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How to get Facebook Dating

The awkward middle ground between dating apps and social media.
March 21, 2023

Over the last ten years, dating apps have become a pretty popular pastime for people looking for partners. They’ve also become a way to meet new people and gain new friends, although that usually isn’t how matches begin. Whatever the case, Facebook decided to get in on the action in 2019 when Facebook Dating was launched. Let’s talk about what Facebook Dating is, how to get it, and how to get started.


To get Facebook Dating, open the Facebook app. Tap Menu (), then find the shortcut labeled Dating. Press it, then go through the process of setting up your Facebook Dating profile.


What is Facebook Dating?

Facebook Dating was launched in 2019 as a matchmaking extension for Facebook. It’s a barebones online dating service that incorporates fundamental features found in other dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge. In essence, you create a separate profile and then swipe left or right on the Facebook Dating profiles of others in your area. Alternatively, you can press the X or heart icon.

When you join Facebook Dating, you do so from your personal account. As such, it’s considered an extension (or a section) of Facebook itself; there is no dedicated Facebook Dating app. Furthermore, there are requirements.

If you don’t meet the requirements, you may be unable to access Facebook Dating. You must be 18 or older, have a Facebook account in good standing that is at least 30 days old, and live in a country where Facebook Dating is available.

Facebook Dating is available in the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Guyana
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Laos
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Suriname
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam

Is Facebook Dating free?

Yes, Facebook Dating is entirely free. No paid premium features or subscriptions are involved, making it a level playing ground for all who use the platform. For enthusiasts, the idea that advantages can’t be had for a premium purchase may seem preposterous. For most users, this unclutters the service and makes it easier to use.

How to create a Facebook Dating profile

Let’s go over how to get started with Facebook Dating. First things first, you must create a profile. This is a Facebook Dating profile separate from your original Facebook profile. Think of it like making a Tinder account and putting together your Tinder profile for the first time.

  • Open the Facebook mobile app on your device.
  • From the homepage, tap the Menu (button in the top right.
  • Under All shortcuts, tap the button labeled Dating.
  • Tap Get Started.
  • On the “A space for dating” page, tap Next.
  • Confirm your personal details and tap Next on the “Let’s start building your Dating profile” page.
  • Select the gender of those you want to match with, then tap Next on the “Who do you want to date?” page.
  • Confirm your location and tap Next on the “Where are you dating?” page.
  • Confirm your height and tap Next on the “How tall are you?” page.
  • Clarify how many kids you have and tap Next on the “Do you have kids?” page.
  • Outline your highest level of education completed and tap Next on the “What’s your education level?” page.
  • Choose your best photo and tap Next on the “What’s your best photo?” page.
  • On the “Ready to review the details?” page, confirm that all of your details are correct.
  • Tap Next on the “Dating is better when we play by the rules.” page.

How to use Facebook Dating

Facebook Dating is incredibly simple to use. When you see a profile you’re interested in, tap on it. You can press the X button (or swipe left) to “nope” them, or you can tap the heart button (or swipe right) to like their profile. You can also tap any of their pictures to say something about their picture.