Dating App Recommended Photo Size Guide: POF, OkCupid, Bumble, Hinge, Coffee Meets Bagel, Tinder (Cropping, Pixels, Dimensions, Aspect Ratio, Zoom, Blurry, Image Too Large)

As an online dating photographer and consultant, I realize how hard it is for many to capture good, natural photos for their profile. Once you capture that perfect shot, the worst thing to happen is to have it be distorted or cropped awkwardly.

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 similar tips and guidance for website and social media photos (Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter etc.), read this guide.

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. 

For additional tips on the types of photos to use on your dating profile and which photos to avoid, read this post: https://eddie-hernandez.com/online-dating-profile-photos-intro/

How Many Photos Do I Need For A Dating Profile

You should aim for 6 unique photos (unique oufits, locations, poses etc.), 4 at the absolute minimum but 6 is recommended. Apps like Tinder and Match.com allow for more photos but don’t – usually there will be bad photos in those above 6 and you will be judged by your worst photo. Apps like Hinge require 6 photos to unlock additional preferences and filters.

Adding A Square Border To Photos

I typically do not recommend this approach but sometimes it’s 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 is 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.

Selfies and Distorted Images

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).

Blurry Photos, Square Photos

Dating apps don’t have the best editors and cropping tools. Despite minimum sizes specified, you should always follow the recommended sizes (slightly larger than minimums).

Also, more dating apps use square photos, so I recommend editing photos into a square format before uploading them into the app. This should reduce blurriness caused by portrait and landscape images that are too tall or wide. For larger images, try reducing the size in a 3rd party photo editor because large photos (i.e. from DSLR’s) can also become distorted in the upload process.

Another solution to avoid blurry photos is to upload photos to your Facebook account first rather than uploading directly from your phone or computer. Many people have had success using this method when possible (when your Facebook account is linkedin to your account or use Facebook to login/register your account).

 

Hinge Photo Dimensions, Aspect Ratios, Minimum Sizes, Recommended Sizes

Hinge Aspect Ratio: 1:1

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 640×640

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800

Pro-tip: Best Prompts & Answers To Use On Your Hinge Profile.

Hinge Profile Photo Upload Options: Facebook, Instagram, or Upload from Photo Gallery on your Phone.

Match.com Photo Dimensions, Aspect Ratios, Minimum Sizes, Recommended Sizes

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

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800

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

Pro-tip: Avoid these mistakes on your Match.com profile.

Match Photo Upload Options: Facebook or Upload from Device Gallery

Bumble Photo Dimensions, Aspect Ratios, Minimum Sizes, Recommended Sizes, Rules

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

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 640×640

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800

Uploading Photo Options for Bumble: Photo library, Facebook or Take a photo with your camera.

Pro-tip: Examples of Bumble Prompts To Use On Your Profile.

Bumble Photos Rules:

-No kids on their own. They must be in the photo with an adult, and fully clothed.
-No photos in bikinis/swimwear indoors.
-No pictures in underwear.
-No Shirtless/underwear Mirror Selfies.
-Face must be clearly visible in all photos.
-No watermarks or text overlaid.
-No pornographic material.
-No graphic hunting photos.
-No guns.

Coffee Meets Bagel Photo Dimensions, Aspect Ratios, Minimum Sizes, Recommended Sizes

Aspect Ratio: 1:1

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 640×640

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800

CoffeeMeetsBagel Photo Upload Options: Facebook or Upload from Phone Gallery.

Coffee Meets Bagel Dating App Review: https://eddie-hernandez.com/coffee-meets-bagel-dating-app-review/ 

OkCupid Photo Dimensions, Aspect Ratios, Minimum Sizes, Recommended Sizes

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

OkCupid Dating App Review: https://eddie-hernandez.com/okcupid-review/

Tinder Photo Dimensions, Aspect Ratios, Minimum Sizes, Recommended Sizes

Aspect Ratio: 1:1

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 640×640

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800

Pro-tip: A few good example bios to use on your Tinder profile.

Tinder Photo Rules: No nudity, no sexually explicit content.

How to Upload a Photo to Tinder (previously one had to use Facebook to upload photos but now you can upload directly from your camera photos on your phone).

Add: Tap the profile icon > tap the pencil icon or Edit Info > tap on one of the red + icons to add a photo
Delete: Tap the profile icon > tap the pencil icon or Edit Info > tap on red X icon next to the photo you want to remove
Rearrange: Tap the profile icon > tap the pencil icon or Edit Info > press, hold and drag photo you want to move

The League Photo Dimensions, Pixels, Minimum Sizes, Recommended Sizes

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 640×640

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800

The League Dating App Review: https://eddie-hernandez.com/the-league-dating-app-review/ 

Plenty Of Fish Photo Dimensions, Pixels, Minimum Sizes, Recommended Sizes

Minimum Recommended Pixels: 640×640

Recommended Pixels: >=800×800

For additional tips on all things dating photos related, check out my other posts here: https://eddie-hernandez.com/category/dating-photos/

Zooming In & Cropping Photos

When it comes to zooming in and cropping, you need to consider the subject you vs. the environment and background. Often time folks either zoom in way too close for a selfie distorting the subject’s face (making it wider – unflattering) or use photos that are too distant and hard to recognize the subject.

If you have one photo with you in the distance but it is a beautiful scenic location or travel destination, this is completely fine to use (just don’t make it your first photo or use too many distant, dark or blurry photos). You need a few photos close up (1/4-1/2 body to see how you look close up and full body to see your physique and style).

Also, the fatal error people make with photo is zooming in or cropping way too close. The same rules for a headshot apply here: No floating heads, including shoulders and make sure your frame doesn’t comprise more than 70% of the frame.

Way to often you will see someone’s face take up 90-95% of the frame – too close! Scoot back!

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 That Are Too Large

Some sites like Match.com have a maximum size limit on photos, <5mb. Most DSLR cameras 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).

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.

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. 

Next Read: How To Look More Attractive In Your Dating Photos

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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