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Hinge FAQ – Common Hinge Questions Answered!

How is Hinge different from apps like Tinder?
  1. You can change your location at any time, and without a paid subscription.
  2. It is marketed as a “relationship app,” so most of the people using it are looking for something more serious rather than casual hookups.
  3. Free members can see who already “liked” their profile.
  4. Hinge has more advanced filters than most dating apps, so you can screen for height, ethnicity, famiy plans and religion in addition to the basics like age and distance. Premium subscribers have access to even more filters.
  5. You're required to upload 6 photos or videos to “like” other profiles.
  6. You can send a message at the same time you “like” a profile – meaning you don’t have to match before starting the conversation.
  7. It’s not a fast-paced swiping app. Hinge focuses on match quality instead of a near-endless match queue. You can only “like” 10 profiles a day without a paid subscription.
  8. The app will show you a “Most Compatible” profile each day.
  9. After including a phone number in a message exchange, Hinge will ask you via a pop-up message a few days later whether or not you’ve met yet, and if you did, how you thought the quality of the match was. Your input on the match quality will help the algorithm select higher quality matches as it learns your preferences.
What age are most Hinge users?

Many Hinge users are in their 20 and 30s – in other words, millennials. That being said, Hinge's popularity is booming. It's worth the download to see who is using it in your area, even if you're dating over 40.

How does Hinge work?

You can see your potential matches in three feeds – Discover, Standouts, and Likes You.

In your Discover feed, you’ll scroll through profiles one at a time, and either “like” a prompt answer or a photo, or “skip” that profile by tapping the X.

When you “like” a piece of content, you can also include a message. This feature makes starting a Hinge conversation a snap. If that person “likes” you back a match is formed and the message exchange begins.

Standouts is a limited selection of profiles that changes daily. In this feed, you can see a prompt or photo prompt from a user's profile that’s chosen based on similar content you’ve previously liked. Tapping on the profile tidbit brings up the full profile.

In the “likes you” section, free users will also scroll through each profile one at a time.

One of the Hinge Preferred benefits is being able to see all the people who have already “liked” you all at once. Simply “like” them back by tapping the “conversation” icon and a match is formed.

When it comes to exchanging messages, Hinge makes it easy to keep track of whose turn it is to send one. For instance, if someone has sent you a conversation starter, you’ll see a blue “Your Turn” tag in the list of active conversations.

Hinge profiles consist of 6 photos or videos and 3 prompt answers.

Each answer has a 150-character limit, and there are over 80 prompts to choose from – and the selection changes often.

How much does Hinge cost?

Accessing Hinge’s basic features is free. You can “like” up to 10 profiles daily, and see which users have already “liked” yours. You can also screen your matches via the basic preference filters.

What is Hinge Preferred?

Hinge Preferred is the premium subscription option. With a Preferred membership, you get unlimited daily likes, plus the ability to see all the people who already “liked” you in a simple grid view. (Free members have to “like/skip” one to see the next).

A Preferred membership will also unlock the advanced filters, like children, pets, drinking, drugs, etc. You’ll also have access to Hinge experts who can answer questions or help with your profile.

A premium membership is $12.99/month, with a price break for committing to multiple months at once. It’s $6.99/month for 3 months, or $4.99/month for 6 months.

How do I cancel my subscription to Hinge?

To cancel Hinge Preferred on your iPhone:

  1. From the “Settings” menu, tap “iTunes & App Store”
  2. Tap your Apple ID
  3. Then “View Apple ID” (sign in if prompted)
  4. Tap “Subscriptions”
  5. Select your Hinge Preferred subscription
  6. Tap “Cancel Subscription”

To cancel Hinge Preferred on your Android:

  1. Open Google Play Store
  2. Tap “Menu”
  3. Then “Account”
  4. Then “Subscriptions”
  5. Select your Hinge Preferred subscription
  6. Tap “Cancel”

Hinge doesn’t give refunds, but you can request one via the Apple store or Google.

To request a Hinge refund on an iPhone:

  1. Go to https://getsupport.apple.com/
  2. Select “Billing & Subscriptions”
  3. Then “Subscriptions & Purchases”
  4. Then “Request a Refund”
  5. Provide the reason why you want one.

To request a Hinge refund on an Android, go here, then select which type of refund you're seeking and follow the instructions.

Can I pause my account or hide my Hinge profile?

Right now Hinge does not have a way to temporarily pause your account.

