle Thomas. She had met him through Tinder. Then a nice date, a goodbye kiss and the next day the bitter dissipation. For a second date, the woman (30 years old) was too fatigued for her date. He wrote that he had enjoyed their company and would adore them. She was funny and belong to the kind of women he would like to go out with. If his body and mind would bare him. He just likes thinner women.
In addition, many users set very advantageous pictures as the first profile picture to get a high positive response (more matches). Before an appointment is agreed, therefore, a short, accurate check of all images and the mutual profiles is recommended. Unfortunately this example from England confirms how superficial the search for a partner about Tinder is. We were also able to identify this result as the main problem.
Tinder tips and tricks
1. Identify Tinder users: Find out who’s behind a profile
“So you can find out who is behind a profile,” explains online dating expert Chris Pleines:
- Take a screenshot on your smartphone from the profile picture of the person you want to identify.
- On the iPhone, for example, you have to press the “Home” and “On / Off” buttons for a short while at the same time.
- For example, edit the picture with the online photo editor Pixlr and remove anything that does not belong to the profile picture.
- Now you can upload the image in the reverse search for images tineye.com and get to the Facebook profile URL.
- Alternatively, you can try the Google Images Search. Just click on the camera icon in the input field and upload the edited profile picture of the Tinder user you’d like to find.
- Ideally, you can now find Facebook profile URLs or Twitter or Instagram accounts.
2. The best Tinder tips
We thoroughly tested Tinder and therefore know exactly how to flirt with the app most successful. You can find our best tips here:
Your main photo must be absolutely top.
Tinder has a reputation for being the most superficial dating app on the market. If your main photo does not show you from your very best side, the other users will mercilessly wipe you out. In our experience photos that show you outdoors during an interesting activity (eg on the beach in the mountains, etc.) are the best. Your face should be clearly visible but often it is good if you do not look directly into the camera in your main photo. This seems less troubled and interesting. Ps If you do not know which photo is best, you can also ” Top Photo“When editing the profile, your display image will always be updated and the best photo of you will be selected so you can always show yourself from the best side.
Avoid the worst photo mistakes .
Among the absolute no-gos on Tinder are the men’s boring application photos as the main image, Poser photos with bare torso in front of the bathroom mirror, photos with unfriendly and dismissive facial expressions and pictures with grimaces. Women should not use a main photo where they can be seen with their best friend (Who is she now?), Definitely upload at least one full body photo (everything else makes men suspicious) and use Instagram and Photoshop. Do not overdo filtering.
Upload the right photos.
In addition to your main photo you can upload many more photos on Tinder, to give potential flirting partners a little impression of your personality. Make sure your photos are varied and show you at your best. Photos of you doing sports or on vacation are usually a good choice. In addition, men should ideally have at least one photo showing them with several friends (ideally including women) to demonstrate their social skills.
Stand out from the crowd with your cover letter.
Women in particular often get a torrent of news from Tinder that comes from little more than a “hi.” or “Hi, how are you?” consist. It is better in the first message already to respond to the profile of the interlocutor or at least to use his or her name. “Hi Christina, how are you?” is much better than just “hi.”.
Ask personal questions about the profile of your flirt partner.
To start a conversation, it is also advisable to respond directly to the profile of the virtual opposite. For example, questions about some interesting profile pictures (eg Where were you on the second photo, is this Greece?) Or humorous comments on the profile text are good.
Talk about many different topics.
Once the chat has started, you should try to address as many different topics as possible (eg sports, travel, hobbies, family, etc.). Only then can you really get to know the others a bit and start building up a certain amount of trust.
Change as quickly as possible to WhatsApp or Facebook.
As soon as the conversation is going well, you should try to continue the conversation on WhatsApp or Facebook. This automatically creates more confidence and prevents your conversation from disappearing under a mountain of new matches and slipping out of the line of sight of your conversation partner.
Try to make a date as soon as possible.
If you have had a good chat with your conversation partner on WhatsApp or Facebook for a while, try to make a date as soon as possible. The flirting with Tinder can be a lot of fun, but if the chemistry between you is really true can only find out in real life.
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3. When are the most members of Tinder online?
Annoyed that you do not get new matches? In our experience, most Tinder users are active in the evenings and weekends. So stay patient.
If necessary, you can synonymous with the settings edit your search radius and age limits, maybe then matches more.
