Tinder is hands down one of the most popular dating apps available on the app store right now. There are over 50 million registered users on this platform, with 10 million of them swiping left and right daily.
Finding somebody to connect to is something that everyone wants, but it can be a pretty stressful and time-consuming activity.
Thankfully, we have apps like Tinder that can help us in reaching our target.
But what do you do when you live in an area that has hundreds of thousands of users?
The truth is, in areas like this your profile might get buried down in a pile of others, which would result in you getting fewer matches.
You can try and make your best profile ever, but so will everybody else. And what can you do then?
Thankfully, Tinder has a neat little option called Tinder boost, which we will talk about in detail in the rest of this article. Also, we will teach how to use it and when is the best time to do so.
What if your soulmate is just one boost away?
What is Tinder Boost?
Tinder Boost is a feature that you can purchase on the Tinder app.
When you activate a Boost your profile skips the line and gets sent to the top of the so-called card deck of your potential matches for 30 minutes, which means that you become one of the first people that they’ll swipe left or right on.
According to Tinder, using just that one Boost can make your profile seen by more people in your area.
They report that the number of users who see your boosted profile is up to 10 times bigger than usual, so you can get up to 10 times more matches.
In addition to that, Tinder is also testing out a new feature called Super Boost that will be able to get users up to 100 times more potential matches. That’s insane!
However, you shouldn’t expect a number of matches that bigger if you just use Boost.
You also have to take care that your profile looks good enough and is appealing to other people, but we’ll talk about that later on in this article.
But first, let’s examine Boost some more so that you can get the most out of using it.
How does Tinder Boost work?
It’s pretty easy. Usually, your profile is one of the many stacked in a list that is being presented to your potential matches.
This means that given enough time, you can swipe through all the potential matches in your area. But what do you do when your profile is buried so deep that it’s not getting any traction?
That is exactly why Tinder added an option that can make your profile be seen, and that option is Tinder Boost.
Once you activate a Tinder Boost your profile gets on top of the queue of your potential matches for 30 minutes.
That is to say, your profile will immediately get more views (and hopefully matches) than usual, and this will continue for 30 minutes.
So everybody who logs on and starts swiping in that time period will see your profile first. You could call it cheating, but it works!
Some might think that 30 minutes is a really short period of time, but that’s exactly why you should be smart when using this option.
We’ll show you what you need to do in order to use it the best way!
How much does a Tinder Boost cost?
The pricing of a Tinder Boost depends on the area that you live in and even your age, but Tinder changes the price depending on other factors too.
However, here are some usual prices so that you have an idea of what to expect.
- US price: $3.99
- UK price: $3.99
- Australia price: $5.99
That being said, the prices stated above are for one Boost only. However, you can save up money by purchasing a packet of Boosts.
You can either purchase a packet of five or ten Boosts and save up to 15 dollars, at least in the US.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to immediately use the Boosts that you purchased.
You can get them and then activate them any time you want, they’ll just be in your stash.
If you’re a Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold user you will get one free Boost per month, but you can always buy additional ones if you feel like it.
The process of buying Boosts is easy:
- Tap the profile icon on the front page
- Choose Settings
- Tap Get Boost option
- Tap the purple lightning bolt button
- Choose how many Boosts you want to purchase
- And you’re done!
If you’re concerned about whether this investment will pay off, trust us when we say that there is no reason for that, as this feature is completely worth it.
If you use it correctly, of course.
How to activate Tinder Boost and how long does it last?
Once you’ve purchased or gotten your Boosts you can activate them pretty easily.
Just tap the purple lightning bolt icon on the main page and you’re good to go! If you’re Tinder Gold user you can also press the purple bolt icon on the “see who likes you” page.
Once you activate your Boost you’ll get a message saying “for best results keep swiping”.
However, you don’t have to do that.
There is no reason why you would need to keep swiping, as the performance of your profile during an activated Boost is based on other factors such as the number of people online during that time of day and quality of your profile.
Besides you can swipe through all the people who swiped right on you later.
