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Welcome to the ‘how does tinder work article’, for all; the newbies, those who want to get more matches and those who are just curious how they make money from your swiping. Scroll down the page to find the answer.

How do you literally use and operate Tinder

  • You download Tinder on your smartphone
  • You open Tinder app and it will ask you to sign in using your Facebook account, this gives Tinder access to your Facebook photos, name, age and gender as well as some other info. From this it will create a default profile using 6 of your profile pics and display your name and age.
  • You can change the images to other images from Facebook or from the photos on your smartphones memory.
    Write something in the ‘bio’ or ‘personal description’ section. Profiles with bios get more matches, especially for men.
  • There are only a few sections on tinder to familiarise yourself with;
    • Edit profile (where you choose your pics and write your bio)
    • Swiping or matching (how you get your matches)
    • Settings (choose to delete, log out, change your distance proximity and age preferences etc)
    • Chat (where you chat and have conversations with your matches)
  • When you are on the Tindermatching or swiping section, this is where you check out the other active tinder members within your chosen distance proximity. The functions are as follows:
    • Swipe right for yes you like them
    • Swipe left for no you don’t like them
    • The star for superlike (the person will be notified about this before they even see your profile)
    • Press on the image of the person to swipe through their photos.

You will be notified that you have a match as it happens, so that means if they have already swiped yes to you then you swipe yes to them, you will know about it right there and then.

Then have a chat with them on the ‘chat’ section.

Easy peasy, from zero to hero, if your pics are good and your bio is charming then you will be matching in no time. If your pics are rubbish have a read of the following link on improving your pics.

Click here to improve your profile

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How does the the Tinder Algorithm work?

Your desired match

When swiping for matches, you will be presented with people who fit your age, gender and distance proximity range preferences of your desired match. For example, I search for women between the ages 20 and 35 at a distance of 10 km(It may be higher if I was in a rural area with no-one around).

Their desired match

Other people are presented with people within their desired match criteria; age, gender and proximity.


You both need to be within each others criteria to match, however distance can be played with. If you have set a distance of 40 miles and they have set 20 miles, then you will not be visible to them until you visit a shop in their area for example, you can then match that way.

There is more…


Depending on how popular you are (percentage of people that want to match you), you will be presented with people within your reach(if Tinder thinks they may actually swipe yes to you), I can’t prove it, but if I use a bad pic for a while then I get presented with less attractive people and when I have a good pic then I don’t get as many very attractive to choose from.

Hot people everywhere

There is one exception, when you log in for the first time, you will see so many attractive people, I think Tinder does that to get you excited about playing more, depending on your popularity you may have different people to choose from later.

Also if you have some people who have swiped yes to you, assuming you haven’t swiped them yet, then they will be near the front of the pile of profiles that you will be presented with.

Changing your Tinder age or name

So, slightly unethical, but you could create a fake Facebook account and set a different age and name. Then you would have to log into that Facebook account on your phone, then log into tinder using that FB account. Then you could be Lyndsey 36 today and Sarah 29 tomorrow.

Warning: remember that other people can do this too, as a precaution check out their Facebooks to see if in-fact they are real before meeting.

Is it dangerous?

No more than many other activities. I personally have not had any bad experiences, you should be able to spot warning signs. Just keep your wits about you under a blanket of realism:

If a crazy attractive person all of a sudden is really interested in you when you haven’t demonstrated anything special yet, that is a red flag!

Guys – if a girl just wants to meet after 4 message exchanges, that is a red flag!

Can you hide your age on Tinder?

Yes you can hide your age, check the settings, they will only know that you are within their Tinder desired match criteria.

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Getting zero matches on Tinder

Ok, this is definitely one for the guys, because women rarely get zero matches, their photo could be of their dog and still get matches.

Getting zero matches, or next to zero matches on Tinder is actually quite common for guys, guys that are not used to dating, and if you are in an area with not many people that could also be an issue. If you are older and are likely to have less people in your age range, or more to the point,

Matching likelyhood

Imaging that there was a girl sitting at a bar, now imagine she could look around and see a snapshot of all the guys in the bar and decide was going what guys she liked, purely based on that snapshot. Now imagine that there were 1000s of guys to choose from in that bar, how about now??

