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Facebook Dating: What it is and How To Use it

Facebook Dating has been around for quite some time now, available in some countries and slowly making its ways to others.

Here, we will be taking a look at what Facebook dating is all about, how you can use it to find love

What is Facebook Dating and how does it work?

You can think of Facebook dating as a totally different extension of Facebook itself where you get to meet new people you actually have things in common with.

People you have similar interests with, participate in similar events and are in the same groups with. It is different from other dating apps out there as it is wholly connected with Facebook itself.

How To Use Facebook Dating

Speaking about Facebook, Facebook dating is totally unconnected to Facebook and you’ll need to set up your dating profile separately by setting up things like your likes, interests and more.

You’ll also not get matched with your Facebook or Instagram friends, however, you can add your Facebook or Instagram friends to the “Secret Crush List”.

Secret Crush List: Facebook Dating Main Feature

The secret crush list lets you know when you’re interested in someone. Also, those that are interested in you as you only get notified when you add someone to your list and the person also adds you to his/her list.

Facebook Dating feature

If you add someone to your secret crush list, the person won’t get notified until he/she adds you to their own.

Subsequently, if someone else adds you to his/her secret crush list, you won’t be notified until you do the same.

This, in my opinion, makes the secret crush list one of my favourite features.

Now, unlike the other dating platforms that require a connection from both sides to kick things off, Facebook dating doesn’t.

You can simply leave a like or comment on one of their photos to show interest in someone. if the person on the other end feels like it, he/she can get things going by starting a conversation.

What to know before you can use Facebook Dating

Now we know about this dating platform, let’s get right down to how to make use of it.

  • First things first, the dating platform is only available if you’re 18 years of age and above.
  • Also, you’ll need to be running the latest version of the Facebook app
  • You have to live in a country where dating is currently available in.
  • Once all the aforementioned prerequisites have been checked, you should see the Facebook dating tab in your Facebook app’s main menu.

Where can I download the Facebook Dating App?

There is no Facebook dating app – at least not yet. You can only access the Facebook dating platform through the Facebook app on Mobile.

How To Use Facebook Dating

Getting started is pretty simple.

Just follow the steps below.

  1. Launch your Facebook App. (Make sure you’re running the latest version of the app)
  2. You should see a tab inviting you to try out Facebook’s new dating platform
  3. Click on it and set up your profile which shouldn’t take long. Details needed to set up your profile includes your likes, interests, hobbies and photos among others.
  4. You’ll also get to write briefly about what you think a perfect day/date looks like or what you would typically do on a date. Like going to the movies, going hiking, etc
  5. Once you’re done setting up your profile, that’s pretty much it. It will start showing your potential matches based on your likes and interests.
  6. You will also need to turn on your location services so Facebook can actually verify that you are where you say you are. It can match you with people nearby, within 100 miles of your location preferably. It also needs the location services to know where you visit or travel to often.
  7. You can also access Facebook dating from the bottom right corner of the Facebook app after setting up your profile.

I can’t see the Facebook dating banner/tab

If you can’t see the Facebook banner or tab on your Facebook app then there can only be two reasons for that.

  1. You are either below the age of 18 years or it isn’t available for your country yet.

For now, it is only available for the following countries: Colombia, Thailand, Canada, Argentina, the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guyana, Suriname and Mexico.

It is also coming to the US later this year and making its way to Europe sometime in 2020. If you are above 18 years of age and in the aforementioned countries, then you should be able to use Facebook dating.

How to delete your Facebook dating profile

You can delete your dating profile whenever you want.

It also won’t affect your Facebook account when you do. All you have to do is navigate to your dating settings and select “delete account” under dating account.

You can add up to nine photos to your dating profile which can be uploaded directly, or imported from Facebook or Instagram.


That’s pretty much all there is to know about this dating platform. Just in case you were thinking of scams on a dating platform like this and what Facebook is doing to prevent that from happening.

Just know that the messaging on the platform is purely text-based. So no pictures, links or anything else can be sent through it.

Also, messages sent on the platform are different and kept separately from the ones sent on Facebook.

Obodo David
Obodo David
Obodo David is a senior writer at He likes all things tech but has a keen interest in the mobile segment of things. If he isn't following up on the latest smartphone trends, he is most likely playing mobile games or catching up with his favorite Tv shows.Mobile Gamer || TechLover || Android Soldier || Phone Geek || Future PC Gamer