Hinge is one of the most popular relationship apps. It’s not a dating app because the point is to meet someone for a long-term relationship, rather than just a date. The app used to require users to login using their Facebook information, but this feature was removed in 2018.
While you can still use your Facebook photos on Hinge, things don’t work the other way around. In this article, you will learn more about how Hinge works and how it interacts with your Facebook account.
Use Hinge Without Facebook
Hinge was closely tied to Facebook until some time ago when the creators of the app decided to cut some ties with the world’s most popular social media platform.
The Facebook data breach issue that happened in 2018 was enough for Hinge to cut the social media giant out of their profile creation process. Users can now login using their phone numbers, rather than their Facebook credentials. The option is still there, but it’s not mandatory.
The Algorithm on Hinge used to match users with friends of their Facebook friends, which doesn’t happen any longer. Discretion is essential for all dating apps, so it’s not surprising that Hinge decided to protect its users. However, you can still pull photos from your Facebook profile to Hinge with a built-in feature.
The Ties That Still Bind Facebook and Hinge
The Facebook scandal changed the game for many apps and online services around the world. People don’t like to share their personal information with companies and corporations, especially when they don’t even know exactly which type(s) of information they’re sharing in the first place. Hinge had to redesign some parts of its services, including its relationship with Facebook, to keep the users happy.
Before the scandal, all users had to use their Facebook credentials to create a profile on Hinge. The dating app would pull the information it needed from your Facebook profile to make things more comfortable during the creation process. It also turned out that Hinge’s algorithm tried to connect users with friends of their Facebook friends, which was a little awkward because it wasn’t very discrete.
As such, you could run into a person you liked on Hinge only to discover that your friends already know who the person was before you tell them. That created issues for many users who are looking to keep their relationships private, so Hinge changed the algorithm altogether.
Most new Hinge users still use their Facebook login information when they create a profile. The app will still pull the information it needs to create your profile if you decide to log in with Facebook. You can connect your Facebook and Instagram account with Hinge to easily add photos to your Hinge account. However, the connection doesn’t work the other way around, which means that the app can’t post photos or any other content to your Facebook profile.
If you used your phone number to create a profile on Hinge, you had to enter all of the information manually. That may not be a problem for you, but most users don’t like it, so they stick with Facebook. However, if you’re afraid to register via Facebook because the app might start posting to your profile, thus letting all your friends know that you’re looking for a partner, you can be sure that won’t happen.
Start Chatting on Hinge and Continue on Facebook
Hinge is great because you can get to know a lot about a person by visiting his/her profile. Even so, the app allows you to add only 6 photos, so it’s sometimes hard to figure out everything about your future partner. You can, of course, engage potential partners with likes and comments. That will allow you to send direct messages in the chat section, where the two of you can get to know each other better.
Still, you can learn a little more about a person on Hinge by trying to find them on Facebook. Since most users log in with their Facebook information, chances are that they’ll be using their actual name and/or the same profile photo, so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding them there.
You can then learn more about the person by checking out their photos and other details like what movies they like, what books they read, what hobbies they enjoy, and so on. That can give you a head start, and you can use the information to impress the person and make sure that the two of you eventually go out on a date. After all, finding true love takes work and this information is already publicly available, so this method is totally legit.
Use Everything You Can to Your Advantage
Since Hinge pulls information from Facebook, you can use another person’s photos to find them on Facebook and learn more about them. The process, however, doesn’t work the other way around. You can’t use someone’s Facebook information to see if they happen to have a Hinge profile.
Now and then, you will run into a perfect match on Hinge, and when that happens, you have to do everything you can to ensure a date. You can cheat a little by researching the person on different social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and of course, Facebook. Sure, it will require some detective work on your behalf, but that’s a small price to pay for a perfect match, right?
Do you use Hinge or any other online dating service? If so, have you ever searched for your match on social media to learn more about their interests and improve your chances of securing a date with them? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section below.