To create your Tinder account, you will need to download the mobile application for iOS or Android or access the site from a web browser. You will then need to link a mobile phone number, Facebook, or Gmail account.
During sign-up, you’ll be prompted to input information on your gender, date of birth, interests, and sexual preferences. Users are even able to include external links like Spotify and Instagram. Also, be prepared to give Tinder access to your location while using the app, and upload photos.
After, you’ll begin a tutorial on how to use the app, which will show you the application’s functionality and basic features. Once on the app homepage, you can see that there are buttons that affect how you interact with a potential match below every profile. Here’s what they are and how they work:
Rewind: The yellow rewind allows you to reverse a potential match you skipped on. Rewind only works if you are a Tinder Plus or Gold subscription member.
X: The red X skips the person you don’t have an interest in and dissolves any chance of matching. You can also do this by swiping your finger to the left on your mobile device.
Star: The blue star is for when you “Super Like” someone. It’s a premium feature that lets you show a potential match your interest before the swiping process begins.
Heart: The green heart indicates you have an interest in someone. You can also swipe on a profile picture with your finger for the same effect.
Lightning Bolt: Boost or Super Boost is a premium feature that puts your profile at the top of the list in your area for 30 minutes so that your profile can get more views, which can lead to more matches on Tinder.
Once you’ve made a match, both parties will be notified, and you can video call with one another Tinder user or send messages using Reactions, which are Tinder’s version of emojis.