I’m sure you’ve heard of the new dating app, Facebook Dating. Although it isn’t entirely a new app, it is a new feature within the Facebook app itself. Many young adults are signing up and testing out this new feature.
In this article, we’ll get into more details about what is Facebook dating and why you should test it out.
What is Facebook Dating?
Facebook Dating is an opt-in dating service built into Facebook. It is pretty similar in some aspects to other dating apps and services like Bumble, Tinder, and OkCupid, though it puts less focus on hookups and is primarily geared towards people who are looking into finding long-term relationships.
The service pulls information from your main Facebook profile (like your activities, interests, and preferences) and uses the data to find you matches on the app.
What Happened to Facebook Dating?
Facebook Dating has been around for some years now. Though it hasn’t been able to take the top spot in the dating app scene (a spot still taken up by Tinder, the most downloaded dating application in the world), it is still considered to be a very good place to find romance in the post-pandemic digital age.
Most people like it due to the fact that it is integrated with Facebook’s other services like Instagram and Messenger.
How To Get Facebook Dating
Want to take a chance at love with Facebook Dating? If you already have an active Facebook account, then you’re halfway there. Just follow the steps below:
Step #1: Open The Facebook App On Your Phone
Tap on Menu (it’s the icon with the three lines) on the upper right side of the screen.
Alternatively, depending on your location and app version, the Dating feature can also be accessed just by clicking on the heart icon on the main screen of the app.
Step #2: Set Up Your Profile
If you’re on the Menu Screen, tap Dating and then “Get Started”. Follow the prompt on how to set up your profile.
Step #3: Get Started
The app will then pull up data from your Facebook account to create your Dating profile. Congrats! You’re now officially on Facebook Dating.
How to Tell If Someone is on Facebook Dating
You can’t search for users by name directly (as you would on the regular Facebook app) on Facebook Dating and you won’t be matched with anyone who is currently on your Friends list, but there are a few ways on which you can tell if someone is using the feature or not.
You can add your Facebook friends and Instagram followers as a “Secret Crush”. If someone on your Secret Crush list also opts into Dating and adds you as a Secret Crush too, then it would be a match and you will be notified.
If you have similar interests as the person you’re looking for, there’s a huge chance that you’ll run into them while you’re going through dating profiles.
How to Unmatch on Facebook Dating
Didn’t really feel a connection with your Facebook Dating match? Here’s how you can unmatch them:
- Step #1: Click on their Dating profile so you can bring up your messages with them.
- Step #2: Tap on the shield icon located on the upper right. This should bring up the Safety and Support menu.
- Step #3: Choose the “Delete this conversation” option. This would disconnect and unmatch you from the user.
What Does the Purple Dot on Facebook Dating Mean?
The purple dot signifies a “Super Swipe”. It’s kind of similar to Tinder’s “Super Like”. When you Super Swipe someone, they’ll receive a notification about it so that you can go message each other right away.
Can You Search for Someone on Facebook Dating?
Unfortunately, you can’t search for people by name on Facebook Dating. But there are a few ways in which you can increase your chances of finding a specific person on the app.
Step #1: If the person you’re looking for is part of the same Facebook groups as you are (or are interested in the same public events as you are), then you might find them if you tap on “More to explore” and then “Events in common” or “Groups in common”.
Step #2: Look up this person on Facebook, and like pages that they’ve also liked. Facebook Dating matches you with people who share your interests so this will increase your chances of running into this person’s profile should they have one.
How to Change Location on Facebook Dating
Changing your location on Facebook Dating is pretty simple. Follow the steps below:
- Step #1: Go to Facebook Dating on the Facebook app.
- Step #2: Click on Profile and then Dating Location.
- Step #3: Tap on the Refresh icon, then Save.
What Does “Recently Used Dating” Mean on Facebook?
Seeing a “Recently used Dating” label in your Facebook feed means that you’re friends with people who are using Facebook’s newest Dating feature. However, you won’t be matched with them because Facebook Dating doesn’t match you with people on your friend’s list.
How to Get Facebook Dating Back After Deleting?
You can get back onto Facebook Dating again even after you’ve deleted your profile there. Just head on over to the top right of the screen, and then tap on the heart icon. This should get you right back with Facebook Dating once more.
Facebook Dating still has a long way to go before it can beat out other more established dating apps, but from what we can see, its future looks very promising!
If you have found love using this app, let us know what your thoughts are and share your experiences in the comments.
Until next time…