Basic information is gathered and the users' social graph is analyzed.
Candidates who are most likely to be compatible based on geographical location, number of mutual friends, and common interests are then streamed into a list of matches.
Based on the results of potential candidates, the app allows the user to anonymously like another user by swiping right or pass by swiping left on them.
If two users like each other it then results in a "match" and they are able to chat within the app.
Instead of swiping right for a profile, the user swipes up.
The app notifies the user if they have been Super Liked with a blue border that surrounds the profile of the person who Super Liked them.
Initially, instead of a swiping motion, users would click on either a green "heart" or red "X" to select or move on from the photos shown.
After transitioning from the clicking function Tinder initially used, Tinder became the first "swipe app", now a term to describe various apps that use swiping left or right to control what content the user sees in a browsing fashion.
Users receive up to ten times the amount of profile views while boosting. If users do not have Tinder Plus or want more Boosts, they can be purchased in the app.
In November 2016, Tinder introduced more options for users to select their gender.
The New York Times wrote that the wide use of Tinder could be attributed not to what Tinder was doing right but to flaws in the models of earlier dating software, which relied on mathematical algorithms to select potential partners.
Relationship experts interviewed by the newspaper stated that users used the photographs that come in succession on the app to derive cues as to social status, confidence levels, and personal interests.