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Hinge Review

Overview

Anybody ever tell you the best way to meet someone special is through friends of friends? Well now there’s an app for that. Slated as the relationship app, Hinge is for people looking for meaningful relationships. The app works by matching up users with friends of friends via Facebook and extending your social circle. The more friends on Facebook you have, the greater the potential matches. Hinge is seen as the ‘’anti-Tinder’’ and has recently scrapped its old mobile app version and rolled out and a new and improved service.

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Pros

  • Seriously saves time by filtering through random users, and only offers friends of your Facebook friends where chances are you’ll have more in common.

  • The app is for serious users only so you’ll be less likely to find someone who just wants a hook-up.

  • No need for swiping after new and improved Hinge Stories was launched.

Cons

  • The entire app is based on using your Facebook profile, including your private information—even if you’ve set it to private.

  • Hinge allows you to filter through height, which is fine for the tall boys or girls, but could force some users to lie.

  • Although free for an initial trial period, if you want to view more than the 10 matches Hinge offers you per day, you’ll need to purchase a membership.

Signup Process

You’ll need a Facebook account to sign up to Hinge. Once you’ve signed up Hinge will use your Facebook information to fill out your profile. Double check you’re happy with all the information your Facebook profile displays because the app won’t give you the option to pick and choose which information you want presented, nor will it allow you to delete or change once it’s on there. Next, Hinge will allow you to choose your current neighborhood, then provide basic information like gender, gender you’re interested in, height (we warned you), ethnicity, and religious beliefs. Thankfully, “i’d prefer not to say” is also an option.

You’ll then be asked to fill out a brief ‘story’ (in 150 characters or less), which will then be used for the Hinge Stories feature of the app. In case you’re not feeling inspired, the app uses short ‘get to know you’ prompts like “two truths and a lie” or “story of my first kiss.” Your profile will then be created using your profile photo from Facebook. Later on you can pick 7 more photos, but naturally the profile photo will be your first impression—so make it count.

Matchmaking & Search Functions

Similar to the Snapchat format, Hinge uses members’ carefully created Hinge Stories and offers each user 10 matches or stories a day. This means no swiping necessary. You can choose to either ‘like’ these stories or comment on them. The personal stories help to encourage some extra personality and interactivity for its members. Users can also post videos, which can be uploaded through Facebook or Instagram. Once a member comments on someone’s story it will show up in their ‘impressions’ list and they’ll be able to directly message them from there. You’ll be able to access existing conversations in the ‘connections’ section. Hinge searches for matches using your filter criteria, such as age, location, height etc. You can find all of your matches in the ‘discover’ section .

Features & Communication Tools

Hinge recently revamped its mobile app offering a new and improved version. You can use the app for free but it’s limited. Signing up for a paid membership basically allows you to use the app to the fullest, and allows you to ‘like,’ comment and interact with other members. You can use features like ‘Dealbreakers,’ which are preferences you won’t budge on with a partner, ie. age and religion. You’ll also be able to ‘favorite’ users and if its mutual, users get introduced by Hinge via email.

If you want to further boost your chances you can upgrade to a prefered membership which gives you unlimited likes and use additional criteria to filter your matches. The prefered membership also grants you access to the Hinge Insiders, a member experience team that provides members with data-driven insights, profile optimization advice, tips to engage in the best conversation and what prompts and photos perform well on the app.

Safety & Security

The nature of the app means that the chances of meeting up with random weirdos decreases considerably. If you trust and know (most) of your Facebook friends, the safety level increases. An important safety issue that does arise from this app however is that the nature of your personal Facebook information made public. Anything from your work location to personal details displayed in photos can be seen. It’s therefore imperative you clean up your Facebook profile before registering, and decide if there is any sensitive information you could potentially remove. Hinge clearly warns in its privacy policy to be extra careful when deciding to disclose your personal information while using the apps messaging channels, message boards and chat rooms. Naturally you should always proceed with caution when meeting up with a user and ensure you meet in a public place and notify a friend or relative where you plan on meeting. A great way to double check a member would be to get some background information via the mutual Facebook friend.

Prices

Basic Registration

Free

Full Membership for 1 month

$10.99/month

Full Membership for 3 months

$6.99/month

Full Membership for 6 months

$4.99/month

What Users are Saying

Thumbs Up/4 Stars:The non-swiping interface is excellent. Great alternative that generates more thought in the processClint Cyr via Google Play

Thumbs Down/2 Stars: You need FB to login and I don't have a FB account. There has to be another option, email verification? Not sure.” Mc289392 via Apple App Store

Help & Support

Hinge has a pretty straightforward FAQ page with categories of questions concerning the app. There’s also a nice section on ‘success stories’ where you can share stories of success with the company. If you have any technical issues or other request you can submit a form here.

Bottom Line

Hinge has definitely had some issues taking off over the years and changed its format a couple of times, but it’s worth trying if you’re in the market for a serious relationship. It’s not too time consuming because there’s no swiping, and the concept of friends of friends is hopeful. Just be careful about what private details you share via Facebook.

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