If you’ve ever been on the guest list at an exclusive nightclub, you know the smooth feeling of skipping the queue.
Strolling past the schmucks feels pretty good, but for most people, it’s a VIP experience that’s just out of reach.
On Tinder, however, you can skip the queue and jump right to the top of every potential match’s deck. How? With the Tinder Boost feature.
Out of all Tinder’s features (paid read receipts, come on!), the Tinder Boost is the one I value the most.
So read on for a deep dive into how this top-tier feature works and answer the ultimate question: Does Boost really work on Tinder? It’s VIPs only past this point.
What Is Tinder Boost?
So what is Tinder Boost? Tinder Boost is a paid feature that sends your profile near the top of other users’ swiping queue for 30 minutes. Tinder says you can get 10 times as many views as usual.
That means that more potential matches see your profile than usual, increasing your chances for more right swipes than ever.
You can purchase Boosts any time or receive one free every month when joined to either Tinder Gold or Platinum.
Sounds pretty damn good. And with Tinder’s newest addition, Super Boost, you can get up to 100 times more views! We will touch on Super Boost later.
In my opinion, Tinder Boost is the best feature to come from Tinder. Hands down. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about Boost, so you can get the most out of it.
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How Does Tinder Boost Work?
So as I mentioned above, your profile will catapult to the very top of the swiping deck, meaning that way more people will view your profile than usual.
So how does Tinder Boost work? Once you activate Tinder Boost your profile will immediately start to get more views. This will continue for a 30-minute period. With the Boost function, you can get up to 10 times more views, which of course means more matches.
Once you activate Tinder Boost, your profile will immediately start to get more views. This will continue for a 30-minute period. With the Boost function, you can get up to 10 times more views, which of course dramatically increases your chances of more matches.
Once you have Tinder Boost, there are two ways to activate it. Either set it off by pressing the purple lightning bolt on the main swiping page.
Alternatively, if you have Tinder Gold, you can press the purple lightning bolt on your ‘see who likes you’ Tinder Gold screen.
Once it has been set off, you will see a pop-up near the bottom of the screen with a number out of 10. This is a rough measure of how many more views you are getting on your profile.
Does Boost Really Work On Tinder?
As I said earlier, Tinder Boost is an extremely powerful feature. Tinder is doing everything in its power to ensure that Boost really does improve your reach and the overall amount of matches.
So does Boost really work on Tinder? Yes! Boost is one of the most valuable paid features on Tinder and can absolutely get you more matches. But you have to use it at the right time, and it’s more effective in busy areas.
Remember, the app wants its paid features to actually work, so you keep spending money. For Tinder Boost, I think it’s worth it.
When Should I Use Tinder Boost?
There are ideal times of the day, based on your current location, that I call “hot times”, where you will have the most luck when using Boost. This is when Tinder has most of its users logged in and swiping.
So you’re asking, when should I use Tinder Boost? The best time to use Tinder Boost is when the maximum number of users are swiping on Tinder. This peaks between 6 and 10 pm.
This is important because if you were to spend money on extra Boosts or used your precious free monthly Boost at 11 am on a Wednesday while most people were at work, it would be such a waste.
This is because a fraction of the potential matches would see your profile compared to a hot time. There is research that shows in some countries and cities massive spikes in Tinder use at 9 pm, others at 11 pm, others have the most traffic at 9 am for the morning commute.
This is where trial and error works best. Start out with the typical times of 8 pm – 10 pm and put your Boost into action.
How To Find The Best Time To Use Tinder Boost In Your Area
Have some common sense about using your Boost as well. If you are living in a city that is known for its nightlife, for example, New York, your Boosted profile might see more eyes if it’s a little later on.
If you are from a more rural area, maybe a more decent hour like 8 pm will suit you better.
Once you’ve settled into Tinder, feel free to test the best times for your area by setting Boost off. Look out for when Swipe Surges take place as they can hint at peak times.
When you do, you will see at the bottom of the screen a pop-up with a number out of 10, which will show roughly how many more views you are getting due to Boost.
This is a rough measurement, but this score allows you to judge how many users are on Tinder at that time of day. Once your 30 minutes are complete, it will give you a final score.
Note down what times seem to generate the best scores in your area, and stick to those high-traffic hours to maximize your Boost.
What Is The Best Day To Boost On Tinder?
Boosts aren’t off-puttingly expensive so to get the most out of Tinder you might consider using one every week.
So what is the best day to Boost on Tinder? The very best day to Boost on Tinder is Sunday. I have always seen the most user activity on a Sunday without a doubt. Monday and Thursday Nights are a close second.
I feel Sunday has high user activity because there are more people chilling out for the day and this is their time of the week to start swiping, maybe to set up some dates for the following week. It also could be because they are hung
If I were you, I would try and save my Boost for Sunday evening. But remember, it could be different in your location, so test away!
