Good concept plagued by usual issues
Hinge is by far the best dating app I've seen and tried. However, it is important to have realistic expectations going in. Over several months, I have had only several matches, but that's normal; you just be patient. But each of those matches has ended with the person ghosting me. This is the issue that can NEVER be fixed. Hinge has implemented a feature to combat this, but, in practice, will not dramatically decrease the incidence of ghosting. While you can now choose who will initiate the conversation, if they choose you to start, there is still nothing keeping them from ghosting you. I've been ghosted after a few dates, and I've been ghosted after sending one message (nothing risque or boring, she just chose not to respond).
Penalties should not and could not be implemented as it would simply detract from the user base. Adding a feature to remind the person to respond would be seen as annoying or pushy. It's disheartening, but this issue will never be fixed until people learn to just say, "I'm sorry. I'm not interested." The problem is not with functionality or forgetting to respond. It is a problem with people, but this problem is not extreme enough to overcome what Hinge offers. Keep this in mind as you use this app.
However, do not let this keep you from downloading the app. You may get lucky if you stick with it long enough, but do not expect immediate success.
Notifications are a major glitch
I really like the concept of this app and really want to like it overall, but there are a few things that are holding me back from a five star rating. Message notifications are the biggest so far. 90% of the time I never get a notification when I receive a message. When I do get one, it’s an hour+ after the message was received and I’ve already looked at it/responded. As of now, the only way to know if I have a message from a match is to actually open up the app and check. Sometimes I think about it regularly and sometimes I forget for an entire day. Not the best way to get to know someone and cultivate a potential relationship.
I also have a hard time believing that only two people have liked me during the week that I’ve been on this app. Not to sound vain, but I know I’m an attractive person and I usually get a ton of likes and messages on other apps. Two likes also doesn’t make sense given the number of likes I’ve sent out. Maybe most of those profiles are inactive? If so, maybe you should have a time cutoff for inactive profiles. If you’re trying to help people find a relationship, then a bunch of empty profiles is unhelpful and discouraging.
Change those two things and I’ll bring my review up to five stars instead of three!
Best Dating App I’ve Tried
About a month ago, I made the decision to get off dating apps completely. I got so tired of only getting matched with creepers looking for one night stands, but Hinge has been a pleasant surprise. I tried out Hinge a year or so ago, and I couldn’t get the hang of it, so I quit. Once I sat down and really got to understand how to work the app, it was easy! It’s definitely not the rapid fire matching that you have on Tinder or Bumble, but if you’re patient and really develop conversations with your matches, you can really meet some great people! Something I love is the fact that there’s more information on the profile, so you have more to go off of than just how the person looks. Faith is also something that’s really important for me, so I look being able to match with other people who think it’s important too! I haven’t been using Hinge for that long, but after all the recommendations, I’m so happy that I gave it another try. There’s definitely some user experience updates that can be made, but all in all, I’m really happy with Hinge. Would highly recommend this over any other dating app if you’re looking to seriously date!
Contacting support is a nightmare.
I downloaded Hinge almost a month ago, signed up, completed my profile so it's 100% complete, and the app won't work. There's some bug that keeps telling me "complete your profile to send likes!", and also says "your profile is 100% complete! You can now send up to 10 likes a day"...but I can't. It won't even show me any matches whatsoever. It won't let me access my preferences because it keeps saying that I need a complete profile, but when I go back to see if there's anything else I need to complete, it says point blank that it's 100% complete! So there's literally nothing I can do.
I've tried deleting the app, re-signing up, sending emails to support (which was kind of a nightmare to be honest, because apparently you have to be a premium member to get "personalized support"?) But almost 3 weeks after I sent in my 3rd support request, I finally got a response. They were nice, but just told me to do what I already did and try logging out of fb, uninstalling and re-installing the app, etc. Been there done that..about 5 times.
Now I am officially giving up. Maybe they'll fix the bug eventually, but I'm done waiting around until they do.
Super bummed, because I have a few friends who really like the app and I was excited to try it and see what it's all about. Oh well.
