If you’ve ever wished you could skip the swipe/match/message part, and just conjure up a date for Friday night with the ease of ordering an Uber, Clover is the app for you.
From cost to a break down of what you can (and can’t) do for free, this in-depth Clover dating app review has everything you want to know – including how it stacks up to Tinder.
How The Clover Dating App Works
Clover has 3 main sections:
- Match Queue
- On Demand Dating
Here’s a quick overview of each one.
This is where you’ll see your potential matches, called “Prospects”.
Free users have two options: tapping the red X or the yellow star. The red X is the equivalent of swiping left, and the yellow star will add that person to your “faves” – and send a notification that you like them.
If both people express interest, a match is formed and you can start messaging.
Clover Premium users don’t have to wait for a mutual match, they can tap the blue thought bubble and initiate a message exchange right away.
On Demand Dating
Perhaps one of Clover’s most popular features, this section is where you can see all the people who are looking for dates. Scroll through all the options, tapping “I’m Interested” or “No Thanks” as you go.
If you’re interested, you can suggest a place and time, or let the other person do it.
Choosing a venue is easy thanks to a pull down list of options, or you can add a custom location.
Tap “send” and your date suggestion will be sent to the other person, and you’ll be notified if they confirm it.
If you opted for the other person to take the lead on planning, you’ll have the option to confirm their choice.
You can keep track of your unconfirmed dates in the “Pending” section, and scheduled dates in the “Confirmed” section.
In this section, you can browse through existing groups, join, or create your own mixers. You can search for mixers by keyword, or filter which ones you see using these criteria:
When you see one that interests you, you can join it, see who the other attendees are, invite other people, and exchange messages with other mixer members.
You can leave a mixer at any time by tapping the “…” icon, and selecting “leave mixer.”
To create a mixer of your own, tap the blue + icon at the top right of the screen, fill out the details, and post it.
You can keep track of your mixers in the “Suggested” and “Attending” sections.
Getting Started On Clover
You can download the app here:
Like most dating apps, Clover makes signing up easy by connecting to your Facebook account.
You can also sign up using your email address and password, which makes Clover a viable option if you’re looking for a dating app that doesn’t require Facebook.
Start by choosing your photos (up to 21), entering your first name, and filling out all the usual biographical data like age, gender, intention, height, etc.
You can then choose to start a 7-day free trial of Clover Premium, or just start using the app for free.
Clover Dating App Cost
While Clover Premium has some nice perks, like not having to wait for a mutual match to message someone who interests you, it’s still a functional dating app for free users.
Clover Premium costs around $14.99 per week, with the price coming down a bit when you purchase a longer subscription up front. For instance, it’s only around $55 for 3 months or around $120 for an entire year.
Here’s what upgrading gets you:
- Send messages to anyone, matched or not
- Send audio/video/photos and gifts
- Advanced search filters like intention, height, income etc.
- Message read receipts
- See who checked out your profile
- Sort your prospects (matches) by age, income, location, online, etc.
You can also purchase boosts to give your profile more exposure. You can buy 1 boost for $2.99, 5 for $2.59 each, or 10 for $1.99 each. Referring friends will earn you a free boost.
Creating Your Profile
To finish setting up your profile, simply tap “view or edit profile.” You can fill out the 200-character-or-less “About Me” section, and add personal details like your relationship status, hair and eye color, body type, income, religion, etc.
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You can “Add Interests” like food, outdoors, animals, cuddling, etc… by selecting options from a menu, and link your social media accounts to your profile.
Since potential matches can filter by common interests, it’s a good idea to choose some now.
There’s also a “20 Questions” section that will help the app find your most compatible matches.
It’s a simple game where you’re presented with two options, like “I prefer intelligence/I prefer good looks.” Answering all 20 questions earns you the “open book” badge.
Badges are displayed on your profile, and are earned during the course of using the app.
Other badges include “irresistible,” “celebrity,” and “desirable”. Badges can be earned by doing things like using the app between 10 pm and 6 am, getting liked by 100 people, or making 5 people laugh in a chat.
While the badges may seem slightly cheesy to some, having them displayed on your profile is a good indicator you’re actively using the app.
Setting Your Filters
Clover allows you to get hyper-specific about what you’re looking for, although you need a paid subscription to filter beyond the basics of gender/orientation, age, location and distance.
Here are all the “premium” filters:
If you’re looking for “The One”, and you don’t mind limiting your match pool by screening for dealbreakers like kids, smoking, drugs, etc., paying for Clover Premium could be a wise investment as you’ll only see profiles of people whom you’d actually consider dating.
Clover allows you to see matches within a 600-mile radius, but it’s generally best to stick with whatever you feel is a reasonable “dating distance.”
You can also swipe through matches in any city you want, similar to Tinder’s Passport feature. Unlike on Tinder, you don’t need a paid subscription to change your location on Clover. It does, however, display how many miles you are away from your matches.
Messaging On Clover
You can review all your matches in the “Prospects” section, as well as see who you liked, who you passed on, and who likes you. If you see someone there that interests you, tap the “heart” icon and you’ll be able to begin a message exchange.
Premium members can also send matches a “Gift” by tapping the “…” icon, then selecting “send gift.” This will bring up a selection of symbols ranging from a cupcake or ice cream cone to a pair of panties or handcuffs:
Tinder VS Clover
Tinder has a clear edge over Clover when it comes to sheer numbers of users, as it’s one of the most popular dating apps in the US.
You’ll find people looking for a range of relationships on both Tinder and Clover, but you can sort your matches by “Intention” on Clover.
Clover’s On Demand Dating feature could also make hooking up a little easier, since you can skip the “getting to know you” messages and go straight to suggesting a date.
Here are some other key differences:
Whether you stick with Tinder or give Clover a try, you still have to spend hours scrolling through profiles, sending messages, and (hopefully) scheduling dates.
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