How Much Does Tinder Boost Cost? (Current U.S. Pricing)
As mentioned a couple of times already, with Tinder Gold and Tinder Platinum, you will receive a free Boost every month (not Tinder Plus though). But you can also fork out a little extra cash and buy one, five, or 10 if you use free Tinder.
If you were to ever spend some extra money on Tinder outside of a subscription, I would say spend it on Boost.
So how much does Tinder Boost cost? There’s no fixed price for Tinder Boost as Tinder fluctuates the price, but one Boost is usually around $7.99 while a bundle of 10 Boosts will cost $5 each.
If you meet an absolutely amazing person from using it, would the extra cash be worth it? Of course.
Something I have noticed over the years is that Tinder Boost cost packages change fairly often.
For example, not too long ago Tinder was offering the option to purchase Boost 20 times.
So if you try to purchase any of the above packages and they have changed, that is your reason.
On top of that, prices will obviously differ depending on your location.
How Long Does A Tinder Boost Last?
I know, I know, I already told you, Tinder Boost lasts for 30 minutes. But the reason I wanted to include this, is to tell you about something I like to call the ‘hangover Boost.
So how long does a Tinder Boost last? Tinder says a Boost lasts 30 minutes, but you’ll find that more Likes trickle in over at least an hour.
What I’ve found in the last two years of using Tinder Boost, for myself and clients, is that when you set off Boost there are at least another 20 minutes where your Tinder profile will be somewhat “boosted.”
This is obvious when you have Tinder Gold and will see likes still rolling in, even when Boost is complete.
So if you’re sitting on the fence thinking that 30 minutes is not enough to get more matches, don’t forget about the hangover Boost.
What Are The Tinder Boost Hearts?
I always get the question about the little hearts that pop up on the swipe screen when you set off Tinder Boost.
When you set off Boost, near the bottom of the screen in the section that shows how many more times than usual your profile is viewed (out of 10), you will also see little hearts floating above it.
On top of that, you will see little profile pictures of potential matches appear every now and then in between hearts. So what do these hearts and pictures of faces mean for your Tinder Boost? Is each heart indicative of a new like?
Well, sorry to let you down, but no. This is just a little tactic to keep your eyes on the screen and want to use Boost more. Much like the message saying ‘Swipe for the best results.’ Remember, Tinder wants its users to be active in the app!
So to answer your question, the floating hearts don’t mean anything. Just ignore them and wait until you’re done with the 30 minutes to check the results.
Can You Tell If Someone Is Boosting On Tinder?
When you match with someone using Tinder Boost, you may notice the purple lightning bolt on their profile. This indicates that your match originally came from a Boost.
So can you tell if someone is Boosting on Tinder? No. Your match will not see this purple lightning bolt on your profile. In fact, your match will have no way of telling that you ever used Boost.
So don’t stress about matches’ seeing that you’ve set Boost off. It can be your little secret.
3 Reasons Boost Isn’t Getting More Matches
Even though Boost is arguably Tinder’s best feature, it isn’t magic. Boost works to increase your chances of getting matches, but it definitely doesn’t guarantee them.
The good news is there are things you can do to improve the outcome of Boost.
First things first, avoid the 3 big reasons that Tinder Boost won’t work for you.
If you don’t get any more matches after using Tinder Boost, it usually comes down to one of three reasons.
1. You Used Boost At The Wrong Time
As I have written above, do not waste Boost outside of a hot time!
Be patient and wait until user activity is high, otherwise, you will barely see a change.
I accidentally set Boost off at around midday and guess what? I got minimal matches!
I know once you receive your freebie you might be keen to try it out, but try to be patient and wait for Sunday or at the very least evening time.
2. There’s No One New In Your Area
This will either be if you live in a very rural area with not many people to begin with, or you have previously been on a swiping rampage and have swiped on most people around you already.
If you have been swiping like a crazy man and feel like you’ve exhausted all your options you might need to go ahead and delete your profile to start over.
Definitely don’t do this too liberally, as Tinder is known for banning or deleting accounts because of starting over too many times.
3. Your Profile Needs Work
Remember, you don’t have to be a male model or have the wittiest Tinder bio to be successful on Tinder. But also remember, if your profile is crap, Tinder Boost won’t help you too much.
If you’re getting no matches at all with a Boost chances are that your profile has a red flag. Check out this post on Tinder Bio Do’s and Don’ts to make sure you aren’t breaking one of these rules.
5 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Tinder Boost
Don’t waste your money! Here’s how to get the most out of a Boost on Tinder.
1. Make Your First Photo Your Best
Make sure that your best photo is used as your number one photo so that when you set off Tinder Boost and other users are swiping quickly, you will catch their eye.
