What Is Badoo? A Beginner's Guide

Badoo: The Chat, Dating, and Social Networking Site App

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Developed for the internet user looking to meet friends or potential dates, Badoo has quickly taken up residence among thousands of computer screens and mobile devices. The online chat, dating, and social network launched in Central London’s posh community of Soho in November 2006 and boasts over 200 million users worldwide in over 190 countries.

The site is free to join and use. Badoo credits can be earned and purchased to unlock additional Super Powers and features, payable by credit card or Paypal.

Part Instant Messenger, Part Social Network

What started out as a place to chat and meet new people has shifted to something akin to a social network. Badoo now features a multitude of familiar features, including profiles, a messages inbox, instant messaging/chat, and a photo/video album to show yourself off.

Badoo registration is free and takes less than a minute to start building your profile, whether you are using their website, or their dedicated app for iPhone and Android devices. A mobile web site also keeps you in touch, if you decide you don't want to download an app or if you use an older model mobile phone.

The service also features Facebook authentication, which is somewhat easier if you wish to spend more time meeting new users and not filling out your profile. Simply enter your Facebook username and password which will enable Badoo to create your profile, including importing your profile pictures.

What to Expect from Badoo

Whether you use Badoo for iPhone, Android or the website to chat, the features are virtually identical across every iteration of the service. Herein, learn about all the exciting ways you can connect with new people and how to use each feature on your computer or mobile device.

Profile. The profile serves as your personal introduction to other users. To make the best first impression, add photos and videos, and fill out each section with information about yourself to help others with similar interests find you. Once logged in, just click on your name at the top of the website or mobile app to access your profile. For help signing in, see the topics below.

Messages. Whether you are online or off, you can receive instant messages from other members in your Messages inbox. Visit your inbox to read messages sent while you were offline, chat in real time, and check out the "App of the Day" and "Photo of the Day" sent by Badoo.

People Nearby. Search Badoo for new friends and potential dates with “People Nearby.” You can also search in a different geographic location by clicking on the settings icon on the top right. On desktop, you can further filter people nearby by age, gender, and whether you'd like to "make new friends," "chat," or "date."

Encounters. Similar to “Hot or Not” ranking apps, this feature allows you to see potential new friends or romantic partners. Click the heart icon if you have some interest, or the "X" icon if you don’t. Encounters is a quick, fun, and easy way to browse the profiles of other Badoo members and to connect with those you are interested in.

Favorites. If you like a person’s Badoo profile as you search with the “People Nearby” feature, you can add them to your favorites list by clicking on the star icon.

Visitors. Want to see who stumbled across your profile? The “Visitors” feature is the place to do it. Here you can find a list of the people who have visited your profile, when they viewed it, and how they found you on Badoo. This is a great way to find people with similar interests, especially those who found you through the “People Nearby” feature.

You Liked. This section lists all the people you favored while playing Encounters online or on your mobile device.

Liked You. This section features all the people who clicked the heart icon on your profile while playing Encounters.

Mutual. This is where successful Encounters merge. If you and another member like each other after viewing your photo in the Encounters feature, you will be notified through this section. Since the feelings are mutual, there is no more guessing as to whether attraction is an issue.

Blocked. Need to prevent further interaction with someone? Block Badoo members and keep them from contacting you or seeing them in your search or Encounter time.

Updated by Christina Michelle Bailey, 6/28/16