Tinder Review

Written by dating expert Jennifer Carter.
Last updated: February 18, 2021

There’s no question about it: Tinder is the number one dating app around. In fact, it was largely responsible for the dating app phenomenon. It doesn’t just rely on reputation, though, as it continues to add to its member experience, such as adding ‘Prompts’ and other features along the way.

I’ve reviewed many dating sites and apps over the years, but this is one that I was super excited to sink my teeth into, as I wanted to know whether it truly lives up to its name as the king of all dating apps. I’ll be detailing my experience of signing up, comparing membership plans, and more. Read on for my thoughts on this enormously popular app in my in-depth Tinder review.

  • An extensive membership base that creates more opportunities for a match
  • Eight sexual orientations and 50 gender identities
  • Intuitive interface and easily adjusted settings
  • No time limits on messaging, unlike some other apps
  • Integrated video chat feature
  • On-demand safety feature via Noonlight, which enables members to provide details of their first date on their timelines
  • Used as a dating app by some and a hook-up app by others, which can cause confusion
  • Users aged over 29 are charged a higher subscription rate
  • The younger membership base (50% of members being aged 18-25) makes the app less relevant to older members

Member Information

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps globally, having won a bona fide place in contemporary popular culture. The app is now available in 40 languages and almost 200 countries. It has received 340 million downloads, with over 43 billion matches and an estimated 1.5 million dates weekly. Members can swipe profiles with a free account, although they’re limited to a specific radius from their location. The premium memberships, called Tinder Gold and Tinder Plus, open up even more features, with no geographical limits.

Sign Up Process


sign up on tinder

I was able to download the Tinder app for free and wasn’t charged for using it. I downloaded it from the App Store as I’m an iPhone user, but it’s also available from the Google Play store. Once the app was on my phone, I was asked for my email address and phone number. I was then asked if I wanted to link either my Google Play, Apple, or Facebook account, none of which I wanted to do. There’s a step-by-side guide to signing up on the app, but anyone who’s ever signed up to a dating app before won’t have any problem creating a Tinder account. The process was made to be intuitive and straightforward, and it succeeds with its user-friendly and user-friendly interface.

Contacting People


Of course, the most important aspect of any dating site or app is communicating with other members, so this was the area I was curious to find out more about than any other. The good news is that I was able to send unlimited messages to members. The catch is that I must like their profile and vice versa before being able to do so. I couldn’t just send a message to a member who swiped left on my profile. At the end of the day, though, I wouldn’t be interested in sending a message to someone I didn’t like, and I wouldn’t stand much of a chance with someone who didn’t like me in return. So at least it ensured I wouldn’t be wasting my time.

Tinder goes even further to make sure its members only communicate with others who are potential matches. For any matches I didn’t feel comfortable with, or that I didn’t feel I clicked with, I had the option of blocking them. And while I didn’t receive any offensive messages, I at least had the opportunity to report them should any come up.

When it came to searching for members, the only way I could search was to look for matched profiles. I couldn’t search for specific users if we hadn’t already liked each other’s profiles.



I was instantly impressed with the well-designed and interesting profile layout. I was given the option of adding photos and music to make my profile look more appealing. I could even connect my Instagram account to help my potential dates see more about me and hopefully follow me. I had the same option for Snapchat, through which I could show more of my personality through filters and pictures.

tinder profile

Tinder also allows me to connect to the music app Spotify, and I didn’t even need an account to do so (although I do have one). This shows potential dates the kind of music I enjoy, and I could choose the music that defines me best.

I was given the option to present limited information on my profile. Although, obviously, by adding more information, I would give myself a higher chance of being swiped right.

One thing I’d need to watch for is being inactive. If I remained inactive for a particular period of time, I run the risk of my account being suspended. So, to keep my profile, I’d need to keep checking it.

What I also liked was the fact that members of the LGBTQ+ community are supported. They can choose the word that best describes their sexual orientation. Members can also list up to three sexual orientations on their profile from a total of nine options.

When choosing which members I wanted to be matched with, I could choose gender, age-range (18-whatever age I choose), the distance from where I live (1-100 miles). I also had the option of hiding my profile (known as Card Stack), so I can’t be skipped on or even seen. I could also edit my profile, where I could fill in some information in the About You section, such as my school, job title, and company. I could also add photos, connect to my Instagram account, and even hide my location and age.

After getting into the game, I could see why Tinder has a reputation for being so addictive. I’ve already mentioned how the swiping part works, and you probably knew that already. But there are a few other things I could do beyond swiping left or right. For example, I could send a profile to a friend to find out what they think. There are several icons I could click on, such as the Heart, Star, and X icons. I could even swipe up to indicate a Super Like.