It’s also important that you are in full view on the swiping screen. What I mean by this is that when you are swiping through profiles, you are shown a somewhat cropped version of the original photo.
So ensure that you are somewhat in the center of the center before making that your number one photo.
2. Boost At 9 pm on Sunday, Monday, Or Thursday
As mentioned above, you don’t want to waste your Boost.
Data shows that 9 pm on Sunday has the highest user activity, but this can be slightly different depending on your area.
Starting out with one of these times is a good place to start if you haven’t done your own testing yet.
3. Make Your Bio Stand Out
Having a funny, creative, or attention-grabbing bio is one of the main things you can do to increase your chances of getting a match.
If you’re not sure where to start, check out my free list of 50 awesome bios that you can copy.
4. Boost In A Different Area
When you set off Tinder Boost in an area that you haven’t been in recently you will inevitably get more eyes on your profile than usual.
This could be simply going to a suburb a few miles away. It will mean that more people that haven’t swiped on you before will see you.
Plus, if you have set Boost off in an area where you spend lots of time, your profile will be shown to fewer people as they have already seen you/swiped on you.
5. Create A Unique/Over The Top Profile
The goal with Tinder Boost, or in general should always be to stand out. Having a unique profile that makes you stand out from everyone else can make sure that when you are at the top of the swiping queue you are getting attention.
One idea would be to create a flip photo. This involves having to connect your photos like a flip photo book.
Alternatively, you can go ahead and create a Photoshop profile just like this guy did.
Does Tinder Boost Work? (Even With A Low ELO Score)
If you aren’t sure what an ELO score is, basically it’s your secret ranking that Tinder gives you based on a number of factors like how many matches and replies you get or your swipe-to-match ratio, amongst many other things.
If your stomach just sunk because you had no idea such a thing existed, don’t stress, if you’ve messed it up in the past you can fix your ELO score with a bit of work.
Anyway, I digress. Maybe you’re aware of what your ELO score is and are worried that if it’s a little low, your Boost won’t work.
So does Tinder Boost work even with a low Elo score? Yes. When you have a Boost set off it ignores your ELO score and serves your profile up to the masses regardless.
This means that setting off Tinder Boost is also a great way to improve your ELO score so you can therefore be shown higher quality profiles and more of them too.
I highly suggest ensuring that you have followed all of the above steps to improve the outcome of your Boost before ever setting one-off.
That’s because if your ELO score is sitting a little low, you can make improvements to your profile, set off Boost, and then have a lot more people looking at the new and improved version of your profile and swiping right. This will in turn help increase your ELO score from its previous position.
What Is Tinder Super Boost
Who wants 10 when you can have 100? Well, Super Boost is all about maximizing your chances of connecting with more profiles even further.
So what is Tinder Super Boost? Instead of 10x the views on your profile, you can now receive up to 100. This is mostly because Super Boost is spread out over a longer period of time, from 3 to 12 hours.
Super Boost is still relatively new to Tinder, so expect to see its offerings/prices changing over the months, as Tinder will look to test the feature on the market.
And in fact, it hasn’t even been released globally yet. It’s only available for Tinder subscribers in certain areas.
If you’re a Tinder Gold or Platinum user you can check if Super Boost is available along with the other premium features. Here’s how to purchase Super Boost:
1) Open the Tinder app
2) Tap the profile icon
3) Tap the Boost button at the bottom of the screen
4) Select Unlock Super Boost.
Unfortunately, that means there is some confusion around pricing. To check pricing in your area, simply navigate to purchase more Boosts, which will give you an option below to ‘Unlock Super Boost’ instead.
Super Boost Cost
Initially, Super Boost was released in the U.S. for a flat 3-hour time limit. The cost was around $30 to $40 in the U.S. depending on age.
Now, pricing has changed slightly. Rather than offering a flat rate of 3 hours, it appears that Tinder is offering tiered pricing for longer periods of time.
You can purchase Super Boost for 3, 6, or 12 hours. Below shows the prices in current Australian Dollars.
As you can see, Super Boost is NOT cheap – it’s the Tinder Vault of Boosts, for big spenders only.
There have been mixed reviews on Super Boost. I personally believe you are better off purchasing 10 Boosts and spreading out the bump in profile views.
So that’s everything you need to know about Tinder Boost! But while Boosting your profile will give you 10x as many views and guarantee more likes, it won’t solve all your Tinder problems in one fell swipe…
That’s because you need a killer profile to make the most of a Boost. You want every set of eyes (or thumbs) that land on your profile to be all about a right swipe.
So before you splash out on Tinder Boost, check out my 6-Step Tinder Tune-Up. It’s a completely free profile overhaul and will help you tailor your bio, photos, and profile vibe to get more matches than ever.
Then add 10 times the views to the mix and you’ll be rolling in likes. Happy swiping, fellas.