Is Hinge Free?
Hinge was released in 2012 and has been stealing hearts ever since.
The app that’s “designed to be deleted” has over 3 million users in the US and has made a splash in the online dating world.
It’s been able to make a name for itself by implementing the old-school practice of being introduced via a mutual friend into an application. Even though it did away with this feature in 2018 it’s been able to use that momentum to become one of the most popular apps in the nation.
Hinge is different from other dating apps in that it’s the least superficial app out there.
It has anti-ghosting features, limited swipes, detailed profiles, prompts, and a host of other elements that make it the best app for those looking for long-term relationships.
No other app works like Hinge does.
Now that I’ve got your fingers tingling at the prospect of downloading the app and taking advantage of its dating network, you probably got one more question on your mind, “Is Hinge free?”
The short answer is yes, technically it’s free.
But like dating, it’s not that simple.
Is Hinge Free?
It’s Free with Limited Swipes
Do you have to pay for Hinge?
But is the free version of Hinge limited to the point where you can’t even message other users like in other apps.
Most basic versions of dating applications are completely free.
However, some offer more perks than others.
The dating app designed to be deleted allows you to match and connect with users. The most notable free feature is the ability to match with another user, done with the help of a like.
Hinge is unlike most popular dating apps in that it doesn’t utilize swiping. At one point in time, Hinge did, but in 2016 decided to do away with the option.
Instead of swiping, users connect with each other through likes. While scrolling through profiles -or someone’s “story” as Hinge calls it- you have the opportunity to like and comment on another user’s photo or their written answer to a list of questions users are asked when filling out their stories.
Once you like another user, that person will be notified and then has the option of responding to your interest.
The free version of Hinge enables a user to like no more than 8 users every 24 hours (see image above for when Hinge pumps the brakes on your daily likes). However, this is only the case if users have a complete profile.
A complete profile is one that contains at least six photos. Should your profile not be completed, you won’t be able to like anyone.
While it may sound unfair, having this restriction in place forces users to create a more well-rounded and transparent profile. This is something that users should be doing regardless of being obligated to do so.
Paying for Hinge’s “Preferred Membership” grants users unlimited swipes. Hinge only offers one form of non-free membership.
Here is the price breakdown:
What Do I Get if I Upgrade to a Paid Hinge Account?
Said Preferred Membership Advantages
The free membership provides users with enough features to create a profile, use basic filters, and start connecting with users. If you want to unleash the full capabilities of the app, it’ll cost you.
Does Hinge cost money?
However, there are a wealth of features that’ll help you filter out non-compatible partners that can only be accessed with the paid membership.
The See Who Likes You Feature
As we’ve noted, Hinge Preferred grants you unlimited likes.
But that probably won’t be necessary once you learn about this next feature.
One of the many boons of paying for a Hinge membership is the ability to see all of the users that have liked you before matching with them. Having Hinge create a cache of users that already have the hots for you saves you time in your search for a relationship. Instead of fishing into a pool never knowing if you’ll get a bite, Hinge lights up the dating pool by compiling a list of women that are already interested in you.
The Extended In-Depth Preferences Feature
The best dating applications help us filter out suitors that aren’t right for us. Ideally, we’d only go out with people that we know we would form a lasting connection with. Certain applications do a better job at finding these special ones than others. Generally speaking, the more filters the better. The free and paid versions of Hinge offer different filters that are juxtaposed below.
Free Hinge Accounts Get These Filters
Gender, location, age, distance, height, ethnicity, and religion.
Preferred Membership Get These Additional Filters
Whether someone has children, whether someone wants children, politics, drinking, smoking, marijuana, drug use, etc.
Having access to filters allows you to cut down on the time you invest in building a relationship that’s going nowhere. If you have certain dealbreakers like smoking or children, having access to such filter capabilities will allow you to invest more heavily in more compatible romantic candidates.
A rose is basically the equivalent of Tinder’s Super Like.
When you send someone a bouquet or roses your profile will get boosted to the front of their likes queue.
In this way you skip the line of other suitors.
What’s so great about roses is like a Super Like users are alerted that you’ve sent a rose, signaling that you have a strong interest.
Hinge claims that sending a rose significantly boosts your odds of receiving a like.
Whether you have a free or preferred membership you receive one rose a week (roses don’t accumulate).
So if you want to use more than one a week you’ll have to hit up your digital florist and dish out a little cash.
Should I Pay for a Hinge Membership?
Just about every application has a paid membership option.
