Earlier this week, the location-based dating app major started expanding its in-app video chat feature globally Credit: Twitter

Days after Tinder globally expanded its in-app video chat feature – Face to Face, with an aim to help people in the time of coronavirus pandemic – the feature is now available for users in India, the company announced on Friday. Face to Face feature would only work if both you and your potential date have opted in.

“We’re excited to share that our Face to Face//video chat feature is now available in India after receiving positive feedback from our members who have had early access to it,” Rory Kozoll, head of trust and safety product at Tinder, said in a statement.

“We’re confident that opt-in video gives members a more authentic way to test out the chemistry they have with their match before making the decision to continue the conversation, whether that means keeping it digital or meeting safely IRL (in real life).”

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According to a Tinder survey conducted between May 6-May 12, amongst its users members in the US, half of them have had a video date with a match off Tinder in the previous month. Not only that, but 40% of Gen Z members wanted to continue using video as a way to decide whether to meet IRL in the future — even once their favourite date spot is open again.

Earlier this week, the location-based dating app major started expanding its in-app video chat feature globally. Earlier, being tested in several regions and the US, the opt-in only feature was unveiled earlier this year with an aim to bridge the gap between a live date and a virtual text chat, and in a bid to take on its rivals such as Bumble and Hinge.

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How to use Tinder’s Face to Face feature

To opt in for the Face-to-Face feature, navigate to the match’s’ messages, and tap on the video icon on the top of the screen. Slide the toggle to the right to unlock Face to Face. After both parties have unlocked the feature, you’ll see a confirmation message in the app. After that, tap the video call icon at the top of the chat screen with the match. You’ll get a live video preview, after which you can tap on Call.

An on-going video call can be ended by clicking on the red End button. If a match calls you but you don’t want to accept the call, you can decline the call in the app itself, or let it ring. The match will be notified that you’re currently available.

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