Mobile App


tinder app

Tinder is mainly used on mobile phones. It’s easier to use the swiping feature, and the mobile version also features an appealing layout, with all profile music, colors, and all icons. For phones running on Windows OS, you could download a third-party Tinder app called 6tin, seeing as the main app isn’t available to download on the Windows Store.

Membership Options


tinder membership

There are two premium memberships available: Tinder Gold and Tinder Plus. Both look appealing, as not only do they remove ads, but both options feature one monthly boost, five daily super likes, swipe rewind, unlimited likes, and the passport feature that lets you see users from around the world who are in your swipe list.

The one difference between the two options is the added Tinder Gold feature. This enables you to see members who liked you first, so you don’t need to wait for another member to like you before you like them back and create a match. Instead, you can swipe right and message them right away. You’d also be able to exclusively access the app’s Top Picks feature.

Members over 29 of age are forced to pay a higher membership rate. Although, that doesn’t apply to members who live in California. Fortunately, I meet both criteria for not having to pay higher than the regular rate.

tinder membership 2

Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold start at $19.99 and $29.99 respectively. Although, the longer duration of membership you commit to, the lower the cost. I could pay $3.99 for a Boost and $0.99 for a pack of five Super Likes. But like the membership, the more I buy, the lower the cost.

As someone who goes out of town a lot for work, upgrading is a serious option. With a premium membership, I could message with locals in any city I visit, and have dates lined up before I even arrive.

The fact that I live in a huge city is also a reason to upgrade, as I could easily run out of swipes, seeing as the free membership limits me to 100 likes in 12 hours. Plus, a premium membership gives me priority placement.

Premium memberships also offer several special features, such as Boost, Super Boost, and Passport/Swipe Around the World. I particularly like the sound of the Top Picks feature that shows me the top profiles that the site picks especially for me, as it sounds like a nice time saver.

Another feature I like for premium members is the Noonlight feature, a third-party app partnered with Tinder. While I feel it’s more relevant for female members, I like that Tinder takes care of its members in this way. The app allows the member to share who they will be dating, when, and where the date is taking place. If the date goes badly, the member can discretely send a distress signal via the app. The app then tracks the whereabouts of the user and alerts emergency services.

The Bottom Line

Tinder is the perfect dating app for you if you’re looking to meet people to get back in the dating game. Although it’s also not unheard of to find love on this site either, so it has something to offer romantics as well. Whatever you’re looking for, it does what it says it does and helps you find quick dates in a fun way that doesn’t waste your time. Judging by the popularity that it’s achieved, it’s successful too. The huge member database alone makes Tinder worth a try. Although, at some point, you should consider upgrading your membership so that you can take advantage of the site’s impressive premium features.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Tinder work?

Tinder presents you with a series of matches that allow you to either swipe left to ignore or swipe right to express interest. If a member you swiped right does the same with your profile, you can message each other.

Is Tinder free?

Yes, it’s completely free to open a basic account and find matches with Tinder. However, to really make use of the site, you can upgrade to either a Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold membership.

What’s the Tinder cost for premium members?

Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold memberships start at $19.99 and $29.99, respectively.

Is there a Tinder promo code?

Tinder sometimes offers promotional discounts, so you might want to look around online before signing up for a premium membership.

Can I use Tinder for PC?

Yes, you can register an account on a PC using either the website or web app.

How can I contact Tinder support?

You can reach Tinder support by filling out the form on this page https://www.help.tinder.com/hc/en-us/requests/new or call support at 214-853-4309.

How can I delete my Tinder account?

To delete your Tinder account, log into the app on whichever device you’re using and go to Settings. Then choose “App Settings” and scroll down to “Delete Account.” The app will then show you an “Account successfully deleted” message.

How can I download the Tinder app?

You can download the app from either the App Store or Google Play Store, depending on which device you’re using. Then you simply register your account with your email address, mobile number, or Facebook account.

Is there a category for gay Tinder members and lesbian Tinder members?

Yes, there are nine categories of sexual orientation, of which you can choose three, including gay and lesbian.

What should I say for my Tinder first message?

You can go with a simple hello, a flirtatious compliment, a humorous pick-up line, or a light-hearted question. Whatever you choose, you should go for a message that reflects your personality and matches the tone of the profile of the member you’re reaching out to.

Bumble vs Tinder: How do they compare?

While Tinder has a more generic audience, Bumble’s audience tends to be more career-oriented and educated. You’ll see from our Bumble review that it’s also unique in that only female members can message first.

Hinge vs Tinder: How do they compare?

While Hinge members are limited to liking ten profiles a day, Tinder members can like up to 100 profiles every 12 hours. Although, both apps allow unlimited likes if you upgrade your membership. You can read our review of Hinge right here.

OkCupid vs Tinder: How do they compare?

While the OKCupid dating site and app caters to a young and restless audience looking for friendship and casual hook-ups, Tinder is for everyone. While it appeals to members looking for hook-ups, it also attracts members seeking something more long-term.