Everything you need to know about the Facebook Dating app in 2020

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April 15, 2020
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Ever since the Facebook Dating release in 2019, the app has been gaining popularity among singles who look for meaningful relationships rather than casual flings. Unlike Tinder and other similar platforms that match users based on their looks, Facebook dating service begs to differ. The app’s mission is to connect people on a deeper level by matching them according to shared interests, hobbies, and mutual acquaintances.

The idea behind the app is simple. Most of us already have Facebook profiles, and it’s no secret that many people have been using it to hit on each other online. On top of that, Facebook is one of the largest social networks, so adding an extension with matchmaking functionality was predictable.

The service does have a few interesting features like “Secret Crush” and “Second Look” — I’ll review them further in detail. Also, the Facebook dating app is free as long as you’re ok with it using your data. Plus, the service is LGBT-friendly. However, if you’re looking for discreet gay dating experience, that might not be the best platform to go to.

The dating feature is available for some countries in Asia, South America, and Canada. It was supposed to launch in Europe in early 2020, but many of my European friends complained that Facebook dating is not showing up on their phones.

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Affordability

★★★★☆

The app is free to use and has no paid features whatsoever. So if you’re not a fan of paying for the dating services, Facebook Dating worth checking out.

Free Services

One of the best things about the Facebook dating app is that you can use it for free. However, as it always happens with the free stuff, there is a catch. Although you won’t have to pay any money, you’ll have to agree to share your data with Facebook. While some people take it as a deal-breaker, others cannot care less. But in case you’re looking for something more confidential, take a look at the Doublelist review.

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The Facebook Dating app matches you with people who share similar interests

Audience quality

★★★☆☆

The chances are that you won’t have to deal with fake profiles on Facebook Dating. The app will set you up with real people who attend the same events and joined the groups that you’re in. If you agree to match you with friends of friends, some of these matches might turn out to be the people that you already know. I recommend thinking twice before enabling this option, as you may end up in an awkward situation or bump into the crazy ex you hoped never to see again.

With the audience, everything depends on what you’re after. I had a lot more fun with the people I found on the new Craigslist Personals alternative services. So if you’re looking for a secret hookup, you’ll be better off with sites like Pure. But if you prefer long-term relationships and don’t care if your friends find out about your dating adventures, then Facebook Dating might be the right choice.

Age distribution

Facebook is one of the largest social media platforms of our time, and people of all ages are using it. The app allows you to filter people based on their age, and most likely, you won’t have any trouble with finding the match, regardless of how old or young you are. Although there is one strict rule — you have to be 18 and older to use the service.

Fakes and scammers

Facebook dating scams are rare. Since the app uses your personal data to set up the profile, scammers would have to dedicate a lot of time and effort in making a whole new fake persona. Usually, people are not that determined, and Facebook Dating remains mostly scam-free.

In rare cases, scammers may use compromised accounts. So if your new crush starts asking for money, it is best to block and report them right away.

Interface

★★★☆☆

The Facebook Dating desktop version is non-existing, and you can only access it via your mobile app. But you don’t need to rush to the app store: there is no separate app, you’ll find the dating service in your original Facebook app.

The interface of Dating is decent-looking and mostly intuitive. The app will guide you from filling in the profile information to introducing you several ways of meeting your potential date. Prepare to do a lot of reading and writing — you’ll have to fill in lots of info manually and figure out how all the matchmaking features work.

The biggest disappointment of Facebook Dating, in my opinion, is that the app is still work in progress. Be prepared to deal with Facebook Dating crushing once in a while on top of being slow to load. At times, I felt like I’m using the beta version of the app.

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Use your Facebook app to enable Facebook Dating service

Signing up

To activate Facebook dating, go to your Facebook app and tap on the left icon with three horizontal lines. Then scroll down and tap on the “Dating” button.

If you don’t see it on the list, that means that the Facebook dating app is not working in your area, or you are not eligible to use it. This is a bummer, and a lot of my friends reported that Facebook Dating is not working for them.

After you hit that Dating button, you’ll need to set up your profile:

  • Specify your gender and the gender of the person you would like to date.
  • Set your dating location and confirm it by turning the GPS on.
  • Pick your best photo from the ones you’ve got uploaded on Facebook.
  • Review the detail.
  • You’ll have an option to add your Instagram posts and answer personality questions, but that’s the part that you can finish later.

Altogether, the signing up process will take you less than five minutes.