All Scammers! And No Customer Service. 😡
By Jeremy Swift ;)
I will say I talked with several guys in the 2+ weeks I used this app. Unfortunately, I had a creepy vibe with every one of them. They ALL asked to take the conversation to WhatsApp. I had never even heard of WhatsApp until I tried Hinge. I’ve talked to people on Bumble and Match and was never asked to use WhatsApp. I understand WhatsApp is used in foreign countries to get around the internet blocking. 😒That was a red flag with the first guy. Well, actually, the red flags with the first guy came when he said he lived in Texas, but was from Italy and his wife and children were killed in a car accident several years ago. 😳. The second guy’s profile showed he lived in Ft. Worth, but after we started talking, supposedly he was in the Army and stationed in Syria. Seriously?!! I had at least 5 guys ask to go to WhatsApp. And 2 supposedly stationed in Syria. Unfortunately, I paid for 3 months, but it was only about $25. I deleted my profile, canceled my account, and deleted the app entirely. I’m just hoping that none of my personal information has been compromised. Of course, I sent several emails to customer support about all of this, but no one answered. Bumble always replies. Can’t believe people are giving this app great reviews. Have to wonder if they’re fake too. Run away!!!
Lacking in basic detail
By Gold Centurion
Hinge claims that it eliminates the swipe culture and helps people find meaningful relationships. This is a wonderful concept and the main reason I downloaded it and purchased a subscription. However, there are major flaws that need to be fixed for it to work. First, many profiles are incomplete and have little to no details about the person. Two, users have the ability to hide major details such as employment status, whether they have kids, whether they smoke, height, and much more! Another thing that is concerning is education is “always hidden” and the user can’t choose to display their level of education. The only way to let others know that you graduated high school or college is to actually name the school, which is problematic for some people. These issues can be dealbreakers for folks and are fundamental questions. Three, there are no questions about what type of relationship the person is seeking. While I’d like to assume that everyone on the app is looking for something committed and monogamous, that’s not always the case.
In summary, while the concept of the app is refreshing and very promising, it is lacking in real, authentic detail and feels like I’m navigating in the dark. In contrast to something like Match and Eharmony, it falls short and feels empty.
By Dating App Queen
I’ve been using Hinge for a week and have loved most it so far! I’ve used bumble and tinder for a loooong time and it’s always filled with guys that say gross things and just want hookups. Also, on tinder especially, there is a huge range of people. I swipe through 50 before finding one I’m interested in. So far I’ve noticed that Hinge narrows your feed down to people that are your “type” or most likely to be interested in based off of interests, looks and activity. Also, they recommend certain people they think would be compatible with you.
The profile in general is also great because there are convo starters, random facts about you & pictures. That way you get a sneak peak of a person more than just photos. And easy ways to start a convo! Plus you have a constant notification to respond back, therefore it bugs the person you are trying to talk to so they don’t ghost you and reminds you of who you haven’t responded to.
No customer service and broken app
Fake app. Even after bug fixes update and two weeks of being ignored by customer service about the issues meant below, nothing has changed. Do not support this app.
Would’ve given this app a 4 or 5. It’s beautiful, the design is great and it’s interactive in a way more meaningful than a quick swipe left or right. However, despite getting push notifications of messages and matches the chat portion of the app does not show sent or received messages. It took three days for customer support to respond and they said “update it” although there was no update in the iOS store and I had said in the open ticket email that I had tried a fresh install multiple times. In the email I was promised they would get back to me “very soon,” even taking the time to make very bold. Two days later they seem to just be ignoring me, seeing as how I’ve yet to receive a single actual help message from them. This is an affront to calling it customer support and some of the worst experience I’ve had with a product that unfortunately I was excited to use, and according to my unusable matches I would’ve had success using
Best dating app for people in their late 20s and 30s
Are you tired of combing through “profiles” with so little key information on them on Tinder just to realize the guy you swiped on is a smoker and a foot shorter than you? Or getting bombarded with dms on Match from ppl that don’t even meet my search criteria (Yea I’m talking about you thirsty divorced 45 year old dads)? Who wants to pay a hundred bucks to become a member of an elitist dating app like The League with only a handful of actual members on it?
The Hidge app is user friendly and stands out from the pack in a few simple, but critical ways. The 3 questions you answer on your profile gives just enough of a preview of someone’s personality, priorities, and humor. Added with a handful of pics, and basic info on lifestyle/demographics makes this one of the easiest apps to find some one compatible that is just outside your friend circle. So thank you Hinge for existing!
Wow. So different from the others
I was getting really exhausted from dating apps, then I downloaded Hinge. I feel like this app brings the getting to know someone stage to another level. They give you a bunch of questions to answer and they highlight pictures AND your personality (by making people scroll through the pictures and your answers side by side). What a simple concept and yet no other dating app has been able to capture that. I also love the idea that you’re not allowed to just “swipe”, you have to actually like something on that persons page (although I would change that to mandatory like and comment on the thing that you liked - that’s where the real conversation happens); I noticed that I won’t even accept someone who just “likes” something any more, they have to say something about why they liked it. Gives it way more depth and it’s more personal :) thanks Hinge!!