Dating App Photo Sizes for POF, Bumble, Hinge, Coffee Meets Bagel, Tinder and More

Most dating apps on the market have their own unique set of recommended sizes and aspect ratios (Length to Width ratios) and those I will get into later on in this post. Your photos should be clear enough so that when you upload them to any app they will not become distorted, cropped too tight or unnecessarily blurred because it is too small. For those that have managed to get good photos for their profile (I estimate this is less than 15-20% of the total population), the last thing you want to do is let these good photos go to waste because you uploaded a photo that was too small or did not add an appropriate border to prevent unwanted cropping. 

Adding A Square Border To Photos

I typically do not recommend this approach but sometimes its needed to preserve the aspect ratio of some dating apps out there. At the risk of losing context for a photo, you should ensure that all the elements of your photo that make it a great photo are shown to users. If you must do so, you can use an app like Square Instapic to add a simple border to your photos. It’s recommended that you stick with a solid border color and don’t go SnapChat-esque with sparkles, emojis, etc. Kiss It Stupid Simple (KISS). MSPaint, Adobe Photoshop will also work but require a little more patience and skill

Getting Full Size Photos / Backing Up Original Photos

With many photo-sharing, photo-editing, camera apps out there, it can be difficult to manage all your photos. I like using the Google Photos auto backup feature because you can back up original photos or at least photos at a large enough size that you can use later. These photos are sorted by output i.e. Facebook, Instagram etc. If you try to download a photo from Facebook it will likely be done so at a reduced size and resolution quality. Keeping a backup of the original photo will be helpful if you decide to print photos, or use them later on. 


Camera Settings 

When it comes to taking photos, be sure to use your back camera of your phone instead of the front facing one. The back cameras on mobile phones often come with 2 different cameras and the one in front is usually a lower quality camera. Using the back camera is recommended to preserve the best size and quality for your photos. Additionally, check your camera app settings to make sure your photos are being taken/saved at the highest resolution. There are usually several options for photos on your phone depending on the amount of space you have so be sure to do a quick check to make sure you are taking and saving photos with the highest quality dimensions. 

Unless you have an epic selfie, don’t use these photos. Aside from the camera quality, lack of interesting environments and awkward looks, selfies are typically take at close distances. The closer the camera is to the subject or the face, the more it distorts (widens) photos. This is typically unflattering for most folks. No one wants to look bigger than they actually are.

Pro-tip: If you are struggling to take a selfie (solo or with a friend), ask a stranger to take the photo so you can get a better photo with the better camera (rear-facing).

Emailing and Texting Photos

 If your friend took a photo on their phone and you are looking to get a photo from them to use for your dating profile, ask them to email it to you vs texting it to you because texting photos will reduce photo size and quality greatly to speed up send time. Don’t rely on screenshots either as that will constrict the size of the photos even more.

Reducing Photo Sizes

Some sites like Match.com have a maximum size limit on photos, <5mb. Most DSLRS will provide photos larger than this anywhere from 6mb to 12mb or more. In order to use high quality photos, you need to use a photo-editing tool to reduce the size of your photos. MSPaint and Adobe Photoshop are great options on your laptop. I recommend desktop software tools vs. mobile apps mainly for privacy and security reasons (especially as of late).

Hinge Photo Dimensions

Aspect Ratio: 1:1

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 640×640

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800


Match.com Photo Dimensions

Aspect Ratio: Flexible but 0.6:1 to 1:0.6 (square, landscape or portrait, but no panoramic)

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800

Photo Size: <5MB but more than 100KB (aka 0.1 MB)

Bumble Photo Dimensions

Aspect Ratio: 0.6:1 to 0.7:1 (Portrait-centric orientation photos)

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 640×640

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800

Coffee Meets Bagel Photo Dimensions

Aspect Ratio: 1:1

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 640×640

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800

OkCupid Photo Dimensions

Aspect Ratio: Flexible but 0.6:1 to 1:0.6 (square, landscape or portrait, but no panoramic)

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 400×400 

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800

Tinder Photo Dimensions

Aspect Ratio: 1:1

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 640×640

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800


The League Photo Dimensions

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 640×640

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800

Plenty Of Fish Photo Dimensions

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 640×640

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800