Badoo Review

Now that we’ve gone over what Badoo is, how safe it is, and how much it can cost, it’s time to give you our review of the website. Is Badoo worth your time? How good is it at finding love? In our review, we’ll go over the pros and cons, and help you decide if Badoo is right for you.


  • Free to sign up for and use – You don’t have to pay when you make your account. It won’t cost you anything to use all of the basic features. Users are given the option to buy credits to use towards additional features, but it is not necessary to buy credits to use the site.
  • Multiple ways to view other profiles – You can use “Encounters” to see who you like and who you don’t like, or browse “People Nearby” to see the profiles of other users in your city.
  • Multiple uses – You don’t have to use Badoo just for online dating. When you sign up for your account, you can select the reason(s) why you want to use Badoo. You can use it for dating, meeting new people, or for making friends.
  • Multiple ways to verify your profile – Badoo gives users a variety of ways to verify their profiles, including using photos, linking your social media accounts, verifying your phone number, and more. When you are looking at another user’s profile, you’ll be able to see if/how they have verified their account.
  • Available on multiple platforms – You can access Badoo on your computer (through your web browser), or download the  app for your mobile device. Badoo is available for Apple devices, Android devices, and for Blackberry devices.


  • Not all of its features are free – If you want more people to see your profile, or want other users to know when you’re online, you have to buy credits to use towards these features.
  • No way to set an age range – Badoo sets a default age range of profiles you can see, and doesn’t give you the option to easily change this age range in your profile settings.
  • Unwanted messages – Even people you haven’t matched with can send you messages. You don’t have to “like” someone for them to be able to send you a message, so you may get messages from random users whose profiles you’ve never seen.
    However, there are ways to avoid this. You can change your privacy settings so that only people you like and whose profiles you’ve visited can see your profile. This will greatly decrease the number of unwanted messages you’ll receive.

The bottom line: 8/10

Badoo is free to sign up for and easy to use. There are multiple ways to browse other users’ profiles to find people you’re interested in. You can use all of its basic features for free, including browsing profiles, rating whether you like or dislike others, and messaging. We also like that Badoo is accessible on all kinds of devices, and that they have lots of ways for users to verify their profiles.

However, if you want additional features, like getting more views on your profile, you have to pay to access these features. Badoo also allows users (my default) to send and receive messages to/from anyone. This can result in users getting a lot of unwanted messages.

Overall, the site is easy to use, and you can have a good experience using the site without having to pay for the additional features. You can avoid unwanted messages by changing your privacy settings. While you should be cautious when meeting people online on any dating website, Badoo could potentially be a place you could find someone you have a great connection with.


That’s it for our review of Badoo. If you want to see how it compares to other dating sites, check out our article on the best 7 websites and apps like Badoo. If you think Badoo is the right dating site for you, continue on to our next tutorials to learn how to create an account, and how to start searching for new relationships!

When Is Badoo Free and How Much Can It Cost?

So far we’ve shown you what Badoo is and how it works. Now let’s get into how much it can cost. Want to know which features of are free and which ones you have to pay for? We’ll lay it all on the table for you.

When is Badoo free?

Badoo is free to sign up for and use, and most features are free. You can browse users in your area with the “People Nearby” feature, “like” or “dislike” other users with the “Encounters” feature, and send messages to people you like, all for free. You can also use the website or app as much as you want.

Unlike some other online dating sites, such as or, Badoo does not charge a monthly fee to use their site. However, Badoo does offer additional paid features. In order to access these premium features, you have to purchase  “credits.”

Once you buy credits, you can spend them on features that can help you get more matches. The “Rise Up” feature will show your profile higher up on the “People Nearby” page. You can also use your credits to have your profile shown to more people with the “Encounters” feature. You can also pay to show when you’re online, or to send “gifts” with messages.

Available paid features on Badoo

Badoo also has an optional paid service that they call “Super Powers.” The Super Powers service allows you to see who added you as a favourite, undo your actions in “Encounters,” and more.

Badoo Super Powers abilities

How much does Badoo cost?

To get additional features on Badoo, you’ll need to buy some credits. The least expensive package of credits costs $2.50 (USD), and gives you 100 credits. The most expensive package costs $49.99 (USD) and gives you 2750 credits. The more credits you purchase at once, the lower the cost per credit will be.

Badoo accepts multiple methods of payment, including credit cards, PayPal, and mobile pay. Keep in mind that your account and all of the basic features are free to use. Here is a list of how much each of the credit packages cost:

  • 100 credits for $2.50
  • 550 credits for $12.49
  • 1250 credits for $24.99
  • 2750 credits for $49.99

Here’s a list of how many credits you need for each additional feature:

  • 100 credits to “Rise Up”
  • 100 credits for extra shows in “Encounters”
  • 100 credits to have your profile featured in “People Nearby”
  • 100 credits to show when you’re online
  • 100 credits to send “gifts” in messages
  • 250 credits to get “3x more popular”

You can also save 50 credits when you get featured, shown more & rise up all at once!