Because that is Tinder for guys, you need to stand out, if you are getting zero matches then you are not standing out from the crowd. So how do we get more matches?

There are a couple ways to go about getting more matches, this is more of a general FAQs page, you should definitely check the Tinder Hacks link below to learn more.

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For starters, lets highlight reasons why you may not have matched with someone:

  • They haven’t seen your profile yet
  • They have a matching proximity less than yours and therefore will never appear on their screen.
  • You might be out of their selected age range, you are 35 years old and they have their match age range to 25-34 years old.
  • There have not been active for a while.
  • They are not swiping at the moment because they are already happily chatting to their matches.
  • They swiped you no by accident

These are all common and fair reasons for not matching with someone, there are also big fat excuse and lies you tell yourself instead of creating a better profile. If you are are telling yourself that the above are the reasons for you not getting matches then I propose a challenge.

Before and after pic

Challenge: Change your profile pictures to a non famous medium looking model, then wait 1 hour and try again, if you’re in a city then you’ll notice that you’ll have a shit tonne of matches, and that in-fact there are lots of people using Tinder, at least then you would find out if they are in your proximity.

How long does it take to get a match on tinder?

Tindermatching, this is a difficult question because it depends on a few variables;

  • How good your profile is
  • Who your are swiping ‘yes’ to to
  • If you are a guy or a girl

Are you not getting matches?

The ugly truth is that if your profile isn’t good, more specifically if your photographs are are bad, then you probably won’t get as many matches as your want.

If you have a bad profile as a guy then it is so much more difficult to get a match due women being very selective and most men not being picky about who they swipe. This puts the Tinder power balance massively in the favour of women. Either way learn how to improve your profile pics.

How does Tinder work with Facebook?

How tinder uses facebook

Facebook shares information such as photos, age, interest(pages you have liked), educational background and who your friends are. You can set whether you want your interests, age and education visible on your profile, however Tinder will use your age and location for their matching algorithm.

How does Tinder know your location

Tinder, like many other smartphone applications requests access to your location settings when you first download the app, this is usually the permissions request section that most people click ‘ok’ and skip through. Tinder uses the GPS signal on your phone to know your location, there is also the additional information co-operation with Facebook they could probably get it from there too.

How Long does it take to update your location

How long does tinder take to update your location? Within 12 hours I’d say. I travel around a lot and when I arrive in a new place I check Tinder and it gives me people from the new country or city, and I get matches on the same day.

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Location Accuracy

The location is pretty accurate most of the time, there are many glitches wth tinder sadly, caching may cause an error also if you know what that is. If ever you think there is an issue with it then log out, close the app and log back in again, usually does the trick.

GPS info

Here is some info for the non tech savvy. Its not just Tinder that automatically checks your GPS location, it is the same feature that Google uses for Google maps. Sending you info on the restaurant you were just in. Have you ever wandered how google knows the busy times in bars and restaurants etc? They monitor how many phones with GPS signals go in at different times – cool/scary ?.

How much does Tinder cost

Tinder doesn’t cost anything to set up and use. It’s free for both guys and girls so they are not making money from you signing up. However there are some extra features like Tinder plus and Boost that they make good coin from. When you have 100s of millions of members, if on average each person spends $10 in the year on extras, that is a Billion dollars, not to mention the data that they have on everyones preferences.

Using your information to make money

If you think of the big picture, Tinder has so much information about who you find attractive, the types of people you swipe yes to, and they are in partnership with Facebook, one of the biggest advertising companies in the world.

Once they figure out how to replicate and tailor make each advert and match it with the models you would find the most attractive(based on your tinder preferences), then they are going to be able to attract you to every advert they have, just wait for it, they’ll get that algorithm together soon…!!

