If you’re single and have Snapchat, you’ve probably seen countless ads for this app. Big marketing spend doesn’t always equate to a quality product though. If you’ve been thinking about trying it for yourself, that’s perfect — I’m about to cover everything you need to know in this Clover review.
We review a lot of dating apps here at BeyondAges and for good reason. Dating is meant to be a fun and exciting process and spending your time and money on the wrong app can ruin that.
By the end of this review, you’ll have all the info you need to make an educated decision. No need to spend weeks testing Clover out yourself or paying a subscription — I’ve already done that for you!
First, let’s take a quick look at my process for reviewing these dating apps equally.
When we see an app getting advertised aggressively, we tend to think of it as being legit, right? Perhaps a throwback to when TV advertising was the biggest space for marketing. Back then, only the big brands could afford that prime space and we still make that association now.
The thing is, paid ad space on social media isn’t all that expensive so even the lesser brands can afford to be aggressive. I’ll get into the details soon but let’s just say Clover is an example of that.
It’s now time for an overview of the most important elements. To put these scores in context, we’ve compared them against the biggest name in hooking sites out there — AFF.
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.
Clover is a real mixed bag here. It doesn’t feel like a scam at all but I also wouldn’t recommend using it. There are such limited profiles and the ones you will find are. . . well let’s just say I didn’t find a single profile I was interested in.
Signing up was an interesting experience and had me intrigued. Firstly, you can choose to sign up using your Apple/Google account, Facebook or Snapchat account. Personally, I like this since it pre-fills a bunch of information for me.
After that, you get four questions to answer in terms of what you’re looking for:
Objectively, I like this approach. It doesn’t seem to alter your profile in any way but they’re important questions nonetheless. They’re answers we should all know before we set up a profile on any app.
Most dating apps are advanced enough that you can upload your photos and they come up looking good. It’s very rare that you’ll need to crop them.
With Clover, on the other hand, the photos are a strange aspect ratio and there’s no intelligence there to autocrop.
If you upload a 16:9 photo with you standing to one side, expect to be cropped out of the photo by default. It’ll just focus on the middle of the pic and crop everything else. If you add 10 photos to your profile, expect to go manually adjust each of them.
It’s a minor detail and a first world problem but hey, the competing apps manage profile photos just fine.
Compared to the dating apps I’ve been reviewing lately, Clover was definitely a quiet place. It took me maybe two minutes to make my way through everyone in my 30-mile radius and that was that.
On sign-up it tells me there were “701 women looking for romantic adventures.” From my experience, it seemed more like 71. I dare say this they just give out an arbitrary number here or use a very wide radius.
Popularity is always a tough thing with these apps, admittedly. If this were the only real fault with Clover, I’d suggest using it and hoping their aggressive marketing brings more people. Unfortunately, though, this is just one of the issues they face right now.
This isn’t an exaggeration by any means. It’s a little shallow but at the same time, that’s how online dating works in the first instance. You judge based on appearance, then get to know the person.
Actually, I’d even say that’s how regular dating works. There has to be physical attraction (among other things of course) for it to turn out well. On Clover, 100% of the profiles I came across were a hard “no” from me.
I hate that it turned out this way but I’m here to give you facts. . .
If you want to chat with anyone on the app, you’ll need a paid account for that. Starting at $15.99 per month, it comes with a handful of boosts. The most helpful of which being that you can actually chat to others.
For that spend, you get:
Thankfully, you also get a free 1-week Premium trial when you first sign up. If you’re thinking about using the app, sign up for that trial. I dare say seven days will be enough for you to get bored.
Admittedly, I like that I can message someone directly from their profile without having to match first (as a Premium user). The problem is, when I message someone, I’m not taken to the next profile in the stack.
Instead, to move on to the next profile I need to either tap the “X” to say I’m not interested or “favorite” them. If I tap favorite, they get a separate notification that I’ve done that too.
That means any time I message someone, they get the message notification and a favorite notification. Needy much?
It seems like basic logic that if I’m choosing to message a woman, I’m interested in her. Why I have to specify this is confusing.
Keeping with the theme of features that make me cringe, we have automated icebreakers.
They’re messages that get sent out to seemingly random women on your behalf. I’m not sure how many of these messages have been sent out from my profile but I’ve had a few replies. Each time, I’ve hated what I saw.
