Most people don’t think of Facebook as a dating website or app. But Facebook does include a dating section known as Facebook Dating. You just need to know how to find and activate it.
Things to Know Before Activating Facebook Dating App
Facebook Dating service works much like popular dating apps such as Bumble, Hinge, and Tinder. These popular apps are developed specifically for dating and dating only, while Facebook is not.
While Facebook Dating is less popular, it has one advantage over the other dating apps. It uses the information available from your already existing profile to match you with people that have similar interests, follow similar artists, or have joined similar groups.
Another important thing to know is that Facebook Dating Service is available only through the Facebook mobile app. That means you won’t be able to access it through a web browser. Facebook Dating is a completely free service, and there are no premium features, like on Tinder, for example, for which you would have to pay to access them.
How to Turn On the Facebook Dating App
To use the Facebook Dating app, you must have a Facebook profile and be at least 18 years old. Facebook applications use the information from your profile to find and match you with potential dates and recommend them to you. You don’t need to create a new profile just to use this service.
Below are the steps you need to follow to set up the Dating app. They are more or less the same on both Android smartphones and iOS.
- Open the Facebook app on your smartphone.
- Tap the Menu (the three lines also known as a hamburger menu). The location of the Menu can be in the upper or lower corner of the screen, depending on the OS.
- In the Menu, find the section named All Shortcuts. This is where you will search for the Dating option.
- If you don’t see the Dating option, tap See More, which is at the bottom of the shortcuts.
- Once you find it, tap Dating and Get Started.
Activate Your Facebook Dating Profile
Simply by tapping the Dating and Get Started options, you activate the Facebook Dating App. But to continue, you will have to set up your FB Dating Profile. This profile is not much different from your original Facebook profile.
Facebook itself will import the information you made available in the original profile. However, you are now in control of what will be displayed. Now is the time to build your profile. You can remove the information by tapping the X or change it by tapping the pencil marker.
Keep in mind that the changes you make on your Dating profile won’t influence the information on your original Facebook profile. That means that even if you chose to hide some of the information from your original profile, such as which school you graduated from or where you were born, you could display them separately.
How Does Facebook Dating Work?
Once you are done with setting up your FB Dating Profile, tap Confirm. Your profile will be automatically published, and other people using the app will be able to find you.
Whenever you want to return to your Dating profile, go to the three-line Menu, and among shortcuts, find and tap Dating. It will automatically take you to your Dating page. At the top are three options: Profile, Liked you, and Matches.