Getting no matches on Tinder can be due to various reasons and factors. Some are up to you, and well, some others aren’t.
I have a strong feeling that firstly, we need to tackle a simple heavy question that goes “Am I ugly if I get no matches on Tinder?”
The answer is NO, you’re not ugly if you’re getting no matches on Tinder, you might simply be doing something wrong or living in a small place.
Again, the reasons for no matches vary, and some of the factors might not be up to you at all.
It’s time to tackle why you’re getting no matches and exactly what you can do about it!
Here are 8 reasons why you’re getting no matches on Tinder:
1. People aren’t swiping right: There might be something wrong with your profile
Your profile includes your photos, bio, anthem, job title, and other things you choose to include in it.
Essentially, you’ll be judged by the things you include in your profile before you get swiped left or right.
If your profile–I insist, your profile–is unattractive, then people will be swiping left.
And when people swipe left you’ll get no matches, no matter how many profiles you swiped right.
Your profile is unattractive if you uploaded bad photos of yourself, you didn’t upload pictures of yourself, and you wrote a horrible (offensive, perhaps) bio.
A clarification- An unattractive profile doesn’t mean an unattractive person. It means you’ve got to work a bit more on your profile and way of presenting yourself.
Got Tinder Gold, yet still getting no matches?
The (possible) reason you’re getting no matches even on Tinder Gold is your profile being unattractive. Tinder Gold gives you the tools to be seen by more people.
However, if your profile is unattractive and gets seen by a lot of people, the results are going to be the same even if it isn’t seen by as many.
The bottom line is that there are things you’re choosing/doing wrong when it comes to completing your profile.
2. You’re living in a rural area where not many people use Tinder
Tinder has over 75 million users. How could you feel lonely in such an app? Well, unfortunately, you can.
If you’re living in a rural area where not many people use Tinder, it means there are fewer people shown to you and vice versa.
That means the odds of getting a match are automatically lower. You lower those odds even further if you didn’t put effort into your profile.
If 50+ people see your profile in a day, chances are a few of them will swipe right; however, you might be swiping left on people who swiped right on you.
It takes two to tango, but also two to swipe right on each other for a match on Tinder.
3. You’re showing the wrong photos
Photos are one of the most crucial parts of your Tinder profile. It’s something you really don’t want to mess up!
You’re showing the wrong photos if they are:
- Bad quality photos;
- All group photos and it’s difficult to know which one is you;
- Offensive photos;
- Photos of something/somebody else (e.g. pictures taken from the internet);
- Photos with bad lighting;
- Controversial photos (e.g. including a dead animal);
- Photos from when you were drunk at a party;
No matter how attractive you are, you have to choose the right photos to put on Tinder, since that’s the first thing someone’s going to see.
Your ugly photos with your handsome face in them won’t make a person swipe right, not if the message is wrong.
4. Your bio is either missing or not good
Besides your photos people will be reading your bio too, hence they will be judging your profile, and deciding whether they’ll swipe right or left.
An amazing Tinder bio can save your profile, it can get you matches, and can get you dates. Not sure if your bio is amazing?
Here’s what makes a Tinder bio inappropriate and not good:
- Jokes or comments about religion, culture, body, race, etc;
- Long lists of things you don’t like in a partner;
- Offensive and dark humor;
- Spelling mistakes;
- Too many emojis;
- Long, long, long descriptions of yourself, your likes and dislikes;
If you have no bio or a terrible one, then it could be one of the reasons why you’re getting no matches and having fewer people shown to you on Tinder. Give it a double-check!
5. Your way of swiping is ‘worrisome’
“How the hell could my way of swiping be a problem? I swipe right every single profile that shows on the screen!” or “I barely swipe anyone right, I’ve got high standards!”
Well, that might just be the problem, dear reader.
If you swipe right uncontrollably, Tinder will notice and will get mad at you. I know you don’t care if Tinder is mad at you or not, but it’s about the algorithm this time.
The Tinder algorithm will do its work, analyze, and conclude that there might just be something spooky about your profile, robotic if you will.
Your what used to be called ELO score and visibility will leave the room along with the possibility of getting matches, because you don’t come off as a genuine account, at least not to Tinder.
On the other hand, having high standards is understandable, but not ever swiping right is a bit strange. You know, you might want to swipe right every now and then.
It takes two people to swipe right on each other for it to become a match. If you've never swiped right, you won’t get a match.
6. You’ve got Tinder shadowbanned
You get no matches, no message replies, and become invisible. It’s why you don’t get any likes, and it’s why you get no matches on Tinder.
Your profile isn’t shown to anyone, you don’t get any likes, you don’t get any messages, and it feels like you’re entirely alone in an app that’s continuously used by over 75 million people.
You might also get shadowbanned if:
- You tried resetting your account.
- You tried to trick Tinder about your location.
- You have been reported a lot of times.
- You practiced any other form of violation of the rules, etiquette, and guidelines of Tinder.
If you’re noticing a glitchy vibe while using the app, if you’re having difficulties ‘operating’ in the app (e.g. changing your pictures), then chances are, you’ve been shadowbanned.
7. You didn’t set your preferences right
Setting your preferences right plays a major role in the number of people that are shown to you on a daily basis on Tinder.
On the other hand, it also plays a major role in the number of people you are shown to on a daily basis on Tinder.
If your preferences don’t match many people, you’re likely to be shown to fewer people, but also to have fewer people shown to you.
This decreases your chances of matching with someone considering that you have a low number of people to swipe and a low number of people swiping on you.
