|Ease Of Use|
- Number of features for free
- Filters for Judaism branches
- Built-in chat
- Easy to use
- Requires Facebook account
- No personality tests
- Some minor bugs
While there are lots of dating websites out there, not many take into consideration religion as a matching parameter. Even those offering such filters don't consider the ramifications of variations within a religion – a deal-breaker for some. JSwipe is a dating app designed for Jews all over the world where users can filter possible matches by their approach to Judaism and whether or not they follow a kosher diet. Better yet, it offers a fantastic array of features, completely for free. Unlike some of its competitors, JSwipe’s free users can visit profiles, see photos, and speak through its built-in chat. In other words, freemiums grant users the necessary tools to seek their soulmates at zero cost.
Bringing Jewish singles together in over 70 countries, JSwipe is easy to use, offers a significant number of features for free, and is considered one of the best dating services for Jewish people. It may seem that it doesn't offer as many filters as other apps, but that's because JSwipe focuses on the important (and often overlooked) question of Judaism branches such as conservative, reform, orthodox, and traditional. This way, the app ensures that matches are on the same page from the get-go. It’s also possible to filter by whether people follow a kosher diet. Besides their beliefs and faith practices, users can still specify the distance, gender, and age range of possible dates.
Setting up an account with JSwipe is easy and takes less than five minutes. However, the only way to create a profile is by connecting it to one’s Facebook account. Due to this requirement, the app is able to get most information right away, such as age, photos, gender, etc. When the account is created, users are prompted to develop their profiles. Here they can add more information such as interests, a small bio, level of education, and other bits of personal trivia. When everything is set up, the app directs users to the swipe page where they can immediately start looking for nearby dates.
Unfortunately, the matching system is not the best on the market. Unlike some of its competitors that take into consideration interests and personality traits when matching couples, JSwipe only looks at distance, sexuality, and enabled filters. So besides religion, there's no way to know what you have in common with your matches without visiting their profiles.
When a user opens the app, they’re prompted to a swipe-left/swipe-right menu similar to Tinder’s. Users can easily go through dozens of profiles within minutes. Besides the photo, only name and age information appears. Users can click on the photo to visit the profile, or send a quick message.
There are two other menus to help users find their soulmates. “Explore” displays various profile pictures in a collage manner that users can scroll through, and the “Most Eligible” tab shows the app’s most popular users.
While users can send notes to people they fancy, communication only opens after both parties give a “like” to each other. People can then speak through the built-in chat. Members just need to go to the “Matches” tab, tap one of the profiles, and the chat window will open.
When users swipe left to say they aren't interested, we would expect that those profiles wouldn't show again. However, that's not what happens: they reappear several times, and it takes several swipes for the app to understand it should stop displaying them. Fortunately, it’s easy to report and block users for misconduct. All profiles have a small triangle on the top where it's possible to make a report and block the person entirely.
JSwipe is a dating app available only for mobile. To get it, people need to download it through the App Store or Google Play. The interface looks modern and is user friendly enough. Unfortunately, the software still has some bugs that need to be fixed. For example, when we tried to change our preferences, it took a few tries until the changes were saved and new profiles matching the new criteria started to appear.
Going through the app is a breeze, though. The app opens directly into the swipe-right/swipe-left menu, and it takes only one tap to launch the exploration mode or go to the “Matches” menu. Furthermore, everything is laid out in a neat manner, and it's easy to read profiles’ information.
JSwipe's free plan already offers enough for you to meet people near you. Unlike some of its competitors, freemium users can visit profiles, see pictures, and start conversations when there's a match. However, a paid subscription pushes the user experience even further. Paid ‘JSwipers’ can visit top profiles, activate boosts to appear more often in others' searches, receive five daily super swipes, and get a daily super note. JSwipe also enables paid users to change their location, view profiles of users who liked them, and know when their messages have been read on the chat.
To become a “First Class Member”, users can choose between a monthly, quarterly, or semi-annual subscription. As usual, a longer commitment offers a higher discount, and the semi-annual billing cycle provides the lowest price possible of $9.99 per month – a 60% discount –when compared to monthly payments. However, if a six-month period seems too long, the quarterly subscription already offers a decent price reduction of 40%, costing only $14.99 per month.
Since users can already test the app to their heart's content for free, there's no free trial of the premium account or a money-back guarantee in place.
There are not many official channels available for contacting JSwipe's customer service – only email. Nevertheless, there's always the FAQ page that can be accessed through the website or the app itself. Although it's not the best looking out there, it provides answers to most questions as well as basic troubleshooting. ‘JSwipers’ can also turn to social media to get in touch with customer support. The company is active on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and is more than happy to answer your queries there. Lastly, leaving a comment on the App Store or Google Play with your problem is also an option since JSwipe tries to address all reviews.
JSwipe still has space to grow, but it's already a great dating app for Jews all over the world to find their special someone. We would have preferred to see a more thorough matching engine that took interests and personalities into consideration. But although it may take longer to find interesting people among all the profiles, it's remarkable that JSwipe takes into account the fine details of Judaism. We were also pleasantly surprised by the number of features the dating app gives for free. Unlike many of its competitors, JSwipe lets users browse through profiles, see photos, and even start a conversation from the very beginning. Overall, it's a reliable dating app that singles should try at least once.
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