How Does the Tinder Algorithm Work?

Tinder looks for the best possible partner for each user, like most mobile dating apps. The algorithm is based on several data points, where each user is given a score. You can increase your score by getting more likes. This is like a popularity score, which helps the app choose which users to give priority ranking to.

The algorithm helps determine the type of men or women you swipe on and presents someone who matches the criteria to sustain engagement.

Below are some more details on how the platform’s algorithm works.

Your Tinder score

Tinder gives all users a score to determine their rank. It’s based on the number of right and left swipes you get. If a user swipes left, you get zero points or lose a point. If they swipe right, you will gain one point.

A score of around 900 is toward the upper end. The dating app has multiple data points to present a picture of what it means to be attractive to others. This data includes pictures, a profile bio, and much more.

Can you improve your score?

Improving your score is essential if you want to find someone on Tinder who’s a quality match. It’s very important to have high-quality pictures showing off your best features. You won’t maximize your potential if you choose blurry or grainy pictures.

There are a few rules of thumb for anyone who wants to attain a higher Tinder score. The most important one is to try to improve your main profile pic. On average, men take 2.3 seconds to swipe right or left. Women take around twice as long. Typically, guys move faster through the dating app. They usually don’t engage with your bio until after you’ve matched.

The way Tinder is designed, users get a stack and look through it like they would go through a deck of cards. You move your thumb horizontally to make swiping faster.

For these and other reasons, your main picture should be as visually appealing as possible. Drawing attention to your best features will slow down the swiping speed, and the user will be more likely to click on your profile and try to find out more about you.

Upload at least five pictures

Tinder has existed for about a decade. In this period of time, the world of dating has changed dramatically. Dating apps are a normality today. Old and new Tinder users can tell if your photos are old. A picture where you have a tan, and it’s the middle of winter, won’t make a good impression – the user will assume it’s old. Users can recognize outdated photos very quickly. If you look different from your pictures now, like if you’ve gained or lost some weight, update them as soon as possible. It’s very awkward to meet someone in person and be completely different from what you expect.

In general, be as transparent and honest with pictures if you want to attract the right person. Tinder’s algorithm helps users establish a compatibility level like other dating platforms. Also known as the “ELO” score lets, the app matches you with suitable users. Your score is key to finding the correct matches and having a potential partner see you. A lot of people don’t take the time to upload good photos. Take an extra 15 or 20 minutes to take some pictures or find the right ones.

Craft an appealing biography

The second consideration is the bio. If you fill your bio with negatives, you won’t attract the right person. It should be positive and present an enticing perspective of what dating you would be like. Many people stuff their bios with emojis and negative messages, which is off-putting, to say the least.

Share what you’re really looking for, and be as honest as possible. You want to meet your match, after all. Don’t hesitate to state that you’re looking for a relationship. Tinder has a reputation for enabling casual dating; if this is not what you’re looking for, make it clear to weed out users who are.

Finally, your bio shouldn’t be longer than 100 words. The number of users who will read it drops dramatically after that word count.




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Emma covers dating and relationships for Unfinished Man, bringing a witty woman's perspective to her writing. She empowers independent women to pursue fulfillment in life and love. Emma draws on her adventures in modern romance and passion for self-improvement to deliver relatable advice.

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