Everyone knows the old saying – a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, usually that’s true, but when we’re talking about online dating it might be something more like – a picture allows you to speak any words at all.
What the hell do I mean by that?
I mean that if you don’t have decent pictures on your dating profile you’re not going to get many likes, and if you don’t get many likes you won’t have a lot of potential dates to talk to.
Okay, maybe my reimagining of a classic phrase was a little convoluted. But you get the picture.
That’s profile pictures though, so how about pictures in a Hinge chat?
Peppering your chat with GIFs and selfies is a great way to build a connection in your Hinge conversation. But can you send pictures on Hinge as well as just upload them to your profile? Let’s find out how Hinge works when it comes to pics and GIFs.
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Can You Send Pictures On Hinge Chat?
Hinge’s chat function differs from the chats of other dating apps like Tinder and Bumble because if you like the look of someone you can indicate your interest not with just a swipe but with a message.
Specifically, a first message about one of their prompt answers or pictures.
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Of course, the main question here is, can you send pictures in Hinge chat? Nope, you can’t send pictures in a Hinge chat. There’s no way to embed a picture within a Hinge conversation.
Whether you use free Hinge or premium if you want to share your holiday photos, or send a girl that hilarious pic of you at age five in your little league jersey (classic flirting moment – comparing childhood pictures) then you’ll have to take the chat off Hinge and onto Whatsapp or Snapchat.
Hinge’s M.O. encourages a way more personal start to conversations than the usual silent matching system. You can also pass responsibility for keeping a conversation in full swing on to the other participant using ‘your turn’.
This feature does just what it says on the tin, telling your potential date that it’s their turn to ask an incredibly interesting question because you’re all out.
Even with all this, you’re limited to the power of words. And of course, emojis. But do we need any more aubergines and peaches in the world at this point? Figuring out ways of sending pictures on Hinge can really spice up your convos.
3 Ways To Send Pictures Through Hinge
Okay, so you can’t actually send pictures to your Hinge match directly, but there are a few indirect ways to share a picture in your Hinge messages. If you’re asking “how do I send pictures through Hinge?” I’ve got you covered right here.
- Upload The Image To Your Profile
The only way to put a picture directly on Hinge is to upload it to your profile, so if you’re desperate to show your match a pic, make it one of your profile pictures.
Your Hinge match can view your profile from a tab within the conversation, so she can swipe right over to it.
- Send A Link To The Picture
While Hinge won’t let you send a picture, you can share a link.
Either upload your picture to a site like imgur.com or use Google Photo’s Share function to generate a link to the image you want to send on Hinge. While this might seem like a bit too much effort for a cheeky selfie, it’s a good way to show your Hinge match an album of pictures, like holiday snaps or your campervan renovation project!
- Move The Conversation To Another Platform
Yep, getting someone’s phone number or social media from a dating app is hard work sometimes. But Hinge’s lack of a photo function can be the perfect excuse. Grabbing her number, Insta, or Snapchat handle is the best way to send a picture.
Of course, this only works if you’ve been chatting for a while and the time is right. If you think you’re ready to ask her on a first date, find a reason to send a picture and get her number.
What Photos Are Allowed On Hinge?
Dating apps these days are increasingly moderated to provide users with a safe experience. For example, Bumble auto-moderates photos and blocks any shirtless selfies from being uploaded.
So what photos are allowed on Hinge? Hinge’s own photo guidelines state that anything offensive, obscene, or abusive is against the rules. Nudity is explicitly banned.
That seems fair enough. Your shirtless selfies are probably safe on Hinge provided they’re not too graphic (I don’t know what your nipples look like). But if you upload a fish pic, you’re offending common decency and so help you god!
Can You Send GIFs On Hinge Chat?
GIFs and picture messages are an absolute gift from the internet gods when you’re trying to charm someone new. In fact, they’re a gift from the internet gods pretty much all the time. What’s better than finding the perfect Twin Peaks gif to show off your excellent retro taste, or the perfect penguin gif to blind your potential date with cuteness?
So can you send GIFs on Hinge chat? Nope. You can’t send GIFs in Hinge conversations. Text and emojis are your only tools in a Hinge chat.
Sadly, the internet gods have no jurisdiction on Hinge. Maybe you could just, uh, describe your favorite gif in great detail? Or alternatively, move the chat somewhere more convenient. Or even better – just go on a date!
That way you don’t have to describe your fave gifs, you can act them out. And if she’s into that weirdness, well, she’s definitely a keeper.
If you’re desperate to share a photo with your Hinge match, I’ve shown you how to do it. But you’ll have to bring your conversation A-game to Hinge because there are no cute GIFs to fall back on.
Fortunately, Hinge conversations start off the back of a picture or prompt so the chat usually flows from the get-go.
But you need a killer Hinge profile for that to work. So if your selfies are self-owns and your Hinge prompts are promptly ignored, it’s time to rethink your profile.
My 6-Step Tinder Tune-Up has been designed to do just that. Although it says Tinder in the name, it works for every dating app and will take your Hinge pics, prompts, and overall profile vibe to the next level.