Is Badoo free?

The quality of a site determines its success when all is said and done. While many new dating sites and apps come and go, there are a couple of older ones that still have large user bases. Badoo is one of the biggest dating sites today. After getting started in 2006, its user base grew at a steady pace. is here to take a closer look at the site’s user base, features and pricing. Here is everything you need to know about Badoo.

Badoo 101

The site and its corresponding mobile app started in 2006. They became popular through quizzes and games on Facebook. In 2012 they parted ways with Facebook and became independent services. The collaboration with the biggest social media to date has influenced Badoo immensely. Its prominence has a lot to do with the site’s tactic of naming itself a social media platform instead of a dating site.

The site and app cater to a younger audience. It is also more fitting to users looking for a hookup or casual relationship. Hence, if you are looking for a more serious dating site than, let’s say Tinder, Badoo probably isn’t the best option for you.

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If you are looking for someone to have fun with, Badoo may be a great choice!

Signing up

Signing up for Badoo takes a few steps. You will first fill a form with your basic information in these fields:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Birthday
  • Gender
  • City

You will also choose what aspect of the site you’re signing up for – the options being chat, dating and friendship. Then, you can upload a photo, or skip this step.

Secondly, you will receive a verification email and after clicking the link within it you will be able to use the site.

Finally, you will have to verify your profile again by either entering your phone number or linking the profile to another social media account.

If you don’t go through this second verification, you will be able to use the site, but won’t have access to all features. The site prominently displays verified accounts. This is a way to ensure safety on the site, even though it has its flaws. However, Badoo also requires new users to go through a photo verification process, which is a good additional step. You will not be able to contact other users until you upload a photo.

Meeting people through Badoo

There are two ways to meet people on Badoo. The first one is through the People Nearby section. As its name suggests, this feature relies on a user’s location and suggests other users accordingly. You can set some basic parameters of this feature. That is to say, you’ll be able to choose which gender you prefer (both is also an option), the age-range of your potential matches, and the distance limit. If you are commuting or moving between different places, you will receive a notification about other users you have met along the way. The app will notify you about the location and time of the encounter. The thing that sets Badoo off from Tinder is the fact that you aren’t limited to your matches. You can start talking to any user who pops up on your feed

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The second feature that allows meeting other users is Badoo Encounters. This feature relies on choosing whether to express your interest in a member or not. You will see a user’s photo, as well as some basic information about them. The screen also shows two icons – a heart and an X symbol. You can click either, and if the other user expresses interest in your profile as well you will match and be able to start talking.

Features and design

The look of the site and app is very similar to a social media platform. That is why using it is very easy and intuitive. However, it doesn’t manage to keep up with its counterparts when it comes to design. Generally, the site is very simple, but the dashboard is too cluttered.

There are multiple simple features the site offers.

The site gives the users many ways to express interest and learn who is interested in them. Visits is a feature that notifies you of users who have visited your profile. In the same vein, Likes will notify you of any profile likes, and Favorites will show you all the users who have put you on their list of favorites. Finally, you can choose to send a Crush, which tells the user you are interested in them as well.

Profile score is a feature that allows other users to rate your photos. Users with a higher score become more visible on the site.

Lookalikes finds users with similar facial features. This way you can easily find users who fit your preferences. Use the feature when you see a profile of a person you find attractive to increase your dating pool instantly.

Finally, there is a way to express your appreciation through sending virtual gifts to other users.

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How much does it all cost though?

Is Badoo free?

You can use Badoo as a free member, or purchase a premium subscription. You will get all the basic features with a free membership and can use the site with no problems. However, you will have a chance to increase your chances if you become a paying member. There is also an option to purchase credits. Credits will allow you to access premium features without committing to a membership plan. Either way, paying for a membership or a credit bundle will help your profile be more noticeable and give you more anonymity options.

The costs of Badoo

Badoo premium membership costs $12.99 for 1 month, $31.99 for 3 months and $47.99 for 6 months. This makes the monthly fee $12.99, $10.66 and $8.00 respectively. On the other hand, here are the credit costs:

  • 100 credits costs 2.00 ($0.03 per credit)
  • 550 credit is $9.99 ($0.02 per credit)
  • 1250 credits is 19.99 ($0.02 per credit)
  • 2750 credits is $39.99 ($0.01 per credit)

As you can see, Badoo isn’t amongst more expensive dating sites. This is one of the reasons for the user base’s size as well.