Our Review:

Chispa Review September 2019

In the effort to create an environment where Latinos can connect and share their commonalities, Chispa, a dating app made specifically for people of Spanish descent, is made. It borrows the swiping feature of other popular apps of today for ease of use and greater chances of finding a match. 

Of the 57 million Latinos in the US alone, 13 million are single. This prompted Match Group (MTCH) and Univision Communications, Inc., (UCI) to develop an app that specifically addresses the large chunk of Latino population that is not in a relationship. 

Chispa's premise is very simple. Relying heavily on visuals, a person can swipe right if he or she finds a person that interests him or her and swipe left if it is otherwise. Once the person you've liked has liked you back, then that is what you may consider as a match.

Sound simple enough, but is this app all that is cracked up to be? Is it possible to find good matches and actually deliver in real life? That's what we are here to find out. To know the real scoop about Chispa, read on our review below!

Sign Up - Registration

  • No email registration
  • You can link your Facebook account
  • There is the SMS signup option
  • If you choose the SMS signup option, you'll be given a passphrase
  • Quick and easy; only takes about a minute to register
Chispa Registration

Creating an account on Chispa is simple and easy. It will take you no more than a minute to sign up. Although it has no email registration option, you can sign up via Facebook and SMS. The way the Facebook option works is to link your FB account with Chispa so that your basic information and primary profile picture is automatically synced. You can change these later on. 

The SMS option needs your phone number. The app sends you a passphrase which you can use to log in on the app under a different device. This makes sure that it is you who is accessing the app and not other strangers with malicious intent. In case that you forget your passphrase, you can always email the app's customer service to retrieve it. 

Upon signing in, your location is detected immediately. Profiles near or within your area are shown as potential matches. You can now begin swiping through them to find your potential soulmate. 

Profile Information

  • Upload up to six photos
  • A clear headshot of you increases your potential of being matched
  • You can let others know about your roots or ethnicity
  • Profile completion is not mandatory but highly recommended
  • Photos are free to view
Chispa Profile

Since Chispa is mostly about the visuals, your profile is made up of 90% photos and 10% information. With that ratio, you must take extra care in selecting the right photos that would best show off your good qualities. Matches on Chispa are most of the time made through first impressions, so you know how important a quality photo can be. A clear headshot of you can make or break a potential match. In the brief seconds of looking at your profile before a member decides to swipe, you must make the best impression possible. 

You can only upload six photos. These photos must show off your personality and let other members get a clear picture of who you are. These photos can also be good conversation starters. For example, if they've seen you skiing, they could ask you about that particular vacation and start a conversation from there. 

Other information is not needed but we still highly recommend that you fill them out. Information such as your ethnicity, current job, education, birthday, and gender are being asked. You can opt to leave those blank if you don't want to disclose them. For a much more personal touch, you can add a brief "About Me" section. It can be short, witty, and quick. Just show off the best you possible. 

Contacting Members

  • Swiping through profiles is the main mode of contacting
  • Chat is only enabled if you both liked each other; otherwise, you can't chat with him or her
  • Use Boost to give your profile more visibility
  • A Super Chispa increases your chances of being matched
  • Majority of the members are Spanish or of Spanish descent
  • Set the age bracket for your matches
Chispa Contact

Chispa's overall theme is its simplicity and ease of use. That holds rather true when it comes to its contacting features. No frills and no complicated algorithm, the app provides you with tons of profiles located near or within your area to browse from. You can set the age bracket in the settings to make sure that all the potential matches that appear before you are well within the age you are comfortable with. From there, you can swipe left if you did not like the member and swipe right if you do.

If the person you've swiped right to has also liked you back, the chat function is automatically enabled. You can chat with him or her to your heart's content--with no fees to pay. Note that Chispa also has an Unmatch feature. Your entire chat history will get deleted permanently once you've decided to Unmatch with them. He or she will no longer appear on your matches, too. 

Going back, Chispa can be essentially seen as a free app. However, there are some "accessories" you can buy to your advantage. These accessories help you optimize the matchmaking process. They also help you find your match quickly. These are called Boost and Super Chispa packs. More on these below.

