The super hot swipe-based dating app Tinder has long been allowing you, encouraging you even, to chat with your matches using text messages. “But what if you want to communicate with your matches using more than text?” Tinder now asks. Well, the reason it’s asking is simple: Tinder has just received an update that significantly enhances the messaging experience it offers.
GIFs for you and your matches
First and foremost, Tinder’s built-in messenger now lets you easily send animated GIFs to your matches. That’s right: Whether you pronounce their name with a hard or a soft G, you can now use GIFs to communicate the full depth and complexity of your emotions to your matches, especially at times when mere words and emoji are not enough.
To send a GIF to your matches, tap the GIF button next to the text input box and then search for GIFs you have in mind or just select from the list of trending GIFs.
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Sending of animated GIFs in Tinder, by the way, is made possible through the app’s integration with the popular GIF database Giphy.
More messaging enhancements
In addition to support for sending animated GIFs, several other messaging enhancements have found their way to Tinder through the app’s latest update.
Did you know that you can now like your matches’ messages too? Well, now you do. So, go ahead and tap the heart next to messages that you really like and make your matches know that you appreciate their jokes, thoughts, and sweet nothings.
And if you’re fond of sending emoji — Who isn’t? — you’ll see that emoji are now displayed in a bigger size when sent à la carte, that is, when sent without any accompanying text. I wonder where Tinder got this idea. (Facebook Messenger.)
If you have an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you can now also use 3D Touch to Peek and Pop to preview links sent within match conversations before choosing to open them.
Profile photo uploading … finally
Beyond messaging, the latest update to Tinder brings a highly requested feature: the ability to upload profile photos. This means that, at long last, you can now select a photo for your Tinder profile from your existing pictures in your camera roll, instead of a photo from Facebook.
Profile photos and cards in Tinder have also been made larger.
Designed for iPhone and iPod touch, Tinder is available on the App Store for free. It offers in-app purchases for upgrading to Tinder Plus, which includes Passport (swipe anywhere in the world), Rewind (bring back your last swipe), and additional Super Likes.
Super Likes were introduced to Tinder through its major update in September. A Super Like is given to someone by swiping up on that person’s profile, thereby letting that person know that you’re particularly interested in forming a match with him or her.
Tinder received its previous major update in November, thus gaining support for work and education information in profiles, a refreshed match list, improved recommendations and smarter profiles, support for usernames and Web profiles, integration with Spotlight for searching matches from the home screen, and initial support for 3D Touch for quick shortcuts from the app’s home screen icon.