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Dating Apps: Five Basic Processes

There are five basic processes that are common to all dating apps and sites. These are:

  • Creating your profile
  • Searching for other users
  • Sending & Receiving Likes / Showing Your Interest
  • Matching with prospective partners
  • Messaging and communicating with your matches

Each of these aspects of dating apps are supported by the inclusion of one or more features that different apps offer (or not) for free – or include in premium subscriptions.

Further to the features that are directly related to these processes, there are other features that support various processes through the provision of security, fake detection, third-party integrations (Facebook, Spotify etc), games, events, and more.

At Online Dating HQ, we have separated these features into the five processes and then two final groups of features for security purposes and the rest (other).

Features that Support the Five Processes

Profile Creation

Guided Profile Creation
Comprehensive Profiles
Profile Completeness Reports
Shareable Profiles
Profile Tags
Personality Tests

Sending / Receiving Likes

Send Likes
See Likes
Super Likes
Like Tracking
Boosts / Spotlights
Limited Likes
Rewind / Backtrack


Send Messages
Read Messages
Video Chat
Send Video
Read Receipts
Send Images
Instant Notifications
Audio Chat

Other Features / Problems

In-App Games
Market Fragmentation
Live Events
Credits / Tokens System
Facebook Integration
Instagram Integration
Spotify Integration
Digital Gifting
Affiliate Program
Ads Displayed

Searching / Filtering

Location Based Filters
Profile Search
Comprehensive Search Filters
View Profile Photos
Bidirectional Filters
Location Changes / Travel Mode
Type Learning / Match Profiling
Dealbreaker Filters
Willing to Relocate Filter
Profile View Reporting


Match on Mutual Likes
Compatibility Scores
Compatibility Quizzes
Question Answer System
Curated Matches

Safety and Security

User Blocking
Profile Verification – ID
Profile Verification – Photo
Profile Verification – Social Media
Fake Profiles
Location Lying
User Reputation Monitoring
Unmatched Profile Access
User Match-Count reporting

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