Not surprisingly, there’s a disproportionate number of dudes on Tinder, which can make it harder for the male members of our species to get a right swipe on this online dating app. (Sniffle). That’s why a lot of guys turn to Tinder hacks to up their chances of scoring a match and hopefully a date on the app. There’s no reason why girls can’t use these too, though, if they want to get more matches or just higher quality matches.
What Is a Tinder Hack, Anyway?
A Tinder hack is an easy way to maximize your matching capabilities on this online dating app. In some cases, using a Tinder hack can be a little like tricking the system a bit. But don’t worry, it’s all completely legal and a lot more ethical than catfishing. Nothing too shady here, just some smart tactics to help you get more Tinder matches.
Don’t be shy. Read on.
Generally speaking, there are two types of Tinder hacks: 1) strategies to improve your own Tinder profile and 2) strategies to manipulate the Tinder algorithm. In this article, we’ll give you some examples of each of these types of hacks that you can try out right away.
What Is the Tinder Algorithm?
Yes, Tinder has an algorithm, and no, it’s not easily explained—or even fully known, for that matter. What we do know is that every Tinder user has been assigned a secret score used to help the app determine who to show their profile to and which profiles to show in their own feeds.
There is no way to find out what your score is (not that anyone would ever really want to know), but fortunately, there are ways to increase it. Many of the Tinder hacks we share in this article are designed to do just that.
10 Tinder hacks to help you get the most from Tinder:
1. Use the right photo(s).
No Tinder hack can replace the simple act of using the right pic on Tinder. It may not be right; it may not be fair, but it is true—looks matter on Tinder (and IRL for that matter). There’s just no getting around it. Use a picture that shows you at your best and ditch the hat and sunglasses.
Inside Scoop: I’ve put together 13 Tips To Make Your Tinder Profile Too Tempting To Resist
2. Use the app regularly.
This may sound like the most obvious Tinder hack of all time, but it’s actually legit. Tinder says the more you use the app, the more your profile is shown to other active members. It’s a fool-proof way of getting more exposure and hopefully, more matches. From the folks at Tinder:
We prioritize potential matches who are active, and active at the same time. We don’t want to waste your time showing you profiles of inactive users. We want you chatting and meeting IRL. And there’s nothing better than matching and immediately striking up a conversation. Using the app helps you be more front and center, see more profiles and make more matches. This is the most important part of our algorithm — and it’s totally in your control.
3. Send the first message.
Confidence is sexy, so go get you some. In fact, get enough of it to message your match first. It’s sad that so many matches senselessly die from inactivity.
If you’re sitting around waiting on her to message you first, then you’re part of the problem. Be the solution instead, and send her a message already. What are you waiting for?
Inside Scoop: I’ve put together 10 best first Tinder messages, make sure to check them out.
4. Try a funny pick up line.
If you’re trying to come off suave on Tinder, give it up already. Take off your bowtie, turn down the classical music and grab a beer because it’s time to get a little more casual.
Taking yourself too seriously can be poison to your likeability on this dating app. Humor is the anecdote. Go funny or go home.
5. Like it up on Facebook.
Take a minute to log in to your Facebook account and like all of your favorite movies, books, celebrities, and bands.
Because Tinder shows your potential matches which FB pages you’ve liked. And this could be a good starting point for some future conversations between you and your next girl/boyfriend. Remember, finding a shared interest is a good way to start instantly bonding when you meet a new person. This works online and off btw!
6. Strike a swipe balance.
The Tinder algorithm doesn’t like it when you swipe right too much or not enough. It rewards you for striking a nice balance.
If you swipe right on every profile, your own desirability score will decrease and you’ll get less exposure. If you’re too picky, you won’t be shown as many potential matches. Try to strike a balance.
7. Use a Superlike.
Tinder gives you one free SuperLike a day, but some people believe using this feature on the dating app will make you look desperate. This may or may not be true. What we do know about SuperLikes though is that they have an effect on Tinder’s algorithm.
When you use a SuperLike, your profile gets pushed to the top of the deck, at least for the person you SuperLiked. If that person likes you back, then your score improves. Whoop!
Inside Scoop: Learn here how to use Tinder Superlike effectively.
8. Activate Smart Photos.
Tinder claims using the Smart Photos feature can increase your matches on the app by 12%.
Smart Photos is a new Tinder feature that keeps track of your most popular photos on and shows them to new matches first. It also puts your remaining photos in order of popularity. Using the feature will cost you nothing and could make the difference between a right and left swipe, so why not give it a go?
9. Ask original questions.
By asking your match original questions, you’re essentially doing two things: keeping her attention (that’s the “original” part) and prompting her to respond back (the question part). As we mentioned earlier, so many Tinder matches die because the conversation never gets started or falls flat.
Don’t let this happen—get curious, and ask some fun questions to get to know your match better. Make sure these queries have substance. Forget “What’s up?” or “How was your day?” You might as well ask her how to spell BORING!
10. Ask her on a “proper” date.
And by proper date, I don’t mean wine and dine her. Guys, pay attention. It’s the 21st century, and dating has changed fairly drastically. Asking a girl out via a dating app requires that you do two things: keep it public and keep it short.
Girls these days are worried about both their safety and their sanity when accepting dates from online suitors. She doesn’t want to get kidnapped, nor does she want to die of boredom on a seemingly endless date. If you do match with someone you can carry on a conversation with, remember these two things when taking things to the next level.
Inside Scoop: Maria has put out excellent article on Tinder Date Ideas, go check ’em.
There you have it—10 Tinder hacks designed to help you score more matches and dates on Tinder. Try them out today. They could be a game-changer!