Online dating in general, has changed the course of how people find their partners in life, even in the Muslim culture. The rise of fast-paced dating apps has inspired Haroon Mokhtarzada to create Minder, a dating app that primarily caters to the needs of the western Muslim community.
Minder is dedicated to helping Muslims in their quest to find love. It was first launched on February 14, 2015, with about 2,000 people requesting to register. Now it has over 350,000 active members and has created more than 100,000 matches in different countries.
It is generally targeted towards marriage-minded Muslims who are willing and able to settle down. Though it may not be traditional, it has still managed to grasp the idea of true matchmaking, with a modern touch.
Sign Up Process
Sign up via Facebook or mobile phone
The registration process takes about 3 minutes to finish
You will be asked to fill out information about yourself
Creating an account in Minder is free
There is a mandatory selfie verification process upon signing up
Minder is one of those apps that has a high regard for security. The sign-up process itself will give you an idea of how much the site values profile authenticity. When you first launch the app, you will be presented with a choice to sign up through your Facebook account or your phone number. These two sign-up options serve as a way to validate your profile and confirm if you're a legit member candidate.
Upon signing up, you will be asked to assess yourself by your religiosity, education, flavour, etc.
Basically, you are already filling out some parts of your profile during the registration process. When you're done writing your basic info, you will be led to a page where you upload the photos for your profile. The last step you have to do before you can proceed and start finding matches is to send a selfie verification. You will then have to wait until you get verified.
Registering an account for Minder is pretty quick and easy. It will not take you more than five minutes to complete the process.
Has Muslim type options (Sunni, Shia, Just Muslim, other)
Profiles are pretty detailed
App uses your first name only
Minder's profile section is very concise and straight to the point. It contains some of your basic information, including your family origin, educational attainment, and occupation. The site also added a few important things like your marital status, "Religiosity", and "Flavour". To measure religiosity, you are to adjust a gage according to how religious you are. Its range is from not practicing to very religious.
You might be wondering what "Flavour" pertains to. It is a term that Minder uses to describe what type of Muslim you are. In the options, you will see two of Islam's biggest branches, Sunni and Sia. It also has a "Just Muslim " option for the ones who are not that specific with their denomination. If you feel like you don't quite match well with the flavor options available, you can always choose "Others."
Your profile information can be changed or updated anytime. The information you provide in your profile will be made public. Anyone can have access to profiles for free.
Your match recommendation is based on your location
There is no search option
If it's a match, then don't hesitate to leave a message. Contacting members in Minder is free but only if you match with them. If you really want to leave a message for someone you like but don't like you back, you can send them a "Telegram". This feature allows you to connect with members who don't match with you.
It is not like the other app features that once unlocked, you can use them for as much as you want.
Telegrams can only be used for a limited number of times. It is sold in packs of 3s or 10s, so make sure to use them wisely. If you don't, you will have to buy another pack again.
Expect that the people you'll meet on this app aren't just after dirty chats or one-night-stands since the majority of its members are looking for true love.
Minder is a pretty basic app, with features that are very similar to most of the existing dating apps in the market. But it does have a couple of cool features you never know you needed.
Have you ever skipped on someone accidentally while swiping? Yes? Well, don't worry, Minder's telegram feature will let you send a message to anyone you haven't matched. It is a paid feature you can use for a limited number of times depending on the pack you have purchased.
Minder's explore option is pretty different from others. In this section, you will be able to see a list of people who liked you (paid feature), a list of people you passed on, and a list of people you liked.
"I always wanted to try and find a date online but I always get no luck in meeting someone who gets me. Growing up in a Muslim family in a western country isn't easy. The mix of cultures and the religious point of views are somehow difficult to understand for other people. That's why I was so glad when I found out that there is a Tinder-like app for Muslims! I have been using Minder for a few weeks now and I am surprised to find a lot of singles that are actively using it. I have matched with quite a lot of beautiful and successful Muslim women near my area and so far I am pleased with how well I click with them. I'm looking forward to meeting them in person and I have high hopes that I will find my perfect match here." - Khurshid, 25
Usually, a premium upgrade will give you complete access to an app's features. But in Minder, a premium subscription will only give you access to some of the site features like unlimited daily swipes, premium placement for your profile, see a list of people who like you, undo swipes, etc.
Minder offers a specific premium feature that does not belong in the Premium upgrade, called "Telegram". Telegrams give you the ability to send a message to people you haven't matched with. It is represented by a red email icon beside the name of each person in the "I liked" or "I passed" section.
