Being a successful online dater doesn’t come easy. Sure, you can choose a random app on Google Play and hope for the best. But remember, the less effort you put in, the less likely you are to be happy with your results.
It’s like that old saying: “anything worth doing, is worth doing right.” If you want to do online dating right—and have a truly enjoyable experience—it comes down to following a few important steps. Read on for our top five tricks to being successful with Android dating apps.
1. Finding a high-quality app
The Google Play Store is chock-full of apps. And a healthy portion of those apps are for dating. The store’s “top free” dating app section alone is home to more than 650 apps. With so many choices out there, choosing an app can be daunting. If you want to choose a high-quality Android app, reading reviews is your best bet. This will give you a better idea of the app’s target audience, how it works, if sign up is free and if you need to pay to access specific functions.
Remember, not all reviews can be trusted. A good, well-researched review will mention the writer’s personal experience with the app. If it offers nothing more than a generalized overview of the site, it may well be a marketing piece designed to hook new members. There are tons of reviews out there covering regular dating apps, apps for different interests, even reviews of apps just for hookups.
Another way to discern if the review is worth heeding is site authority. If the review is on a reputable site, chances are the advice will be more reliable than if it comes from an anonymous blogger.
2. Choosing an app that will meet your needs
Once you’ve compiled a list of the best dating apps, it’s time to match your needs to each of the contenders. If you’re looking for a relationship, for instance, you’ll want to avoid hookup apps where the goal of its users is more casual.
There are a lot of apps out there to choose from so it’s worth taking a little time to contemplate what you are looking for. If you have very specific boxes that need to be checked a more niche app might be best for you. If you are more open with your preferences one of the larger, more general dating apps is probably the right play.
3. Making an effort with your profile
Once again, that old “anything worth doing is worth doing right” adage comes into play. In fact, you should make it your mantra when setting up your profile. In online dating, choosing the right profile pictures and writing an interesting bio are crucial to your success.
Posting a headless photo or sticking an emoji over your face is one of the biggest gaffes you can make. People want to see who they’re they’re talking to—and that means choosing photos that clearly show your face. Don’t stop at one picture, though. Posting at least two or three more photos that show off your best qualities will significantly improve your odds of attracting attention.
There are a lot of online dating apps that don’t require you to write a bio. Even if that’s the case, taking the time to do so will increase your chance of landing some great dates. Your bio is your chance to make a great impression on potential matches, so don’t be afraid to describe your most desirable and positive characteristics. Above all, be genuine when filling in your profile. Honesty is one of your best defenses against incompatible matches.
That honesty should extend to your goals on the app. While you might want to refrain from saying you’re looking for someone to marry ASAP, you should say if you’re looking for a relationship or if you just want to have fun. Being upfront about what you want will ensure you won’t waste time with people looking for different things.
4. Knowing the tips and tricks your app offers
Once you have a handle on the basics of the app you’ve chosen, you’ll want to explore all of the features it offers. Knowing everything you can about the app will increase your chances of finding great matches. You can start by reading the app’s FAQ section. This will tell you how the site works, how to best use the search function based on your needs, your options for contacting and replying to other members, and how to delete or block someone.
The FAQ is also a handy way for learning how to see who ‘likes’ you, how to pass on profiles you’re not interested in and how to share private photos. It should also explain how you can protect your privacy as well as how to secure your account. It may not make for scintillating reading, but the better you understand the ins and outs of the app, the more you’ll be able to capitalize on what it has to offer.
5. Staying active on the app
Even if you’ve been using an app for several months and you’re getting bored or discouraged, don’t give up. Staying active is key to your success. You’ll want to keep your profile up-to-date as well as log in, run searches and send messages regularly. This is important because the algorithm used by your dating app will fail to send matches your way if you allow your profile to become inactive. And that could mean missing out on someone who is perfect for you.
As an added benefit, being active on the app feeds the algorithm more information about what you like and what you don’t, enabling it to improve matches with time. These five simple steps will help you to get the most out of your online dating experience. Follow them and you’re bound to have success.