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What is Tinder, how it works, and how to chat?

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Have you heard of Tinder among friends but don’t know what it refers to or how to use it?

Don’t worry: in this complete guide, you will see what Tinder is, how it works, and how to start chatting in a big way.

Although the app is recommended for everyone, I recommend that you use it only if you are of age given the topics covered.

Everything you need to know is in this complete guide!

What is Tinder?

Tinder is a social network-style app where people can meet by sharing photos and interacting with each other, then possibly chatting with people with whom they show affinity.

What is Tinder?

While on paper it may seem like a mere copy of Instagram, Tinder focuses its functionality on bringing people together, so that they can get to know each other and start dating.

So, Tinder is effectively a dating app but in a social guise, with a modern approach to meeting new people to make friends or start a relationship with.

Tinder is a free app, but some of the coolest features can only be had by paying for Tinder Plus (as you’ll find out later in the article).

Here I will show you the benefits of the free app and the benefits of the paid app so that you can choose which one to use right away.

Where to download Tinder?

If you are interested in using Tinder on your smartphone, you can download and try it for free from the following links.

Download the version compatible with the operating system you are currently using.

  1. DOWNLOADS | Tinder (Android)
  2. DOWNLOADS | Tinder (iPhone)

Using these links, you will immediately download the free version; if you are interested in paid features, just click on the in-app banner inside the application and choose which feature to pay for.

If you want to use Tinder on your PC via the web version, open the following link Tinder.com in your browser.

How does Tinder work?

Here you will find out how to start using Tinder in its free version.

As mentioned above, you can use Tinder in two ways:

  1. Through the Tinder application available for smartphones and tablets with both Android and iOS operating systems (find the links at the end of this article) or
  2. Through its Web version directly from the Tinder.com site

The operation is practically identical, for convenience we will show you the most used and comfortable method, that is by application.

Once you have downloaded the Tinder app for your smartphone or tablet (the links are available at the end of the article) a screen will open for you to log in to the app. Tinder works in conjunction with your Facebook account or by signing up with your phone number, so you’ll need a Facebook account to log in and start using it if you don’t want to use your phone number.

Having said that, as you can see in the image below, pressing the Login with the Facebook button will use the credentials already provided for the Facebook app on your device to access Tinder.

Once you click on the ” Log in with Facebook ” button you will be shown a summary of the data provided to the app.

Tinder will never post anything to your Facebook wall, but it will fetch your data (including your profile photo) to start using the meeting scheduling features.

If you don’t have the Facebook app installed or with an associated account you can enter your Facebook credentials directly into the app.

Alternatively, you can use a mobile number to use Tinder, although in this case, it may be more difficult to arrange meetings and find people around you.

Once logged into Tinder, the app will ask for location access; if allow this permission, otherwise, it will be impossible to find available people nearby.

The app will now start searching for contacts using Tinder in your area. In the next section, you’ll find out how to start chatting on Tinder.

How to chat on Tinder?

If you’ve found a photo of someone you’re interested in on Tinder, open it so you have two possible choices:

How to chat on Tinder
  1. Swipe on the photo to the right: you will send a Like to the person, thus showing interest in it in a completely anonymous way (they cannot see who liked them);
  2. Swipe left on the photo: you don’t like the person, so they will be excluded from your list of preferences.

(*swipe = Movement performed by swiping the tip of the finger on the screen of a device)

The “trick” of Tinder is to connect only the people who exchange Likes on their respective photos: if you put a Like on the photo of a person you like and the other did the same on your photo (before or after it doesn’t matter about you) the chat with that person will be unlocked, where you can start getting to know them and talking.

The rest will obviously be up to you!

If you made a wrong swipe, you can go back with the Rewind feature (yellow button at the bottom left).

In addition to single people, you can also access groups of people; to access it you have to Like the entire group to be able to hope to access it (all members of that group will have to Like you to accept you).

In the free version of the app, Likes and Rewinds are limited, so you can’t do much else to improve your social position and meet many more people.

What is Tinder Plus?

The free version does not offer many features, but if you are determined to use this app to meet new people and start a new relationship, you can try Tinder Plus. If you want to unsubscribe from tinder, then read this “how to temporarily delete tinder account“.

With the paid version you will unlock numerous features, all summarized in the bottom bar of the app.

With Tinder Plus you can:

  1. Use the Undo feature to undo a Dislike (swipe left) for example accidentally placed on a person you actually wanted to meet;
  2. Passport function, with which you can unlock your profile to discover new matches around the world;
  3. The Tinder app will be ad-free;
  4. You can take advantage of the Boost feature once a month, thanks to which you can highlight your profile in your area for 30 minutes, so people who use Tinder in the area will see you before others. This feature increases views by 10x;
  5. Use the Super Like feature 5 times a day instead of 1. Thanks to this feature you can send a special Like to a group of people or to a specific person (greater chances of being liked back and starting chat);
  6. Unlimited number of Likes you can send to one person.

These Tinder Plus features can be paid for monthly, with prices ranging from 3 euros and up, based on what you buy in-app; to understand the costs, just see the image below for the iPhone version.

The advice is to try the free version and see if you can find useful compatibility, then use the paid version to expand your contacts.

What is Tinder Gold?

Tinder Gold is the maximum level of access to all features, which offers you two more exclusive features in addition to those already offered by Plus, which are:

  1. I like, with which to immediately find out who likes you without wasting time.
  2. Top Picks, is a feature that will highlight people with the most interesting matches.

If at some point, you are no longer interested in Tinder, you can easily cancel your account: How to unsubscribe from Tinder.

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