What is Hinge Most Compatible? How Does Hinge Most Compatible Algorithm Work? How Often Does It Occur? When Does It Refresh? Do They See You?


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Hinge dating app is one of the most popular dating apps on the market today and for good reason. With prompts that facilitate conservation, six mandatory photos, and a reporting mechanism to identify those that violate their terms of service namely behavior that goes against relationship minded intentions, Hinge is one of the apps I recommend most often as an online dating and consultant here in San Francisco.

Hinge slows down the pace of profiles to review on a daily basis and aids users with being specific in their initial contact rather than a generic like of the profile which are largely ambiguous on other dating apps like Tinder, Match etc. In addition to browsing profiles and sending them likes and messages, there is another feature on the app you should be aware of and that is the ‘Most Compatible’ feature.

What Is Hinge Most Compatible?

The essence of the most compatible algorithm is to pair you with other profiles you are most likely to like and conversely, who are most likely to also like you using the Gale-Shapley algorithm. The liking component is based on answers to determine compatibility. The most compatible algorithm is simply a suggestion of profiles based on inputs (photos, demographics, bios/answers) and user response to your profile.

These suggestions are not always accurate. They are based on self-selected info, photos that are static and may or may not reflect how a person looks today, biased self assessments and such. If you rely 100% on these suggestions, you may miss out on other diamonds in the rough, people who are more modest or people who can’t be evaluated on ranked on subjective traits unavailable on the app. 

Just because you have the same style in answers to questions and prompts doesn’t mean someone passes your minimum or relative threshold for attractiveness. For this reason, it is important to answer the prompts thoughtfully as it can affect who is suggested to you and more importantly who you are suggested to. (You are who you attract, not what you seek!)

Pro-tip: Reduce poor compatibility matches by avoiding these Hinge cliche prompt answers.

What Does This Mean?

It could be Hinge’s approach to get users to review and analyze one profile more closely than normal in the profile deck. It could also be another attempt to keep people on the app in hope that their most compatible match is there and patience is needed since one a day is served.

Given that most men receive fewer likes than they send out, it is assumed the algorithm should be taken with a grain of salt. Also since some men don’t get likes that often, serving up a daily ‘most compatible’ suggestion might be too optimistic for some folks.

The last article is the most interesting. One can infer that if you use joke answers on your prompt it will be used to match you with other ‘jokers’. Keep that in mind when you get flustered by bad matches. The old adage “You attract who you are, not what you seek” is relevant here.

Remember, apps are notoriously bad at determining compatibility because its users are notoriously bad at determining compatibility. People are biased, take awful photos and are bad at talking about themselves.

How Often Do They Appear? Do They Disappear? 

Every 24 hours recommendations are refreshed BUT profiles may be served at different frequencies depending on supply and demand (location, age, preferences etc.)

Also, profiles can disappear before the 24 hours – you snooze you lose. Don’t assume a suggested profile will remain available for the duration of the day. Hinge is a notoriously buggy app.

Hinge Algorithm – How Does Hinge Determine Your Most Compatible? 

According to this Forbes article, “Hinge first takes into account the likes you and the general community have sent and received in the past 24 hours from any given point. The algorithm then analyzes members’ in-app behavior to determine matches.

Take these suggestions as suggestions and not absolute truths or definitive compatibility. Compatibility is evaluated over time, in person and worked on continually. It is not something that can be predicted nor known before meeting.

Does No Matches Mean Hinge Algorithm Thinks I Am Ugly?

No, not at all. There are a number of reasons why you get few suggestions or suggestions you are not happy with. This can be attributed to bad photos, lazy profile, remote location, age, unrealistic expectations, excessive swiping, narrow filters and such. Everyone has the ability to improve their profile and get more matches. Read these tips on how to get more (quality) matches: https://eddie-hernandez.com/how-to-get-more-matches-on-dating-apps/

Do Most Compatible Suggestions See You?

It is definitely possible but not guaranteed. It’s rare they will appear the same day or close to the time you see them (if at all). Just because someone is recommended as most compatible to you, that’s only relative to others. Similarly, the other person who is displayed as most compatible for you may have other people who are more compatible for them.

Bottom line, don’t read into this that much. Treat like all other profiles.

How To Make Yourself More Eligible

If you want to improve your chances to be seen beyond the main deck of profiles or you want to improve the quality of people you want to see and be shown to in the app, start with what you can control and influence. Fill out the items in your bio, write more about yourself, improve your photos. Low-effort, low-energy, cliche profiles make it harder to stand out from the competition. 

Hinge Deal Breakers, Preferences

Selecting too many criteria in your preferences and setting too many deal-breakers for profiles is a quick way to remove false positives from your Most Compatible suggestions. There are plenty of hidden gems on dating apps that you would never overlook or turn down in real life but given the nature of dating apps (volume of efforts, first impressions etc.) most people set their criteria too aggressively and end up missing out on great people. It is far better to loosen up your criteria slightly and manually review profiles individually, thoughtfully. 

If you still need help, contact me for a dating profile review and makeover today.

Hinge Discover aka Discover Mode

On a related note, it’s important to review the main part of the Hinge App in the Discover Mode. The people that appear in Discover mode are those who both 1) match the preferences that you selected and who 2) are interested in people like you. 

It’s important to see the keyword in this clarification: ‘AND’ not ‘OR’. You might be filters, preferences and deal-breaker choices will also affect who appears in Discover. Unlike Match.com and other sites, the Discover mode is not a traditional search function as it takes into account how others view you.

Final Thoughts

Many people on Hinge do not fill out all the suggested fields in the app nor don’t use the most insightful prompts provided. These self-sabotaging efforts will limit the ability of the algorithm to make better decisions about you if you believe algorithms can do just that. Additionally, treat most compatible as you would any other profile across your screen in the sense that you don’t want to be overly aggressive or feel entitled or approach it like a sure thing.

Swiping too much or liking profiles you have no interest in can alter the profiles served in the Most Compatible feature which is why you should like and message effectively and purposefully. If you don’t take profiles seriously then don’t expect the Most Compatible profiles to do so as well. Same thing goes for joke prompts and answers.

Now that you have an idea of how the Hinge Most Compatible Feature works, make sure you are not using any cliche, overused, boring or generic answers to drive away your matches. Check out this bingo card to make sure you avoid Tinder bingo! https://eddie-hernandez.com/cliche-dating-bingo-cards-for-men-and-women/

About Eddie Hernandez 

Eddie Hernandez is a professional photographer specializing in natural, candid online dating photos. Featured in the SFGate, ABC7News, East Bay Express, Salon; contributor to Good Men Project, Plenty Of Fish and Meddle. In addition to photos, he provides guidance around app choice, bio optimization, messaging techniques, wardrobe advice and date ideas. https://eddie-hernandez.com/contact/

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