However, if you don’t want your Hinge profile to be shown to anyone as a suggested match, you can set your preferences to very unlikely combinations (i.e. 7 feet tall and 1 mile away) and specify them as “Dealbreakers”.

For someone to see your profile, they have to meet your preferences and vice versa.

How do I delete photos on Hinge?
  1. To delete photos on Hinge:
  2. Go to the Settings menu & tap on your profile picture to edit your profile.
  3. Tap the “x” in the upper right corner of the image you want to remove
  4. Select where you want the replacement image to be pulled from (Facebook, Instagram or your Camera Roll)
  5. Choose the image you’d like to replace it with and the app will make the change in your lineup.

Hinge doesn’t allow you to delete a photo unless you replace it with another image.

Where is Hinge available?

Hinge is currently available in the US, Canada, Australia, India, and the UK.

Can you use Hinge without Facebook?

When Hinge first started its mission was to find connections by way of your Facebook friends. However, since then it has evolved so that you can use Hinge without Facebook by signing up with a mobile number.

You can also disconnect Facebook from your Hinge profile.

From the “Settings” screen, select the “Account” menu. Scroll down to “Connected Accounts” and toggle Facebook off.

However, if you originally created your account via Facebook, you must have a mobile number associated with your Hinge account before you can disconnect your profile from Facebook.

If you’re choosing to download Hinge and create a profile via Facebook now, you’ll need a minimum of 60 Facebook friends, which is one of the ways Hinge is cracking down on fake profiles.

Can I change my location on Hinge?

Yes, you can change your location at any time, even as a free user. Simply change the neighborhood by tapping the “Settings” icon and going to “Preferences.”

Does Hinge offer profile verification?

While Hinge will verify your account during the setup process, they don’t offer a verification via a selfie like Bumble and Tinder do.

What is a Dealbreaker on Hinge?

You can make any of your match criteria a “Dealbreaker” – meaning if a profile fits that criteria, you won’t see it. If you don’t specify something as a dealbreaker, you may see that profile if they are a close match.

How do I see my matches?

You can view your suggested matches in the Discover section by tapping the “H” icon at the bottom left of your screen.

To see who has already “liked” your profile, tap the “heart” icon. Free users can scroll through the profiles one by one, and either “like” or “skip” them.

With a Hinge Preferred subscription, you can see all the profiles of people who “liked” you in one grid view.

Do Hinge matches disappear?

A Hinge match will disappear from your feed if that person unmatched you. There is no way to undo this action.

If someone “liked” your profile, but then they disappear, that means they deleted their profile. There is no time limit imposed for matching or messaging.

Can you search for someone on Hinge?

No. Hinge doesn't have a user search function, so there is no way to find someone on Hinge.

Does Hinge have a daily likes limit?

Unless you have a premium subscription, you can only “like” 10 profiles each day.

Can I undo a “Skip” on Hinge?

No, once you hit the X, there’s no way to undo it. But if you happen to run out of people in your area, you’ll be shown profiles that you previously skipped.

What are Hinge “Most Compatible” matches?

Once a day (or so), you’ll receive a “Most Compatible” match – someone recommended by Hinge because the app’s algorithm has identified them as being particularly well suited for you.

Want to learn more about this Hinge feature? Find out how Most Compatible works!

What is Hinge’s “We Met” feature?

Once you have exchanged phone numbers with someone via Hinge’s messaging platform, the app will follow up in a few days to see if you actually met in person yet, and if you did, whether or not you thought the match was a good one.

Your answers won’t be shared with the other person, and it will also help improve the matching algorithm.

What is Hinge Standouts feature?

This feed contains around 10 specially selected profile and photo prompts of potentially compatible matches.

The prompts are selected by Hinge's matching algorithm, based on part by your previous interactions within the app. Tapping on a specific prompt brings up the entire profile for that user, at which point you can send them a rose if you're interested.

What's a rose?

A rose is equivalent to a “super like.”

Every Hinge user gets a free rose every week, and you can purchase more within the app. Your free rose expires (you'll never accumulate more than one free rose), but purchased roses last until you send them.

Can I upload a video to my Hinge profile?

Yes, you can upload both photos and videos to your Hinge profile.

Who owns the Hinge app?

Hinge was founded by CEO Justin McLeod and launched in 2012.

The app was acquired by Match Group in 2018, the parent company of popular dating sites and apps like Tinder, OkCupid and Plenty of Fish.

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