The majority, if not all, of the members, are Spanish. If you'd want to connect with them, Chispa has provided interactive yet simple features which can help you land a date, or two. 

Special Features

Chispa takes simplicity to a new level. Rather than bog down its users with a myriad of complicated features, the app has stuck to two main features. One thing to note is that the app does not offer any membership fees. Rather, you can almost treat it as a free dating service where you can buy a few perks to your advantage. However, you can still enjoy Chispa without these perks. Interested so far? Here are the things you can consider purchasing: 

Boost

When you buy "Boost," you can have more visibility on your profile. By using the boost, you will be placed at the top and be one of the first profiles seen in your area for 30 minutes.

Super Chispa

The app claims that you increase your chances of finding your match by 30% when you use Super Chispa. It works by automatically letting a person know you like them. Once they are notified, they can immediately decide if the feeling is mutual . . . or not.

Mobile App - Design and Usability

  • Available only in the United States, Canada, and few countries
  • Has an Android and iOS version
  • Free to download on the App Store and Google Play
  • Lightweight and visually pleasing app
  • Compatible with most mobile phones
Chispa Mobile App

There is an ongoing trend in the dating services that if you want to rake in people to patronize your platform, always have a mobile app. True enough, the most popular dating platforms have mobile app counterparts or solely exist as a mobile app. Web versions are helpful to an extent. However, if you want to be playing in the major leagues with the big boys, you need to have a mobile app. Chispa exists as a mobile app only, with no web version. It is quite on brand with Chispa's simplicity and minimal features. 

Chispa is a no-nonsense, straightforward dating app where you can swipe through profiles and get matched with people near your area. It has a minimal yet still sleek design. It is trendy without being gaudy. Youthful without looking unorganized and cluttered. 

If we would have any gripe with the app, it is probably its limited availability in most countries. It is only accessible to so few countries such as the United States and Canada. Although, it is perhaps due to the fact that Chispa is still such a young app. Still, credit must be given where credit is due. Even if Chispa is only available in a few countries, it is compatible with both Android and iPhone devices. It is also lightweight and won't put a huge strain on your mobile phone.

Field Test

"My mother is nagging me to find a nice, Latina woman. She is very archaic and still hung up on the notion that only a Latina can keep up with her beloved mijo. Not that I'm saying she's right, but I think a lasting relationship is much more feasible with someone who more or less shares the same culture as me--compatibility-wise. And thank god for Chispa app! I finally found a Tinder that works for someone like me. The women on the app are very muy caliente. I have not yet matched with anyone yet. But I am still hopeful. Maybe I'll find the love of my life, maybe not. Chispa is still a fun app to explore either way." - Gabriel, 27

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Costs and Prices

Duration / Credits / CoinsCosts per monthTotal
Boost
1 Credit1.99 USD / Credit1.99 USD
5 Credits1.49 USD / Credit7.45 USD
10 Credits1.19 USD / Credit11.90 USD
Super Chispa
5 Credits0.49 USD / Credit2.45 USD
25 Credits0.39 USD / Credit9.75 USD
60 Credits0.29 USD / Credit17.40 USD
Chispa Cost
Free Services
  • Swiping through profiles
  • Photo uploads
  • Profile Completion
Fee based Services
  • Boost; Move to the top and be one of the first profiles seen in your area for 30 minutes
  • Super Chispa; automatically lets a person know you like them for faster matching
Payment Options
  • Credit Card
  • Via Mobile Phone

Payments are charged to your preferred app store's account upon the confirmation of purchase. Note that uninstalling the app will not delete your account nor will it cancel your purchase. Since Chispa is semi-free because it does not require being a member in order to enjoy the app, there are still some perks or advantages you can buy to make the matching process easier and faster for you, such as Boost and Super Chispa. It will not auto-renew. You can just buy these packs as you see fit.

Summary

In a macro perspective, Chispa has everything you would want from a dating app. It is moderately priced. It does not look shabby. In fact, it is visually pleasing with its user-friendly interface. It has both iOS and Android versions for better accessibility. The members are attractive.