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Facebook Dating profile looks similar to your regular FB profile

Profile

One thing that you’ll notice straight away is that people who use Facebook Dating are serious about making a good first impression. I’ve come across many profiles, both male and female, that went into detail about who they are and who they hope to meet. Straight away, you’ll get the “long-term relationship search” vibe, which is not typical for the majority of dating apps.

I liked the part with personality questions, although it does feel a little “high-school.” The idea is to uncover your likes and dislikes and let them act as conversation starters. You’ll be asked to share your idea of a perfect day, name the last song you sang out loud, or revel your embarrassing childhood habit.

I have to mention that despite all promises to take care of my privacy, I was not comfortable with using a dating service that is connected with my primary social media profile. Even though your friends will have no idea that you’re using it, psychologically, you feel you’re being watched. I would rather use a separate app.

Searching

You can filter the users by various parameters such as age, religion, children, height, etc. It is also possible to choose whether you’re ok with matching with the friends of your friends.

Facebook Dating searching and matching model has a few distinctive features:

  • You can discover people in groups and events.
  • Matching is restricted to a hundred miles radius.
  • You can send interest to the people you fancy.
  • No swipe policy.

Getting in touch process is different from the majority of modern dating services. In the Facebook Dating app, you won’t deal with swiping at all. If you are not interested in the person, you need to tap on the “Not interested” button. But when you like somebody, you’ll have to initiate the conversation by leaving a comment to their picture or a question. You won’t be able to see that profile until the person gets back to you. And if they don’t, well, there’s always somebody else!

Chat

The Facebook Dating chat is separate from your regular Facebook chat. But the functionality is limited — you won’t be able to send pictures or videos. And if you’re a fan of Snapchat sexting, it is probably better not to practice it on Facebook Dating.

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Facebook Dating allows you to search for matches in groups and events

Security and privacy

★★☆☆☆

Although the Facebook dating profile and your Facebook profile are independent of each other, security was still a major concern for me.

Let’s be real, we’re all aware of the infamous Facebook data scandal. It is common practice that instead of charging you money, online companies are using your data to monetize their business. This means that if you use a service for free, most likely, you share your personal information in exchange.

There is an option that allows you not to match with friends of your friends, which is reassuring. It is hardly possible to keep things private when you’re using your main social media account to look for a hookup.

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The goal of Facebook Dating is to help you build meaningful relationships

Special Features

Despite a few downsides, the Facebook Dating app has a lot to offer. There are several fun features of the service that often get positive reviews and make it stand out.

Secret Crush

Secret Crush feature feels a little “high-school,” but that makes it even more fun. You can add your real Facebook friends or Instagram followers that you fancy to your Secret Crush list.

If this person is also using Dating, the app will let them know that someone has a crush on them. If they happen to add you as their secret crush as well, you’ll both will be notified. You can add up to nine crushes in total but not more than once per day. Also, you’re free to remove them from the list whenever you want, and they will never know about it.

If it still sounds confusing, here’s a video about how it works:

Surprisingly enough, I did match with one special somebody from my circle, and it turned into one of the most rewarding hookups I’ve ever had. Thank you, Facebook Dating!

Second Look

Everyone deserves a second chance, and Facebook Dating allows you to change your mind. You’ll find the Second Look feature in the settings and review previously suggested matches.

Liked You list

Life would be so much easier if we knew in advance who is into us. The majority of dating apps monetize this idea and make you pay the membership fee to see people who liked you. Amazingly, in Facebook Dating, you can see them for free. And you’re free to return the compliment.

Put on hold

Sometimes, even the most stubborn of us need to take a break from the dating scene. But if you are not ready to delete your profile permanently, Facebook Dating allows you to pause it until you change your mind. And if you’ve matched with someone already, you can continue chatting to this person even when your profile is on hold.

Preemptive blocking

This is my second favorite feature of this service. How many times have you matched with your exes on Tinder? Maybe that’s because I date too much, but I’m bumping into the people I don’t want to see again on and offline the time. But Facebook Dating has got it covered!

The preemptive block list feature suggests you review your blacklists. This way, you can double-check that you won’t match with people you’re better off without, like that ex who broke your heart or a crazy stalker that you forgot to block.

Odds of success

★★★☆☆

That’s not the app for those who aim for one night stands, sexting, and casual hookups. But even if you look for something serious, it might not be the right option yet. I felt that the app was still in the testing mode, and it’s going to take some time before we’ll be able to enjoy it to the fullest.

So altogether, Facebook Dating left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, the app has potential. Although it cannot boast a massive userbase, the quality of the audience is pleasantly surprising. You’ll come across a bunch of people looking for a solid long-term relationship, eager to start a conversation rather than wait until someone else makes a move. The app is designed to initiate meaningful communication and connect people on a deeper level.

