A good experience on a dating app like Hinge includes matches, likes, comments, and exciting conversations.
A bad experience on a dating app like Hinge, however, includes no matches, no likes, glitchiness, no conversations, and no fun whatsoever.
What’s worse than a direct Hinge ban? Well, it’s a Hinge shadowban.
It can go unnoticed for a while, you get upset that you’re not getting matches on Hinge, you’re simply not enjoying the experience, at all!
We’ve heard the term quite a lot, but what does it really mean?
Here’s everything you need to know about a Hinge shadowban:
What is a Hinge shadowban and how to tell if you’re shadowbanned on Hinge? How long will it last?
A Hinge shadowban is Hinge’s way of making a profile entirely passive on the app instead of directly removing it from the app.
A shadow-banned account on Hinge is essentially an invisible account to everyone else but the user of the account.
Although the case of a shadowban is never officially addressed by Hinge, you can get shadowbanned on Hinge.
That being said, Hinge does shadowban you, it’s just a shadowban that has never been addressed by dating apps.
Considering that it hasn’t been an obvious nor an official conversation, it’s unclear about the length of a Hinge shadowban.
That means a Hinge shadowban can last from months to forever. There’s no limitation nor boundary as to where the shadowban stops.
How do you know you’ve been shadowbanned then? Here are 6 signs you’ve been shadowbanned on Hinge:
1. You’ve got likes before, but now you abruptly stopped getting any.
One of the very first signs of a Hinge shadowban is the abrupt lack of likes.
Perhaps you didn’t get many likes before, but you got some on a daily basis.
It’s normal for the number of likes to drop after you’ve been using the app for a while, however, it’s not close to normal when those likes go silent all of a sudden.
Your Hinge account is likely shadowbanned if you abruptly stop getting any matches or likes.
2. You rarely get any notifications.
Another way to know if you’re shadowbanned on Hinge is to take a look at the number of notifications you’re receiving from the apps.
You get notified when you receive a like, a comment, or a match. No notifications mean none of those. No likes, no comments, no matches.
Now, if this has been happening to you from the very beginning, you might want to take a look at your profile and perhaps find a new way of presenting yourself.
On the other hand, if you started getting this silent side of the experience on the app all of a sudden, it might just be alerting a shadowban!
3. Your account feels invisible.
You probably are shadowbanned on Hinge if everything went silent on the app all of a sudden.
Everything went silent all of a sudden, and it was as if you were in a large room hearing your voice echoing.
You’re not shown that many profiles, you’re not getting any likes, and you’re not receiving any notifications. It all seems quiet and silent.
It feels like it’s invisible because when you’re shadowbanned, your account becomes invisible, truly.
Your profile isn’t shown to people, hence the invisible feeling to the experience on the app.
4. You keep seeing the profiles you didn’t like.
You tapped “X” last time, but now those profiles are reshowing.
If you keep seeing the same profiles over and over, especially the ones you didn’t like, then it’s likely that you got shadowbanned by Hinge.
It’s normal for a profile or two to reappear now and then on Hinge. It happens, and people have been reporting such experiences.
Even Hinge says that the app intentionally shows the ‘X’-ed profiles because “People change their minds sometimes”
Now, the difference between a normal and a Hinge shadowban is that those profiles you didn’t like keep becoming a constant to your experience on the app.
It becomes annoying, it feels glitchy, and Hinge doesn’t seem to ‘listen’ to your preferences despite your attempts to be active on the app.
5. You’re shown very few profiles.
When you’re shadowbanned on Hinge, you’ll be able to see very few profiles. Few to zero.
You’ll be able to like or reject those profiles, but it doesn’t really seem to make a difference.
The misconception that you’re not able to like people when you’re shadowbanned on Hinge is indeed a misconception.
When you’re shadowbanned on Hinge, you’ll be able to like other people, however, it won’t be the same on your receiving end.
6. The app feels weird.
All of the mentioned above turns into a cocktail of oddness that just doesn’t sit right with you.
You’ll know you’re shadowbanned by Hinge when the app feels odd, perhaps a bit glitchy.
Normal activity on the app doesn’t seem so normal anymore.
There’s that sense of glitchiness, fewer likes, and profiles that you disliked reappearing, while you keep seeing fewer and fewer profiles on a daily basis.
It’s odd, unpleasant, lonely, and it feels very weird.
How to fix a Hinge shadowban?
Clearly, a shadowban on Hinge isn’t the ideal experience. As a matter of fact, it’s far from ideal!
Though, is there a way to fix it?
Yes, you can fix a Hinge shadowban. There are a number of ways of fixing a Hinge shadowban. Some don’t require much effort, while others need more work and time.
Here’s how you fix a Hinge shadowban:
– Make an appeal to Hinge NOT addressing a shadowban.
The first options should be the light ones, where you give a shot at the easiest opportunities presented.
One of those easy opportunities is reaching Hinge support to address your issue in a polite and innocent manner.
However, you don’t want to mention anything about a ban or a shadowban.