It is very easy to use and intuitive. For first time users, the app isn't that daunting to learn. Anyone can easily have fun swiping through profiles. Might even get to land a date or two in real life.

Overall, this platform is a quality app with good features. If you're looking for something exciting where you can find the hottest men and women in the United States, Chispa is probably a good choice. 

FAQ

Usability

How can I send a message on Chispa?

Before you can send a message, you will need to show interest in each other by swiping right. Once there is a mutual match, you can start chatting. To start a conversation, tap the chat icon on the top bar, tap the person’s photo, and send a message.

How can I upload a photo on Chispa?

Photos can be uploaded from Facebook, your device, or you can take a selfie on the fly. To upload a photo:

  1. Tap the profile icon on the top bar
  2. Tap the edit profile icon
  3. Tap the add button
  4. Select the photo you wish to upload

How can I delete a photo on Chispa?

To delete a photo:

  1. Tap the profile icon on the top bar
  2. Tap the edit profile icon
  3. Tap the X button

You must have at least one photo at all times. If you attempt to delete your last photo, you will need to replace the photo with a different one.

The photo I uploaded on Chispa was removed. Why?

Your photo was reviewed and didn’t meet the app's photo requirements. You can upload a new photo that meets Chispa's photo guidelines. 

Photo Do's & Don’ts on Chispa

Since Chispa is a purely visual app, you must think before you post. Posting an inappropriate photo can get you banned.

Chispa's tips on good photos:

  1. Show off your smile
  2. Post recent photos looking your best
  3. Show off photos of you doing things you love
  4. Include photos of your pets

Chispa's major no-nos:

  1. No nude photos
  2. No photos depicting violence
  3. No copyrighted photos
  4. No photos of celebrities

How can I log out of Chispa?

To log out of the app:

  1. Tap the profile icon on the top bar.
  2. Tap the gear icon to access your settings.
  3. Tap the "Logout" button to temporarily sign out of the app.

Take note that logging out will not hide your profile.

How can I delete my account on Chispa?

To delete your account:

  1. Tap the profile icon on the top bar
  2. Tap the gear icon to access your settings
  3. Tap delete button to completely remove your account

Deleting your account will remove all of your connections.

I can't log in on Chispa.

There are instances when the app can crash. This is probably temporary, so you can always check back later. If you are still having trouble, try reinstalling the Chispa app. To reinstall, delete the app then download the app again. As long as you don’t delete your account, this won’t affect your matches.

Chispa crashed.

This is probably temporary, so make sure to check back later. If you are still having trouble, try reinstalling the Chispa app. To reinstall, delete the app then download the app again. As long as you don’t delete your account, this won’t affect your matches.

Security

How can I report a concern on Chispa?

You can report a concern by navigating to a user’s profile, tapping the three dots, and selecting report a concern. Select the option that best represents your concern, and then click the submit button. You can report bad behavior, inappropriate photos, and scammers. All reports are anonymous and your identity will not be shared with the person you are reporting.

How can I block a member on Chispa?

To block a member, navigate to the user’s profile, tap the three dots, and tap block member. When a member is blocked, you will no longer see that person in your matches and your communication with that member will be deleted. Additionally, you will no longer be visible to the person you blocked.

How can I unblock a member on Chispa?

Blocking a member is permanent. Once a member is blocked, you may not unblock them anymore.

Why is a passphrase needed on Chispa?

If you sign up with your phone number, the app will ask you to enter your passphrase each time you login onto a new device. This measure is in place to keep your information safe.

I forgot my Chispa passphrase.

If you forget your passphrase, you can email [email protected]

Matches

How can I delete a connection on Chispa?

To delete a connection, long press on the profile photo of the connection you would like to delete and tap "Delete Connection."

How can I delete a conversation on Chispa?

To delete a conversation, slide the conversation to the left and tap "Delete."

My Match disappeared on Chispa.

The person may have unmatched with you or deleted their account.

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Company:Affinity Apps, LLC
Address:8750 North Central Expressway, Suite 1400 Dallas, Texas 75231
Phone-Hotline:(214) 576-3272
E-Mail:[email protected]