If you want to access the “Super Powers” service, you can choose how long you want to have them for, and this will determine how much you pay, and how frequently you’ll be charged for the service. Here is a breakdown of the cost of “Super Powers”:

Time Frame Cost Total Cost
1 week $4.00/week $4.00
1 month $13.49/month $13.49
3 months $10.66/month $31.99
6 months $8.00/month $47.99
Lifetime (1 time payment) $79.99/life $79.99

How to buy Badoo credits

1. Click Increase Your Popularity on the left side.

Increase Your Popularity button

2. Click on which of the features you’d like to try first. You’ll be given the option to buy just enough credits for that feature, or buy multiple credits to use later. You can also click Top Up Now! to simply go to the credit-buying screen

Badoo paid features screen

3. Choose the amount of credits you want to purchase by clicking one of the bubbles (one will automatically be selected by default). Enter your credit card information, then click Pay by Card. Or, click PayPal on the left menu to sign into and use your PayPal account. You can also click Pay by Mobile to charge the cost of the credits to your mobile phone bill. Your card will be charged based on the number of credits you chose to purchase.

Make payment screen

How to buy Badoo “Super Powers”

1. Click the Super Powers icon on the left side menu.

Turn Super Powers on

2. Click Activate Now.

Activate Now button

3. Select which package suits you best. You can choose to try it for a week, a month, or pay for multiple months at once. Then, choose how you want to pay, clicking Pay by Card (enter credit card information), PayPal (to sign into and use your PayPal account), or Pay by Mobile (to charge the fees to your mobile phone bill). Click the green button at the bottom when you are ready to make your purchase.

Make payment for Super Powers

How does Badoo make money?

Badoo makes money in two main ways: investors and users. When Badoo first started, funding came mostly from investors. These days, Badoo generates most of its revenue through its premium features. Badoo doesn’t allow much advertising from outside companies, so ads don’t account for a large portion of their revenue.

It isn’t necessary to purchase Badoo credits or “Super Powers” to have a good experience on the Badoo website. Making an account and using all of the basic features is 100% free. However, if you want to have your profile seen more, or want a chance to get more matches, then paying to access additional features might be worth it for you.


Now that you’ve learned how much the online dating service can cost, check out our Badoo review (in our next tutorial) to learn about all of its pros and cons. Have a look at the rest of our Badoo course to learn how to make an account, and how to use Badoo.

Is Badoo Safe and Legit for Dating?

Before you start using an online dating site that is new to you, you probably want to look into whether it is safe for you to use. Now that you know what Badoo is and how it works, we’ll tell you about how safe is, and give you some tips for how you can stay safe using Badoo.

How safe is Badoo?

Badoo is generally safe to use. Users can verify their profiles with pictures, phone numbers, or by linking social media. Having many ways to verify a profile deters fake profiles or fraud. To add to your safety, set your profile settings so you only get messages from users with verified profiles.

Badoo account verification methods

And is it a legit website to try online dating?

Badoo is a legitimate website. It is one of the most popular online dating sites today, with over 330 million users, and ways to verify identity. However, while the site itself is legit, not all of the users necessarily are. But there are precautions you can take to add to your safety while using Badoo. Read on to learn more.

5 safety tips when using Badoo

1. Only chat with users who have verified their profiles.

Having to verify a profile may deter people from making fake profiles, so it’s a good idea to steer clear of those who haven’t verified theirs. If they haven’t bothered to verify, there’s probably a good reason, unless they are a brand new user. Users who have chosen to use several of the verification options offered are more likely to be safer people to interact with.

Badoo verified status settings

2. Change your privacy settings as soon as you sign up for an account.

Make sure that these settings are in line with your personal preferences and comfort level. You may be surprised about how easy online dating apps make it for other people to find you, so adjusting these settings to your own level of comfort will protect you (and should always be done right away).

Edit Badoo privacy settings

3. Never reveal personal or financial information to another user.

Never give out any of your personal or financial information – nobody should be asking you for your address, social security number, or banking information. Avoid putting any revealing information about your identity in your profile, or in messages. Do not give anyone your personal information unless you feel comfortable enough to meet them in person.

4. Report any users who act suspiciously.

If anyone asks you for personal information or money, sends threatening messages, or otherwise behaves inappropriately, be sure to report them to Badoo, so they can prevent this from happening to anyone else.

5. Be cautious about agreeing to meet with another  user.

Don’t meet up with anyone you meet on Badoo in person unless you feel sure you can trust them. If you do go on a date, make sure you meet in a public place where there are other people around (in case anything happens to go wrong). Arrange your own transportation as well, and be sure to check in with a friend or family member at the end of the date.


Those are our Badoo safety tips. If you want more tips for how to date online safely, check out our guide to safe online dating here. In our next article, we’ll also go into detail about whether or not Badoo is free to use, so you can decide if you want to sign up for an account.

