How Does Tinder Work? Beginner’s Guide

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Do you wanna know how does Tinder work?

…So that you can get potentially more Tinder Dates.

Tinder’s algorithm is a secret. Duh. But there are things they have told the world about it, that makes it easier to understand a little bit about how Tinder works. It also gives some clues to some big no-nos if you want to stay on top of your Tinder game.

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It may seem like online dating is a numbers game, or a game of chance. It’s all serendipity. Only, it’s not. There’s an algorithm. And you need to crack it.

Considering that you know how Tinder work, we will teach you how to use Tinder effectively by optimizing your profile for the algorithm. But, for the people who don’t have any Idea

Tinder is a match-making dating app which allows people (its users) to left or right swipe on the profiles facilitated to them by the Tinder. Where right swipe means you’re interested in the person and left swipe means the opposite.

How Tinder Works & How to Use it:

1. Your Profile is Everything

You need a good profile on Tinder. Why? Because the basis of the algorithm is how many people like your profile.

That’s to say: how many people swipe right on you.

When you first join Tinder, your profile gets a boost. It’s shown to a lot of people swiping that day. This way, you get a chance to meet people and Tinder get a chance to determine your rating on their system.

So before you start, make sure you have a bunch of great photos, showing off you and your life and a fun bio to go with them. Blurry photos, a ton of selfies, photos of things that are not you, etc. will make people swipe left by default.

People want to get a glimpse of who you are and the life you lead through looking at your photos.

Your profile has to be real good to make Tinder work for you. Therefore, I highly recommend you reading Tinder profile Tips.

Likewise, a boring bio, or no bio at all, will lead to people swiping left. Think of it this way: when swiping right people take a gamble.

They want as much info as possible to support their decision to swipe right.

If you have no bio, it shows you don’t really care enough to write one. It also gives them less info to go on.

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Using Bio on Tinder effectively boosts your matches, so don’t miss out on it.

If you want people to swipe right, have a good amount of great photos and write a witty bio. It only needs to be a sentence, or three, but it needs to pique people’s interest. We have other articles on here about how to write a great bio.

Inside Scoop: Example of Good Tinder Bios

2. Limited Right-Swiping

If you swipe 2,000 times in an hour, you’ll get banned. Tinder will write you off as a bot.

On the other hand, if you never swipe, you’ll be put in the back of the queue. Your profile won’t be shown to people, as it’ll look like you’re inactive, so having people swipe on you, is just a waste of their time.

If you want to be seen on Tinder, pick up your phone once, or twice, a day, and spend 5-15 minutes swiping.

3. Always Talk with Your Match

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If you match with someone and don’t message them, it shows that either you’re a bot, or you just don’t care when you get matched.

So why would Tinder waste time matching you?

They want happy customers. They want people who pick up their phone and write a message once they’ve been matched.

Sure, we all make mistakes sometimes. We swipe right by mistake. Or maybe we were just a bit too keen to swipe one day and now that we have a few different people to talk to, that one person doesn’t seem so interesting anymore.

Fine. But try to talk to the majority of the people you swipe right on and get matched with, or your ratings will start to go down in the Tinder algorithm.

3. When You Swipe

If you swipe right on everyone, Tinder will think you have no standards. You don’t care who you’re matched with. So you’ll end up in the back of the queue. Especially with people who are popular.

Avoid using Tinder profile swipes gadgets.

Be selective. Not so selective you miss out on fun, but selective enough that you know that you swiped right because you REALLY wanted to meet that person, not because you were bored at work.

4. Messages That Don’t Work on Tinder

If everyone unmatches you after one message, or simply don’t reply…you seriously need to rethink your first message strategy. Not least, because Tinder will probably pick up on your appalling response rate.

Starting by telling someone they’re hot, or gorgeous…is usually not a good idea. It’s too much, too soon as a stand-stand-alone statement.

You can, on the other hand, say something like “Hello gorgeous, you seem like quite the adventurer, Morocco on camelback, huh?! :)”

A simple “hey,” or “how’s it going,” is too simple. As if you care, if that’s all you have to say! Many people don’t reply. Commenting on something in their profile, making a joke, or sending a funny GIF, is a much better strategy. Here is how you should start conversation on Tinder.

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Based on SimpleTexting survey, humourous is the most effective.

Inside Scoop: 10 Fist Tinder Messages Destined to Seal the Deal.

5. How Tinder Matches You?

When you first upload your profile and it’s showcased to a gazillion people, Tinder work by noting who swipes right and who doesn’t.

If lots of people swipe right, it means you rise in a ranking from 1-10.

If lots of people who are ranked high swipe right, it also means you rise in the ranking.

The people who are ranked as 10s are probably pretty selective in who they swipe right on, because they know they have choice.

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Tinder will also note what people swipe right the most — those who are a 10, or those who are a 5, etc.

All this will help give you, your ranking. Once your ranking is established, you’ll most likely be paired with people of the same ranking.

So now you understand how important it is to create a great profile before you start swiping. If you upload two shady photos and no bio, you might end up at the bottom of a pile. Quite literally.

That’s not to say Tinder follows this religiously. They probably match you with all sorts of people. They have to, or they’d be discriminating. If you’ve ever used Tinder you’ve noticed how you get both the most absurdly good looking people and people hiding under massive shades on blurry photos in your feed. The point is, they will match you with a certain type of ranking more often than not and your profile will be more, or less, visible depending on various things in their algorithm.

6. Unknown Factors

No one knows Tinder’s algorithm who doesn’t work there. Maybe it’s affected by your education, profession, etc. as well as the above mentioned factors. I can’t tell you that.

The only thing I can tell you is to create a profile filled with good, varied, pictures of yourself, a short interesting, or witty, bio and recommend you use Tinder a few times a week to ensure it shows you’re still active. Oh, and message people you match with.

7. Paid Boosts

If you realize you’ve been using Tinder in ways that don’t serve you, like swiping right on everyone and uploading crap photos and no bio…it might be time for a paid boost.

The algorithm constantly measures what’s going on. So if you want to show you’re active again and have a great profile…pay for a boost if you want things to change faster.

8. Use Super Likes

Apparently people who get super liked are three times as likely to swipe right on you. If nothing else, chances are they’ll stop long enough to read your profile. This can help you get more right swipes and help you increase your chances.


Again, don’t try to super like everyone. I’m sure Tinder’s algorithm won’t like that either…

Inside Scoop: How to Super-Like on Tinder

See, I promised you it wasn’t rocket science!

All in all, Tinder has developed an algorithm to try to find people who are the most likely to swipe right on each other.

Of course they mix it up, but to make sure you get great matches, the best thing you can do is create a great profile. And then make sure to swipe with caution and talk to the people you match with.S

Maria Montgomery

Maria Montgomery

A Writer. Director. Social Entrepreneur. Change maker. Foodie. Creative nutcase. Potentially funny. Maria has been in the online dating scene for the longest time. Her personal experience in online dating is unmatchable which qualifies her for a top expert.

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