I mean look at this screenshot as an example. Really? A pickup line? I’m better than this! Also, how or why did Clover decide I want to talk to Amy? I didn’t favorite her, she just seems to have been chosen at random.
When you create your account, you’ll have a couple of messages in your inbox from Team Clover. One of them sets out the details of their free profile boost offer.
As part of that, they mention that “It takes the average person 7-10 days to find success so be patient.” From my experience on Clover, I’d say even 10 days is being generous.
I get that they’re trying to create a safe, community vibe with this concept but it just feels odd. The last thing I want to do on a dating app is be part of a group chat that seems to be predominantly guys.
Honestly, I have to agree with Cassidy.
As usual, the people in these chats often prove why we can’t have nice things. Rather than nice, constructive discussion, it’s mostly vain selfies and Insta/Snapchat handles. People desperately seeking attention and followers. #InfluencerLife.
This is another feature that has some potential, yet the implementation just isn’t quite there.
You can opt to run through a classic set of 20 questions. You choose one of the two multiple-choice options on each one, just like in this screenshot.
The problem is, these questions are useless unless someone scrolls to the bottom of your profile. There, they can tap “Play 20 questions” and (presumably) run through the same questions to see if they line up.
I say presumably because I couldn’t find any information about it on Clover’s website. I wasn’t able to find a profile where someone had answered the questions either.
It could be a fun element of the app, but it’s a little buried and underutilized right now.
Honestly, if hookups are what you’re looking for right now just go with AFF. It’s made specifically for finding hookups, has a massive user base and you’ll never struggle for options. Since it has plenty of users, you can also get very specific about who you want to meet by using their search filters. Naturally, I couldn’t do this with Clover because there were hardly any users to filter through!
AFF has been one of the biggest names in online dating for years now and for a reason. It’s full of singles who are generally pretty responsive, which makes it so much easier to hook up. You’re far better off spending your time there than Clover, I assure you.
In case you want to test the waters first, you can try the AFF free trial. That way, you won’t have to spend a cent to see why it’s a superior site.
Here’s a quick summary of Clover’s pros and cons:
Now it’s time to cover the most frequently asked questions about the Clover dating app. If I’ve missed anything in this review, let me know down below and I can update it!
Clover is a modern dating app. Designed for all forms of relationships from hookups to long term, it shows promise. Right now though, it’s not worth using.
Once you’ve downloaded and run the app, you can create an account very easily. You have the option to link it to your Apple/Google account, Facebook or Snapchat.
Once you have an account, the app will keep you logged in for future sessions.
Given my lacklustre experience on Clover, I’d suggest going with something more effective. Adult Friend Finder is a better alternative, but if you’d like more options, we’ve got you covered.
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When you create an account on Clover, you’ll be given a free membership by default. This lets you do almost everything you can with a paid membership, just on a more limited basis. The biggest limitation is that you can’t message anyone until you upgrade to a Premium account.
Note that you’re also given the option for a free week of premium if you’d like to try those features as well.
As is the case with any paid app subscription, canceling your Clover subscription is done through our Apple or Google account.
Deleting your Clover profile takes just two steps. First, tap the menu button in the bottom right corner (3 horizontal bars) and scroll to the bottom. Tap, Deactivate Account.
From there, select your reason for deleting your account then tap Deactivate at the bottom.
Like most dating apps, Clover’s paid subscription works on a recurring subscription model. The longer you sign up for, the cheaper it gets per week.
Starting at $14.99 per week and going all the way through to $119.99 per year, Clover isn’t exactly cheap. While most apps are around the $20 – $30 per month range, Clover wants close to that for a single week!
For that spend, you get:
Clover is a legitimate app, it’s just not a very effective one. It has all the makings of a quality dating app, it just doesn’t deliver in terms of an active, attractive user base.
Sadly, no. I wasn’t able to get a single date from this app. Interaction was minimal and I just couldn’t find anyone I was interested in.
To send messages on Clover, you need to sign up for a paid account. Once you’ve done that, messaging is as simple as tapping the speech bubble icon in a user’s profile.
While you can’t “search” in the typical sense, you can filter the results shown to you. Whether you choose the Tinderesque stack of profiles, “Dates” or “Mixers” tab, you can still filter down to exactly who or what you’re looking for.
While you can do this with a free account, a Premium account will unlock a lot more filters to choose from as well.