What Badoo is and How To Find Love With It

Starting out in the world of online dating can be a frustrating process. Some sites ask too many questions, and others seem to put more emphasis on the quantity of matches users can get, rather than quality. We at TechBoomers understand how irritating online dating can be, but what if we told you there was a site with more than one way to meet people, with multiple ways for users to verify their profiles, and is free to use? If this sounds interesting to you, may be worth a try. This article will introduce what Badoo is, and tell you about how it works.

Badoo is a dating website with over 330 million users. Its service is now available in 190 countries and 47 different languages. Now one of the most popular online dating sites, Badoo is popular because it is free to use, though users can choose to pay for additional features.

Badoo homepage

How does Badoo work?

There are a few easy steps to finding love with Badoo. We’ll help you get started by walking you through the steps and explaining how Badoo works.

When you first go to, you’ll want to sign up for an account. Start by selecting your gender, and then indicate why you want to use Badoo. You can choose to use it for “Chat,” to “Make new friends,” or to “Date.” Next you’ll be asked for some personal details. Enter your name, date of birth, location, and email address. Finally, click Create Account.

To increase your chances of getting more matches, you’ll want to add a couple of photos and some more information to your profile. You can import photos from your social media accounts, or upload them from your computer. Finally, add some details about yourself and your interests. Now you’re ready to start getting matches and chatting with people you like!

Badoo sign up form

You can use Badoo’s “Encounters” feature to browse other people’s profiles, and decide if you’re interested in them or not. If you’re interested, you can click the heart icon above their photo. If not, click the “X” button. If you and another user both “like” each other’s profiles (i.e. you both click the heart on each other’s profile), then you’ll be matched and be able to send each other messages.

Badoo Encounters feature

If you want to check out users in your area, use the “People Nearby” feature to browse profiles of users in your city.

People Nearby feature

Too see who has “liked” your profile, click “Liked You” on the left menu. Here you can view profiles of all the people who have liked you.

See those who liked you

Click Messages on the left to chat with your matches. Maybe you’ll hit it off and be able to arrange to meet up in person!

View Badoo messages from other users

Finally, check out the premium paid features Badoo has to offer. For a fee, you can “Rise Up,” which will show your profile to more users for a certain amount of time. You can also purchase “Super Powers” for additional features, like seeing who has read your messages, and getting more search results.

Paid features offered by Badoo

How much does Badoo cost?

Badoo is free to use, and allows users to see other users in their area, rating other users’ profiles on “Encounters,” and send messages. However, it also offers additional paid features such as making your profile visible to more users, or the ability to see if messages you’ve sent have been read.

If you want to learn more about the cost of Badoo’s premium services, including detailed breakdowns of packages available to purchase, check this article.

Is Badoo safe?

Badoo is safe to use, and offers multiple ways for users to verify their profiles. When you are viewing someone’s profile, you can see whether they are verified or not, and how they have chosen to verify. For added security, you can change your settings so that only those with verified profiles can send you messages.

However, by default, anyone who views your profile can send you a message. Be cautious when chatting with people you meet online. Never give out any of your personal or financial information to anyone you do not know. Don’t agree to meet with anyone you meet on Badoo, unless you feel confident that you can trust them.

Account verification methods

If you’d like to learn more about how safe Badoo is, as well as some safety tips, check out our Badoo safety article.

The history of Badoo

Badoo was founded in 2006 by Andrey Andreev, a Russian entrepreneur. Over the last 10 years, the site has grown exponentially, and is now one of the most popular online dating services available. The dating service currently has over 330 million users, is available in 47 languages, and operates in over 190 countries across the globe.

Badoo had its official U.S. launch in 2012, and has not stopped growing since; every day, thousands of new people sign up. What makes it special is that it gives users so many options. Depending on your personal preferences and interests, you can customize your  experience to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking to just chat, to make new friends, or to date, Badoo is a great place to start.

Badoo pros and cons

Like any dating website, Badoo has its pros and cons. Let’s go over what we like about Badoo, and also what’s not so great about it.

What’s so great about Badoo? It’s easy to use, free to sign up, and is available on multiple platforms. You can use it to make new friends, to date, or to chat with other users. Another great thing about it is that it gives users a variety of options for ways to verify their profile, which helps to deter those wanting to create fake accounts.

On the other hand, Badoo has some negative aspects as well. One of those is that you can’t use all of its features for free. Some features require a paid subscription or purchase of “credits” in order to access them. Another con is that unless you change your privacy settings, you may end up being overwhelmed with unwanted messages.

Badoo competitors

There are many other dating sites where you can meet people online. If Badoo doesn’t seem quite right for you, don’t worry – there are other options! If you’re looking for a long-lasting relationship, we suggest you try out or If you’re looking for a dating app that is simple and easy-to-use, check out Tinder or OkCupid. To learn about these dating websites and apps, and more, check out our article on the best 7 sites and apps like Badoo!


That’s it for our intro to Badoo and how it works. In the rest of our Badoo course, we’ll show you how to create an account, and how to use the service to find love online, and plenty of other things to get you started on the path to finding love!