In a Nutshell
- High chances of having things in common with matches
- The app is for serious users only
- No need for swiping
- Must be connected to your Facebook account
- Must purchase a membership to see more than 10 daily matches
You’ll need a Facebook account to sign up to Hinge. Once you’ve signed up, Hinge will use your Facebook information to fill out your profile. The app won’t give you the option to pick and choose which information you want presented, nor will it allow you to delete or change anything once it’s on there.
Next, Hinge will allow you to choose your current neighborhood, then provide basic information like gender, gender you’re interested in, height, ethnicity, and religious beliefs. Thankfully, “i’d prefer not to say” is also an option.
You’ll then be asked to fill out a brief ‘story’ (in 150 characters or less), which will be used for the Hinge Stories feature of the app. In case you’re not feeling inspired, the app uses short ‘get to know you’ prompts like “two truths and a lie” or “story of my first kiss.” Your profile will then be created using your profile photo from Facebook. Later on you can pick 7 more photos, but naturally the profile photo will be your first impression—so make it count.
Matchmaking & Search Functions
Similar to the Snapchat format, Hinge uses members’ carefully created Hinge Stories and offers each user 10 matches or stories a day. This means no swiping necessary. You can choose to either ‘like’ these stories or comment on them. The personal stories help to encourage some extra personality and interactivity between members.
Users can also post videos, which can be uploaded through Facebook or Instagram. Once a member comments on someone’s story it will show up in their ‘impressions’ list and they’ll be able to directly message them from there. You’ll be able to access existing conversations in the ‘connections’ section.
Hinge searches for matches using your filter criteria, such as age, location, height etc. You can find all of your matches in the ‘discover’ section .
Features & Communication Tools
Hinge recently revamped its mobile app offering a new and improved version. You can use the app for free but it’s limited. Signing up for a paid membership basically allows you to use the app to the fullest, and allows you to ‘like,’ comment and interact with other members freely.
You can use features like ‘Dealbreakers,’ which are preferences you won’t budge on with a partner, ie. age and religion. You’ll also be able to ‘favorite’ users and if its mutual, users get introduced by Hinge via email.
If you want to further boost your chances you can upgrade to a prefered membership which gives you unlimited likes and use additional criteria to filter your matches. The prefered membership also grants you access to the Hinge Insiders, a member experience team that provides members with data-driven insights, profile optimization advice, tips to engage in the best conversation and which prompts and photos perform well on the app.
Safety & Security
The nature of the app means that the chances of meeting up with random weirdos decreases considerably. If you trust and know (most) of your Facebook friends, the safety level increases.
An important safety issue that does arise from this app however is that your personal Facebook information is made public. Anything from your work location to personal details displayed in photos can be seen. It’s therefore imperative you clean up your Facebook profile before registering, and decide if there is any sensitive information you could potentially remove.
Help & Support
Hinge has a pretty straightforward FAQ page with categories of questions concerning the app. If you have any technical issues or other request you can submit a form through the site.
Connect on Hinge
Hinge has definitely had some issues taking off over the years and changed its format a couple of times, but it’s worth trying if you’re in the market for a serious relationship. It’s not too time consuming because there’s no swiping, and the concept of friends of friends is hopeful. Just be careful about what private details you share via Facebook.