When your Boost is activated you’ll get a pop-up at the bottom of the screen with a number between 1 and 10.
This is a rough measure of how many more views than usual your profile is getting.
Your Boost is going to last for 30 minutes, and you should use it wisely! However, some people online are mentioning a phenomenon that they call “hangover Boost”.
They claim that there’s around a 20 minute period after the Boost is over where their profiles are still kind of “boosted”, with more likes still showing up.
Can my Boost matches see that I was using Tinder Boost?
Once you match with somebody while using the Tinder Boost feature a small purple lightning bolt will appear next to their name in the Message section.
However, and thankfully, they can’t see that you’ve been using the Boost feature.
You’re the only one who will be able to see the purple lightning bolt.
You will be at the top of someone’s swiping list without them knowing that it was because you used a little cheat.
What do the Tinder Boost hearts mean?
Once you activate the Tinder Boost feature you will see some hearts starting to show up around the pop-up at the bottom of the screen.
In addition to that, you’ll also get little profile pictures occasionally between those hearts.
But what do they mean? Do they show you that somebody swiped right on you?
Well, unfortunately, they actually don’t mean anything and are just there to entertain you and make you keep your eyes on the screen and want to use the app and Boosts more.
They don’t suggest that you got a match or anything like that, so you can ignore them.
What is the best time to activate a Tinder Boost?
Now that you have some basic knowledge about the Tinder Boost feature, it’s time to learn how to use it in the best possible way.
First and foremost, you have to know that timing is incredibly important.
You don’t want to waste a whole Boost in a period of time during the day when there are almost no people online. What’s the point then?
Reports have shown the biggest amounts of people using the Tinder app are logged on during the night, and the number of users reaches its peak sometime around 9pm to 11pm.
Other reports also mention that the day of the week with the biggest number of people using the app is Sunday.
So, long story short, the best time to use the Tinder Boost feature would be on Sunday at around 9pm.
However, there are other factors that you should look into.
First of all, just because the above-mentioned time is the most popular of all on the level of the whole world doesn’t mean that that data matches your area.
The people in your area could be more active at some other time of the day, depending on various reasons.
If you live in a big city with an active nightlife you might find that most people are using the app later on during the night, while if you live in a more suburban or rural area the biggest number of active users might be around 7pm.
You have to keep this in mind and conduct a little experiment. Try to pick a time when you think that most people in your area are active on the app and start your Boost.
After it’s over, write down how many more matches you got than you would usually.
The next time that you want to activate a Boost try doing it during a different time. After that Boost is over compare the numbers to figure out which one of the two is better.
Continue doing so until you find the perfect time.
You might think that that’s too big of an investment and a waste of Boosts, but wouldn’t you get more out of your Boosts if you learned when was the right time to use them?
You can also change up the days of the week when you do test out the Boost feature, but Sunday is usually the best.
Sunday is the day where most people stay at home and relax.
Maybe they want to set up some dates for the next week, find someone to chat with or they’re just bored, but the point is that they’re swiping and you should use that Sunday afternoon to potentially match with them.
Besides that, there are also other things that you should worry about. The users of Tinder are mostly between the ages of 18 and 24, so the crowd is pretty young.
Do you know what type of person you’re looking for?
Because the majority of those people that are active around 9pm are young people.
Are you looking for a young person, or are you looking for somebody older and more professional?
People who have jobs tend to wake up early and go to bed early.
So if you’re looking for somebody like that maybe you should activate your Boost at around 7pm for the best results.
However, those same people might not be that active at night.
Maybe they’re mostly active on the morning commute or during lunch.
It all depends on the area that you live in. Don’t be afraid to test out both options!
All of this can be applied to other types of people too. Would you like to meet a night owl? Use your Boost in the middle of the night.
Think about the type of people that you want to attract and test out your theory.
Last but not least, and probably kind of hard to get by, but don’t use the Tinder Boost option when there might be a big number of other people using it at the same time.
