A Beginner's Guide to Badoo for iPhone

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Menu and Features of Badoo App for iPhone

Badoo for iPhone Home Screen
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After you download Badoo for iPhone and complete your membership registration (you can sign up by creating an account or logging in using your Facebook account), you can begin meeting friends and romantic partners. 

Badoo for iPhone Menu Explored

To open the Badoo menu, tap the menu button in the upper left corner of the app screen.

  • Encounters: This Hot-or-Not-like feature allows you to rate potential matches with the tap of a button. A fast and easy way to browse the profiles of members without going through the search function.
  • People Nearby: This feature shows you potential matches that are ranked by their proximity to you. 
  • Messages: Pretty clear cut, this feature is your inbox where incoming chat messages are stored.
  • Favorites: When you favorite someone on their profile, their name and picture are added here for easy reference. Use favorites sparingly to separate those you are already chatting with for best results.
  • Liked You: This option will take you to a list of Badoo members who liked you through the Encounters feature of the app. This is a paid feature, so you won't be able to see anyone until you either pay or activate a trial by inviting your friends to the app.
  • Visitors: Shows you who has been checking out your profile.
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Your Profile on Badoo App for iPhone

Badoo for iPhone Profile
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The Badoo for iPhone profile is the control center for your entire account. View your profile by tapping the menu button in the upper left corner of the app screen and then tapping your name and picture at the top of the menu. 

In addition to creating a (hopefully) great first impression for others here, complete with pictures and information, you also can perform a variety of functions important to your use of this iPhone app.

Functions of the Badoo Profile on iPhone

Here is a general list of the things you can control directly from your profile and where:

  1. Add Photos or Videos: Here you can add more photos to your profile, as well as videos. Sources include the photo library of your iPhone, as well as Facebook and Instagram. You can also take a new photo or video to upload with your phone.
  2. Buy Super Powers: Under "Super Powers" you can purchase a package to unlock premium features to help you meet people.
  3. Monitor Credit Balances: Tap "Credits" to view your current balance and refill your credit account for purchasing premium features.
  4. Sign Out. Under the "Account" menu, you can log off Badoo for iPhone completely, preventing delivery of notifications and messages until you log in again.

Completing Your Badoo for iPhone Profile

A complete profile will always yield a better experience on this and other chat or social networking services, so take the time to fill out each of these sections to increase new friend and dating opportunities.

  • Work & Education: Tap "Add" to the right to add information on your education and work. This information is pulled from Facebook, so to add it you'll have to connect to Facebook if you haven't done so already.
  • Interests: Tap "Add Interests" to view the wide range of interests you can select. Categories include Music, Movies & TV Shows, Travel, Sports and more.
  • About Me: This section of details is the heart of your personal profile information. Tap "Edit" to the right to fill in the following details:
    • Why you're on Badoo
    • Relationship status
    • Sexuality
    • Appearance
    • Living situation
    • Kids
    • Smoking preferences
    • Drinking preferences
  • Languages Spoken: Add languages you know, along with your level of knowledge for each.

Profile Verification

To verify your profile, you will need to take a photo of yourself performing a gesture displayed, such as holding up an OK sign with your hand. The photo you take is not used in your profile and is only for verification purposes. 

Your verification photo will need to be clear and bright enough to see your face clearly.

A second verification process will need to be performed to complete verification. In addition to the photo, you can choose one of the following options for verification:

  • Phone number
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Badoo Super Powers (paid process)

Private Photos and Videos

You can upload private photos and videos that you can share with select users on Badoo by tapping "Private photos and videos" at the bottom of the profile screen.

At the bottom of the screen, you can see who has access to your private photos and videos by tapping "Who has access?"

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People Nearby

Badoo Search on iPhone
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On Badoo for iPhone, the "People Nearby" function serves as a way to search for new buddies and possible dates online.

When you tap People Nearby in the menu, you are presented with a screen displaying members who are closest to your current location.

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The Encounters Game on Badoo iPhone App

Encounters Game on Badoo for iPhone
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The Encounters game on Badoo is another way to meet new people to hang out with, activity partners and romantic dates. This game features Hot-or-Not style buttons you use to browse through the profiles of other Badoo girls or boys (or both).

How to Play, Use Encounters

To begin meeting new people right away, tap Encounters in the menu:

  1. Browse through the first Encounter, flipping from left to right to view additional photos (if they exist), and scroll down to see the user's name, age, location, who they are looking for and the last time they were on.
  2. Make a decision. Do you want to meet them? Tap the heart button for a yes, or the "X" button for no. There is also a "crush" option available by tapping the double heart button on the left side of the picture. This will immediately notify the person, who can then also check you out.
  3. Your next Encounter will load automatically. Repeat.
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How to Use Badoo Messages

Badoo Messages on iPhone
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Check your messages on Badoo by tapping "Messages" in the menu. The Messages inbox is where all incoming and sent messages are delivered and stored until deleted.

There are four tabbed sections for messages: All, Unread, Online and Favorites (represented by a star icon).

How to Open a Message on Badoo

To chat with someone who has sent you an instant message, tap the message. You are now able to send a response, share your location and more.

How to Delete a Message on Badoo

To remove a message from your inbox, tap "Edit" in the upper right corner and then select the messages you wish to delete. Tap the red "Delete" button that appears at the bottom of the screen to remove the selected messages from your inbox.

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Chatting with Badoo Users

Badoo Messages on iPhone
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If you find a Badoo contact you wish to message, tap the "Chat" icon located in their profile to open a new chat to the user. If they are online, they can respond in real time. Otherwise, it will be delivered in their Messages inbox for receipt later.

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Favorites on Badoo App for iPhone

Badoo Favorites on iPhone
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Clicking the "Favorites" feature displays all the members you have marked as a favorite, whether you met them through Badoo search or the Encounters game. To open a profile, simply click on the entry and you can view their photos and other profile information.

How to Favorite a Badoo User on iPhone

To add someone to your favorites list, locate the "Favorite" icon on the member's profile—it is a star icon on the right side across from their name, below their profile pictures. It will be empty when not favorited; tapping the star will make it a solid yellow and add that person to your favorites list.

Removing a Person from Your Favorites List

To remove a member from your favorites list, visit their profile and tap the yellow favorites star icon. It will turn from yellow to white when the person is unfavorited. 

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View Profile Visitors on Badoo for iPhone

Badoo Visitors on iPhone
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Tapping "Visitors" in the Badoo menu will display the most recent users to check out your profile. This is a great opportunity to message members who might share commons interests or who catch your eye.

To view a visitor, tap on their image to view their complete profile.

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Settings Menu for Badoo App

You can adjust settings in the Badoo App for the iPhone. Tap the menu button in the upper left of the app screen. Then, tap the cog icon located in the upper right side of the menu.

The settings you can change include:

  • Filter: Choose your reason for being on Badoo, such as to "Make new friends"; who you want to do this with, either "with a guy" or "with a girl"; and set the age range of the type of person you're looking for.
  • Edit basic info: Set your name, birthday and gender.
  • Notifications: Set your alert preferences for Messages, Visitors, Alerts, when someone wants to meet you, and for new mutual attractions.
  • Privacy: Choose whether to show your distance, your online status, and other options through the privacy menu.
  • Invisible mode: Set your online visibility to other users.