Tinder Plus

Tinder Plus is a pay per month system, the cost changes depending on the country where you registered your phone, it is somewhere in the region of $10/month.
It gives you
1. Ulimited likes, you can like as many people as you want, usually this is limited to 100/day.
2. More Superlikes, normally you get one per day.
3. The ability to undo your selection. If you ‘disliked’ someone by accident then you can go back like them, normally you cannot do that.

Tinder Boost

You can put yourself to the top of the pile. After using boost your profile will be one of the first to be seen, increasing your chance of getting more matches, this costs a few dollars to do. I have an article on the best time to use Tinder Boost.

How does smart photos work

Great question! There is a little button under your images. See the profile edit page to allow you to turn on smart photos. Tinder smart photos will cycle through the order of your photos and test your photographs to see what gets the best results.

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Smart photos is a little testing algorithm that works great for finding out what photo other people like the most. You’ll get an alert informing you of your best photograph.

I think that covers most of the questions. If you have anything else you want added send me an email to

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How’s your Tinder Game?

Remember, whatever your success on Tinder, you can always do better, and for most of the guys out there – they should be doing a hell of a lot better.

Two choices: Get a Tinder date organised for this weekend with fast easy, Tinder tips, or don’t… it’s up to you!

Girls have it easy, how difficult it is for an average looking girl with terrible chat to get laid on Tinder? – very easy!

However an average guy with no chat and no behaviour skills has almost zero chance of getting laid as a result of his Tinder efforts. This is re-coining the phrase “getting lucky”, some guys literally feel lucky that they were accepted, that is not how it should be !

Men need hacks to help bridge the gap.

Girls can rely on looks but men can’t, so there are subtle things about what you say, how you message, your timing and style that make you more attractive, but when you don’t know how then it is a nightmare to get consistent success on Tinder, or anywhere for that matter.

Before I learned some Tinder hacks: My Tinder game was terrible; the girls that I really wanted – I couldn’t even get close to. If I was lucky enough to match with a hot girl, I would send a message and then get nothing back, either literally nothing or get a one-word response and that would be the last word she said to me. I didn’t have a Scooby how to respond – send a message and hope.

The best source of info:

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Stop Wasting So Much Time On Tinder

I wasted so much time with Tinder messages that didn’t go anywhere, swiping for hours, even deleting my profile and starting again so I could try and get more matches. When you just keep trying the same thing you’ll keep getting the same results, just get advice and value your time.

The Best Tinder/Dating crash course

More and more guys are getting clued up on Tinder Tactics and learning how to pick up women. It is time to rise above your competition and get more attractive women.

I am not saying to go and be an expert, but everyone does better after some coaching, you remember the learning curve? ..

The nice thing about tinder is it is easy to get results, you just need to know what to do, I am a results based guy and I go with what works! Graph of getting women tinder

Imagine any sport, any skill, if you somebody said “I am just going to let it happen naturally, that is the best way”.

That person is going to come last, or close to last. And guess how many women are with a guy in last place? = 0

Guess what, some quick easy tips and a little practice to see a dramatic difference. It doesn’t matter where you are on the scale, you could be higher, get the girls you really want.

Lets take a look at the best return for time to get the highest conversion rate = Get hotter women in shortest time possible from now.

#1 Tinder Guide for Men

The best return on investment is Tinder Hacks for Tinder, it is specifically for Tinder and as more and more people are using Tinder, you are going to need to get better at it as other guys (your competition) are getting clued up on how to convert on Tinder.

Some people ask me why I don’t have a guide book yet, maybe I will write one, but for now I’ll just point you in the right direction to some awesome existing guides.

Amendment —– since this article was written, TinderHacks is no longer available for some reason, I’ll add a Whisky and Tinder version in the near future — 

#2 The Male Attractiveness Playbook

The long term attractive personality and behaviour playbook

David D is the man…!!!  I loved every minute of reading his book, I have a great story of putting into practice his techniques. He also has a lot of other awesome guides but the #1 best e-book is called ‘double your dating’ – yes I know the name is cheesy but this book is great.

