Post Date: March 8, 2020

Getting matches on Tinder isn’t an easy feat. There are plenty of profiles that may seem like bots or fake. Swiping right may seem like an endless chore as you wait for the “It’s A Match!” screen to pop up.

There’s no secret recipe or formula to getting matches on Tinder. Everyone has different tastes, whether it be dark hair, light hair, short hair, or long hair. Skin tone, facial features, and even body types weigh into users swiping right.

In this article, we’re going to break down five reasons you may not be getting matches on Tinder and what you can do to fix it.

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Here are the five reasons you don’t get any matches on Tinder.

5 Reasons You Don’t Get Any Matches On Tinder

Below are 5 reasons that you may not be getting any matches while using Tinder. Remember, it typically takes users 1-2 weeks to see their first match. So be patient.

Undesirable First Profile Picture

Put your best foot forward! One main reason you may not be getting matches on Tinder is a poor first profile picture. The first picture in the card stack is the best picture that the user should have.

If your first profile picture is blurry, with a group of friends, or not highlighting your best features, it may get a quick left swipe. Let us explain.

You don’t want to make the user work. There are too many users on the platform to make the user work to find out who you are. If your picture is blurry, there is a low percentage chance they will swipe to your next photo.

We always encourage you to have a crystal clear image highlighting your best features. For instance, if you have a nice smile or sparkling blue eyes – make sure the user can clearly see them.

Tinder profile picture

As far as body parts, if you want to highlight that you work out, we recommend you do it tastefully. Posting skimpy photos of a mirror picture will not help you find a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Show a photo that your best physical features can be showcased to attract the opposite user.

Also, as mentioned, never have a picture of a group of friends as your first picture. This is often seen in girl profiles, as the girl will try to mingle with their better/worse-looking friends.

We highly discourage this, making the user work even harder to find out how you are. If you have to make the user work, they will swipe left more often than not.

Remember, you’re competing with thousands of other single users on the platform. You need to make sure you catch the eye of the user as fast as possible.

Check out our complete Tinder User Guide here.

Empty Biography

If your pictures are clear and they highlight your best features, the next thing you need to make sure of is that you have a bio that:

  • Describes yourself
  • Describes Your Intentions
  • Lists Your Hobbies

First off, do not leave your bio/description blank. Tinder is unique because, unlike the other apps, there are no questions or preset knowledge (such as height or hobbies) available for the user.

This is when you need to let them know exactly what the user, looking at your profile, is getting into. Describe everything about yourself, whether you have kids, and if there’s anything the user should know upfront.

Tinder biography

Describe your intentions and what exactly you’re looking for. If it’s something casual, make sure you state it. Although Tinder has the reputation of being a casual dating app, there are people on there who are genuinely looking for a relationship.

If this is you, make sure you state that you’re looking for a relationship in the bio. If you have this in your profile on Tinder, this could also be the reason you may or may not be getting matches.

If you’re looking for a more serious relationship – we recommend trying a different mobile app such as Hinge or

Less Than 4 Pictures

If the user makes it past your first picture, they ultimately want to see more pictures of you. Having only 1-2 pictures can halt a user from exploring the rest of your profile.

Users who only have 1-2 pictures will often get skipped over, as it’s assumed that they might be bots. We always recommend you fill up all of the picture slots. If you don’t have nine pictures, we recommend that anywhere between 4-6 pictures make the user feel as if your profile is real.

A good rule of thumb is making the other user believe that your profile is authentic is “more is better than less.” You always want more pictures rather than fewer pictures.

Another thing to note about pictures is to keep them up to date. If you have nine pictures, but 3 of them are from 5+ years ago, take them out.

You want pictures that are up to date; that way, if you do get a match, it’s not a surprise to the other user if/when you meet them.

❤️ Pro Tip: If you’re sick of finding people who are just looking for one-night stands, we recommend trying eHarmony.

It’s one of the highest-rated online dating apps in the world. eHarmony users are actually actively looking for relationships. Give it a try here for free and see if you can tell the difference.

Infrequent Use Of Tinder

Matches don’t just show up on your Tinder app. You must consistently use the mobile app, swiping to the right to trigger these matches. Users who don’t use the app frequently will see fewer and fewer matches.

We recommend downloading the app, using it for a month, and seeing if you’re able to get any matches.

Use Tinder at least once a day to gain familiarity with the app. Signing on and swiping for at least 10 minutes will increase your chances of getting a match.

We always advise dating app users to put the time in to get results. If your single life is struggling, put more time into mobile dating apps to get the most out of it.

It only makes sense to pay for the premium features that Tinder has to offer. If you don’t fix the underlying problems noted above, paying for boosts and premium features won’t be that much of a help for you.

Negativity On Your Profile

Believe it or not, giving off bad vibes from both your pictures and your bio can lead to not getting matches.

Any negative problems that may arise may give off bad vibes. For instance, if your profile is stuffed with “don’t” and negative energy, there’s a good chance people will look right over you.

Most people join Tinder as they want a carefree, fun dating experience. They don’t want drama or issues as they swipe right and left on profiles.

If your bio is littered with negative comments, there’s a good chance users will pass right by you.

Stay positive and send only positive vibes through your description to attract positive and drama-free matches.

Matches On Tinder Recap

We recommend fixing the five things listed above if you’re not getting Tinder matches. Getting matches is not necessarily a science, but best practices ensure that other users find your profile attractive.

Follow the steps we’ve listed above, and let us know if it’s helped you in getting more matches. Happy swiping!

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About the Author

Julia has over 10+ years in the mobile dating app space as a consultant and analyst. Her work has been featured on top websites like Mashable and Women's Health Mag. She writes these blogs to help singles find their true love and life long companion!