Before we dive into possible reasons you aren’t getting matches on Hinge, I want to make sure you are an experienced Hinge user.
If you’re new to the app and things have never really gotten going for you, take a look at my article on how Hinge works to make sure you have the basics down before you start tearing your hair out. If you want to make absolutely sure you master the app, come back and finish this article straight afterward!
If you’ve been using Hinge for a while and aren’t getting many matches, there could be a few reasons behind the issue. Maybe your profile isn’t good enough, you’ve chosen the wrong pictures, or your search settings are all messed up.
Hinge is the app that’s designed to be deleted, but it’s also designed to encourage some pickiness because you get so few daily likes.
Before we start our deep dive into why you aren’t getting matches on Hinge and how you can get more, let’s take a look at what counts as a lot of Hinge matches and what counts as not many at all.
How Many Matches On Hinge Are Normal?
‘Normal’ is always tricky to define, so I can’t say for sure what is normal in terms of Hinge matches. I can look at some data, though, as well as anecdotal evidence.
So, how many matches do Hinge users report?
According to Reddit users, anything between 1-14 matches per week can be expected on Hinge. That is adjusted to remove the humble-braggers claiming 50 matches a day.
To get daily double-digit matches on Hinge you would have to be extremely swipe-happy, have Hinge Preferred yourself, and swipe right on an awful lot of users who also pay for Preferred.
This is because Hinge only allows basic users 8 likes a day (Preferred users get unlimited swipes). Compare that to the 100 daily swipes offered on Tinder’s free service, and the reports about Bumble’s top-secret daily swipe limit being somewhere between 25 and 50, and you start to see why matches are rarer on Hinge.
The idea, of course, is to make you more selective, so that when matches happen they mean more.
There are loads of factors on top of the swipe limit that might be part of determining how many matches you get on Hinge, and how often you get a match. Without even taking your profile into account, you improve your chances of getting matches.
- You have a wide age range set (as long as you are realistic about who you are likely to find attractive enough to like).
- You live in a well-populated area, particularly a medium to large city.
- The gender ratio is in your favor: on Hinge, around 65% of US users are men, and 34% women. A small minority of users are nonbinary (options for male and female identities within the male/female categories such as ‘trans man’ are counted in the male/female percentages).
Tips Getting For More Hinge Matches
My advice for getting more matches on Hinge is similar to my advice for getting more matches on other swiping sites like Bumble and Tinder.
But because of Hinge’s swipe limit, the detail encouraged in profiles, and the fact that other users can respond to your pictures or prompt answers, you have to put in even more effort than you would elsewhere.
Just like on other apps, the Hinge algorithm takes a lot of what you do (and don’t do) on the app into account when deciding who to show your profile to.
That means you have to impress the algorithm first, with a fully filled out profile and regular use of the app, and then you also have to impress other users (and those users swiping right will also impress the algorithm in turn).
So, here are my tips for getting more Hinge matches:
- Use Hinge Regularly. Hinge doesn’t strictly use an ELO score, but the Hinge algorithm is similar. That means that regular use of the app bumps you higher up in other users’ feeds.
- Take new photos. If you aren’t getting matches, your photos aren’t good enough. I don’t mean, though, that you should take a bunch of selfies. There is very little more tragic in online dating than a man who has six mirror selfies as his Hinge pictures. Plus, a bunch of pictures that are almost the same make you look like a bot or a catfish.
- Post varied photos. To continue with the photo advice, switch things up between pictures! Show various aspects of your personality. A silly Halloween costume pic, a hiking pic, a party pic, and sure, if you have one to hand, a PG level thirst trap.
- Choose the right first pic. According to a group of neuroscientists, a good dating app picture is: of only you, no other people; has no facial obstructions, like sunglasses; high contrast; close up. So, in normal people’s terms, that would be a photo of you, up close, with nothing in the way. And obviously, you should look your best.
- Think carefully about your prompt answers. Some can be funny, to show your sense of humor, while others should indicate a bit of depth. The whole point of Hinge is that, with prompts, you can’t just rely on a funny bio to attract matches. What works on Tinder doesn’t always work on Hinge. My advice would be: one funny answer, one ‘get to know the real you better’ answer, and one ‘things you like’ answer.
- Get a second, even a third opinion. I know it can be a bit cringe, but asking a friend to look at your profile and give you tips can really help you get more Hinge matches. Even better, if you’re on Hinge looking to match with women then ask a friend who happens to also be a woman.
How Girls Can Get More Hinge Matches
Honestly, women outnumber men two to one on Hinge. It is likely, as a woman, that you’re looking for more quality matches rather than just more matches (assuming you’re swiping on men).
If matches, in general, are the issue, follow all the tips above, and also:
- Check your Hinge search settings. Make sure you haven’t accidentally made them really limiting, like a one year age range and a one mile distance.
- Read over your profile for actual mistakes.
- Consider moving somewhere a bit busier! That Oregon farming town sure is cute, but no one is on Hinge.
If you need more quality matches as a woman:
- Make it clear what you are looking for in your profile. Potential matches aren’t mind readers – if you want hookups and are getting serious young men offering you flowers, there’s an easy fix. Being clear in your profile. In words.
