The Ultimate Hinge Review

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Hinge is one of the few mobile dating apps that doesn’t revolve around swiping. Instead of taking Tinder’s quantity over quality approach, Hinge’s format allows users to focus on a small number of profiles at a time.

If you’re serious about finding a relationship, Hinge might just be the app for you. This new Hinge Review has everything you need to know about using Hinge.

Starting A Convo Just Got Easier

Hinge gives you 10 matches each day, which you can see by going to the “Discover” section. If you like what you see, tap the heart icon. You can then comment on or “like” a photo, video or profile section. If the other person replies to your comment, a connection is made and you can start a conversation.

If you’re not interested, simply tap the “X” icon and your next match will pop up.

When another user expresses interest in you by commenting on your photos or stories, you'll have the opportunity to match with them in the “Likes You” section.

If you’re interested, tap the blue button or reply to their comment.

You can access existing conversations in the “Matches” section, and you’ll find your daily matches in the “Discover” section.

The filters you can use to screen your matches depend on what type of member you are, and how much of your profile is completed.

Free members can filter their matches using these criteria:

free hinge match criteria

Preferred members can access these additional filters:

preferred member hinge match criteria

The Pros And Cons Of Hinge

PROS:

  • Users indicate interest by “liking” or commenting on stories or photos in a profile. That’s a low time investment compared to having to send an icebreaker message like on other apps, so it’s easier for a girl to initiate a conversation with you.
  • Hinge surveyed its users and found 70% wanted a “relationship-oriented app”, with 45% seeking a serious dating relationship. That means women are generally serious about meeting someone and less likely to flake on you.
  • Anyone who downloaded Hinge prior to the app’s relaunch on 12/20/16 can try all the premium features for free during a 3-month trial period. After that, you can opt-in for the full membership (prices start at $5/month) or continue with a lifetime basic (free) membership.
  • You can change your location in the “preferences” section.
  • Conversations and matches never expire.

CONS:

  • You’re limited to interacting with your daily suggested matches unless you upgrade to a full membership. Free users only get 10 “likes” a day.
  • Free users only get 10 matches each day, so if you don’t find one you’re actually interested in it can be frustrating. Unlimited browsing requires a full membership.
  • Your “free” filter options are limited to basics like gender, age, location, height, ethnicity, and religion. And to access them, you must complete your profile.
  • Users you previously skipped can show up in your feed again, just in case you want to “reconsider”.

VERDICT:

If you live in or near a major city, give Hinge a try. It doesn’t require a large time investment, since matches are sent to you. That means no sifting through endless profiles hoping to find a diamond in the coal.

Cost

There are two levels of Hinge membership – Free and Preferred. Here is how the two compare:

Hinge Preferred member benefits

The cost for a Preferred Hinge membership depends on how many months you commit to up front:

Hinge Preferred membership cost

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Setting Up An Account

Once you’ve downloaded the app, log in via your Facebook account.

You select your neighborhood, then provide basic info like your height, ethnicity, and religious beliefs. “Prefer not to say” is an option.

The information Hinge displays about you is divided into 3 sections: Virtues, Vitals, and Vices. Select your answers for each, and choose whether or not that answer is visible or always hidden.

You’re also required to answer 3 “prompts” in 150 characters or less, which will be displayed throughout your profile.

The 65 prompts include things like  “My ideal fake sick day”, “Most embarrassing song on my Spotify”, “Two truths and a lie”, “Most spontaneous thing I've done”, and “I’m actually legitimately bad at”.

Once you’ve answered the prompts of your choosing, your Hinge profile is created using the biographical data and 6 photos or videos.

hinge photosYou must add 6 photos or videos in order to “like” other people on Hinge, so lead with your strongest picture. But make sure you look equally attractive in all of them – you’re only as attractive as your worst photo.

Adding a caption to a few of your photos is a good way to spark a conversation.

Since users only get a small number of matches per day, chances are your photos are going to get scrutinized. Draw people into your lifestyle and make them curious to know you better.

Check out this article for some essential tips for guys on choosing strong online dating photographs, but for now, here are the highlights:

  • Showcase your alpha side: you’re the guy making the toast, making the big play on the court, or the life of the party.
  • Throw in an interesting travel photo. She’s going to imagine what her life would be like with you, so let her know she’s in for some exotic vacations.
  • Give her a glimpse into your rich, full life. Photos of you engaged in your favorite hobbies let her know you’re not a couch potato.
  • Use a range of photos, including a close-up, a full-length shot, an “action” shot, that one where you’re all dressed up, etc…

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