Create your Hinge profile
Armed with the Hinge dating basics, it’s time to ensure a memorable profile. If you’re on Hinge, it’s usually an indicator you’re ready for something a little more long-term. For the lazier among us, this means we need to put in a little more effort than just an ‘about me’ one-liner:
- Start with a decent profile picture. The image should be good quality, clear, and one of you smiling (with clothes on, ideally!).
- The profile text is an important part of your profile and acts as a supporting role to your well-chosen photos. When choosing your Hinge prompt, go for one that will present you and your quirks best. Opt for the three prompts that will showcase what makes you, you i.e. your interests, your mates, your family, your award-winning humour, that weird fact you just learnt / Googled.
Mastering the Hinge chat
After you’ve set up the profile, it’s time to make sure that you have the best Hinge openers for when you get a match. Hinge actually ran a study and found that the worst way you can start a conversation on the app is with ‘hey’. When it comes to your Hinge openers, they recommend coming up with something unique and fun to see the best results. NO PRESSURE.
No, but seriously, don’t let sheer terror take hold. First, avoid asking for a number or a date in the first message. We’re all for putting your best foot forward, but that’s a little too forward for a first message.
Start off your Hinge chat with something that will make whoever you’re messaging feel good about themselves. One of the simplest and most effective Hinge openers is to ask them about a particular feature of their profile – this usually works as a good hook. It’s kind of cool to go for the less obvious – try liking their chosen weird fact, rather than the pic every other potential match is going to ask them about.
Alright, we know what we just said, but if you feel that your Hinge messages are going particularly well with one person, don’t wait too long to ask them out.
Because the only thing worse than asking them out on Hinge too early is waiting too long and missing your shot. Once you ask them on a date, you’re free to leave the Hinge messages behind and enjoy the buzz of a new relationship.
Sometimes getting serious can be sort of fun – have a go with these tips and tricks on how to use Hinge; finding your next relationship might just hinge on it. Wahey.