So what makes Hinge’s option better than others?
Hinge boasts that Preferred Members get twice as many dates as free members.
When members can like other members until their fingers blister and have access to women that have already liked them, it’s no surprise. These two reasons certainly help answer the question of why paying members score twice as many matches.
However, I have another theory. Paying members simply want it more. They are on the application more often, care more about their profile, and delicately construct their comments and messages more so than non-paying members.
This is because you’re only going to pay for a membership if you’re serious about dating.
How many times have you heard someone say that they’re only on a dating application because they’re bored or because their friend made them do it?
The truth is the same no matter the application, paying members are just more committed to forming relationships via applications.
What’s more important than paying for a Hinge membership is tapping into the aforementioned mentality. You should take dating applications seriously instead of treating them as a way to pass the time in the bathroom.
Getting serious about using online dating not only means putting more effort into building your profile (having great Hinge Answers) and chatting with women. It also means utilizing more online dating channels.
So Answer Me Will You! Should I Pay for Hinge?
Not right away.
Try the free version for 30 days.
Do so while also being active on 4 other dating apps.
Swiping, scrolling, and liking profiles on five different online dating platforms will introduce you to an eclectic mix of women that you would never have found had you only been using a single dating app.
If you’re still not getting the success you think you deserve after 30 days then upgrade your Hinge account. But only pay for the 1-month option. If you’re still not getting the results you desire after paying for a 30-day Hinge membership, it’s time you consider hiring some help.
Hiring Some Dating Help
I can vaunt all I want about the integrated dating expert, multitude of filters, and unlimited swiping.
However, what really matters is how everyday users feel about Hinge. As I’ve mentioned I advise my clients to be active on five dating applications.
Ever since I started suggesting Hinge to clients it’s been by far their favorite dating application.
It doesn’t matter where the client has lived, their religion, or age, almost every one of them has voiced their affinity for Hinge.
Hinge does a great job of connecting people with similar interests, thus creating meaningful dates. In internal information gathered from Hinge’s “We Met” feature, the application found that 90% of Hinge members enjoyed their first date while 72% said they’d go on a second date.
Hinge might just be the most inventive dating application out there.
From its internal dating coaches to its anti-ghosting feature, Hinge is continually coming up with effective ways to connect its users.
As we’ve discussed, Hinge is free, but to get the most out of the application you’ll have to pay. Whether you opt for the paid version or not depends on your personal preferences and needs.
Should you decide to pay for Hinge and seek guidance from the internal dating coach you may find yourself a bit disappointed. Hinge Experts have received little feedback and can only help with issues that are intimately related to the application.
If you need to talk about a dating obstacle outside of the Hinge realm, you’re out of luck.
This is where I come in.
Dating applications, how to mitigate first-date nerves, and how to accelerate a relationship are all topics that you can feel free to discuss with me.
In fact we tackle every topic you need to know in order to be successful in the modern dating scene.
It all starts with our online curriculum.
With lifetime access to all our content, you can take your time and consume over and over again our seemingly endless library of content covering a wide range of dating subjects.
Here’s a peek of what you’ll find on our platform:
- Messaging strategies on dating apps
- How to ask a woman out online and IRL
- Where to meet the women of your dreams IRL
- Flirting techniques
- How to have better sex
But our extensive and ever-updated platform isn’t all we offer.
We know dating is dynamic and full of nuance.
That’s why we have two live sessions each and every week. During these sessions, we encourage students to talk about obstacles they have. Primarily we deal with messaging roadblocks. We’ll pick apart the messages you’re sending and show you how to improve the message quality.
But what happens after you’ve found a woman to date on Hinge?
Well, it’s time to meet face-to-face of course. But you’re probably worried because you haven’t gone on many dates IRL as of late.
That’s not a problem as we offer students mock dates with our specialist Brooke.
During these dates, you’ll have the opportunity to apply everything you’ve learned in our program. After the date is over Brooke will provide detailed feedback on what worked and what could use improvement.
Lastly, we realize that dating alone can be a downer. In order to keep going you want to have a solid support system. That’s why when you join Dating Decoded you join a community of supportive men in your exact position. After enrolling we’ll pair you with a new student who will hold you accountable. We also try to pair students with those that live in their area so if you’d like you two can meet IRL to talk strategy and meet women.
You can book a 1-on-1 New Client session here, and we can get started making you a dating whizz.
During our session, we’ll talk about your dating history, uncover any blocks that could be holding you back, create an action plan, and see if my coaching program could be right for you.