Badoo is a social discovery and dating app that connects its users with people of similar interests or in nearby locations for the purpose of dating, chatting, or just making new friends.
Online dating and social networking will never be the same with the newly relaunched and updated Badoo that now has amazing new features that will keep its users engaged. If you are not familiar with the popular app, it is a platform where users are able to connect with hundreds of millions of people across 190 countries for the purpose of dating or just to share experiences, interests, and friendship.
Badoo users can chat, make video calls, upload photos and videos, and keep in touch with friends while also promoting their life and work. The site is free to join and use, however, it also offers premium services that are acquired through the purchasing of Badoo credits via credit card or Paypal for users who want to be more visible to a wider range of people. Badoo can be accessed from iOS, Android, and desktop browsers, in 47 different languages, which all culminates in making it the world’s most widely used dating network.
What is Badoo?
Badoo was founded in 2006 by the Russian entrepreneur Andrey Andreev with the purpose of giving people a place to meet new people. The main objective of the site was for dating but in recent time, it has transitioned to a social network styled platform hence its unofficial nickname, “Facebook for Sex”.
The concept has however made it a huge hit since it has been described as a mass phenomenon due to its increased usage in a number of countries like France, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. By 2016, it became the most-downloaded dating app in 21 countries, a surge that probably prompted its rebranding and relaunching with the new the tagline, ‘Bigger than Dating’.
Login (How To Open an Account)
The first move is to download the Badoo app from either the App Store or Play Store depending on what device is being used. You can also log on to the website if you are using an older mobile phone or desktop. The next step is to create an account by filling out information regarding your email address, name, date of birth, city, gender, and gender interests. Users are further given the option of going through a Facebook authentication process which allows the user to sign in with their Facebook account as the Badoo app imports the user’s Facebook profile picture to build their profile. A confirmation e-mail with a link is subsequently sent to your account and allows the process to be completed.
Upon completion of the logging in phase, a one-time tutorial will walk the user through the main interface of the app and its standout features which are Profile, People Nearby, Play to Match/Encounters, and Message Center.
Like in every other place you might have needed to fill out a profile, the main purpose of this is to make a first impression to visitors on your profile and give them an introduction to who you are even before they get to have the opportunity to speak to you.
You can begin by writing a few details about yourself and then adding photos from your device or even better linking your Badoo profile to your other social media accounts.
2. People Nearby
This feature shows you other Badoo app users that are located near your geographical location or who you might have come across in another area. When you come across a profile that interests you, tap the image to reveal more photos, a short bio, as well the user’s exact location and other verification details that will help you make an informed decision or whether or not you would be liking the person’s profile.
Furthermore, users have the option of filtering the profiles that appear on their who’s nearby feature by adjusting their preferences through the options that are available.
3. Play to Match/Encounters
In this feature, users view random photos of people on the app that they may be interested in. When you see a photo you like, you can either click the heart icon or swipe to the right on their photo. If you do not have any interest in what you see, you click the X icon or swipe to the left of the photo.
Users further have the option of swiping from the bottom of the screen to view the person’s profile in full and see more photos to make a better decision.
4. Message Center
The message center is where you can interact with all your connections, matches, and friends. Here, you will be able to chat with other Badoo app users and see all your messages which can be received whether you are offline or online.
Badoo appears to be one of the better dating platforms available as its mobile application is one of the most downloaded apps in recent time. This is because it gives its users the option of locating people who are nearby while also matching them with other people of similar interests. It further has an added advantage because users can verify other profiles on the site through Facebook, phone calls, or photos, thereby lessening the possibility of being catfished.
How To Get Free Credits
As mentioned above, the Badoo app and website is 100% free to use, however, users can use credits to help promote their profile and get more visibility. You can either choose to buy these credits through a credit card or Paypal transaction or just earn them for free.
To earn free Badoo credits, users will either be required to take a number of surveys or subscribe to newsletters primarily from a credit card, insurance, and healthcare companies which will pay between 100 to 500 credits. This way, you do not get to spend any of your hard earned money but still manage to be visible to more people.
How To Delete A Badoo Account
If for some reason you are fed up with the Badoo and are looking to delete or deactivate your account, follow the steps listed below.
1. Open or sign in to your profile
2. Go to settings and click on the account option
3. Select the account option and then click on the phone number/email option which will lead to another screen, where a delete option appears.
4. Select “Delete Account”
5. Select the “delete your account” option and click on the continue button
6. Reject the subsequent premium offers that will be offered to you by again selecting “No, delete my account”.
7. Select a reason for your decision to delete your account and confirm the deletion.