The Ultimate Hinge Review

Hinge logoTired of endlessly swiping on Tinder? No time to sift through thousands of profiles on dating sites like Match and OkCupid, much less fill out the complicated profile sections? Hinge just might be the app for you. It’s free, there are plenty of attractive women using it, and it takes just a few minutes to sign up.

Hinge is a smartphone app available on the iPhone and the Android. Once you download the app, Hinge uses your Facebook profile to find suitable matches for you. Hinge users receive about a dozen matches a day. Each user you are introduced to either shares a mutual Facebook friend with you or is a 3rd degree connection.

Just like on Tinder, you choose to express interest or disinterest. If the interest is mutual, a match is made, and you are able to chat with her via the messages tab on the app.

Here’s Where It Gets Interesting.

Hinge separates itself from other mobile dating apps by injecting some urgency into the messaging process. Once a match is generated, users have only 24 hours to start a conversation before the match expires.

And you need to start it right away. Since BOTH users have to join the conversation before the clock runs out, you shouldn’t wait until the 23rd hour to message her because you’ve only given her an hour to respond.

So guys, that means you have to seize the opportunity and send her a witty, engaging icebreaker message.

If you let a match expire before starting a conversation, it’s not gone forever. It will eventually reappear in your queue of matches and you’ll have another chance to message her.

Once you’ve started exchanging messages, you have 14 days to take the conversation offline. At the end of two weeks, the match expires.

As annoying as deadlines can be, the sense of urgency these deadlines create for users to respond to a message and take things offline before the time runs out work in your favor.

If you’re not sure how to get her to say yes or provide her digits, check out these pro tips.

PROS:

  • This app attracts users who are more serious about meeting someone than some of its competitors. Hinge surveyed 1,500 users and found that 63% were seeking a relationship and 33% were looking to date. Only 2% were in the market for a hookup.
  • It’s very easy to join. Stats like your age, career, education, and location are uploaded from Facebook. Then, you have the option to add a short paragraph about yourself, specify your intentions (relationship, dating, or casual), and add your height, religion, and ethnicity.
  • Hinge uses your network of friends to find matches, so you are more likely to find women who share your interests and lifestyle. You can see what friends you share with each match. If you are unsure about a woman you are talking to, you can easily reach out to your Facebook friends and ask them what they think.
CONS:

  • The type of women you find on Hinge depends a lot on who you are friends with on Facebook. The more friends you have, the broader your dating pool will be.
  • Typical users are matched with only 7-17 women a day, so if you don’t find one you “like” it can be frustrating.
  • You only get limited information about your matches, so your filter options are limited to gender, age and location.
  • There’s no browsing the database like you can on a traditional dating site such as Match.com. Looking for a childless non-smoker who wants to have kids one day? No dice. Join Match.com or OkCupid instead.
  • It’s only available in some locations. If it’s not yet in yours, you’ll be put on the waiting list.
VERDICT:

If you have a lot of Facebook friends and live in or near a major city, give Hinge a try. It’s free, and it doesn’t require a large time investment. Matches are sent to you, so there’s no sifting through endless profiles hoping to find a diamond in the coal.

Cost

Downloading and using Hinge is completely free.

Get it here:

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Setting Up An Account

If it’s available in your area, Hinge is perhaps one of the easiest dating sites to join. Once you’ve downloaded the app, log in via your Facebook account. Most of your information will be transferred to your Hinge profile automatically. You are able to control some of the information that Facebook shares with the app.

Your profile consists of your photos, an “About Me” paragraph, height, religion, what type of relationship you’re looking for, ethnicity, and a choice of about 50 tags that describe your “personality.”

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Although you can choose up to 16 photos to use on your profile, it’s almost impossible to look equally attractive in all of them. You’re only as attractive as your worst photo, so select a range of 5 to 7, with your strongest picture as your primary one.

Since users only get a small number of matches per day, chances are she’s going to scrutinize your photos. Draw her into your lifestyle and make her curious to know you better.

Check out this article for some essential tips 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…

The “About Me” paragraph is short – 300 characters or less. Although your photographs are the most important part of your profile, you’ll want to fill this section out. If she’s on the fence about your photos, an intriguing, witty paragraph that captures your personality might compel her to hit “like”. Click here for some tips on how to write a short summary that will grab her attention.

preferncesOnce you’ve set up your account, you will receive a small number of matches a day, usually between 7 and 17. Since the available dating pool depends on the number of friends and friends of friends in your social network, this app is best for people living in a highly populated area who have a diverse network of Facebook friends.

When it comes to your matches, the search criteria is limited to an age range, what gender you’re looking for, and location.

Hinge’s matching algorithm then sifts through your extended friend network and finds women similar to people you’ve liked in the past, and that are likely to be interested in you.

When you have both “liked” each other, remember you have only 24 hours to start a conversation with her. Don’t just say “hey” – a recent survey Hinge conducted amongst its users revealed that creative, interesting opening questions performed much better than a boring “hey, what’s up”. And whatever you do, don’t be negative or pessimistic with your icebreaker message. That’s even worse than being boring.

Hinge is full of beautiful, intelligent women. However, just because they exist doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to find them, match with them, and convince them to go on a date.

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