- Perfect your search settings: Are they maybe a little too lax? Raising the age minimum sometimes gets rid of the youngest and most over-eager Hinger users.
And if none of this is enough, or you want to try out a more female-friendly space than Hinge (or just a change, maybe) you can also give my article on the best dating apps for women in 2022 a read.
How Guys Can Get More Hinge Matches
As a guy, if you’re not getting many matches on Hinge you may well be making one of several common mistakes. If none of the general tips for getting more matches seem to apply to you, you may need to:
- Choose photos that start conversations. This is a bit of a generalization, but as a rule women on dating apps are looking to start interesting conversations that aren’t just about looks. If you’ve recently been up a mountain, or to the zoo, or on an amazing trip, that’s something to talk about!
- Avoid putting up red flags. This includes things like bragging about past relationships, too much innuendo, angry and negative answers to prompts, and anything sexist.
- Be thoughtful about prompt answers. Yes, right down to the spelling and grammar! Remember, women tend to be sick of men coming on too strong, lying, getting angry… so show the best you possible in your prompts.
- Have a thick skin. Not everyone is going to swipe right. Not everyone who swipes right will click with you. That’s okay! Don’t let yourself get down and give up on the app, or, worse, direct your irritation at a match. Nothing good ever came of that sort of thing.
What Should You Never Do On Hinge?
Of course, there are absolute no-nos on all dating apps. They are similar on Hinge and on Bumble and Tinder, but as Hinge allows more space to be yourself it also allows more space to make mistakes. On Hinge you should never:
- Upload photos that aren’t of you. Literally why would you do that if you want matches? One picture of your dog is fine, a random selection of your friends, furniture, and books you like… yeah… that’s a no.
- Post photos with an ex. Or, worse, a current significant other! And remember, no one can tell if your best opposite sex friend is your squeeze or not, so maybe not a pic of the two of you hugging? Or even worse, you as best man standing next to the bride at a wedding. There’s not much difference between a groom’s outfit and everyone else in his party.
- Write only short, one-word prompt answers for every prompt. Maybe you want to seem cool and mysterious. But you don’t, you just seem like a withholding asshole.
- Only answer prompts with heartfelt essays. Your potential matches want a bit of information on who you really are, but honestly, not your life story. Save something for the date.
- Be too demanding. You cannot lay out exactly what you want from another person in your bio. You’ll never get exactly that, and you’ll sound really immature. Your profile is about you. Maybe what you want next, but not a list of prerequisites for a date.
- Be a sleazebag! Yes, this includes wildly swiping right on every woman out there. Or commenting on photos with something …well …sleazy. If it feels a bit iffy, just don’t do it.
Hinge General Rules
Just like on all dating sites, there are some basic rules you need to follow on Hinge. There’s the ‘being a normal human’ rules like:
- Be yourself – just a really great version of yourself.
- Put effort in if you want to get anything out of the experience.
- Be clear and honest about what you want. Hookups? Fine, just be upfront. Love? Great. Then be selective, pay your matches attention, and let them know what’s up in terms of your expectation.
- Don’t be a creep, even as a joke.
- Show interest in your matches. They aren’t mind readers, and there’s no ‘treat them mean to keep them keen’ in online dating. They will just forget about you and move on.
Then there are the actual rules. As in, the Hinge terms and conditions. They include:
- You must be at least 18 years old;
- You don’t have more than one account on our Services;
- You must not previously have been removed from our Services by us, unless you have our express written permission to create a new account.
The rules include other classics, like no sex offenders, no catfish, no one ‘on any list of individuals prohibited from conducting business with the United States.’ Actually, that last one sounds like it belongs in a spy movie. But overall they’re your usual terms and conditions.
Except one! Hinge’s Ts&Cs also include the clause ‘You must be looking for a meaningful relationship’, but ‘meaningful’ is subjective! As long as you aren’t stringing anyone along, you’ll be fine. To see the full list of terms and conditions, take a look at Hinge’s website.
Is Hinge Rigged?
No dating app is ‘rigged’, but they do all have algorithms that take a whole bunch of factors into account. They also sometimes get buggy and, depending on where you are and how you behave on them yourself aspects of them, can be irritating.
Hinge isn’t rigged, but there are tricks to using it. Make sure your profile is not only complete but interesting, varied, and shows who you are. Don’t go mad with the right swipes, and if you are in a position to then pay for preferred.
On Hinge more than other apps, you are much more likely to get matches if you pay for premium. Increasingly, over the last few years, the app has become somewhat ‘two tier’.
So, if you’re serious about finding the one it might be worth coughing up for Hinge Preferred! You don’t have to upgrade to get matches on Hinge, but it helps get more.
Hinge also knows how often you are swiped right on, as well as how often you swipe right. This means that more attractive profiles float to the top of the pile. Or rather, are pushed up there by the algorithm.
But the most attractive profiles aren’t necessarily the hottest people! Hinge doesn’t actually know how hot you are. Follow the steps in this article as a starting point to a great ‘attractive’ profile.
Or, if you feel like Hinge asks too much of you with its six pics and three prompts rules, try the Dude Hack dating app quiz to discover the app that is just right for your dating needs.