Here is a personal dating story, not from Tinder but it was still funny for me thinking back.

Click the image to check out the story

Before, dating for me was like playing a board game where I didn’t know the rules, it lost all the time, just like most other men. Then reading about all the Tinder Hacks I started enjoying it become it became a game that I could practice all the time, testing and see more matches and more conversations evolved.

I even enjoyed the failures after that because I would notice after what I did wrong. I am not saying that I get all the girls on Tinder, that is not what I am saying at all. I am average looking but I went from having almost zero dates to setting up 4 in one week, and that just didn’t happen before.

— Back to sucking with women —

It was even worse in person. Approaching women takes balls, and I didn’t really know what to say, I was self conscious and felt I needed to Impress, what magic comment was going to get them interested..? What I didn’t know then was the all important hacks that show women that I am an attractive man with lots to offer.

Before and after pic

These hacks exist.. they are easy.. but if you don’t know the hacks then you can’t follow them.

Important Tinder Tips I Wish I learned Sooner

I really wish I got the basics sorted out early, stuff like;

  • Learn how to message girls in an attractive way
  • How do I respond if they don’t ask me any questions
  • Women test men in their messages – learn how to identify a test and how to pass those tests
  • Learn what photos not to use for your profile

But there is so much more…

Get Good On Tinder

This is my advice for all men who want to improve, learn the hacks about being good on Tinder, good at dating, and good with women. Of course I don’t want all men to get good, it will be harder for me lol.

I built this site purely because I really enjoy the dating on tinder and I enjoy talking about dating, sure the pickup lines page is purely for fun, those openers don’t actually work and there is a good chance you will get blocked.

Learn to be a Natural

Now I get asked from my friends about Tinder advice, they say I’m just a natural, It only looks that way. Don’t be one of those guys who say “I will let it happen naturally” saying things like “learning about dating psychology is disingenuous” and knowing what to say makes you contrived. That is NOT true, I don’t lie or say I am something I am not, I like the girl, and I learned how to speak to her in such a manner that she finds interesting and attractive.

Authenticity Dating and Tinder

Remember just because you can control how you act, it is still you, it is always you. Think… when you are;

  • Moody
  • Angry
  • Insecure
  • Happy
  • Confident
  • Funny

You can feel all of these things, but only the last three make you more attractive. So the most logical solution is to do more of the attractive stuff and less of the unattractive stuff. Does that make you contrived?

No of course not. You have behaved in so many different ways, different conversation styles etc and it is still you! The only difference is that you will soon know which specific ways will attract more women.

David Diangelo’s book is so good..!! I have literally read it 5 times.

This is David D’s book (clicking will take you to his webpage)

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When is the best time to use boost – 7pm on a Thursday

There are a few articles quoting statistics about Tinder usage, what time most people are on Tinder, and the best time for using the boost function. So lets discuss the best boost days and times.

See the below graph from a Huffington post article on the subject, they are telling you that 9pm is the best time for using boost because that is the time that people are on Tinder the most. However I disagree because for me it is between 6:30 and 7:30 is the best boost time and even more specifically on Thursday.

There are a lot of different factors that can effect your boost match results but from my trials and my friends feedback Thursday at 7pm is the best bang for your buck – so to speak 😉

Clicking on the graph will open the huffington post article in a new tab. But better yet, just listen to us!

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I have a great article on how to hookup on the first date, its for men (obviously), as women don’t need any help getting laid, but it has women’s best interest in mind ;). Check it out later.

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This is the best book about being attractive, click the link and bookmark it for later.

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The Best time for Tinder Boost

Boosting time for Men

Seriously try it, Thursday is the best day for boost, and 6:30pm-7:30pm on Tursday is a magic hour in the week. So lets break down the days:

Mondays girls don’t really care because the weekend is over and if they have a generally busy life they want to date on the weekends and on Monday it is too long away to matter,

Tuesdays – pretty similar

Wednesdays – Things are heating up and girls are looking to book in a date at the weekend (assuming she doesn’t have anything else on).