However, when it comes to user experience, it was not impressive. For many users, Facebook Dating simply doesn’t show up. Also, it is quite common that the app is loading too slow and even crushes once in a while. And considering Facebook history with data, it’s wise to think twice before giving it a go.

Matching algorithm

The quality of the matchmaking algorithm is somewhat questionable. Maybe that’s because of the relatively small userbase, but I’ve felt like my options were limited. I cannot say that I’m too picky, but during the first day of using Facebook Dating, I only liked two people out of nearly a hundred, and only one of them wrote me back.

The only thing that worked for me was the Secret Crush feature, and since it turned into an awesome date, I’ll give Facebook Dating a credit.

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FAQ

What is Facebook Dating?

Facebook Dating is a Facebook app extension that acts as a dating service. It allows you to create a dating profile, separate from your Facebook profile, and meet other singles of Facebook. The concept of Facebook Dating is slightly different from other popular dating apps, as it focuses on starting meaningful relationships based on mutual interests rather than the looks.

Is Facebook Dating free?

At the moment, you can use the Facebook Dating app for free.

What kind of dating app is Facebook Dating?

Facebook Dating was created for people who look for something more serious rather than a casual hookup. The mission of the app is to connect single people who share the same interests.

Is there a mobile application for Facebook Dating?

Technically, Facebook Dating doesn’t have a separate app. The service can be enabled in your regular Facebook app. There is no web or desktop version of Facebook Dating, and you can only use the app.

Can I search for someone on Facebook Dating?

That’s what it’s made for! You can search for people by their gender, sexual orientation, location, age, religion, height, and other parameters.

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Facebook Dating allows you to create a profile based on your regular Facebook account

Can you have two Facebook Dating accounts?

Facebook Dating allows you to create a dating profile based on your regular Facebook profile. Technically, you can make two Facebook Dating accounts, but that means that one of them will be fake. And that’s bad manners.

Can you tell if someone is on Facebook Dating?

According to Facebook, your friends will never know that you’re using Facebook Dating unless you tell them about it. Also, if you want to make sure that people from your circle don’t know anything about it, you need to disable the option of matching with friends of friends. And finally, when you add one of your friends to your Secret Crush list, and this person does the same, you’ll both be notified.

How do I delete my Facebook Dating account?

If you want to delete your Facebook Dating account, open your Facebook app, go to the Dating section, tap in the top right, then scroll down and tap on the “Delete profile” button.

Is Facebook Dating for serious relationships?

Yes. Facebook Dating is all about finding long-lasting, meaningful relationships, and the majority of users are serious about that. If you look for casual hookups and one night stands, you’ll need to find another platform.

Is Facebook Dating any good?

Facebook Dating has potential. At this point, the app might still be slow and not very popular — that’s why you won’t have too much choice. On the bright side, the audience that uses the app is very engaged and has serious intentions.

How does Facebook Dating work?

In the Facebook Dating app, you won’t deal with swiping at all. If you are not interested in the person, you need to tap on the “Not interested” button. But when you like somebody, you’ll have to initiate the conversation by leaving a comment to their picture or a question. You won’t be able to see that profile until the person gets back to you. And if they don’t, well, there’s always somebody else!

Why doesn’t my Facebook have dating?

You need to be over 18 years old and have a Facebook app installed on your mobile device to use Facebook Dating. Additionally, the app is only available in selected markets.

How do I turn off Facebook Dating?

If you don’t want to delete the app, but want to take a break from it, you can pause it in the Settings. But even when you pause the app, you will be able to exchange messages with the people you’ve been matched with.

How to activate Facebook Dating?

To activate Facebook Dating, go to the Facebook app and tap on the left icon with three horizontal lines. Scroll down and tap on the “Dating” button and tap on “Get Satrted.” Choose your gender and gender of the person you would like to date, set your dating location, and confirm it by enabling GPS. Pick your best photo, review the details, and you’re all set!

What is “Secret Crush” on Facebook Dating?

“Secret Crush” is a feature that can potentially set you up with a friend that you have a crush on.

Add your real Facebook friends or Instagram followers that you fancy to your Secret Crush list. If this person is also using Dating, the app will let them know that someone has a crush on them. If they happen to add you as their secret crush as well, you’ll both will be notified. You can add up to nine crushes in total but not more than once per day. It’s ok to remove them from the list whenever you feel like it, and they will never know about it.

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