Badoo stands out as a multi-national social media platform with a chilled-out attitude and good quality location-based matching algorithms that work well. Created by Andrey Andreev in 2006, it’s grown quickly to become the world’s most widely-used dating network. By incorporating social games and quizzes, as well as a huge social discovery network that covers the entire planet, it’s quite simply the largest dating app in the world.
We think that if over 423 million people think it’s good, then it probably is. But are there any downsides to the Badoo app? We decided to have an in-depth look at Badoo to see what it’s all about, and create our own Badoo review for you.
Badoo is, without doubt, the largest online dating network in the world. The sheer number of people using the app and the relatively poor search parameters means that it can be very difficult to locate like-minded people in your area, whether you want to simply chat or look for a date.
However, with over 423million users and millions of messages flowing through the network every day, it’s hardly surprising that there may be times when you are not going to get exactly what you want out of the service.
Where Badoo does deliver, though, is through the use of a freemium model that makes it quick, easy, and above all, free to register. The Premium service costs are relatively low when compared to rival operators, which makes it popular with the targeted demographic of 20-35-year-olds.
The lack of more refined search functions makes it a little ‘hit and miss’ when it comes to matches, but the local service is a bonus that makes it relatively easy to find matches in your area.
Overall, we like Badoo – it does exactly what it says on the tin and is mercifully free of the usual bells and whistles that can over-complicate other dating websites. We strongly advise using the mobile app, which is much clearer and user-friendly than the web-based site.
?? Free services and paid-for services
Signing up to Badoo is free to start with. Once you’ve joined, you can immediately join in with the site’s ‘Encounters’ game, which is a simple ‘yes/no’ s ystem. If both people vote yes on each other’s profile, they can then start chatting.
The ‘People Nearby’ function is also available and narrows down the area so that you can talk to users in your area.
Just like other dating platforms, Badoo makes its money through advertising, so if you only sign up for the free service, expect to see adverts and product placements throughout the service. You can try turning on your OS ad-blocker, but that may interrupt the access you have to the site, and in some cases, block it entirely.
The Badoo Premium service – paying for those little extras
- Liked you: Gives you the chance to see who voted ‘Yes’ on your profile in the Encounters game
- Invisible Mode: Allows you to browse the service without your profile being visible
- Undo last Vote: Everyone changes their mind, so this lets you undo a ‘No’ vote in Encounters if you decide you do like the look of another person’s profile
- Added you as Favourite: Lets you see who likes you
- Chat: Let’s be honest – a dating site is always going to be a popularity contest, so this feature lets you network with the most popular people on the platform.
- New chat: Lets you talk to people as soon as they join Badoo
- Highlight messages: Get noticed by other users by going to the top of the message listings