Tinder vulnerability allows accurate location
Towards the end of 2013, a New York-based online security company was able to prove that it was possible due to a Tinder vulnerability using the so-called trilateration method to determine the whereabouts of any Tinder user to 30 meters exactly. The trilateration method uses the distance of three points to the target point to calculate its exact position and is used, among other things, by mobile operators to determine the position of a particular cell phone.
After warning the security experts Tinder tried to close this gap, but our research showed that it is still possible with basic programming skills to determine the position of each Tinder user to within 1.6 km.
In our opinion, this vulnerability is highly problematic and could be exploited by stalkers, for example. We hope Tinder will soon take action to more effectively protect the privacy of its users.
Tinder for the PC
The time has come! Tinder can now also be used on the PC. Via Shortcuts it’s also easy and chatting is even more fun than on the phone.
The shortcuts for Tinder PC
Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold
Tinder can basically be used free of charge, but there are paid versions with some additional features:
Swipe advertising : Who pays, sees no more advertising and can swap without interruption. Even the limitation of superlikes to a daily is lifted with Tinder Plus, in addition, you can distribute as many normal Likes as you want.
If you want more matches, you can increase your chance with the Tinder Boost . This ensures a pole position for 30 minutes and is displayed 10 times more frequently within a radius.
If you pick up Tinder Plus, you can also use various filter functions : You can either only be shown to people who have previously been criticized or only recently active people are shown first. Also, you can hide for yourself age and distance.
Undo allows you to retrieve a person who has already been wiped away, while you can use the passport function to view profiles from any chosen location, tomorrow, for example, contacts from Nuremberg and in the evening then from Cologne. Basically, not necessarily essential features as we find that the average Tinder user can do well without.
Tinder Gold is the latest addition to the Dating App: for 30% more, you can see who matched one in addition to the Tinder Plus features . So basically you can just go through those who gave you a like and you do not have to hope that the hoped-for “It’s a match!” appears: this is virtually guaranteed. However, that reduces the fun factor a bit, because the tingling before and the joy after a match make Tinder finally.
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Costs and prices
|Duration / Credits / Coins||costs per month||total|
|Tinder Plus over 28|
|1 month||16,49 € / month||16,49 €|
|6 months||10.00 € / month||60,00 €|
|12 months||6,67 € / month||80.04 €|
|Tinder Plus under 28|
|1 month||9,99 € / month||9,99 €|
|6 months||5,83 € / month||34.98 €|
|12 months||4,58 € / month||54.96 €|
|Tinder Gold over 28|
|1 month||27,49 € / month||27,49 €|
|6 months||16,50 € / month||99,00 €|
|12 months||10,81 € / month||129.69 €|
|Tinder Gold under 28|
|1 month||14,99 € / month||14,99 €|
|6 months||9,16 € / month||54.96 €|
|12 months||7.08 € / month||84.96 €|
- Tinder can be used in its basic functions for free.
- Tinder Boost
- filter functions
- Unlimited likes and more superlikes
- Tinder passport
- Immediate matches
- Tinder Gold
- Credit card
- App Store
Tinder is an intuitively designed app with a lot of users and always new features. Thanks to the “Hot or Not” principle, only singles who are mutually attractive come into contact and the fun factor of the app is extremely high. However, we can not completely understand that many singles get “tinderitis”. On Tinder are mainly students on the move, which are similar in many areas and whose intentions are usually ambiguous and unconscious. If you are looking for non-committal, erotic contacts, we recommend casual dating , because you know in advance exactly what the other person wants and expects.
If you are looking for a partner whose character appeals to you, you should look at dating agencies. Here it is more important to the inner values and these can not superficially swipe left or right.
Can I hide certain data on Tinder?
The Tinder Plus option can hide age and distance. The cost of the Tinder Plus subscription can be found in our cost table.
Where is my Love?
Probably not on Tinder, because Tinder is more about short-term dating.
How can I terminate tinder plus …. and where …?
You can cancel TinderPlus differently on iOS (iPhone) or Android: Tinder on iOS devices: Go to apple.com and scroll to the bottom of the page. There, you click on your Apple ID and then navigate to “Show Apple ID”. There you will find the button “Subscription”. Under this menu item you can manage or cancel your subscriptions and also set the automatic extension. Cancel Tinder on Android Devices: Open the Google Play Store to find your Tinder subscription under “My Apps.” You can then quit by simply clicking on the Tinder icon and clicking on the appropriate button.