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What Is Hinge & How Does It Work? [Full Dating App Rundown]

what is hinge

So what's Hinge? It's a popular location-based dating app that targets singles looking for a relationship on the “serious” end of the spectrum.

From how Hinge works to what using it is like, get all the answers you need to decide if this dating app is the best one for you!

Let’s start with…

Who Uses The Hinge Dating App?

The Hinge dating app’s core demographic is millennials, so if you’re in your 20s or 30s and looking for serious relationship, it could be a great option.

When Hinge originally launched in 2012, it was a swiping app similar to Tinder. But after a complete rebranding in 2016, it shifted from a “swiping game” to a “relationship app” and abandoned Tinder’s swipe right/left format.

Hinge CEO Justin McLeod explained one of the reasons for the change:

Most of the dating apps out there are games designed to keep you single, and swiping is the most iconic feature of these games. That’s why we’re not even calling the new Hinge a dating app. We think of it as a relationship app.

How Does Hinge Work?

To see your suggested matches, check out the “Discover” section by tapping the H icon at the bottom of the screen:

Hinge Discover

You’ll scroll through each profile one at a time, since Hinge requires you to either “like” or “pass” before you can see your next suggested match.

Hinge makes it easy to start a conversation by allowing you to “like” specific content within someone’s profile, whether that’s one of their prompt answers or photos.

Simply tap the green heart displayed by that piece of content:

Like Someone On Hinge

Then you’ll get the opportunity to send a comment along with your like:

Send A Hinge Like

Free members can “like” up to 10 profiles each day.

If you’re not interested in a suggested match, tap the red X and the next one will pop up.

To see who “liked” your profile, tap the heart icon at the bottom of the screen:

Hinge Likes You

Free members have to scroll through each person’s profile one at a time, while premium subscribers can access a grid view and see them all at once.

Hinge will also show you which part of your profile they “liked”:

See who liked you

You can either tap the red X to pass, or tap the conversation icon to return the like. You will have the opportunity to include a comment as well:

send a like on Hinge

Simply tap the blue “Match With” bar, and a connection has been made! Now you can freely exchange messages with that match.

Access your active conversations by tapping the conversation icon at the bottom of the screen:

Hinge conversations

Hinge has a “your turn” feature that will remind you when it’s your turn to respond, which can be helpful when you have a lot of conversations in the works:

Hinge Your Turn

Is Hinge Free?

Yes! However they do offer a premium subscription called Hinge Preferred.

Check out this rundown of what you can do for free, and what benefits you get with a premium membership.

Free Membership:

  • “Like” up to 10 profiles a day
  • See who “Liked” your profile (one profile at a time)
  • Filter your matches using the basic preferences

Hinge Preferred Membership:

  • Send unlimited “Likes”
  • See everyone who has already “Liked” your profile in a convenient grid view
  • Use the advanced preferences filters
  • Get answers to your dating questions from a panel of Hinge experts

A Hinge Preferred membership costs $12.99 per month (price may vary slightly depending on your age and location). Committing to 3 or 6 months drops the monthly price to around $6.99 or $4.99.

Can You Use Hinge Without Facebook?

Yes, Hinge is a dating app you can use if you don’t have Facebook. There are two ways to create a Hinge account – through Facebook or using your mobile phone number.

But keep in mind those are two separate methods of logging in – if you create an account by doing both, you won’t be able to merge them later.

If you create an account using your mobile number to authenticate, you’ll still have the option of importing information from Facebook. You can then disconnect Facebook from your Hinge profile.

And if you create your account using Facebook, but want to disconnect from that social platform, it’s easy to do.

Here is how to disconnect Hinge from Facebook:

disconnect Hinge from Facebook
  • Go the “Settings” screen by tapping the person icon in the lower right corner
  • Tap “Account”
  • Scroll down to “Connected Accounts”
  • Toggle off “Facebook”

One caveat – you must add your mobile number to your Hinge profile in order to disconnect it from Facebook.

Verifying via your cell number is simple:

verify Hinge via mobile
  • Go to the “Settings” screen
  • Tap “Account”
  • Tap “add mobile number”
  • Input your number
  • Provide the verification code that the app will text you

Make sure “notifications” are turned on, or you won’t receive the code.

Hinge notifications

To turn “notifications” on in Hinge, follow these steps:

  • Go to the “Settings” screen
  • Tap “Account”
  • Toggle on “push notifications”
  • Adjust the settings from within your device as needed

How To Get Started On Hinge

You can download Hinge for iOS or Android:

itunes Hinge
Hinge for Android

Decide if you want to create an account via your Facebook profile or your mobile number.

Next, it’s time to provide your information. Some information will populate from Facebook, or you’ll have to input it if you used your mobile number.

The information is par for the course on dating apps – your name, age, location, height, ethnicity, religious beliefs, etc.

However, on Hinge the information is divided into 3 sections:

  • Virtues
  • Vitals
  • Vices
Hinge profile setup

You can choose which information you want displayed or hidden by tapping the green eye icon.

In the case of your name, you have the option to show both your first and your last name if you want.

Next, you’ll choose 3 “Prompts” to answer from a list of 80+. Each prompt has a character limit of 150. The subjects range from “Most embarrassing song on my Spotify” to “A life goal of mine.”

For a complete list of Hinge prompts, and some great Hinge answer examples, click here.

There’s room to add 6 photos or videos to your Hinge profile, and you’re required to fill all the slots if you want to be able to “like” profiles. Choose your pics wisely – remember singles can “like” one of them to initiate a message exchange.

Showcase your interesting hobbies, adorable pets, cool places you’ve visited – anything that will make someone intrigued and want to know you better. And where you look your best, of course. For plenty of dating photo advice, click here.

Next, it’s time to set your preferences – i.e. what type of people you’re looking to meet.

Free members can set these preferences:

  • Age Range
  • Maximum Distance
  • Height
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
Hinge dealbreaker

Hinge also allows you to specify whether or not that preference is a “dealbreaker,” and will filter your suggested matches accordingly.

Hinge Preferred members can set these additional preferences:

  • Children
  • Family Plans
  • Education
  • Politics
  • Drinking
  • Smoking
  • Marijuana
  • Drugs

Once you’ve got your preferences set up, you’re ready to start using Hinge!

How To Meet The Best Singles On Hinge – The Easy Way!

Getting high-matches on dating apps isn’t a walk in the park – you have to put some serious effort into how you present yourself.

From your photos to your profile, you need to market yourself effectively and attractively – especially on a “serious” relationship app like Hinge.

It’s a brand new skill set for most people, so a little research is in order to make sure you meeting the kind of people you actually want to date, much less be in a committed relationship with.

Or you can meet incredible singles without having to put all the effort in. VIDA’s dating experts are skilled in the art of profile and message writing, and we even have image editors who specialize in natural looking dating photos.

VIDA has a team in place to handle everything on Hinge (or any other dating app or site) from start to finish – all you do is go on dates with intriguing people who fit your “ideal partner” criteria!

It really is that easy – click here to find out how.

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