Let’s talk about the Hinge dating app. Hinge is a different kind of dating application. Although it was founded way back in 2012, it had a brand overhaul in 2016, and a total redesign in 2018. Since then, it’s become the go-to platform for singles looking to find long-term relationships.
Its bold slogan – “The dating app that’s designed to be deleted”, offers a promising alternative to other dating platforms such as Tinder. Instead of mindless swiping and a massive focus on physical appearance, Hinge app encourages deeper, more meaningful connections. The dating app was redesigned to support more than just a simple hook-up, and its creators claim they want their users to spend as little time on the platform as possible.
Hinge App stats
Hinge currently has five million users worldwide, and most of them are between the ages of 24 and 32. Here are some other facts and figures…
- 500,000 users are from the United Kingdom
- 80,000 active weekly members
- 45% female versus 55% male
How to sign-up
- You’ll need to sign up using your mobile phone number or Facebook account
- There are several pages of information that you’ll need to fill in step by step
- It’s compulsory to add six photos
- Phone verification is required
- You’ll be able to choose which information appears on your Hinge profile page
Hinge’s sign-up process can seem long and tedious compared to other dating apps. However, it’s what makes it unique. You see, Hinge app is able to collect a lot more information, which helps to improve your profile and matching rates later on.
Hinge will ask you to set up text and image prompts to enrich your dating profile:
Interestingly, Hinge also allows you to choose whether or not certain traits are visible/not visible on your Hinge profile as you move through the sign-up stages.
How does Hinge Work?
On Hinge app, you can get to know a person better before making a match. This reduces the chance that you’ll match someone solely on looks, without any common interests. Which is more than I can say for other dating apps!
As you scroll through the Hinge feed, you’re presented with one profile at a time. Unlike traditional dating apps like Tinder, though, there’s a strong focus on getting to know the individual. It’s thanks to a richer profile experience, with six photos and more information about each potential partner.
It’s this extra info that gives Hinge a significant edge.
Sending Likes & Engaging
Sending likes on Hinge is different to traditional dating platforms. When you send another Hinge app user a like, you’ll need to choose a particular part of their profile to like. Either their profile picture, an image caption, or a written statement. You can comment on them, too.
You can decide on a range of dating preferences, such as ethnicity, age range, religion, maximum distance and gender. It’s also possible to customise your preferences by purchasing the paid version.
Is Hinge free?
Hinge is a free dating application, but, as mentioned, you can opt for membership, which is available in either one, three or six-month packages, with longer subscriptions becoming increasingly cheaper.
Hinge App – Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Hinge a great dating app?
Hinge is a different style of dating app that focuses on helping single users to find meaningful and serious relationships. In comparison to tinder and other dating platforms, Hinge is focused on helping the user to find, match, meet and delete their own application as fast as possible.
Can you tell if someone is active on Hinge?
In the current version of Hinge app, you can’t actively tell whether someone is active or inactive on Hinge. Also, after matching, you cannot see whether the other person has read your messages.
Can someone tell if you unmatch on Hinge?
Yes, as you’ll no longer appear within the messages section of their application.
Can you see the last time someone was active on Hinge?
No, you can’t see the last time someone was active on hinge, and Hinge currently doesn’t allow you to see your match has read or received your messages.
Is Hinge better than Tinder?
Hinge is different to Tinder because of its additional features for members’ stories. Besides imagery, there are text prompts and photo prompts that can help you to more easily filter people out before matching. This type of self-filtering can help you to find better matches.
How much does Hinge cost?
Hinge is a free-to-use dating application, however there is a membership option available for £18.49 for one month, £36.49 for three months or £54.99 for six months.
Is Hinge worth the money?
It probably depends on how often your dating profile attracts matches. If you have good prompts and pictures, you’ll often find that there are more than enough organic matches to warrant purchasing the monthly membership.
When was Hinge founded?
Hinge was founded in 2012 and rebranded in 2016. In 2019, Match Group completely redesigned the mobile application.
Who owns Hinge?
Does Hinge have any unique features?
Yes. The ‘We Met’ feature allows you to send anonymous data back to Hinge’s company, so that they can improve their matching algorithm.
My Hinge verdict
From my initial research, I’ve found:
- The vast majority of the profiles on Hinge are full and contain accurate information
- Users are generally more responsive in comparison to alternative dating applications (and are less likely to be dead or fake)