[Note: Elite Singles also have an app now which is a good alternative to Tinder.]

Tinder is a fun, new, alternative way to meet people online. Tinder is an online dating app, which allows you to find possible ‘matches’, based on your location, so there is no need for you to worry about long distance any longer. Tinder is available for free to download on either the Apple app store, or Google Play store.

It is very easy to set up, the app finds your location using GPS and then your Facebook information to create a profile that others can view (don’t worry, no information is ever posted to Facebook from Tinder). A Tinder profile is made up of your first name, age, photos of your choice and some pages you have “liked” on Facebook.

Tinder then finds potential ‘matches’ near you; if you’re interested in them you swipe right, if you’d rather pass then you swipe left. If they also swipe right on you, then it’s a match and you can start messaging one and other. All swipes are anonymous and no one will ever know you’ve passed on their profile.

A handy feature of the Tinder app is that it is constantly being updated and improved. The photo-sharing app Instagram has been integrated into the free tinder download so you can see the last 34 snaps on a persons Instagram account (if they have one). This could give you a better idea of whether that potential date is really for you.

If you’re having trouble getting matches on Tinder, or turning matches into dates, I’d recommend checking out this guide called The Tinder Formula which teaches you exactly how to meet and date great matches through the app.

What are the advantages of Tinder?

First of all it is quick. You no longer need to agonise over profiles for hours, instead you can be up and running in minutes. Furthermore, because it is an app you can also use it wherever you go. The app is designed with a strong emphasis on mobile users, meaning that the layout is clear and simple to use. Better yet, the app is free to download and use.

Secondly, because Tinder uses your Facebook profile, there is a mutual friends function. This allows you to match with people that have friends in common. It also means that the experience is perhaps more natural than other sites. You ‘like’ people the same way you would in real life – on whether you find them attractive on first glance.

Another added bonus is that there are no unsolicited emails. On most dating sites almost anyone can message you. Conversely, with Tinder, only someone you have ‘liked’ can make contact you.

What are the cons of Tinder?

One of the cons is that it is very casual-sex focused. Many men and women are only on Tinder for a quick hook up so we recommend using another service if you are after a serious relationship. As well as this, there are fraudulent and fake profiles using the service.

When you match with them, they redirect you to go to a website which often contains viruses and other malicious items. However, it is often easy to spot a fake profile by the way they interact with you, and a block function comes with the app. If you have any issues, you can submit a request to Tinder for a profile review.

Again, if you find you’re not getting the results from Tinder you would have hoped for, check out The Tinder Formula for some extra help.

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