1. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 0: Super Basics
  2. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 1: Understanding Tinder
  3. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 2: Preparations
  4. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 3: Considerations
  5. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 4: Profile Creation
  6. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 5: Settings
  7. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 6: Swiping & Behavior
  8. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 7: Messaging & Beyond

 

Having configured our settings to our liking, the time has finally come to do what Tinder is all about: Swiping. And I’m here to help with that. Haha, get it?

Tinder Swiping Strategies

Okay, so, the way you swipe on Tinder should be intuitive, and there should not be a lot you have to keep in mind. You should just be able to follow your heart, or gut on this one. Alas, that is not necessarily the case, which is why this guide exists. Among other things, you have to keep in mind what we’ve learned so far about how Tinder’s algorithm works in the background. Without going into the details again:

DO NOT:

  • Swipe right on everyone, or more than 90% of the profiles you see. Better would be a maximum of 70%
  • Swipe left on everyone, or more than 90% of the profiles you see. Better would be a maximum of 70%
  • Swipe very quickly, or for extended periods of time. I.e. don’t swipe too much at once. An example of too much would be 1’000 profiles in an hour.
  • Use your free boost, unless you want to keep buying more.

That is, if you’d like to avoid your account getting shadowbanned, or your visibility being otherwise reduced as a punishment for your behavior.

What to do instead

Instead, you should be taking a few seconds to consider each, or most profiles, looking through their pictures and opening the full profile here and there. You may be pickier than Tinder likes, or you may be more… let’s say “open”, but try to keep your right swipes in the 30-70% range. If simply everyone is attractive to you, try to limit your right swipes to those who seem to be a good match personality-wise as well.

If nobody is attractive to you, well then first of all you might need to improve your own profile so that Tinder views you as attractive as well, because it will show you mostly users of similar desirability (in the eyes of the algorithm). Second, you may have to swipe right on a few people you don’t really find attractive, just to get out of the “too picky” range. You can still simply not talk to them later if you happen to match (except for the first message, but more on that in the next part).

If you follow this middle ground approach and take time to consider your options, chances are you’ll stay on Tinder’s good side and not break their secret rules. All things within reason. You do not have to spend 10 seconds on every complete non-starter. Just don’t machine gun your way through your deck faster than the app can load new cards.

Superlikes, Boosts

Super likes are a mixed bag. Some people find them charming, others are ambivalent but might not see your profile otherwise, and some people find them desperate and creepy. Since you can never know how the person you’re considering sending one to feels about them, you can never be sure if using a super like will increase or decrease your chances of matching with them. If they do like being super liked, having done so makes for an easy conversation starter of course, in case of a match.

As for boosts, they tend to work, and they tend to work best the first time you use them. The thing is just that once you’ve used one, the likes you receive organically seem to magically wane as if to incentivize further boost purchases. Hmm. If you don’t care about the money and plan to use them often, they can definitely work in your favor. Best times for boosting are evenings, except for Friday and Saturday when many people are out partying or on dates.

Misc. Behavior Tips

Apart from the above basic swiping rules, there are a few more behaviors that can influence your visibility in the app.

First and foremost, it’s highly beneficial to spread out your swiping throughout the day, as opposed to one big session. This way you’ll both stay more recently active in the app, landing you higher in people’s decks, and you’ll also be more likely to catch other “recently active” people who otherwise may always be swiping during a different time of the day than you. If you do match, you also get the benefit of messaging them outside of Tinder prime time (evenings, weekends) when they get buried in messages.

Try not to report too many profiles. Ironically, this often leads to the reporter getting shadow-banned themselves. Especially when reporting people for “appearing in the wrong gender”, allegedly (to be tested). Keep to the truly offensive and inappropriate stuff forbidden by the Tinder Terms of Use, or just move on.

Try not to unmatch too many profiles either, for the same reason as the above.

Do not reset your profile, if not absolutely necessary. By resetting your profile, I mean deleting your account and creating a new one, in the hopes of getting a fresh start. As mentioned earlier, this used to work and was commonplace, but at some point Tinder decided they didn’t like it and now failed attempts lead to shadowbans and successful resets have become very difficult and unreliable. It is still possible, and if you feel it is really necessary, you can try following this reset guide containing all the best practices we know of at the moment.

Message your matches! It actually appears to have an effect on your visibility. But more on that in the next and final part: Messaging & Beyond.