Badoo is one of the world’s most popular online dating apps, having attracted 380 million active users across the globe. It’s fundamentally similar to Tinder, in that it’s centered around swiping left and right on potential partners one-by-one to indicate your interest. However, there are a few differences that make the experience of using this site unique. A key one is that it’s also available on desktop. In this Badoo review, I put the desktop version through its paces to let you know how easy it is to find a great partner on the site.
The app has a premium edition that you’ll need to pay to access. Read on to discover if this is worth the money, and how Badoo compares to our favorite online dating services.
Now, let’s get to the details of the review:
For those of you who don’t care about our in-depth investigation, I have created a basic summary of Badoo below. I have rated it out of 10 for the most important elements of an online dating website.
To provide some extra context, I also added our ratings for eHarmony, which we rate as one of the world’s greatest online dating websites for those seeking hookups and casual sex.
Our team rates each site objectively based on many hours of independent research, the features each site offers, and how it compares with other sites. The ratings are the opinion of our editors and their extensive experience.
|Quality of Women|
Our opinion of how attractive the typical woman is that uses this site and how easy they are to connect with compared to other sites.
How many people are using this site to actually meet people compared to other sites.
How easy is this site to use and how quickly can an average person begin meeting people compared to other sites.
|Privacy & Safety|
Does this site take proper precautions to safeguard its members, their identity, and their data.
Our opinion of how easily an average person will be able to achieve their dating goals with this site compared to other sites.
Will the time and money spent using this site pay off for an average person based on the opinions and experience of our editors.
This app is well-designed and simple to use. More importantly, it has a large pool of active, attractive and responsive women. Here are the key findings from my review.
Before I could start swiping on the lovely women of Columbus, Ohio (the city we use to test online dating apps whenever possible), I was prompted to verify my photo. This involved sending a photo using my webcam performing a specific pose. My profile was verified within minutes of doing this.
The photo verification service is compulsory on Badoo, which means there’s little risk of having to deal with catfishes. It also meant I had to use my own photos, rather than the generic “handsome man” we use for most reviews.
To see how I fared with the “handsome man” profile, check our review of Hot Or Not. This was conducted before the compulsory verification service was brought in. (Hot Or Not is essentially the same service as Badoo with different branding).
With the free version of the site, you’ll be able to “like” a maximum of 50 women per day. You can send unlimited messages to whoever “likes” you back. These profiles are your “matches.”
It’s a generous free model, compared to most of the online dating websites we review. Perhaps you’d therefore fancy your chances of landing a date without paying.
The problem is: non-paying profiles will only be shown to the most committed of swipers.
Badoo makes this abundantly clear in the screenshot above. At the very bottom, it explains I am ranked 1,714th in their search results. This page also reveals that paid members get 3x the matches.
You’ll see how well you’re ranking in the algorithm with its blunt “popularity rating.”
(Note: this rating might trigger vivid flashbacks of high school)
Within 24 hours of my initial swiping session, I racked up three matches out of the 50 women I “liked.”
However, as I’d invested in the premium edition of Badoo, I was alerted of another three women who had “liked” me before I had the chance to swipe on them.
This is a key benefit of the premium membership. With a free membership, you’ll be informed how many women have “liked” you, but you won’t know who they are, and you’ll have no way of contacting them until you “match” organically.
Other key benefits include unlimited “likes.” Alternatively, you can cherry-pick who to message from a list of women in your area, rather than swipe on them one-by-one.
Badoo Premium costs as little as $1.50 a week. If you’re serious about finding a date online, I’d suggest this is well worth the money if only for the amount of time you’ll save.
I imagine you’ll be happy with the overall attractiveness of women using the site. There are plenty of young good-looking women on the app. There are tons of older and less attractive women too. It’s a huge range, which is par for the course with the largest mainstream dating apps.
Most of the women I matched with got back to me within 24 hours too. This suggests most members on the site are fairly active. Another benefit of using a mainstream app.
You’ll notice that Adult FriendFinder scores higher than Badoo for every comparable aspect in our basic summary above. That’s because eHarmony is essentially Badoo on steroids. Everything that’s good about Badoo is GREAT on eHarmony.
eHarmony really does a great job of matching up people who are actually compatible. If you’re looking for a real relationship it’s the best thing going right now.
If you want more of a fling then Adult FriendFinder also has a huge user base across the globe too. You won’t find it difficult to connect with someone who catches your eye on this website. Best of all, it is currently running a free trial. So, there’s no excuse not to give it a whirl. You could be hooking up tonight if you do!
Here are the main advantages and disadvantages of using this site.
There are plenty of prompts allowing you to fill out a detailed profile if you want to. Most users don’t seem too bothered about this though. Most of the profiles I checked had multiple photos added. A few also added a bio, but not much else.
If you’re too lazy to fill out your profile, you can allow Badoo to pull information from your Facebook profile. When you do this, your most recent Facebook profile pictures will be uploaded to your Badoo account. The Pages you “Like” on Facebook will be used to populate the “interests” section of your bio.
As mentioned above, you can expect to find a huge pool of women in your local area. There will surely be a few who suit your tastes.
The simplicity of Badoo has surely played a role in its supreme popularity. This is certainly true of the desktop version. The main navigation can be found on the left-hand side of the screen. This includes:
With a free account, you can send unlimited messages to your matches. With a paid account, you can send unlimited messages to anyone. You can send text, emojis, images or animated gifts.
Badoo won’t let you send more than two messages in a row without reply, so make sure to get your whole message across before pressing send!
You can “like” up to 50 members per day and communicate freely with whoever “likes” you back.
The price of Badoo Premium depends on how long you sign up for. Strangely, the one-week membership is cheaper overall than the one-day membership. Apart from that, you’ll pay less per day when committing to longer memberships. You can choose between:
The “sale” you can see in the screenshot below has been running for at least a couple of months. It’ll most likely never end. It’s a common sales tactic to advertise “sale” prices in order to encourage people to buy quickly. You can pay by debit card, credit card, PayPal or via your phone.
There’s also a credits scheme that allows you to boost your visibility on the site. If you’re particularly keen to land a date quickly, perhaps you’ll want to take advantage of this as well as a premium membership.
The URL is www.badoo.com. You can also download the app via the iOS store or Google Play store.
If you created a profile using Facebook, press the giant “Sign In via Facebook” button on the home page. If not, click the “Sign In” button in the top right corner of the screen, then enter your email address and password.
Use the “People Nearby” tab in the main navigation.
The search filters aren’t fantastic though. You can filter by age, gender, location and intentions. However, with the location filter, you can only choose to search for people within 25km, 50km, 100km or 200km. So, it’s common that the women presented to you aren’t “nearby” at all.
Hover over a woman’s profile picture – either in search results or in other tabs. When you do, a message icon will appear. Click that button to send a message.
You can also navigate to their profile and click the “Chat Now” button. It’s at the top of the page. To continue your existing conversation, navigate to the Messages tab.
For a full list of our favorite alternatives, see this guide on the best hookup apps and websites we’ve ever used.
When logged into your desktop account:
You can buy a membership for:
Yes, it is a legit online dating service. You should be able to find a match here. It’s one of the most popular online dating services for a reason.
There’s no need to worry about a Badoo scam. It isn’t a scam website – and it even offers several features to protect you from scammers.