Especially considering that not everyone you’re shown to is going to swipe right on you.
Check your preferences: Tap profile > Settings > Discovery > Preferences.
8. ELO score and Tinder algorithm
ELO score used to be part of the Tinder algorithm. It was based on the “Likes” and “Nopes” you get and give.
So the more “Likes” you’d get, the higher your ELO score would be. You’d get “Nopes”, your ELO score would drop.
“Here’s the scoop: Elo is old news at Tinder. It’s an outdated measure and our cutting-edge technology no longer relies on it.” – Tinder
Despite the fact that Tinder no longer relies on the ELO score, some people still use it as a term to somehow describe the Tinder algorithm.
The tinder algorithm, in fact, is way broader than the ELO score.
It does a lot of work, and analyses your activity on Tinder to show you the potential matches, and to show you your potential matches too.
If you’re getting a lot of nopes on Tinder, then you’re likely to not get any matches since getting too many nopes can make your profile come across as unlikeable.
Tinder doesn’t like unlikable profiles, hence the algorithm starts, in a way, working against you by not showing you to people and vice versa.
Getting no matches on Tinder: How do you really fix it?
To start getting matches on Tinder you have to consider what’s making you get no matches and start working on those exactly.
On the other hand, here’s what Tinder suggests to us:
Here’s what you can specifically do to start getting matches (or more matches) on Tinder:
– Don’t be so passive on the app.
Being active on Tinder makes the algorithm pick potential matches for you, showing them to you and you to them.
“The most important factor that can help you improve your match potential on Tinder is…using the app.” – Tinder
In other words, Tinder doesn’t show inactive profiles.
If you used to get a few matches, but now you’re getting zero, then try being more active on the app. Use the app more.
This is how you get to be seen by more people, which means more likes, which then results in more matches.
– Fix your profile where it needs to be fixed.
You want to do the fixing where you did something wrong on your profile. In other words, you want to make your profile better and more likable.
Here’s how you can fix your profile:
Add the right photos; Remove the pictures with bad quality, inappropriate, or offensive messages;
Check the quality of your photos, avoid having a group photo as your first photo, pay attention to the lighting, and show your confidence along with activities you love doing.
Avoid pictures of you looking drunk, pictures that look the same, and nude pictures!
Tip: You can use Photofeeler, where you can post your picture and get feedback from people around the world.
– Write a decent bio, something short, funny, or intriguing;
If you haven't written one yet, then you should do it. It cannot be easy to ‘put yourself’ in a few sentences, I know…
Use your creativity and come up with something original that reflects your personality. Avoid controversial topics, avoid long lists, and avoid comments about sensitive topics such as culture, skin, mental health, or culture.
Tip: Avoid the long ‘resume lists’. Keep it short, fun, and simple. Most of all, keep it original.
– Pay attention when you’re swiping on the app.
When it comes to swiping, try and find a balance:
Don’t swipe right uncontrollably.
This can make Tinder think that you’re a bot, which can lead it to shadowban you, or even worse, ban your account.
On the other hand, it can affect the algorithm as well. If you don’t end up getting banned or shadowbanned, you might just end up getting no matches at all.
Don’t be too picky.
This way of swiping will reduce the number of people shown to you, and of course, your visibility will drop leading to no matches.
Choose the people you swipe right on, but don’t simply swipe left on every single profile without paying attention to their profile.
– Don’t just ghost your matches: be respectful.
If you got matches, but you’re ghosting them, that could signal a red flag to Tinder.
That’s because you might ruin other users’ experience on the app. This is why you have to be thoughtful and respectful to your matches.
The Tinder algorithm analyzes your activity, how much time you spend on the app, and how often you message your matches.
Make sure you message your matches.
This will make Tinder show you other potential matches since you’re being active, and, in a way, you care enough to text them instead of just matching and leaving it with that.
Keep in mind, Tinder doesn’t like inactive profiles.
– Work on your texting skills with your matches.
This is another part you want to improve if you’re not very well at it.
Be nice and confident. Be original when texting.
You don’t want to be rude, or arrogant. In fact anything but rude and arrogant.
If you are so, people have the option to report you. Reports can lead to a shadowban, a review of your account, or even a ban.
On the other hand, if you’re doing a bad job at texting (e.g. saying offensive things to your matches), your matches can easily unmatch you.
Too many people unmatching you can signal a red flag to Tinder, making its algorithm work against you.
So, be nice to your matches, and keep the conversations going!
– You can use Tinder Boost.
Another thing to do, if you’re not getting matches, is to use the Boost.
Got an attractive profile? The boost will help you for sure.
If your profile isn’t attractive, however, you might not get results with Tinder Boost either. This is why the first step is checking your profile!
It makes your profile one of the top ones in your area for 30 minutes.
Choose a package that suits you best (Plus, Gold, or Platinum), and make good use of Tinder Boost.
Tip: you can Super Boost a try as well. It is also another feature that gives you an even higher chance of getting more matches.
Tips to go: How to get matches on Tinder?
Here are some extra tips that might just help you get more matches on Tinder!
– Use your Super Likes.
You get a free one every day. It’s a great way to grab someone’s attention if you feel like doing so!
– Think of getting any of the premium features on Tinder.
Make an attractive profile, and use the premium features to show people just how amazing you are.
– Try to reach out to Tinder, and ask for access to your personal data.
This way you’ll get a clearer idea of what you’ve been doing right and what you’ve been doing wrong.
Do your own analysis, and see where you can improve.
What are you waiting for?!
Go get them matches, James Dean!!