Thursdays – This is the hot Tinder boost day, girls want to have things planned at the weekend, if they have a spare night they are going to fill it tonight, and Thursday is the day to do it. Girls like to talk about having a date at the weekend when everybody is asking in the office about what peoples plans are for the weekend.

Fridays – is a bit late for Friday night dates but may still get some matches for Saturday dates, but as for Tinder Boosting is it really worth it?… well actually yes, the girls who don’t have plans will be on Tinder to make themselves feel better that they didn’t have a date.

it is a great match to date ratio

Saturday – Again Boost is not going to get you a lot more matches today but the ones you do get are likely to meet up, so if you can organise a date then it is a great ‘match to date ratio’, also bear in mind that they are really keen to get a date and more likely to hook up, for more advise on that read our Tinder Hookup Strategy.

Sunday – Not bad actually for matches, I assume because when people have lots of time off, or are hungover they go on tinder out of boredom. And if you are also on Tinder out of boredom, why not throw a couple dollars for some faster matches and entertain yourself talking to women.

Converting, how to go from first message to first date, read our tinder pick up lines  for some great openers until I finish writing the tinder conversation strategy.

Increase the boost’s Effectiveness

It makes such a big difference. Boost increases your exposure, but you want your conversion rate to be good = more matches per profile view. You don’t need to be a selfie king, try getting one of these lights before taking a pic of yourself.

Lights photo help for portrait

Maybe you feel like a douche at first but you will get over it when you get more dates and your friends don’t know why. These change the light balance on your face and body and make everything look better. Do it!

Check out my guide on improving profile pics for Tinder.

Boosting time for Women

Women should use boost at 9pm when most men are online, men certainly have less messages, and between messages they are swiping or reading funny pick up lines.

Happy Boosting..! 🙂

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Sure having good pickup lines is useful but you will never get to use them if you don’t get the match in the first place. The number 1 best way to get more matches is improve your profile pics. Here is the best tip for boosting your Tinder Profile.


Get good Pics! – You are judged on your pics not on how attractive you are in person.

Here is a video from Collage Humour, it is a great way to highlight irritating profile pics, make sure you don’t have any of these profile pics, they are the lease successful – except the dog, it actual has better results.

Read my article on Tinder hacks once you get your profile pic sorted

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You may hate taking selfies, or hate those muscly fairies that take selfies of  themselves in the gym, but when they are having more sex with hot women that you are, who is the fairy now!

Hire a photographer – The best return on investment for online dating.

That tip may sound obvious, but it is a skill in itself to choose the correct pics for your Tinder Profile, don’t think you need to be super buff either. Lets go though the important sub-tips about your profile pics

Tinder Profile Pic Tips

Don’t underestimate the power of a good main profile pic, sometimes girls don’t even check the rest of your photos they will make a decision based on the first one they see, so it’s time to optimise your profile.

Tip 1 – Use ‘Smart Photo’ to find your best profile Pic

Tinder Smart photo is a feature provided by Tinder to allow you to find out what profile photo works best. Smart Photo cycles through all your photos at random to all the girls who view your profile, out of all the girls that swipe yes, it selects the picture combination that gives you the most ‘likes’. This tips things in your favour as normally the pics that you think are great are not what girls find most attractive.

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Tinder Smart Photo – snapshot from profile edit page

Ok so now you have your best pic as the first photo that girls will see, but is it actually working..

Tip 2 – Be Honest with yourself

Are your photos working? You have followed tip 1, Are you getting matches?

Test: Swipe all the girls you think are hot and want to meet, how many matches are you getting?

Are you matching with girls that you actually want to meet, or are you lowering your standard so that you can at least have some girls to speak to.

How many times can you swipe ‘Yes’ on Tinder in a day?  Answer: 100

First aim for 10% – So if you use all your yes swipes you should have 10 matches with hot girls that you are attracted to, if you don’t have that then you definitely need to get some better photos.

