To use a casual dating app, download the app, install it and follow the included instructions. As of 2015, Tinder is by far the most popular dating app with roughly 50 million users worldwide. Tinder's swipe interface inspires many other dating app designs.
In this system, users see images of other users within specified distances. With one swipe movement, the user accepts or rejects potential dates. Only when both parties show interest does communication begin. Other apps that use the swipe method include Clover, Tingle, How About We and Down, which draws potential dates exclusively from the user's Facebook list.
When using dating apps, adults should always ensure that their dates are adults as well. Besides asking, individuals must go to any lengths necessary to verify age. Even if minors engage in deception, adults still face legal sanction for inappropriate relations. Even before engaging in inappropriate actions with minors, adults can become criminals; in some jurisdictions, planning relations or setting up a meeting with a minor constitutes a felony.
Further tactics for safe dating app use include meeting in public, informing friends about dates and providing personal transportation to and from dates. Avoiding alcohol also aids in safer app-enabled dates.