Badoo Review: What You Should Know

Thinking about trying Badoo? Here's what you need to know…

badoo logoBadoo is a free app for your desktop, iPhone, or Android. Created in 2006, the app claims to have over 250 million users in 190 countries. It was originally marketed as a place for “social discovery”, but it has evolved into a popular dating app.

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Badoo Basics

Although you can download the app on your laptop, the location based chat features make it more suited for your smart phone.

There are two ways to meet people on the site: “Encounters” and “People Nearby”.

In the Encounters section, you’re matched with women the app thinks might catch your eye based on shared interests. Click on the heart or the X to like or dislike your match. While you can only see one encounter at a time, there is no limit to the number of matches you can connect with in one day.

The People Nearby section appears as a grid of people currently in your area who share common interests. You can click on any of these pictures and either like their profile or start a chat. The app will also show you other users you’ve bumped into and display the time and location your paths crossed.

Similar to Tinder, your primary photo takes center stage so it needs to be strong. Click here for some tips on choosing photos she’ll “like” every time.

badoo profile photoA basic Badoo account is free, but paying the subscription fee (about $10 a month) will unlock the app’s premium features – called “super powers” – which allow you to see who has liked you and who has added you as a favorite. You also get “exclusive” chatting access to the most popular women on Badoo, and you’ll be connected with new members as soon as they join.

You can also buy credits to boost your exposure on the site. Just a couple of bucks will ensure your photo and profile get priority ranking with 100 new women, which is a great way to boost your matches.

Where To Use Badoo

Badoo is a true melting pot of online daters. People from all over the world, speaking all different languages, have a Badoo profile. It’s more popular in European and Latin American countries than in the US, but still worth a look if you’re living in a major US city and would like to meet some international ladies.

Definitely give Badoo a try if you live in or travel to one of the following locations:

North & Central America

  • Mexico
  • NYC
  • LA
  • Chicago
  • Miami
  • Toronto
  • Montreal

South America

  • Columbia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Venezuela


  • Spain
  • France
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • UK
  • Sweden
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • Poland
  • Czech Republic
  • Russia

What To Expect When You Download Badoo

While no surveys have been done to quantify the membership on Badoo, the general consensus is that most Badoo users are more interested in a casual hookup than a serious relationship.

Signing up is easy. If you join through Facebook, Badoo does most of the work for you.

The app pulls your age, location, photos, and even your job from your FB profile. You then have the option to add in a few personal details: relationship status, sexuality, appearance (height, weight, eye color, hair color, and build), who you live with, if you have kids, and if you smoke or drink.

There is also space to add a paragraph about yourself, and an “interests” section which lists thousands of potential hobbies for you to choose from. Since Badoo matches people based on common interests, make sure you fill out this section.

woman using BadooAlthough the app is primarily photo based, don’t miss out on a chance to impress her with your profile. It’s short, but put some thought into how you describe yourself. If she’s on the fence about your photos, an attractive profile might convince her to like your profile or answer your message.

And just like any other dating site or app, the most attractive women get bombarded with messages from guys just like you. So when you reach out to say hi, stand out from the crowd. Make sure your message captures her attention – “hey, beautiful” isn’t going to cut it. Check out this article for icebreaker messages that actually work.

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