As of late 2014, an estimated 50 million people use the app every month with an average of 12 million matches per day.However, to get to those 12 million matches, users collectively make around 1 billion swipes per day. As of June 2016, If a user of Tinder who is below the age of 18 attempts to use the app, they are met with cards on their deck stating that Tinder is no longer usable by anyone under 18, and that the Tinder team is developing a new app especially for their age group.
Tinder is a location-based social search mobile app (using Facebook) that facilitates communication between mutually interested users, allowing matched users to chat.
The app is most commonly used as a dating app, but has branched out to provide more services, making it more of a general social media application.
The app notifies the user if they have been Super Liked with a blue border that surrounds the profile of the person who Super Liked them.
It then allows the user to either swipe right or left.
After transitioning from the clicking function Tinder initially used, Tinder became the first "swipe app", now a term to describe various apps that use swiping left or right to control what content the user sees in a browsing fashion.
Companion apps were being developed by different companies allowing users to, for example, use the user's heart rate to determine which direction to swipe instead of the user swiping with their hands.
As of October 2014, the app was processing over one billion swipes per day, producing about twelve million matches per day.
The average user would generally spend about an hour and a half on the app each day.
The Boost feature lets the user have the top profile in the area for thirty minutes.
Users receive up to ten times the amount of profile views while boosting. If users do not have Tinder Plus or want more Boosts, they can be purchased in the app.
In November 2016, Tinder introduced more options for users to select their gender. Using Facebook, Tinder is able to build a user profile with photos that have already been uploaded.