Badoo is a free dating app that was introduced in 2006 by Andrey Andreev, a Russian businessman. Badoo is ever growing and claims to have more that 250 million users in 190 countries. The platform is available on your computer and your smartphone. Similar to other dating apps such as Tinder, the app form is more suited since it is location based. There is a general agreement that most singles on Badoo are rather interested in casual dating, hook-ups, flings than a serious relationship hence why majority of its members are late teens and young adults. However, it does have its fair of users who are over 35 who are looking for more serious relationships. Badoo CMO Dominic Gallello has stated that about 91,000 users weekly delete the app because they were able to find their partners on the platform. The free dating app is obviously free to join and sign up, however there are options for premium features that can make the Badoo experience more whole.
Let’s see below what Badoo has to offer!
Facts and figures
· 418 million users worldwide
· 770,000 from Hong Kong
· 1,500,000 daily logins
· 40% women 60% men
· Majority of users come from European countries
The sign-up process on Badoo is fairly easy, you can simply sign up with your email address or via Facebook. Signing up with Facebook is the easier route as it extracts your age, location, job and photos form your Facebook account. first, you will be asked to upload a photo so that you can start interacting with other singles and be required to verify your account via email and photo. You simply need to take a photo imitating the gesture that it suggests. Once it is done, Badoo takes care of the rest. New users can also add in a few personal details if they wanted to. For example, they can fill out answers on their sexuality, relationship status, physical appearance and whether you smoke or drink etc.
If you really wanted to make use of the free dating app to the fullest to find a perfect match, there is also a space to add a description about yourself. There is also a ‘interests’ section that has endless amounts of hobbies that you can choose from. This is wonderful because Badoo’s algorithms matches people based on their shared common interests and so the more you fill out this section, the more chances there are for you to find a perfect match, especially if you are seeking a more serious relationship.
Regarding the accessibility of Badoo, I would say that both the site and the app itself is user-friendly. Login into Badoo is very easy and quick since you just have to click a button to log in and out. The design itself is minimalistic which makes it easy to navigate around the site and app. another good thing about Badoo is the sidebar menu. With a simple click it enables users to access most of the Badoo features.
Like many free dating apps, a free basic Badoo account can arguably be fully functionable to a degree. However, buying a subscription will give you unlimited access to Badoo’s premium features which are called the ‘Super-Powers’. Why are the features called the super powers? Well as the name suggests, it gives you many powers that will help you find the perfect match and enjoy your experience on Badoo. Premiums can start from as little as $2 for a day membership to $65 for a lifetime membership.
The paid subscription will give you access to the person who liked your profile instantly and allows you to know who added you as a favourite. Moreover, it will allow you to view other users’ profiles invincibly, be the first to chat to popular members and have your messages put and read first. The most useful superpower is probably the fact that paid users can undo their ‘no’ votes. This allows you another chance with someone, because let’s face it, we all need a few takes to really try to get to know someone. Sadly some of us can not fall in love at first site :'(.
Another advantage of having a paid subscription is that Badoo users can buy credits to boost their exposure on the site and app. For some, this is extremely useful as it will put you in the ‘spotlight’, guaranteeing that your profile gets a high ranking. This will boost your matches and allows you to get closer to finding your true match.
The messaging feature on Badoo is fantastic because unlike other free dating apps where you can only message a person once or unable to message a person until they have liked them back. Badoo thankfully gives you two tries to get the attention of the profile you liked, and once they reply, you can message them indefinitely! Although some may think this is risky and unsafe, it actually is a great approach on Badoo’s behalf as messaging is one of the important features for the best free dating apps.
What is different and unique about Badoo is the Badoo live feature where members can host a live stream, which all Badoo users have access to join and watch. Moreover, the audience can send gifts to the live streamers which can help streamers boost their accounts.
Another special feature which Badoo has is the ‘lookalikes’. This feature uses your photo to find which Badoo users you look similar to. This is useful especially when you find a profile attractive, you can look for their lookalikes with similar features. Why focus on one when you can have access to many attractive profiles!
Matching and searching on Badoo is easy. There are two main ways that allows you to match and search for people on Badoo. First is the Badoo Encounters which is a game that users can play to find matches quickly. In this feature, users will be shown matches one by one, showing profile pictures and basic information such as their name, age and description etc. once you do find a match that catches your attention, you can press the heart or press X if you are not interested. You can also filter the game so that you can find a match that is closest to your requirements. This is like other free dating apps such as Tinder where you can swipe left and right through profiles in a very quick way.
The other main search feature on Badoo is through People Nearby. This will show users that are close to your location, are already online or new accounts. Again, like the Badoo search feature, you can filter questions so that you can only see profiles that match your interests.
However, one thing to note is that although it says people nearby, the name is arguably not entirely correct. This is because you can still find Badoo users who have put their locations on private and can also search for users from another city.
On Badoo, you can be rest assured because your privacy is safe and secure. To give the best experience on the dating site and app, Badoo requires all users to verify their accounts and might ask for your personal mobile number. This is purely to avoid fake accounts being created that do not meet Badoo standards and spoil things for genuine users. Badoo will keep your phone number for fraud identification for up to 3 months. Moreover, Badoo does have a strict photo verification process that will decided whether you can join Badoo or not. If you do not pass the photo verification stage, then you will be locked out of the site. However, the photo that you do submit will not be visible to anyone or posted on your account, it is strictly to verify if you are real or not.
Like other best free dating apps, if you do feel threatened or are being picked on (stalked even) you can report accounts and Badoo will get back to as soon as possible. Although Badoo is a very relaxed platform and gives its users the autonomy to find matches in their own way, it does take privacy seriously as Badoo wants users to have the best experience in dating.
Overall, I think Badoo is a reasonably good free dating app and site that helps single people connect with someone they are attracted to. The simplicity of the app makes it extremely user-friendly and ease of access. Creating a Badoo profile takes no longer than 2-5 minutes and will give you instant access to profiles. Once you do sign up, the special premium features match you to people that meet your requirements and make use of Badoo to the fullest. The Badoo live feature is also fantastic because it encourages the users to be more active on the platform and encourage interactions that will eventually lead to relationships that are long-lasting and meaningful.
However, since Badoo is for more casual dating and hook-ups, the platform may not be the best for single people who are looking to find a lifetime partner or a serious relationship. If you are looking for a best free dating app to find a serious relationship, I do recommend OkCupid as an alternative. Having said that, ultimately Badoo is perfectly suited for you if you are looking for something fun and casual!
Submitted by Dating Apps Free author Taiy