What is Tinder Boost?

In three days from now, we will be hitting the 2 years anniversary of the inception of the Tinder Boost function. I know it’s a bit strange I know the exact date the Boost feature became a reality, but if you knew the power of these bad boys, you would understand!

Tinder Boost is a feature that allows you to skip ahead of the line and be one of the top viewed profiles for the next 30 minutes.

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.

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.

Once you activate your 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.

If you have Tinder Plus or Gold you will receive one free Tinder Boost a month. If you don’t have a paid subscription, don’t stress, you are able to buy one, five or ten at a time.

Once you have your 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.

Now your boost will be in action for you! A message will appear saying ‘for the best results keep swiping.’ I believe this isn’t the case and the best way to use a boost is to set and forget.

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.

As I said earlier, Tinder Boost is an extremely powerful feature. Tinder is doing everything in its power to ensure the Boost really does improve your reach and overall amount of matches.

Remember, the app wants its paid features to actually work, so you keep spending money. For boost, I am happy to do so.

When should I use Tinder Boost?

There are ideal times of the day, based on your current location, that are “hot times”, where you will have the most luck when using a Boost. This is when Tinder has the most of its users logged in and swiping.

The reason this is important is 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 put your boost into action.

Have some common sense about it as well. If you are living in a city that is known for its nightlife, for example New York, your boost might see more eyes if it’s used a little later on.

If you are from a more rural area, maybe a more decent hour like 7pm will suit you better.

Testing the best time and day to use a Tinder Boost

Once you’ve settled into Tinder a while, feel free to test the best times for your area by setting a Boost off. 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 the boost.

This is a rough measurement, but this score allows you to judge roughly how many users are on Tinder at that time of day. Once your 30 minutes is done, it will give you a final score.

Note down what times seem to generally get the best scores in your area, and stick to the high traffic hours to maximize your Boost.

In my findings, the very best day, regardless of where you are in the world, is Sunday. I have always seen the most user activity on a Sunday without a doubt.

I feel this is because there are more people just chilling out for the day, not doing too much 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-over in bed that day and feel like chatting, maybe more.

If I were you, I would try and save my Boost for Sunday afternoon and night. But remember, it could be different in your location, so test away!

How much do Tinder Boost(s) cost?

As mentioned a couple of times already, with Tinder Plus and Gold you will receive a free Boost every month. But you can also fork out a little extra cash and buy one, five or 10 Boosts.

If you were to ever spend some extra money on Tinder outside of a subscription, I would say spend it on Boosts. If you meet an absolutely amazing person from using it, would the extra cash be worth it? Of course.

Let’s take a look at the current pricing in a few different locations:

The U.S.

The UK


So if you’re in the U.S. you get the most bang for your buck compared to the others when you take exchange rates into account. Unfortunately for you guys in the UK, you’re spending the most. At least you have the best weather, right?

How long does a Tinder Boost last?

I know, I know, I already told you. 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.’

What I’ve found in the last two years of using Boosts, for myself and clients, is that when you set off a Boost there at least another 20 minute period where your profile will be somewhat “boosted.”

This is obvious when you have Tinder Gold and will see likes still rolling in, even when your Boost is complete. So if you’re sitting on the fence thinking that 30 minutes is not enough to get more matches, remember the hangover Boost.

What are the Tinder Boost hearts?

I always get this question, so I had to include it in here. When you set off a Boost, near the bottom of the screen where your score out of 10 will appear, you will also see little hearts floating above it.

On top of that, you will see little profile pictures 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 wanting to use Boosts more. Much like the message saying “swipe for the best results.’ Remember, Tinder wants it’s users to be active and in the app!

So to answer your question, the floating hearts don’t mean anything. Just ignore them and wait till you’re done with your boost to check the results.

Boost isn’t getting me more matches

There are usually three scenarios where the Boost feature won’t work for you.

You used Boost at the wrong time

As I have written above, do not waste your boost outside of a hot time! Be patient and wait until user activity is high, otherwise you will barely see much change.

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, check out the below video on how you can fix it.

Your profile needs work

Remember, you don’t have to be a male model or the wittiest Tinder bio to be successful on Tinder. But also remember, if your profile is crap, a boost won’t help you too much.

Chances are, your profile has a red flag and that’s why you aren’t getting more matches with your Boost. Check out this post on Tinder Bio Do’s and Don’ts to make sure you aren’t breaking one of these rules.

You can also check out this video on a few Tinder photo mistakes you should try your best to avoid.

Will my Tinder Boost work 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 you get, your swipe to match ratio amongst many other things.

If your stomach just sunk because you had no idea such thing existed, don’t stress, if you’ve messed it up in the past you can fix it. You can download my list of 5 unknown ways to get more matches, and within this report, you will learn how to fix your ELO score. 

Anyway, I digress, if you are aware of what your ELO score is and are worried it might be a little low and therefore your Boost won’t work. Well stress no more, because the good news is that when you have a Boost set off it ignores your ELO score and serves your profile to the masses regardless.

So that’s everything you need to know about Tinder Boost! If you’re wondering what to do once you have finished your Boost. Get swiping! And once you have a bunch of new matches check out my free video mini-course on sending the perfect opening line so you can be sure to start the conversation off on the right foot.

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