Here’s the right way to make an appeal to Hinge:
- You can email Hinge at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Make “Appeal Submission” as your subject.
- Address the issues you’re experiencing on the app.
Here’s an example of how you can make an appeal to Hinge about your shadowban
Subject: Appeal Submission
I’m [name]. I’m writing to you about an issue I’m experiencing with the app. It doesn’t seem to function properly.
It feels very glitchy, I can’t seem to change my pictures or other information displayed on my profile.
I’m also having issues with receiving and sending messages to my matches.
I’d be glad if you’d take my request to review my account and see if there’s anything to do to fix these issues.
Name: [name you’ve got included in your account]Email: [email you’ve got included in your account]Phone number: [phone number you’ve got included in your account]
Thanks in advance,
– Delete the app and reinstall it.
Again, your first options when trying to fix a Hinge shadowban are the easy ones that don’t take much effort.
One of those easy and effortless options is deleting the app and reinstalling it.
It’s a way of refreshing the app, which will allow you to have a less glitchy experience.
This way you’ll figure out whether the glitchy feeling and the weird vibes you’ve been getting are because the app needed an update or because you really are shadowbanned.
Delete the app and reinstall it, it’ll update if an update is needed, and it’ll refresh it up a bit.
– Delete your account, and open a new one with a different phone number.
Deleting your account and opening a new one after, will allow you to have a fresh beginning on the app.
It is yet another option that has been used by people to fix a shadowban on Hinge.
If you’ve been having conversations with people, try to keep in contact with them elsewhere, since all your conversations will be lost once you delete your account.
Now, keep in mind, deleting your account is different from deleting the app.
This time, if deleting the app only won’t help, you’re going to have to delete your account and open a new one with new information (a different phone number, a slightly different name, etc).
Once you delete the account, delete the app too, so that you start fresh on Hinge again.
Open a new account with new information if possible, that way you workaround the Hinge shadowban not allowing it to know it’s you:
- A slightly different name and last name.
- A new phone number (one that hasn’t been used before on Hinge).
- Different pictures.
- A different device from the one you’ve been using Hinge on.
If you feel like you’re not willing to put much effort into changing your device or using a different phone number you can try creating a new account with the same information as you used on your previous Hinge account.
– Try subscribing to a premium membership.
Subscribing to a premium membership on Hinge will not only give you the benefits such as an unlimited number of likes and seeing everyone who likes you at the same time, but it’ll also give you a glimpse of the issue you’re experiencing.
If you can afford it, this is a way of testing whether this is a Hinge shadowban or whether it’s a bug you’re experiencing on the app.
If you see an error while trying to subscribe to a premium membership, that’ll be your confirmation that there’s something wrong with the app.
It’ll be a confirmation that you are shadowbanned since your account isn’t being recognized as active or as a part of the app.
Is it just your profile or an actual Hinge shadowban?
A not-so-well-presented profile can have the same symptoms as a Hinge shadowban.
So, is it just your profile or an actual Hinge shadowban?
You’re not shadowbanned, and you need to improve your profile if
- You didn’t get likes from the very moment you created your Hinge account.
- You didn’t receive any comment from the very beginning.
- You didn’t get any matches since you joined Hinge.
So, if you’ve been experiencing the aforementioned from the moment you created your Hinge account, then it might just not be a Hinge shadowban.
This doesn’t mean that your profile isn’t worth the likes, it simply means you’ve got to work on the way you present yourself on the app a little bit.
Choose high-quality pictures, make your prompts clever, use the app responsibly, and write a nice caption about yourself. You’ve got to work on the way you present yourself on the app.
No matter how good-looking of a person you are, a bad presentation of yourself on dating apps won’t get you matches or likes. Not on Hinge, not on other dating apps.
Why would you be shadowbanned on Hinge?
Shadowbanning is sometimes considered a tactic, and sometimes a bug on dating apps.
We know that Hinge does shadowban, but why?
Well, here are a few reasons why you would be shadowbanned on Hinge:
- To prevent you from attempting to get active on the app.
A ban would be obvious, and you’d know you’d have to do something about it to get back on the app.
However, a shadowban can go unnoticed making the user think it’s just a glitch preventing them from creating other accounts and being active on the app.
- To ban you a while later.
If your behavior violated the rules and terms of Hinge, then you’re likely going to be shadowbanned and banned a while later.
Sometimes, before banning its users, Hinge gets a bit glitchy, it doesn’t show the profile to the rest of the users: it shadowbans them.
If you’re shadowbanned on Hinge, the next time you try to log in, you might be facing a ban notification.
- To get you thinking that you’ll fix the problem by subscribing to a premium membership.
Unfortunately, this is yet another truth of a lot of dating apps out there, including Tinder and Hinge.
A shadowban is likely to get you thinking that you’re not being seen enough, you need improvement in your Hinge experience, hence the urge to subscribe to a premium membership, which is very convenient to Hinge, obviously.
Try to do your best, presenting yourself the best way you can, and using these dating apps as responsibly as possible.