Complete Roadmap to Create a Mobile Dating App like Tinder!

Thanks to Globalization and the boon of the internet, the world that we live in is interconnected nowadays. This is one of the reasons why people find these dating apps really intriguing. Tinder has been one of the most successful dating apps of this generation and is truly considered as a trendsetter. Founded by Sean Rad and Justin Mateen in the year of 2012, Tinder’s rise has been rapid, In just over an year Tinder has seen 100 % growth and by 2014 the number of users increased to 50 million.

So if you are looking forward to creating a mobile dating app like Tinder, Here are some basic features you need to add to your app.

To create a very basic mobile dating app, Certain features are essential like,

  • Simple login
  • Basic stable user profile
  • Swipe options to like/dislike a profile
  • Search profile options based upon common interests and friend

There are mid-level mobile dating apps which have the following features in addition to the features mentioned above,

  • Social media integration and login
  • No. of likes on shared moments
  • Mutual friends list on Facebook
  • Different discovery parameters such as Distance, Gender and Age

The last but not the least are the high end apps, these will have all the features mentioned above plus some additional features,

  • Advanced chat features
  • Up to date notifications
  • Create stories and moments which stay for a limited period of time
  • Vibrant image filters
  • Exclusive private chat options
  • Well organized search filters
  • Highly interactive UI
  • Geo-tagging and geolocation features

Apart from the features to be added every dating app has a certain way of functioning.In the case of Tinder, they follow a certain algorithm. Realistically the matches are made based on the following criterias,

Level of Attractiveness

If a particular profile is getting more matches then it has gained more views due to the attractiveness level of that particular profile. This can also be defined by the number of likes a particular profile gets.

Activity of the profile

The activity of the profile can be attributed to various factors such as the freshness of the account and also depends on the location of the user. At certain circumstances when the user who has just recently installed the app changed his location, it will certainly affect the user’s activity levels.

Spam quotient

One of the unique aspects of tinder is the identification of different accounts being logged from the same device. Tinder will be able to track the device id, enabling it to know if the user is a bot or not.

Activity level of your Facebook profile

Since Tinder takes the information of your Facebook profile to validate the authenticity of the account, even the profiles are matched based on the mutual friend’s list and similar interest levels.

Other critical functionalities

Tinder always allows the device to fetch the user’s current location and fetch the matching profiles as per user’s pre-set preferences.

Common revenue generation models in Tinder and other Dating apps

Initially, Tinder was a free to download dating app, however over a period of time they introduced Tinder Plus which is a premium model of the original tinder. Tinder Plus is a paid version with more success rate of matching profiles.

The following are the other versions of revenue generation models found in other dating apps:

  • Paid memberships
  • Advertising
  • Digital gifting
  • VIP memberships
  • Premium add-on-features.

Final Thoughts

The online dating world is booming and there are many dating apps in the market currently. If you are interested in creating your own mobile dating app but lack talented resources at your disposal you can go for Tinder clone scripts. Recently Agriya after researching the local market launched their own tinder clone script called Burblr. All the modern features of Tinder has been incorporated in Burblr, since it’s a clone script it can be customized to your preferences.

Originally published at on June 23, 2017.

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