Hinge is king of the long-term relationship apps. If you want to meet the best singles around, taking your profile seriously is crucial.
From the best prompts to answer to plenty of photo tips and expert messaging advice, this handy Hinge guide has everything you need to meet someone incredible on this popular dating app – all in one convenient place!
How is Hinge different from apps like Tinder?
1. You can change your location at any time, and without a paid subscription.2. It is marketed as a “relationship app,” so most of the people using it are looking for something more serious rather than casual hookups.3. Free members can see who already “liked” their profile.4. Hinge has more advanced filters than most dating apps, so you can screen for height, ethnicity, family plans and religion in addition to the basics like age and distance. Premium subscribers have access to even more filters.5. You’re required to upload 6 photos or videos to “like” other profiles.6. You can send a message at the same time you “like” a profile – meaning you don’t have to match before starting the conversation.7. It’s not a fast-paced swiping app. Hinge focuses on match quality instead of a near-endless match queue. You can only “like” 10 profiles a day without a paid subscription.8. The app will show you a “Most Compatible” profile each day.9. After including a phone number in a message exchange, Hinge will ask you via a pop-up message a few days later whether or not you’ve met yet, and if you did, how you thought the quality of the match was. Your input on the match quality will help the algorithm select higher quality matches as it learns your preferences.
What age are most Hinge users?
Many Hinge users are in their 20 and 30s – in other words, millennials. That being said, Hinge’s popularity is booming. It’s worth the download to see who is using it in your area, even if you’re dating over 40.
How does Hinge work?
In your Discover feed, you’ll scroll through profiles one at a time, and either “like” a prompt answer or a photo, or “skip” that profile by tapping the X.
When you “like” a piece of content, you can also include a message. This feature makes starting a Hinge conversation a snap. If that person “likes” you back a match is formed and the message exchange begins.
Standouts is a limited selection of profiles that changes daily. In this feed, you can see a prompt or photo prompt from a user’s profile that’s chosen based on similar content you’ve previously liked. Tapping on the profile tidbit brings up the full profile.
One of the Hinge Preferred benefits is being able to see all the people who have already “liked” you all at once. Simply “like” them back by tapping the “conversation” icon and a match is formed.
When it comes to exchanging messages, Hinge makes it easy to keep track of whose turn it is to send one. For instance, if someone has sent you a conversation starter, you’ll see a blue “Your Turn” tag in the list of active conversations.
Each answer has a 150-character limit, and there are over 80 prompts to choose from – and the selection changes often.
Accessing Hinge’s basic features is free. You can “like” up to 10 profiles daily, and see which users have already “liked” yours. You can also screen your matches via the basic preference filters.
What is Hinge Preferred?
Hinge Preferred is the premium subscription option. With a Preferred membership, you get unlimited daily likes, plus the ability to see all the people who already “liked” you in a simple grid view. (Free members have to “like/skip” one to see the next).