Tip 3 – Tinder Photo Day

There are 2 ways you can go here, Kickass profile or half hearted, either way it will be an improvement but I will try to push you towards kickass – obviously.

Half Hearted Result – You may get a new pics that are slightly better than the old one(s), the standard will probably be pretty poor.

Kickass result – Changing your dating life forever, enjoying dating because you will be desired so much more and it will be noticeable as soon as the pics are up.

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Get more more days after 1 Tinder Photo Day

Half Hearted – You will take some photos in different outfits and maybe even get a friend to hold the camera, you will do this wherever and whenever this is convenient. You’ll take a few pics and choose the best one. You may even take 20 or so selfies to get the best face position and try different smile options.

Lets Kickass 

  • Plan your environment -you want to look like you have a life, get photos in different and interesting settings
  • Get in shape – you only need to do Tinder photo day once, get it right and you’ll never need any more pics, so make sure you have the best physique possible and you look great in your clothes, not just a tip for Tinder its a tip for life.
  • Beard Length – that is right.. beards are cool right now. make sure you have your optimum length.
  • Get a good photographer – if you don’t take good photos regularly then get someone who does, hire a photographer it is the best return on investment when it comes to online dating.
  • Plan your ‘image’ – How do you want to look? if you want to look sporty then dress like you are away to a tennis match, do you want to look rich, stand next to an expensive car, wear a nice suit, get a pic on a speedboat wearing the suit.
  • Lighting, There is certain lighting that make people look better, by getting multiple point lighting with diffusers(makes light less vibrant) you can buy it yourself for about $60-80 and you will always look good, another amazing tip and great return on investment, click on the image to check prices if you are interested.
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Home Lighting Kit for Great Pics

ROI – Get that perfect pic, taken by a good photographer, with you in great shape, driving a speedboat on a sunny day, wearing a cool suit and a dog on the passenger seat – you will never be short of dates again. I can’t push this tip enough, elevate yourself above everyone else.

Being Genuine – Some people get hung up about being genuine, sure the speedboat example seems ridiculous, but it doesn’t need to represent your life, it only needs a girl to want to match with you, start a conversation and from there you will develop a connection. You can tell her that you did it because you read it on a website WhiskyandTinder and thought it was cool – she would love your honesty, self assurance and you would be 100% genuine. It is all in your head and its all about self confidence.

Tip 4 – Test Again

Now you should have more awesome pics from your Tinder Photo Day. It is time to upload them there is one exception – keep your previous best pic chosen by Tinder ‘smart photo’, the best one from before, so when you do Smart photo again, it will tell you how good your old pic is compared with your new pics.

Profile Pic Statistics

  • 1/3 of new marriages start out from dating apps (USA)
  • If a girl doesn’t show her arms in her pics – she’s fat
  • Outdoor Pics get 19% more likes according to Mens Fitness 
  • Standing next to an expensive car will double your matches
  • Standing on an expensive yacht will triple your matches
  • Selfie shots are 10% less effective (holding the camera in the photo)
  • Attractive women active on Tinder will wake up with 50 new messages from guys all asking the same Sh*#
  • 30% of men swipe Yes to EVERY girl
  • Profile pics with dogs get more Yes Swipes
  • Most girls don’t even read your Bio
  • If you don’t get many matches and a superhot girl likes you then you go to the website she prefers to use then you are 100% an idiot – don’t let that happen again
  • Topless shots are really affective if you have a great body, if you Don’t have abs then don’t bother

Other Tinder Photo Tips

  • Ninja Trick – Take a video or use multishot option to take lots of photos for 10 seconds while you are doing something or messing around, this allows you to get a pic that looks natural.
  • Over head lighting is great for body shots but not for the face it casts shadows on the eyes, use additional lighting on the face.
  • Evening twilight is the best lighting to take your pics, midday is too harsh and night required additional lighting

Date Strategy

The next tip is to sort your dating strategy out, from taking a girl out on a date to taking her to bed. Read our post on Tinder Hookups.

Happy Swiping…!!!

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