Our 2020 Badoo Review
Before becoming its own platform in 2012, Badoo started out as a series of Facebook games and quizzes. Today, it stands out from the competition by not referring to itself as a dating website, but rather a social media network that emphasizes dating.
That description was intriguing enough for me to go ahead and sign up so that I could review the site for you, and I found some cool features along the way. Some of these features include voting on whether I liked member profiles and sharing pictures from social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. I’ll be detailing my experience on the site, with an in-depth Badoo review, including the sign-up process, creating my profile, and searching for and reaching out to other members.
- There is a feature that notifies you where you and another member may have met
- Verification process ensures members aren’t engaging with bots
- Social media-style interface that’s pleasingly familiar
- Profile verification means more reliable profiles
- GPS feature shows where and when you may have made contact with a member in real life
- Linked social networks allow you to connect with members away from Badoo
- Popularity Meter offers users a game-like experience with features such as superpowers that adds to the site’s entertainment factor
More than 482 million users are on the site, with 60 million active users and over 45 million people visiting the site each day. While not all of them are looking for love, many are seeking that special person. Even those not looking for a relationship are looking to meet someone interesting, who might just turn out to be the one.
Badoo’s membership database comprises of people from almost 200 countries, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, and India. While there are no guarantees a member will find their ideal match, with so many members from many parts of the world, the platform offers users a significant chance of meeting someone special.
Sign Up Process
Signing up to Badoo was easy. I signed up via my email account, but other options are available, such as signing up through social media sites like Twitter or Facebook. By signing up through email, all I had to do was answer several basic questions, like my name, date of birth, and email address. Once I’d gone through that initial phase, I could upload photos from either my personal devices, Google Plus, or my Facebook or Instagram account. As I didn’t want to link my Badoo and social media accounts together, for now I opted to upload a photo I had saved on my Mac.
When I logged back in later, I was prompted to verify my account by copying a hand gesture from a photo on the screen and then uploading a photo of myself making that same gesture.
The messaging feature is great and offers many advantages over other dating sites. Other sites only allow you to message another member once, or maybe not at all until you receive a “like”. Badoo gave me two chances to impress a member, and I could message anyone who replied indefinitely.
There was an option in settings that allowed me to be notified as soon as I received a message. I could also add a user to my favorites list if I felt there was potential for a match. On the other hand, I could block those who I felt were saying something inappropriate or offensive to ensure they won’t message me again.
There’s a game called Badoo Encounters that enables men to search for members quickly. The feature showed me matches with member photos and basic information, including their name, age, and compatible interests. All I needed to do for any profiles I was interested in was click on the ‘Heart’ icon. It’s an easy way to quickly browse through other profiles, similar with Tinder. As I can be quite fussy, however, I took advantage of an option that allowed me to filter results by a specific age range.
The People Nearby function enabled me to find members who were near my location. I had the option to filter these results by those who were either online or were new to the site. Despite it being called People Nearby, location was only one of the options to filter results. I could also filter by distance away from me, age, gender, and what the person is looking for.
Another way of engaging with members is through live stream. Members can host a stream while other members can interact with them. I felt it was a nice way of keeping members engaged. Badoo scans the streams continuously, with moderators removing any inappropriate content. That made me feel safe while watching a couple of broadcasts, rather than wondering whether my time would be wasted.
Next, it was time to create my profile. I didn’t want to message other members only to have them visit my profile and see only my name, age, and city. Seeing as there was a lack of sections, such as hobbies and likes, I decided to focus on my description. I took some time here to write about my interests and what inspires me. I wanted to show that I’m unique from the typical member who may reach out to them.
While it didn’t bother me too much, Badoo’s desktop site is a bit dated. However, when I saw the app, it was clear that the company is investing some heavy resources into it. It makes sense when you think about it. Considering how easy it is to find dates, Badoo is perfect for mobile phone users, as it’s available on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Through the app, it’s possible to find potential dates from anywhere and at any time. The profile layouts look great, and there are some cool extra features available.
The features I could access as a free member were enough to engage with other members, so I could get away with spending nothing and still find a match.
Unlike sites that only offer a premium membership, with Badoo I could buy credits, which is a coin that enables me to purchase additional services. It wasn’t a bad way to make my profile stand out more. I could buy credits in bundles of either 100, 550, 1,250, and 2,750. I could also opt to have them renew automatically, so I would never be short of credits. That’s only an option, though. I could turn that on or off whenever I wanted.
If I upgrade, I’ll be able to see everyone who liked my profile, and even those who add me to their ‘favorites’ list. I could instantly match with other members on the list and start talking to them. I’d also be gifted a particular superpower that would allow me to undo my ‘no’ votes. While I haven’t received any so far, it would be nice to know I could undo them if they came my way. Although, it may take a change of photo if they felt compelled to vote ’no’ the first time around.
The Bottom Line
Badoo has been a player on the online dating scene since 2006. If you enjoy social media and you like online dating, then it’s a very attractive site. Of course, it takes more than just joining to find your ideal match. You may need to browse numerous profiles before you find one that calls out to you. But then, that can be fun.
Generally, I found Badoo very easy to use. It offers pretty much everything you need to meet new people. Some are looking for friendship and others are looking for love. The site’s membership base features users from all over the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a Badoo app?
Yes, you can download the Badoo app for iOS from the App Store, and for Android from the Google Play store.
How to delete Badoo account?
To delete your account, click on your profile picture, then on the top-right gear icon, which will take you to your account settings. Scroll to the bottom, and you’ll see an option to delete your account.
How can I contact Badoo customer service?
Badoo offers an extensive help center. Both members and non-members can contact the site via their contact form to enquire about technical issues, payment queries, or anything else.
How would you compare Badoo vs Tinder?
Tinder has its advantages, but it’s not meant for those seeking long-term relationships. However, long-term relationships are a possibility with Badoo. Badoo also has a more straightforward sign-up process, and most of its services are available for free.
How would you compare Badoo vs Okcupid?
Okcupid is another popular dating site, and it’s very easy to use. However, Badoo offers the opportunity to meet people from different cultures and is great for members looking for a match, whether for friendship or more.
Is Badoo free?
It’s free to sign up to Badoo and use most of its features, such as browsing local members. You also have the option of purchasing credits to allow you to use the site’s premium features.
Can I see who likes me?
Yes, as a premium member, you can see who liked you via your Liked You folder.
How can I get Badoo free credits?
Badoo offers you the chance to earn credits by performing simple tasks such as answering questionnaires, signing up to newsletters, and providing your email address for marketing purposes.
What are Badoo gifts?
They’re icons that you can redeem with Badoo credits. You can then use them to catch the eye of another member who interests you. They’re basically virtual gifts, and are substitutes for real gifts. For example, you can give a girl a flower sticker, as opposed to real flowers.
What are Badoo superpowers?
These are the same as Badoo premium, just with a different name. They provide exclusive perks that increase your visibility and popularity on the site.
How can I get a Badoo refund?
While Badoo doesn’t offer a refund, canceling your membership is easy. If you paid by PayPal, logging into your PayPal account and canceling your recurring payment is a way you can ensure that no money will be taken, as well as canceling your membership on the Badoo site itself.