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Suppose you're feeling disillusioned by the disposable nature of modern dating. In that case, Hinge may just be the tool to help you find your happily-ever-after. This location-based dating app is designed to be deleted, making it perfect for those in search of the right partner for a serious relationship instead of the flings that have become synonymous with dating apps.

Since its launch back in 2012, Hinge's developers have used a cleverly thought-out algorithm to help users find quality matches. With over 6 million users worldwide, Hinge is one of the top three most downloaded dating apps across the USA, UK and Australia. In October 2021, Hinge added a unique audio recording feature. It became the first dating app to allow users to add voice clips to their profiles.

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While the free membership allows users to have 10 likes per day, opting for the preferred membership provides access to numerous additional benefits such as unlimited likes and advanced features. Hinge's preferred membership option costs between £13.83 - 27.99 per month, depending on the length of the subscription.

How To Use Hinge

Hinge is available on iOS and Android, so it can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store. Once they've downloaded the app, users sign up using their phone number and/or Facebook account. They will then be required to fill in some basic information such as height, ethnicity, family planning, occupation, education, religious and political beliefs, and information on their vices like smoking, alcohol and drugs. Unlike on Tinder, users can't bypass writing a bio, but once that's done, you are good to go.

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Making Your Profile Stand Out From The Crowd

Well, almost. Hinge's developers acknowledge that adage that a picture speaks a thousand words. In fact, they don't ask users to just upload one, but 6, which sets the app apart from many of its counterparts. While it's easy enough to pull in photos from your Instagram profile, we'd advise you to include a broad range of shots if you want our professional opinion on the matter.

Start with a headshot (and remember to smile). Then give it more context with a full-length picture. With your remaining photos, try to include shots that demonstrate elements of your lifestyle and habits. For instance, if you love travelling, post some pictures from recent holidays. Likewise, if sports are your thing, try to include a few action shots. Another good idea would be to include group photos, which will show your social side.

What People Say

While Hinge might be the new kid on the block when it comes to dating apps, if you are looking to make meaningful connections, this is the app for you. Sure, you'll need to invest a fair amount of time curating the perfect profile. Still, the advanced features available on Hinge explain why it has become so wildly popular.

Naturally, as photographers, we like the way Hinge acknowledges the importance of good profile pictures, but it is by no means a superficial platform. Don't believe us. Let's look at what a few of Hinge's users have to say.

"Hinge allows you to actually bring forth more of your personality...more information on your profile increases the chances of connecting with people over something other than just their looks. I found that this has led to much more engaging and relatable matches."

Summary

Hinge is a great app for people looking to buck the trend and find a meaningful connection. The way in which the app is structured in a way requires users to think more deeply about their preferences and dealbreakers when creating their profile. Furthermore, the app encourages its users to have more engaging conversations through the use of prompts.

However, despite the substance behind the app, the developers acknowledge the importance of visuals and photos and videos form an important aspect of a Hinge users profile. Understanding that profile pictures are the aspect of dating profiles that most people struggle with, we are here to help.

From as little as £ 99, Perfocal can connect you with a professional photographer who can capture your best angle and help you grab the attention of more potential matches, and 48 hour photo delivery every time!


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