Cuffing season: a time to cozy up with your phone and half-heartedly look for love as you rewatch The Holiday. Depending on what you’re looking for, finding someone worthy of shared couch space might come down to the app. When Hinge first emerged on the dating app market in 2012, it stood out for its unique ability to find people you have mutual friends with, but who you don’t know, and who you actually might like. Gossiping about mutuals is a great ice breaker — but the concept of mixing Facebook with pleasure isn’t everyone’s idea of discreet.
Fast forward to 2021, Hinge won’t blow up your spot as a DL dater if you don’t want to link your Facebook. The app’s algorithm is pretty efficient at sending you potential matches that don’t know you, but probably know someone you know. This web of interconnectedness makes the app experience feel like you are dating within a community, rather than a void.
Hinge stands out from the crowded field of dating apps in other ways. It gives users prompts to make deep connections, and allows them to illustrate themselves with photos, text, audio, and video so that their profiles are more multidimensional. In October 2021, Hinge came out with a feature that TikTokers are particularly fond of: voice notes. With the update, users can answer prompts like “Dating me is like” or “I recently discovered” using their voice, letting potential matches get to know them a bit more intimately
Here’s how to get set up on Hinge to find the love of your life, a fun person to share a burger with this weekend, or a hilarious voice note that’ll make you TikTok-famous.
How To Set Up Your Hinge Profile
Hinge is free to download in the App Store and on Google Play. If you want to use specialized features, like filters for substance use and height or access to unlimited daily likes, you can opt for Hinge Preferred Membership, which costs $29.99 for a month, $59.99 for three months, or $89.99 for six months. You can sign up via Facebook to give the app access to your friends (so the app knows to avoid them), or you can sign in with your phone number to start fresh.
Next, you’ll have the option to add a ton of basic information, which you can choose to display on your profile or hide. The initiation questions start off easy with your name — your last name is optional and will only be revealed to matches — email, birthday, location, pronouns, and sexuality. Then it moves on to more intimate questions, like your feelings on children, religious beliefs, substance use, and political affiliation. Once you’ve got all the background information all squared away (or skipped) you can move on to the fun part: prompts.
If you want to change anything about your profile, tap the profile icon on the lower right corner, then the pencil icon to edit. You can also update your preferences, like …….