Tinder has made virtual dates possible for everyone across the globe. The dating app will now let you turn on video calls whenever you want to meet someone face-to-face.
Face to Face Goes Global
Tinder began testing video calls in July 2020, a feature that it calls Face to Face. While Face to Face was initially only available in select countries, Tinder just announced its global release in a post on the Tinder Newsroom.
This one-on-one video calling tool will definitely come in handy if you’re unable to meet someone in person. If you’re worried about privacy, Face to Face (fortunately) comes outfitted with several measures to prevent unwanted video chats.
According to Tinder, the app will “let you both decide when it’s time for video.” This means that you or your match can’t start a video call if it wasn’t agreed upon by both parties.
When you want to enable video calls, simply toggle it on by hitting the video icon. Just keep in mind that Tinder won’t tell your match when you toggle it on—your match will only find out when they toggle the feature on as well. And if you ever want to turn Face to Face off, you can disable it at any time.
To start a Face to Face conversation, you and your match both have to agree to Tinder’s ground rules. In other words, you can’t include nudity, sexual content, hate speech, illegal activities, or any content involving underage children.
If you’re curious as to how the video will look when you start up Face to Face, it may be a little different than what you’re used to on typical video calling apps.
Instead of enlarging your match’s face and placing your face in a small window on your screen, Tinder will split the screen down the middle. While your face will take up one side of the screen, your match’s face will take up the other.
After your call, Tinder will ask you to provide feedback. Tinder also provides some tips for using Face to Face, which you should definitely keep in mind if you’re thinking about trying the feature.
For one, Tinder mentions that you shouldn’t dive right into video calls—you should get to know your match over text first. The app also suggested that you play a game or do an activity on your call, just like a real date.
Tinder Makes Virtual Dates More Exciting
Now that Tinder has rolled out support for video calls, it’s even easier to go on virtual dates. Luckily, you’ll no longer have to resort to using Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime to go on a virtual date with your Tinder match.