This feature is sold separately and can be bought per piece or packs. The number of telegrams you buy determines the number of times you can use the feature. Since it is not part of the premium plan, even standard members can purchase it without having to upgrade their accounts.
Minder has made online dating easy for thousands of Muslims worldwide. It is an ideal place for Muslim singles to mingle and interact with each other. With its tight security measures, it is almost impossible to come across a bot or a fake account. The Minder team manually checks and verifies all of the profile requests they receive to ensure the safety of its members.
Although the application is somewhat exclusive to the Muslim community, it still accepts people who are willing to convert. Despite being called as the "Muslim Tinder", it has managed to make a different image for itself. It does not attract people who are just into casual arrangements. In fact, the majority of its members, if not all, are looking for serious relationships that will hopefully lead to marriage. If you are not yet ready for a serious commitment, there are a lot of different Dating Apps under the radar you can try instead.
Profile and Account Settings
What happens if I delete the Minder app from my phone?
Deleting the app from your phone will not affect your account. Your matches, conversations, and profile will not be deleted. If you reinstall the app, you will still have all the data you had from before you deleted the app.
How long does it take for administrators to approve my profile?
Minder can take up to 24 hours to review and approve your profile. If you want to speed up the process, upload images that have a clear view of your face and complete your profile!
How do I delete my Minder profile?
To delete your account, visit the "Preferences" section on your app, scroll down and you will find the "Delete Account" option. Keep in mind that if you delete your Minder profile, your matches, conversations, and the data you provided on your profile will also be deleted.
Can I hide my profile in Minder?
You can set your profile to "Undiscoverable" for as long as you want. You can change your discovery settings by going to "Preferences". From there, you will find an option that will allow you to turn the "Discoverable" option off. By doing this, you are hiding your profile from the swipe list.
Swiping and Messaging
How do I undo a swipe?
Undoing a swipe is a feature that is exclusive for premium Minder members. If you want to have access to this, make sure to upgrade your membership first.
To undo a swipe, go to the "Explore" section and then tap the "I Passed" button. You will then see a list of all the profiles you've swiped left to. Find the person you want to undo a swipe then tap "Like".
I accidentally unmatched someone. Can I rematch?
Unfortunately, unmatching someone in Minder is an action you cannot undo. Both of you will disappear from each other's match list, and you will never encounter his/her profile again.
I was talking to someone and our conversation disappeared. What happened?
If the match and the conversation you both had disappeared, the other person has either unmatched you or deleted their Minder account.
How do I know if my messages are being sent?
Minder uses tick marks to let you determine the status of your messages. One check means that your message has been delivered to the servers. Two checks mean that the recipient has read your message. The read receipts only function when the people involved are using the updated version of the app.
How to get ID verified badge in Minder?
Only premium members can get the ID verified badge. After upgrading your account, tap "Me" then tap the "ID Verified Badge". Upload your ID and wait until it gets approved by the Minder team.
Remember that only government-issued IDs will be approved.
How to cancel Minder Premium?
Minder premium is billed and managed through the Apple Store and the Google Play Store. Follow the subscription cancellation instructions that is fit for your device.
Usability and Security
What is the meaning of the colourful circles before a user's name?
There are four different circles you will find beside a name. Listed below are its meanings:
The Solid green circle means that the user's last activity was an hour ago.
The Green-outlined circle means that the user's last activity was three days ago.
The Yellow-outlined circle means that the user's last activity was 14 days ago.
The Red-outlined circle means that the user's last activity was 30 days ago.
If you don't see a circle near a user's name, that means it hasn't been active for more than 30 days.
How do I change my pictures/upload new ones?
To upload pictures on Minder, simply tap on the spaces designated for photos and upload the pictures you want to put on your profile. If you want to change a picture, remove the photo first by tapping the "X" on the picture, then upload a new one.
Can I report someone on Minder?
Yes, you can report someone using the app. Note that you can report anyone, even those you haven't matched with.
You can report someone by going to the profile of the person you want to report. Tap on the three dots you see on the top right corner of the screen and then select "Report".
If I report someone, do they know it was me who reported them?
Minder prioritises the safety of their members. All reports made through the app is anonymous and the person being reported will not be notified.
How does Minder verify users?
Minder has two different ways to verify its users. First is the selfie verification, where you are required to take a selfie upon signup and second is the phone number verification, you cannot sign up if you don't verify your profile with a valid phone number.
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