Wondering if Tinder Boosts are worth the cost? Spoiler alert: they are, provided you live in a more densely populated area and you know how to use them wisely.
This quick guide has everything you need to know about this Tinder feature, including what a Boost does, and the best time to use it!
Tinder Boosts Explained
Boosts make your profile one of the top ones in your area for 30 minutes. That means when local singles fire up Tinder, your profile will be one of the first ones they see.
According to the app, you can get up to 10x more profile views while a boost is activated, which can lead to more matches. You’ll get periodic reminders of how much juice is left in your Boost.
When you match with someone during a Boost, you’ll see a little purple lightning bolt by their name in the “Message” section. It’s not visible to the other person, so they won’t know you boosted your profile.
Here is how to get a Tinder Boost:
- Tap the profile icon
- Tap “settings”
- Tap the purple lightning icon
- Tap the quantity you’d like to purchase
Tinder Boost Price
There is no set price for a Boost, as Tinder changes the prices dynamically. Factors like your age and location affect the cost. But here is an idea of what to expect:
You don’t need to activate your Boost as soon as you purchase it, they can be deployed at any time.
The Best Time To Use Tinder Boost
To get the maximum potential out of your boost, use it around 9 pm – that’s when Tinder activity peaks. User activity starts to pick up around 6 pm and drops off after 10 pm:
As far as days of the week go, many dating apps like Hinge and Bumble report the heaviest usage on Sundays. So there you have it – Sunday at 9 pm would be the best time to use a Tinder Boost.
Thursdays are also an ideal time to Boost your profile, as many people are starting to think about weekend plans – and finding someone to share them with.
And if you happen to be stuck indoors due to inclement weather, like a rain or snow storm, that’s another great time to use a Tinder Boost.
Remember the East Coast’s “Snowmageddon” back in 2016? Tinder activity increased 10%, and over 25 million matches were made during Winter Storm Jonas. The trend continued in 2017 with winter storms Niko and Stella – both got a “blizzard bump” of over 10%.
3 Ways To Make Your Tinder Profile Boost Worthy
You can use as many boosts as you want to buy, but if your profile doesn’t make your potential matches swipe right you’re just spinning your wheels. In other words, a Boost isn’t a magical fix for a bad Tinder profile.
#1: Don’t Blow It With Your Primary Photo
This is Tinder after all, so let’s start there. Ideally, one glance will be all it takes to make someone swipe right, because that’s often all the time they’ll take to make a decision.
Take note of these dos and don’ts to consider when selecting your primary Tinder photo…
- Crop your photo to show only your upper body. Not only did study participants find closeups more attractive, but it will look better if you get chosen as someone’s Top Pick.
- Wear a bright color, preferably red. Both men and women found members of the opposite sex who were wearing red more attractive. Besides, the majority of people opt for neutral tones in their Tinder photos, so a bright color pop really stands out.
- Smile. According to PhotoFeeler, when you’re making eye contact with the camera, a small smile where you flash some teeth is considered the most attractive.
- Hide your eyes. Eye contact can spark a powerful connection, even in a photo. Obscuring your eyes behind sunglasses or a hat can make it seem like you’re hiding something, and are therefore less trustworthy. Your matches want to look at your face, so show it to them!
- Exhibit poor posture. If you’re slouching, hunching, or generally showcasing poor posture, you’ll likely be perceived as less confident, and therefore less attractive.
- Get blown out by flash. The harsh light and shadows created by a camera’s flash don’t do anyone any favors, and can actually increase your perceived age online by a full 7 years.
- Use SnapChat filters, especially in your primary Tinder pic. The brain naturally finds simple, uncomplicated images more appealing. When you increase the brain’s cognitive workload by adding flowers, birds, puppy ears, etc, you risk being found less attractive.
#2: Gather Some Opinions
If you want the best Tinder photo lineup possible, invest some time gathering feedback on your photos. Use a site like Photofeeler, enable Tinder’s Smart Photos feature, or at a minimum ask a few friends of the opposite sex which photos they prefer.
This is a crucial step because you simply can’t evaluate your own photos in the same way a total stranger would. You’re too familiar with your own appearance!
For instance, you may not notice that your brow is just a tad furrowed, but someone scrolling through Tinder pics might interpret that as a scowl and swipe left.
Or you may think you look great in that photo where you’re rocking an Affliction hoody and leaning up against a graffiti wall – but women take one look and mentally file you under “Best Avoided While In Dark Alley.” You know you’re not a dangerous guy, so it would never even cross your mind that others may get that impression.
There are many factors that influence whether or not someone will be interested in you, but three of the most compelling ones are overall attractiveness, trustworthiness, and competence. The ideal Tinder photo showcases that particular hat trick, and total strangers are better at choosing which photos you exhibit those qualities in.
#3: It’s Not Just About Your Photos
Sure, Tinder is focused primarily on photos. But here’s the thing – studies have shown that users who have a Tinder bio get more matches than users who don’t. And that’s particularly true for guys – it increases the match rate by a factor of 4.
The key to a good Tinder bio is picking a few attractive qualities and highlighting them in a way that’s naturally irresistible. For instance, if you’re looking for a long term relationship, you’d want to mention your career, as that hints at responsibility and financial stability.
Activities like yoga, surfing, hiking, running imply you’re active and physically fit.
This example of a good Tinder profile for guys illustrates how to showcase your best traits in an attractive way:
Now compare that to a profile like this, which unfortunately is a real one:
Which guy do you think a woman looking for a serious relationship would rather exchange messages with?
For more examples of short dating profiles that really work, go here.
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