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Facebook Dating vs Tinder: Which App Is Better For You?

Thinking about giving Facebook Dating a try, or is Tinder your better bet? See which dating app is better for you in this Facebook Dating vs Tinder comparison guide!

Facebook Dating VS Tinder: Cost

Facebook Dating, at least for the moment, doesn’t cost anything to use. It’s also ad-free, which is fairly unusual for a totally free dating app – but only time will tell how long that lasts.

Around the same time Facebook Dating was launched, the Facebook tagline changed from “It’s free and always will be” to “It’s quick and easy.” So it’s entirely possible a fee-based version is on the horizon.

Facebook Tagline change

Facebook users can create a separate dating profile within Facebook, “like” up to 100 profiles daily, and exchange messages whenever a mutual “like” occurs.

Tinder’s basic features are all free as well – swiping, matching, messaging… everything you need to meet local singles won’t cost you a penny. You will, however, find yourself swiping through plenty of ads.

And like Facebook Dating, free users of Tinder can only swipe right a max of 100 profiles every 12 hours.

Tinder out of likes

Unlike Facebook Dating, Tinder also offers two premium levels that offer features which can make meeting someone special even easier: Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold.

Here is a quick run down of Tinder’s premium features and cost:

Tinder Plus vs Tinder Gold Features

Winner: Draw, you can use either of these dating apps for free.

Facebook Dating VS Tinder: Features

Apart from the basics (browsing, liking/passing profiles, matching and messaging), both Facebook Dating and Tinder offer several useful free features.

For starters, you can link your Instagram to both profiles, but Tinder takes it one step further and lets you link Spotify as well.

And in addition to the traditional swiping, both dating apps will curate matches for you.

Facebook Dating has a “Suggested Matches” feed, while Tinder offers “Top Picks.” But on Tinder, free users can only “like” one of these “highly compatible” matches per day.

In terms of unique bells & whistles, Facebook Dating has a “Secret Crush” feature that lets you maintain a list of up to 9 Facebook friends or Instagram followers that you’d be interested in dating if you knew they felt the same way.

Facebook Dating Secret Crush feature

Once you’ve added your crush to the list, if that person is also on Facebook Dating, they’ll learn that someone (not you, specifically) has a Secret Crush on them. If that person adds you as their Secret Crush, you’ll instantly match.

Tinder, on the other hand, is a lot more straightforward. If you’re crushing on someone, you can “Super Like” them.

Tinder Super Like

When that person comes across your profile in their match feed, they’ll see a Super Like notification. If you end up matching, you’ll see a blue star next to their name in your message view.

Super Like Blue Star

Free users get one Super Like per day, while premium users get 5.

On a related note, Tinder also has a feature that pops up randomly in your match feed called “Super Likeable.”

Tinder Super Likeable

This is a special card that contains 4 profiles Tinder’s algorithm has pulled because they match your swiping patterns. When you “like” one of the 4, that person will get a “Super Like” notification – but don’t worry, it doesn’t count as your free daily one.

Other free Tinder features include:

  • Swipe Surge, which will notify you when Tinder usage spikes in your area
  • Festival Mode, which gives you the chance to match with users who are interested in attending the same upcoming events
  • Smart Photos, which rotates all your pics into the “primary” spot, analyzes how many right swipes each gets while featured, then automatically puts the best one first.
  • Tinder Online, which is the desktop version of Tinder. While you can access regular Facebook from your laptop, currently Facebook Dating is mobile only.

Winner: Tinder offers more free and premium features than Facebook Dating.

Facebook Dating VS Tinder: Match Criteria

Both dating apps give you some control over who you’re presented as a potential match:

Facebook and Tinder match preferences

On Facebook Dating, you can check out profiles in 3 different places:

  • “Likes You”
  • “Suggested For You”
  • “Groups/Events”

In the “Groups/Events” section, Facebook Dating will present profiles of singles who match your criteria and have joined the same groups or expressed interest in the same events that you did.

On Tinder, you can see who has already “liked” your profile, provided you’re a Tinder Gold subscriber. And the “Suggested For You” equivalent is your daily “Top Picks,” but again you’re limited to just one of those each day unless you upgrade. Apart from Festival Mode, Tinder doesn’t have an interest-specific matching function (yet).

But while you can more carefully screen who shows up as a potential match on Facebook Dating, and that platform gives you more opportunity to match with people who share similar interests, Tinder still has sheer numbers on its side.

It’s the top grossing dating app in the world, so you’ll have access to far more potential matches than you’ll find on Facebook Dating, especially if you’re in a large urban area where Tinder users are concentrated.

Winner: Even though Facebook Dating lets you screen your potential matches to a higher degree, in a popularity contest Tinder wins hands down – because that means more potential matches for you.

Facebook Dating VS Tinder: Messaging

You can message freely once you’ve matched with someone on both dating apps, but Facebook Dating has one advantage over Tinder.

Just like on Hinge, Facebook Dating lets you comment on a piece of content within a user’s profile, meaning you can send a first message before they’ve “liked” you back.

Facebook Dating conversation starter

Tinder Feed allows you to interact with some content, but only after you’ve matched.

Winner: Facebook Dating, since you can include a message along with your like – a great way to increase the chances of matching!

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Facebook Dating VS Tinder: Privacy Settings

Facebook Dating is a completely separate entity from Facebook, so your love life isn’t on display for just anyone to stumble on. Only people who have opted in to the Dating service will see your Dating profile.

By default, your Facebook friends won’t see your Dating profile, even if they’re using the Dating platform themselves. Nor will anyone that you’ve blocked.

You can also control whether or not your Dating profile is visible to friends of friends, and block specific people (i.e. your single boss) from being able to see you. You can control your visibility via the Facebook Dating privacy settings:

Facebook privacy setting

On Tinder, upgraded users have total control of who sees their profile by opting to be shown only to people you’ve already swiped right on. You can also block your matches from activating message read receipts.

You can also control what information from your profile is shared with your matches from the “Shared Content” menu in the Privacy Settings:

Tinder privacy settings

And Tinder Plus users can also hide their distance away from each match, as well as their age.

Tinder profile control

Winner: Tinder. While you can proactively block people you know from seeing you on Facebook Dating, Tinder gives you total control by limiting visibility only to people you actively “like.” That means no one slips through the cracks if you forgot to put their name on your black list.

Verdict: If You Can Only Choose One…

…go with Tinder. It’s far more popular than the relative newcomer Facebook Dating, so if you want maximum match potential in the shortest amount of time, Tinder is a better bet.

But if you’ve got time to manage two dating apps, you might as well give Facebook Dating a try since it’s free.

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