Everybody’s online dating experience is different; although common, getting a low number of likes on Tinder is surely demotivating.
It is not necessarily your appearance or people’s preferences, it’s the algorithm that determines how rewarding your Tinder experience will be; understanding and manipulating it is quite hard.
This is why there sometimes tends to be an imbalance on Tinder where some users get hundreds of likes, and the rest are left starving.
Women vs. men: Who gets more likes on Tinder?
If you’re a man reading this, brace yourself.
Despite men making up 76% of the Tinder user base, women have better luck in finding matches and getting likes.
This doesn’t apply only to Tinder, though! Women have better success in all dating apps and a much better like-to-match ratio.
According to DatingZest statistics, men like 1 out of every 3 profiles, but get 1 match out of 40 likes; whereas women like 1 out of 16 profiles and get 1 match out of 2 likes.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to notice just how different men’s experiences are from those of women on Tinder—gender does play a pretty big role in the number of likes/matches you’ll receive.
7 possible explanations as to why you’re not getting matches on Tinder:
Your profile’s appearance and your preferences are two major factors that contribute to the people you see on Tinder and the people who see you.
If something doesn’t make a good impression on them, they’ll swipe left on your profile without a second thought!
If you’re not getting any likes on Tinder, this is probably why:
1. You’re picking the wrong photos for your Tinder profile.
Take a quick look at your Tinder images: are any of them blurry or shot in bad lighting?
Furthermore, do they all look similar to each other?
If you’ve picked images with a lot of people in them, it makes it difficult for people to tell who’s the owner of the Tinder profile they’ve come across.
All of this is making people swipe left.
2. Your biography isn’t swipe-worthy.
What you put in your bio is just as important as the images you pick because you are trying to sum up your whole personality in a few sentences.
If your Tinder bio is, say, generic, uninformative, or just plain boring, then people will instantly swipe left.
Other than lacking the “wow factor”, your bio might be coming off as too intense or desperate, two things people absolutely despise.
3. You need to change your swiping habits.
If you’re swiping either left or right and not balancing between the two, then Tinder will think of you as a bot and show you to fewer people as a result.
Fewer people = less likes.
Being too picky or overly nonselective will give Tinder and Tinder users the wrong impression, so I recommend you swipe right only on the people you’re actually interested in.
4. Your profile contains offensive content.
Tinder is against uploading offensive imagery on your profile and putting controversial content on your biography, which checks out considering its users would most likely feel uncomfortable.
Intimidation, harassment, hate speech, etc. are all things Tinder forbids.
Aside from the possibility that Tinder might be penalizing you, fellow users could be intentionally skipping your profile.
5. You’re not on Tinder often.
If you don’t use Tinder all that often, the algorithm will gradually recommend your profile less and less, which affects the number of likes you receive.
We’re talking about a 1-week plus inactivity, which leaves Tinder no choice but to replace you with more active users in people’s feeds.
6. Not a lot of people are seeing you due to your strict preferences.
If your distance is too short and you’re not negotiating with your other preferences, then is it really any wonder why you’re not getting likes?
To start with, even if you do happen to meet the perfect person (according to you), it’s not guaranteed they’ll swipe right.
It’s all a matter of statistics, honestly, and I think you should start being a bit more generous with your preferences!
7. And finally, your account is shadowbanned by Tinder.
If you got a warning from Tinder and are having a hard time logging in and editing your profile, you’re most likely shadowbanned.
Not to get it confused with having your account banned—shadowbanning means that your profile is still there, however, people can’t see it and like it as a result.
This is usually what happens if Tinder detects suspicious/harmful behavior from a user; you should reach out to Tinder if you want this sorted out!
What you can do to get more likes on Tinder: the best 3 solutions.
Yeah, opening the Tinder app to 0 likes and matches sucks, but it’s not like that number can’t be reversed!
There are some things you can do to your profile to make it look desirable and bump it up in Tinder’s eyes, such as:
1. Give your profile a fresh, new look.
If you’re not getting any likes, then chances are people aren’t vibing with your Tinder profile—a logical assumption considering your profile is the very first thing they see.
– Switch things up by yourself at first:
Pick different photos that showcase how fun you are and craft a more interesting, informative bio.
Feel free to experiment until you find what works.
– Get your friends’ opinions:
Ask them to rate your profile out of 10 and give you advice regarding your images and bio—if you’re a man who’s interested in women, I recommend you ask for your female friends’ insight.
– Have an expert review your Tinder profile:
If knowing what works and what doesn’t in the online dating world is problematic for you, worry not as a lot of people have this problem.
Dating Profile Crafter (DPC) is a team of experts whose sole purpose is to make “Tindering” easier for people who aren’t having any luck on the platform.
You will receive elaborate feedback on your current Tinder profile and a quick rundown on what needs changing.
Our experts will teach you how to take attention-grabbing photos, write an interesting bio, and spill all the beans about what Tinder users are looking for.
2. Invest in Tinder Plus, Gold, or Platinum.
Paying for Tinder is absolutely not mandatory, however, it will help you quite a bit in getting likes and matches.
|Tinder Plus ($7.99)
|Tinder Gold ($24.99)
|Tinder Platinum ($29.99)
|Every Tinder Plus perk
|Every Tinder Gold perk
|5 Super Likes a week
|Text before matching
|The Passport feature
|1 free Boost a month
|See who likes you
|See last week’s Likes
|New Top Pick every day
Why I believe subscriptions might increase your likes is the fact that Tinder “pushes” your profile forward to other users.
- A Super Like on Tinder helps you stand out to someone you’re interested in;
- According to Tinder, a Boost makes your profile up to 10 times more likely to be seen by others—it lets you become one of the top profiles in your area for around 30 minutes;
- Being able to text someone before matching with them will help you put yourself out there;
- A Priority Like makes sure the people you like see you.
3. Increase your distance range and other preferences.
Since Tinder shows you people they think you’d like, it’s always a good idea to rearrange your preferences at times like these.
Fix any preferences you think are negotiable.
Increase your distance and age range appropriately in Tinder’s Discovery Settings in order to meet more people who are stunned by your charm!
If you’re getting no likes on Tinder after 1-2 days, be patient!
Getting no likes on the first or second day of being on Tinder is usually nothing to worry about as you’re just getting started.
If your profile is still unfinished (which I’m assuming is the case since you just got the app), add the finishing touches before putting it on the market.
Put some awesome pictures and craft a fun, length-appropriate bio that reflects your personality, but don’t make it too long!
And, if it’s been a week or so and your Tinder notifications are as dry as the desert, feel free to refer to the points above.