Discovery settings allow other users to find you if desired and set a few preferences regarding who you see. You can also choose to swipe right (to like them), left (to pass), or up if you want to use one of your precious “super likes” to show them you really like them.
If you and another person have both swiped right on one another, a screen will appear showing that you’ve matched and inviting you to send them a message.
But it’s the king of the dating hill for a reason and the first port-of-call for many daters.
Dating apps kind of suck — just ask anyone who’s ever used one — but in an age increasingly dominated by screens, both large and small, there’s no better way to boost your chances in your quest for fun or love.
The stigma toward dating apps is fading, and these apps are quickly becoming the normal way to meet and connect with other single people.
The first, Grindr XTRA, allows you to see up to 600 profiles in your area, view only people who are online now, strips out ads, and other upgrades for $20 a month.
If you want the best possible experience, then there’s Grindr Unlimited, which has no limit on the number of people you can see, lets you see who’s viewed your profile, and browse in Incognito mode.
The interface is extremely clunky and the photos are a little small.
You also have to tap on a user’s small image to see a larger version and the person’s profile, which is simply too large for an app. If you don’t reply, they’ll probably just keep on messaging you too.
With that out of the way, you’ll be able to start seeing who’s in your area.
You can favorite people if you want to speak to them later or just really like them, and you can even browse other locations — perfect if you’re heading somewhere else for the weekend, or want to make some new friends before a big move.
Once enabled, you can set up a concise profile that consists of a 500-character bio and up to six images (we suggest always including a photo).
You can also link Tinder to your Instagram account, and include info about your employer and/or school. You can tap on the photo to see additional information regarding the person and Facebook friends you share (if you’re logged in through your Facebook account).
Tap the “matches” option to browse, which, oddly, does not show you the people you’ve matched with but rather the people you could potentially match with.