Not long ago, a prolonged conversation with someone from the opposite gender was considered a major taboo in India. However, now swiping right and left has become the way to overcome such social boundaries. Dozens of dating apps have emerged in the country to address the qualms of people trying to get a grip on dating but are bound by conventional barriers.

To help speed up this process by just a little, we bring to you the top three dating apps in the country and their hacks:

1. Tinder

Considered as one of the best dating apps, Tinder has had quite a successful run in India. Especially considering the app amasses its highest user base from here. The popularity is such that it is almost synonymous to “online dating.” This is the simplest of them all. For starters, it has the generic swipe right and left functionality. What sets it apart from the others is the customizations and ‘TinderPlus’.

For starters, just like other apps, there is zero trouble in creating a profile. It imports all the data from your Facebook account (yes, a facebook account is mandatory), without posting anything on it. General customizations allow you to filter who the user wants to see. These choices are sex, age groups and search radius.

Now, on the main screen, besides the like and the dislike are the ‘repeat’ and the ‘superlike’ buttons. With ‘TinderPlus’ these buttons get functional and in case you hit dislike for someone by mistake, you can hit the refresh button to undo it. Hitting the ‘superlike’ button ensures that the person you like is notified. Normal users get one of these every day, and Plus subscribers get five. The monthly cost for the subscription is close to Rs. 300.

There is another feature of TinderPlus that is unique. It allows you to change location and swipe. For example, you can be sitting somewhere in India and swiping among people from the US or the UK. Now, the app has recently come up with a “social” feature. It allows you to share with other Tinderati’s or Tinderella’s who you’re going out.

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Tip: Use TinderPlus to plan your trips. For example, if you’re planning to travel to some place, just set your location to that place in advance and start swiping. Make plans with the people you match. Viola!

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2. Badoo

There is a reason why this one is considered the best dating app in the world, and that is freedom. That’s right! Badoo gives you the permission to chat with everyone near. You. So, you can search for someone you just bumped into and found cute or someone you saw from across the hall at a party.

This does not put a restriction on the distance or age group, and it is free of cost. The user can go on scrolling down on the ‘People Nearby’ Page until the app runs out of users in the city.

Apart from just browsing through users and chatting with them, one can also play the encounter game. This is similar to the right and left swipe, except for the fact that every right swipe increases the rating of a profile.

Not Just this, there is also an option of viewing who liked you and who visited your profile. Don’t tell me you haven’t waited for rumors about Facebook doing the same to come true! Activating superpowers for a weekly setback of Rs. 150 will give you access to viewing likes, and chatting with unlimited people (Okay yeah there’s one restriction.. You can only chat with seven people in a day). It also allows you to chat with as many users with superpowers as possible. One more thing, if you have superpowers, you’ll always be among the top faces.

The best thing about this app is that it gives you the option of creating an entirely customized profile for dating, rather than forcing you to import everything from Facebook or Twitter. Age of choices, people!

Tip: Use your chats well. Do not go for the best, go for the best probability.
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3. TrulyMadly

This one truly deserves a place in the top three (see what I did there? 😀 Apologies!). TrulyMadly truly ensures that is having fun while chatting with the people they have matched. It does it by offering a number of games like ‘Foodie Funda’, ‘Hocus Pocus’, etc. You will need a Facebook profile or an Email id to create a profile, though.

The account verification process may sound tedious, and the wait just adds to it. The app doesn’t allow the user to start dating unless they have at least a 30 percent verification score.

Logging in with your Facebook profile or Photo ID gives the user the required 30 percent straightaway. An email account gives just 10. Signing in with LinkedIn only gives a 15 percent score. The rest of the features are the same as Tinder besides the ‘Trust Score’. The app allows the users to rate other users based on the interactions with them.

Tip: Go crazy!

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The traditional advise to anyone looking to find a date would be to go out and find someone but, let’s face it, technology more often than not makes it fun and way easier. So, Badoo it out, Tinder away or get in TrulyMadly, but don’t forget to tell us your experiences in the comments below. We can’t wait to hear some crazy stories.