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When A Tinder Match Doesn’t Reply – What To Do

Tinder is a popular mobile dating app that has millions of matches a day. These matches give users a hopeful feeling that the person they matched with could be their next boyfriend or girlfriend. However, what if they don’t respond?

If a Tinder match doesn’t respond, wait 24-48 hours for their reply. If they don’t respond after the 48 hours, simply unmatch and move on to the next match.

In this article, we’re going to explain why you should wait 24-48 hours and what to do if a match doesn’t reply back to you.

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What Do I Do If A Tinder Match Doesn’t Reply

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When swiping through Tinder, you may come across a match that stands out from the others. This guy/girl may swipe back and match with you. As the rush of excitement pours through your body, there may be a good chance that they don’t respond.

This is common among all dating apps, not just Tinder. A match on Tinder doesn’t mean the person is going to automatically respond. There are a few reasons that a match may not respond once they match with you.

Tinder Match Having Second Thoughts About Your Profile

One of the main reasons is Tinder matches having second thoughts about your profile. Due to Tinder’s user interface, they make it extremely easy for users to swipe left and swipe right at a fast pace.

Users are able to swipe through multiple matches in seconds, without having to really dig through profiles like you would have to on Hinge or Plenty Of Fish.

Once the person has a chance to actually look through all of your pictures and read your profile, there’s a good chance they may have second thoughts on swiping right on your profile. This may cause them not to respond, even though they matched with you.

This of course does not feel good. That moment of excitement that you had when you got the match, suddenly turns to anger and confusion. We recommend giving the user 24-48 hours to respond. If they don’t respond within this time, it may be better just to unmatch the user and move on from there.

Although you may be holding out for hope, if they don’t respond within 24-48 hours, you might be holding out for a message that will never come.

Additionally, if that person really likes you, they will be excited to message and talk to you, not wait more than 48 hours. While it’s a tough pill to swallow, it’s best for the long term.

Opening Line Wasn’t Good Enough

First impressions are everything in the real world. It’s no different on Tinder. If your opening line is stale, or simply just says “hey”, there’s a perception to users that you’ll be a boring match.

This may immediately turn users off, as their looking for some spice in their life. That’s the reason they’re on Tinder.

Tinder is a vibrant place because of the colorful personalities that are on the app. Stand out from the other matches by having an electric entrance. Using a GIF, or a question that relates to their profile is the most recommended option.

We recommended steering away from simple statements and questions like “hey” or simply just “what’s up”. These usually give off a signal that you’re boring and that you couldn’t come up with anything creative to start a conversation.

We recommend showcasing your personality with a GIF or some sort of opening line that will almost inherent a reply. Typically questions are your best bet as the user almost feels obligated to answer it.

Using Tinder For Confidence Boost

This is something that’s become more prevalent in the dating app game is people using Tinder for a confidence boost.

Tinder users who are insecure about their appearance may use Tinder and it’s matching feature as a confidence boost. Simply having guys or girls match with them, gives them the confidence that they look good.

These users have no intention of actually talking to people, but rather just having the notification and backed up conversation queue that they got a match.

The User Is A Bot

Tinder and dating apps in general have been known to have bots on their platform. We don’t know if these bots are created by Tinder or by users on the platform, but there are a good amount of bots on Tinder who pose as real people.

These bots often have pictures of girls/guys that seem a bit too good to be true. If you matched with a bot, there’s a good chance they won’t message you or reply back to you.

These bots are simply made to make you feel good about getting a match but serve no purpose when trying to generate conversation. If you suspect the user is a bot, by having 1-3 pictures, deleting this person from your queue is probably in your best interest.

User Deleted The App

One of the more common reasons why people don’t reply is because the user on the other end deleted their app.

Tinder, like most dating apps, are often downloaded and deleted from users. Whether they find a new boyfriend or simply get tired of the swiping experience, it’s common for a user to download and delete Tinder frequently from month to month.

If the user doesn’t reply, there is a good chance that they might have deleted Tinder, but did not delete the profile. Deleting the app off their phone simply means that they removed their app from their home screen.

Deleting the app of the phone does not remove their Tinder profile. This is why you’re still seeing the Tinder profile because their account still exists.

There is no way for you to know this, so that is why you’re not getting any replies from Tinder users if you message them soon after you match.

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It’s common for users not to get a reply on Tinder. If this happens to you frequently, we recommend changing up your bio or adding more pictures to your profile.

There may by something in your profile that the user is getting turned off by, which may lead to them not responding back to you.

If you’re looking for how to properly set up your Tinder profile, we’ve made a complete guide to setting up your Tinder profile here.

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