With geolocation as a main feature, Badoo is most useful as a dating platform for discovering others nearby for in-person dates, hookups, and more. In both versions, the platform strongly encourages paid in-app or online purchases to get the most out of your experience.
As an alternative to sharing publicly, you can create private photos, albums, and videos -- the last feature which is rather unique in and of itself. From a user experience perspective, the site and apps are well designed, aesthetically-pleasing , and easy to navigate. The layout is straightforward and profiles are colorful, almost playful in nature.
Most recently the dating platform launched a lookalikes feature, which essentially uses facial recognition software to help you find others who look like your celebrity crushes, which again just pivots the focus of the site to revolve around how well you photograph. The website is ranked among all sites worldwide and 1 in the relationships category. Desktop and mobile web visits alone are around million per month with visitors coming in from nearly countries.
In the Google Play store the Badoo app holds a 4. Similarly, in the Apple app store both the free and paid apps hold 4. It may come as a surprise Badoo is actually a more-than-a-decade-old dating platform, but regardless of age it certainly stays up to date with social networking trends , which in this case consist heavily of visual content, and has simply skyrocketed in popularity. At the end of the day, some good selfies and a little spare change are all you need to have success on this online dating platform.
The question route requires you to select your sexual orientation, your reason for joining chat, make new friends, or date , and indicate which sexual orientation s you are interested in connecting with guys, girls, or both.
Likewise, if you sign up with a social network, such as Facebook, your most recent profile pictures automatically import to your profile. Additionally, when you sign-up via the mobile app you have the option to enable geolocation and push notifications.
In recent updates the dating app no longer allows you to even swipe right to show interest in a profile unless you have at least one pic uploaded.
Profile pictures can be uploaded from your phone camera roll, connected social media accounts, or you can take a brand new one with the in app camera feature. If you do choose to sign out, the app will sign your Facebook or other social network-connected account out of the app.
To sign back in you can use your social media account or email and password. Before you do sign out, which is a little tricky to find in the first place, the app offers to send you an email reminding you of your password for when you do what to sign back in and also, not so subtly, suggests you hide your account rather than sign out. The app consists of four screen sections: Through a superman icon you can see if your super powers are on or off, while through an iPhone battery icon you can see your popularity level.
Your popularity, on the other hand, is increased by your activity on the site and the level rises as you add more photos. You can verify your profile by uploading at least one photo and connecting with a social network or verifying through a phone number. Finally, your profile hosts all your private photos and videos that can be shared with others as desired.
In addition to swiping, other communication options include sending gifts and, a little unconventionally, sharing the profile on your social networks, such as Instagram and Twitter. From each profile in this section you may tap the star icon to add the profile to your favorites, click the heart icon to like the profile, click the chat icon to begin chatting, or click send a gift to send a virtual gift.
According to Google's transparency report released in on the requests for search removals stemming from the "right to be forgotten" ruling, Badoo had the fourth-highest number of URLs removed from Google Search. In February , Badoo acquired LuLu, the mobile app that allows women to anonymously review and rate men.