Badoo is one of the most popular sites for
dating and meeting new people.
Badoo might be the most popular dating app out there, being also known as a social network site that focuses on dating. Though it is available as a website, its app is the real deal here, named the most downloaded app in 2016. The site closely resembles Tinder but it does offer more features for meeting new people than swiping and getting matches. You can display other users in terms of their distance from you and see who is currently nearby. Similarly to Tinder, Badoo is made for casual dating, encounters and one-night stands or hook-ups, but it definitely makes it possible to find friendships or real relationships.
Badoo doesn’t require you to log in with your Facebook account. You can create your profile from scratch, beginning with your basic info, such as the location, age and gender, and what you are looking for - which is an important feature for most since it says immediately what the other user is after, you will know before you even start talking, although you can ask them later on just to be sure, especially if you are looking strictly for fun or relationships only. Badoo has some level of credibility and safety due to the verification process that every user can choose to go through or skip. You need to choose some methods of verification in order to be able to make the most of the app and be able to talk to more people. They include linking to your social media sites, your phone number, email or a legitimate picture that shows you clearly. You need to go through a rather detailed photo verification process, which might be annoying if you just post the wrong picture of yourself and you are not recognized, but you can be pretty much sure that the people you are chatting with are real and who they claim to be. The more pictures you add, the more visible to other users you are.
You can get to know people using some features, like Badoo Encounters. This is where you can look at different profiles and choose the ones that you like and swipe through the ones that you don’t like. If you want to learn more about the users you see there, you can view their profiles in full. The People Nearby feature shows mostly the people who are in your area, but not necessarily. You can filter out the people by changing your preferences about their age range, location, distance and what they are looking for. Badoo is a free site and app and you can message people for free, but you need to have a verified picture of yourself in order to do so. Also, you can message anyone, doesn’t matter if you liked each other. You can add people to your list of favorites or block them if you don’t want them to message you anymore.
You don’t need to say much about your interests, hobbies, jobs or anything else, that’s why the site might not be the best tool to focus on looking for a serious, long-term relationship. The search for it will not be clear, like it would be on a more professional dating site that lets you connect with others in terms of your compatibility or personality tests. Though you can fill out some categories about yourself, not too many users actually do it.
Most features are completely free and the premium ones just enhance the experience, but they aren’t needed to get to know people online. The options that you can use when you pay one of the fees include incognito mode, undoing your latest rejection of a match and to see the people who want to meet you.
The app is definitely a better option, easily accessible from anywhere you are. You can also play different games, such as Lookalikes, which finds users that look like you or those that look similar to users that you find attractive. It’s a fun yet useful game. Users can also rate your pictures and you can rate theirs. You can let others know if you like them by using the Crush feature and you can see who is particularly interested in you. In Encounters, you see people who are picked at random, based on some level of compatibility.
Overall, it’s a dating site full of features and here you will surely get to talk to someone. It doesn’t have to be used for casual purposes and you can find the right person there if you analyze who looks like your type of person, searching for what suits you.
a lot of fun features, you will never get bored here, unlimited messaging
careful verification process
most features available for free
social media features that make it more than a dating site
the website isn’t as well-done as the app
photo verification process takes time and effort