Badoo is very similar to another very popular and widely-known dating app called Tinder. And if you know anything about Tinder (which you may, since it’s the first hookup app most people install when they want to find a partner in the vicinity), you know also that this comparison is probably not flattering.
Badoo has been around for a longer time than Tinder, and it still has tons of issues that even the developers of rivaling Tinder didn’t come to cure. But it still remains one of the biggest apps not only in this area but in the entire Google Market.
With that in mind, you need to know how to use Badoo in order to get laid with it. And it’s not actually the simplest task, with all the sharp edges the developers failed to smoothen over the years.
Just like with Tinder, you may start looking for the ladies right away, albeit you need to overcome a few surprises first.
Like with other apps, Badoo’s principle of operation can be described with two words: geolocation and swiping. It goes like that:
However, this principle doesn’t seem to work when you swipe manually. The left-most section of the app can give you a number of ladies with the amount of kilometer they are away from you in the increasing order. The swiping, on the other hand, works differently.
The way you swipe people here is pretty classic as of today. You get profiles coming up with all the information the people behind them put on display alongside the photos. If you like the person, you swipe to the right, giving her a ‘like’. If you don’t, you swipe to the left, giving her nothing.
If you liked a woman, she’ll get notified that someone gave her a heart. If she’s bought a premium status, she’ll see who you are and the conversation between you two may commence. If not, then you’ll just have to wait until she buys one, there’s no other way.
If you didn’t like a woman, there will be no consequences and you probably won’t ever see her face again (unless you had bought a premium status, of course).
The fact that you need to pay up in order to see who liked you is in itself pretty frustrating, especially since you probably need JSwipe this app to find the women abroad during the trip or vacation. And if you visit somewhere outside the ‘first world’, you may find that not many people will want to part with their money just to get laid (probably).
Of course, there are different cultures and everything depends on so many factors, but the fact remains – there are not as many Badoo (or Tinder, for that matter) users in Africa and most of Asia.
And that is because of the simple choice many other hookup apps offer you – you either pay up or give up. As mentioned, you can’t see who liked you unless you but a premium status (‘Badoo Premium’) at least for a month.
For a sizeable fee, you get to see who gave you like or responded with one to yours, rewind to the girl you said no to, become invisible for a time being, et cetera. The point is, there are virtually no important features in this app for free.