Dating app review: Clover

Clover rates low; columnist runs into roadblocks while setting up profile



Clover allows users to livestream but requires payment for features like swiping and chatting.

VICTORIA GIOMI, Evergreen reporter

It’s week three of school, and I am back ready to review another dating app called Clover. I hate to say it, but this app was a major disappointment.

I hate to spoil this early, but this app’s final rating was a 1/10. This app is the complete opposite of how I thought it was going to be. I had seen ads for Clover prior to this review, and it looked like a perfectly good app. But, oh boy, was I wrong.

Before I even built my profile, I was greeted by a page full of livestreams. I was instantly confused. I clicked on some of the livestreams on the trending section and it was not what I was expecting. There were women dancing in bikinis, shirtless men and people writing their viewers’ names on different parts of their bodies. For a dating app, I found this a little weird.

I started looking more around the app for a place where I could actually sort through potential matches, but when I finally found it, I came to the upsetting realization that you have to PAY for that feature!

Why do I need to pay $20 a WEEK to swipe through potential matches? Why is the only way to view people via livestream? Even with my preferences in matches set to male, why was I only seeing women and a handful of men? There are so many questions that I cannot answer about this app.

I am still upset that the only way people would be able to find or view my profile was if I went live and started trending, which is honestly useless to me. As someone who is not a big fan of going live on any social media platform, a dating app is definitely not where I am going to try. You can also grow a following on the app, which makes zero sense to me since it’s a dating app and not an Instagram profile.

Once I got past the infuriating concept of livestreaming and paying to go through potential matches, I got even more upset.  I quickly realized that you have to pay to access all features on this app. The sections that needed to be bought include a section called “Set Up Dates,” a section where you join groups based on common interests, and the chat setting. This is honestly repulsive. What is the point of a dating app that you can barely even talk to anyone on?

I kind of understand paying for the first two sections, but the chat setting needs to be unlocked; that was so bizarre to me. Just in case you were wondering, the pricing to unlock every feature is as follows: $19.99 per week, $74.99 per three months or $119.99 per year.

Is it just me, or is that absurd for a mediocre dating app? I could understand how someone might pay for that with a more reliable app like Tinder or Bumble, but Clover? I do not think so.

As for the rest of the app, all that’s left is the profile set up which has the classic pictures, bio, interests, drinking/drug preferences and my dating intentions. I really disliked the option to put annual income; I thought that was very untasteful and unnecessary. Even while I set up my profile, I would click things that would show the pop-up to purchase a premium subscription.

Overall, I can honestly say I hated this app. I think that unless you want to pay for the subscription, it’s useless. Like I said at the top of this column, I rate this app a measly 1/10.