When you activate a Boost your profile gets sent to the top of the queue, but it will be behind other people who activated their Boosts.
And if all of you activate your Boosts at the same time because you’ve all seen this article, your profile is going to get buried in with various other profiles of people who also activated their Boost, and your potential match might not reach you in line.
This is especially a problem if you live in a densely populated area with a big number of active Tinder users.
Why your Boost might not be working for you
It goes like this: you activate your Boost thinking that it’s going to help you get more matches, but nothing happens. What could be the problem?
You activated your Boost at the wrong time
As we mentioned before, times when people in your area are most active might be different than the majority of the world, so don’t be afraid to test it out and find out.
There are no new people in your area
If you live in a rural area or one where not a lot of people are using Tinder, you might have swiped through all the possible matches already.
Your profile is not good enough
If none of the reasons above match your problem, the reason why your Boosts go unnoticed is probably this one.
Thankfully, you can improve a bad profile and we’ll give you some tips and tricks on how to do that!
Tips and Tricks on how to make your Tinder profile better
Look at these tips that we have ready for you and make any corrections that you need to make!
So let’s start with the most important thing.
Make sure that your profile photos are good
This especially goes for your primary photo. Pick one that is high-quality, where potential matches can clearly see your face and make sure that it’s not blurry.
If you opt for a picture where you used the flash make sure that your face isn’t too washed out.
And don’t use Snapchat filters. People know how those can alter your face.
Most of the time people swiping don’t look at your profile description, so you need to choose the right picture to be your first one.
Wear something casual that matches your style.
Studies have shown that men tend to swipe right more on women who are dressed formally in their Tinder profile photos, rather when they’re wearing bikinis or something similar, but it’s a different story when women are swiping.
Women actually tend to swipe right less on guys who are dressed formally.
But to keep it simple, dress casually in your style.
Studies have also shown that your potential matches prefer close up shots of your face rather than the full-body image, so we suggest that you use a photo that has your torso and head in it, or just crop a photo so that these parts of your body are shown.
Make sure that you’re back is straight and that your posture is good!
Never hide your eyes in the picture!
Eyes are the window to your soul, as the saying goes. You’ll get fewer swipes or even none at all if you hide your eyes.
Always be alone in your primary picture!
People don’t want to be confused and try to figure out who’s who. You can use a picture with your friends as some of the other ones.
Some studies suggest that you should wear a bright color in your primary Tinder photo.
This apparently especially goes for the color red, and it kind of makes sense because most people wear neutral colors in their profile photos, so some bright color will make you stand out to your potential matches.
Always smile in your primary Tinder photo! When a person smiles we immediately get a feeling that they are friendly and we can connect to them.
People consider that the best photos of you are the ones when you’re making direct eye contact with the camera and you’re flashing a small smile with some teeth.
When it comes to your other photos, they are the place where you’re supposed to showcase your interest and something that makes you more alluring.
Like for example, a picture where you’re petting your dog, or a picture from your most recent hike.
If you’re not sure about your photo lineup ask your friends for some feedback!
Is your Tinder bio good enough?
Just because your picture is usually the only thing that your potential matches are going to look at doesn’t mean that you should completely forget about your Tinder bio.
While other users usually only look at your bio once they’ve already swiped right, some look at it right away.
So what should your bio look like?
First of all, you absolutely need to have a Tinder bio.
You’ll get more swipes that way. And even if people only swiped on you based on your photo, they might change their minds about messaging you once they see that you don’t have anything in your bio, or that you have a bad one.
Next, short and sweet wins the race. That’s just how the saying goes.
So keep your bio short and funny. Make sure that you don’t come off as a douche, so be respectful towards your potential matches.
You can pick some attractive and interesting things about yourself and combine them into a good bio. Just don’t be too narcissistic and don’t brag about yourself.
Last but not least, make sure that you set the tone based on what you’re looking for, be it a serious relationship or just a hookup.
And that would be all that you need to know! Now you’re ready to use your Tinder Boosts in the right way. Good luck!