Shadowbanning is normal practice for a lot of online dating apps, such as Tinder, Bumble, and now even our dear Hinge.
Users are better off being banned than shadowbanned because they’d at least know what went wrong; Hinge Shadowbans, on the other hand, are confusing.
But, we have cracked the code and today I’ll be telling you everything you need to know related to Hinge Shadowbanning: what it is, why it happens, and what you can do to fix it!
What is a “Hinge Shadowban” and how is it different from a regular ban?
Hinge shadowbans users don’t want others to see, so what do they do? They keep their profiles but make them nearly invisible.
It’s sort of like hiding your snacks away from your siblings so they don’t eat them.
A Ban means that your account is indefinitely gone—you won’t be able to use Hinge, as opposed to being simply shadowbanned.
– Another important difference is that Hinge tells you you’ve been banned, as for a Shadowban, they leave you wondering whether it’s your fault or theirs.
You’re still able to use the app, but it’s not going to be the same as it was: the app functionality and your success with matches is going to take a hit.
Are you Shadowbanned on Hinge? Watch out for these 5 signs.
Hinge doesn’t tell you they have decided to pull this little trick, so you have to conclude all by yourself.
You’re in luck, however, because people are getting shadowbanned left and right, so we have narrowed down the most common symptoms.
1. Fewer matches, likes, and overall notifications.
If you stopped getting as many matches and likes on Hinge abruptly, then it’s most likely because your account stopped showing up in People’s Decks.
Take a quick look at your Hinge notifications…are you suddenly getting none?
No messages either—all of these combined are the most common signs of being Hinge shadowbanned.
2. A deserted Hinge Deck.
Getting few to no matches on your Hinge Deck is not a good sign, as it should flourish with people who catch your eye.
You can interact with them and everything, but it won’t do much.
Your Hinge Deck will remain the same no matter what, for an unspecified amount of time despite your best efforts of skipping profiles.
3. You keep seeing people you’ve skipped before.
So, this is Hinge’s logic: instead of risking suggesting users you might like and talk to, it shows you profiles it knows you’re going to skip again.
This way, you’re not communicating with fellow users, just as Hinge intended.
4. Your matches are suddenly AFK.
Hinge tries to push as few notifications as possible to shadow-banned users.
Did your matches unexpectedly stop responding to your messages for no apparent reason?
5. A very janky Hinge app.
Last, but not least (and definitely most annoying), Hinge users who have been shadowbanned complain about a glitchy app experience.
– Getting no matches, replies, or new suggestions; even some features on the app may cease working despite paying for them.
All in all, knowing if Hinge is giving you the cold shoulder isn’t too difficult, considering nothing on the app will feel normal again.
Knowing if it’s the Hinge Shadowban’s fault or your profile’s…
It’s a bit confusing when your Hinge experience changes because there’s no immediate telling if your profile has been shadowbanned or simply skipped too often.
Both of these instances have the same signs: no likes, matches, and luck on the app.
But, there are some key differences you must pay heed to.
If your Hinge app was bustling with matches before, and if people often started chatting with you, but that suddenly came to a halt, you’re most likely shadowbanned.
The same thing goes if you’re not getting any matches despite being a loyal subscriber to Hinge+ or HingeX and paying for perks that should’ve helped you (Unlimited likes, Prioritized Likes, etc.).
– If you never got too many matches to begin with, then your profile is probably just overdue for a makeover!
The only 5 ways to fix being Shadowbanned on Hinge: from easiest to hardest.
Invisible, yes—but not invincible.
A Shadowban might or might not be reversed, but what’s important is that you give it a try.
These are the only methods up-to-date to help your profile go back to normal:
1. Delete and re-install the app.
Before you go the extra mile while being unsure about the severity of the situation, why not delete the Hinge app and install it again?
This may get rid of any technical issues on Hinge’s end!
– If an update is available, install it and launch the app again. If everything is back to normal, good! If not, let’s look into our options.
2. Contact Hinge Support.
You can make an appeal over at email@example.com about your account, but there are a few tricks.
First of all, don’t directly tell Hinge you think you’re shadowbanned—instead, describe the problem you’re having (no matches, a glitchy app, etc.)
– It’s a bit difficult to maintain your composure after being treated unfairly, however, I recommend you remain professional and polite.
3. Change things around in your profile.
Hinge wants its users to be active and take dating seriously because that’s what it is: a serious dating app.
So, if your profile is incomplete, it might think you’re a bot or just there to troll. You need to fix this before proceeding.
- Post some more photos of yourself (and change your current ones);
- Put your education;
- Specify the state you live in;
- Answer the prompts;
- Describe your personality, etc.
Show Hinge, you’re there to find love and not just pass time so that you get some brownie points from fellow users.
4. Consider a Hinge subscription.
Besides the fact paying for dating apps (such as Tinder and Hinge) greatly improves people’s performance, you can also do this to find out if you’re shadowbanned.
– If Hinge won’t let you go through with getting your subscription, you’re most definitely shadowbanned.
Hinge is outcasting your profile.
5. And if nothing else works…open a new Hinge account with a new phone number.
If you’ve done everything within your power and nothing seems to be changing, then it’s time to start from scratch.
Make a new Hinge account, but this time on a completely different device, and with a fake phone number.
Use somebody else’s phone (a family member’s or relative’s) and open your account using a fake number, which you can get from services like DatingZest’s Hinge Phone Numbers.
I cannot stress how important this is; Hinge will continue shadowbanning users making the same account over and over again.
P.S. I recommend not recycling the same photos you used on your old Hinge account!
But, why do Hinge shadowban users?
Hinge, just like Tinder is really strict about its Community Guidelines and won’t tolerate anything short of respect.
So, if you have, in any way behaved disrespectfully towards other users, not been honest, or crossed their boundaries, you’re most likely to get shadowbanned first, and banned later.
- Hinge doesn’t want unruly users on the app.
Simply banning such users is useless as they’d just make new accounts.
This is Hinge’s way of punishing bad behavior—either making users fix their attitude, or leave the app immediately due to confusion.
- Hinge wants to make others believe they need to pay for a subscription.
Shadowbanning and having no success on Hinge may look the same at first glance due to a lack of matches.
So, what does Hinge do? They purposely decrease the app’s enjoyment so that people feel as if they need to pay for a subscription.
Some users believe they need to pay for boosts to receive more matches, and sadly, they go ahead and do it.
A Hinge Shadowban may last a lifetime.
Or until you delete your account or get it banned—the point is you need to do something about it!
It all depends on the account, though, so people’s best bet is being on their best behavior.
To prevent this from ever happening again, be an upstanding Hinge citizen: respect others, keep things appropriate, and be active on the app.