So you’ve set up your profile, you’ve swiped away for days but you’re still left asking “why am I not getting matches on Tinder?” It can happen sometimes and there are so many reasons why.
In this article, we’ll take an inside look at how Tinder works as well as how to build a more appealing profile. With a better understanding of the two, you’ll have quality matches in no time.
Why am I not getting matches on Tinder?
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If you’re riding with Tinder still, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances. It involves a lot of experimenting with your profile, photos and how you respond to the matches you do get.
It’s a lot of fun experimenting with your profile and it’s also interesting to see a glimpse of Tinder’s algorithm.
We tend to think of Tinder as a game of chance and a lack of matches is just bad luck. That couldn’t be further from the truth but I think that’s actually a good thing. Since we have the ability to influence the outcome, we aren’t at the mercy of lady luck.
Let’s take a closer look at what you can do to get more Tinder matches.
Your Elo score
Tinder is a business and so it’s in their best interests to present relevant matches to their users. How do they do this? An algorithm.
You’re given a score based on your actions and the actions of those you’re presented to. This score then determines a large part of your success. It can be easy to lower your score without realizing it and maybe that’s why you’re left asking “Why am I not getting matches on Tinder?”. That’s okay though -- raising that score can be just as easy once you understand it.
It’s referred to as an Elo score, named after its creator Arpad Elo. It’s generally used in gaming to calculate relative skill level to other users. In the context of Tinder, think of it as calculating the relative desirability of a profile. Basically, how likely it is that someone will swipe right on and interact with you based on your profile as a whole.
Tinder doesn’t disclose exactly what goes into this algorithm. What we do know is it’s about signals of desirability. If women with high Elo scores are regularly swiping right on you, we can expect that’s going to improve your score significantly. Even more so if you’re having actual conversations with these matches.
That means improving your bio, your profile, how you respond to the matches you do get, and most importantly, not swiping on literally every woman.
Limit your swiping by being realistic
If you max out your swipes every day but get no matches, you’re hurting more than just your ego.
If you have a tendency to swipe right on every profile out of frustration, that’s the first thing for you to fix. Consider the likelihood of matching with the women you’re swiping on. I’m all for self-confidence and the idea that there are no ‘leagues.’ With that said, there are some limits to that on Tinder and you likely know what your realistic options are.
For example, I have a friend that’s of average attractiveness with a mediocre profile. He’ll only ever swipe right on women who look like they belong in a Victoria’s Secret catalog. His matches are few and far between accordingly.
I guess what I’m saying is that while nobody is off limits based on aesthetics, accepting only the hottest women on Tinder is hurting you.
Want to know how to improve your score? Just improve the way you interact. Work on creating a better profile, only swipe right on women you want to meet and make sure you know how to talk to women in Tinder!
Tinder doesn’t have much interest in flooding your inbox with matches when it’s clear they’ll go ignored. If you’re anxious about this side of things, check out my article on how to talk to women on Tinder.
By doing this, you’ll improve your score meaning Tinder exposes you to a greater number of quality women.
It really is that simple. Now, time to take a look at your profile and what you can do to improve it.
Check your location settings
Let’s start with the easiest factor to change. Check your location settings to make sure they aren’t holding you back. Setting your range to just one mile might seem like a good idea, particularly if you live in a big city. Instead, I’d suggest expanding it so you have more potential matches to choose from.
I live downtown in a reasonably sized city and set my range to 10 miles. It seems to be a good balance where I never run out of options but I also don’t have to travel long distances for a date.
Look over your profile
Tinder will tell you if your profile has been deactivated but make sure it’s also set up correctly. Check that your photos and bio text are still there. For so many who ask “why am I not getting matches on Tinder?”, the answer is somewhere in their profile setup.
Just skimming through your profile settings may give you some hints. I’ve definitely seen a few instances where friends had set someone’s profile to “seeking men” as a joke!
Think about your age range
There’s no such thing as a right or wrong age range but it can limit your match volume. Think about it this way -- how many matches do you think a 55-year-old man is getting with his age range set to 18 - 19?
Setting the range higher to see older women can be a whole lot of fun. Setting it much lower than you though . . . often not so wise.
Are your photos swipe-worthy?
At its core, Tinder is a very shallow and fast-paced app. That means that having just one low-quality photo will result in very few matches if any. Likewise having a few good photos can help you win on Tinder.
They’re the first thing women will use to decide if they want to talk to you or not. This makes them critical to getting matches and raising your Elo score. It also makes it your first opportunity to demonstrate who you are.
While we’ve broken down in more specifics how to utilize photos on Tinder, it’s a pretty simple concept overall.
Put your best foot forward and show off your most attractive assets. If you have a great sense of humor, funny photos are an excellent option. Maybe you’re a regular traveler and have some great shots from around the world.
Quality photos give her a reason to pay attention to you when swiping. They also make for easy conversation once you get that match. Besides, with everyone having a high-quality camera in their pocket these days, there’s no excuse not to!
How does your bio look?
Your bio plays a big role in meeting women on Tinder. The biggest key is to make sure yours demonstrates who you are. Whether you go with a more detailed approach or a short, witty comment, one thing is for sure. Even the most basic of bios is a vast improvement on a blank one.
They can help in the swiping process but a strong bio is most important when it comes to having a conversation.
If you want a far more detailed look at writing a good Tinder bio, we’ve got you covered.
Time to go and put these things into practice and see the improvement for yourself. With a more swipeable profile and an elevated Elo score, you’re going to see more matches. “Why am I not getting matches on Tinder?” will become a question of the past.
As always, give these tips a try and make sure you let us know how you go. And if you feel like, despite following our tips, you still can't find any good matches, you might consider trying some other alternatives to Tinder. After all, with so many dating apps and sites out there these days, there's bound to be one that will work for your specific tastes!