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Does Tinder Limit the Amount of Matches you can Have

Posted by Jamie on June 11, 2019

In our continuing effort to increase dating happiness, we are taking on two more Tinder questions from the TecjJunkie users. Specifically, today, we’ll answer the question, “does Tinder limit the number of matches you can have?” While we are at it, we’ll also explain what Tinder’s ELO score is all about.

As we have been extending our coverage of the Tinder and Bumble dating apps, the number of emails and questions about these apps has increased quite a bit. We will do our best to answer as many dating app questions as possible in our articles, so keep an eye on TechJunkie for regular Tinder and Bumble article!

.Even though I no longer use it to find love, I happen to like Tinder and Bumble as both have been helpful in finding dates in the past, I like how it these apps has leveled the playing field somewhat in dating. It has given women more power (especially Bumble) and has forced men to change tactics to be successful. I like anything that adds a new dimension to an existing pastime and challenges all of us to continue improving.

Sure, swiping left or right on Tinder gets old fast but it involves a lot less effort than dressing up and going to the local bar!

Does Tinder limit the number of matches you can have?

As far as I can tell, Tinder does limit swipes and likes unless you upgrade from a free plan to a paying plan. However, Tinder does not limit the number of matches you can have at a given time.

You will naturally be limited on swipes unless you upgrade up to Tinder Plus and will also be limited by your pool of prospective dates but I have found no evidence of artificial limits on the number of matches you can have in the app.

Your success on Tinder has more to do with where you live, how many users are in your vicinity and the quality of your bio and your photographs. TechJunkie has covered getting more matches in other posts if you think you can perform better. Given how crucial your primary Tinder photo is to your success of Tinder, I highly recommend you read  How Do Tinder Smart Photos work? Smart Photos takes the guesswork out of deciding which photos to use to get maximum right swipes and matches on Tinder.

I have seen screenshots of Tinder users with over a thousand matches so I do not think there are limits to the number of matches you can have.

What is the Tinder ELO score all about?

There is apparently a not-so-secret algorithm that Tinder uses called the ELO score. Your Tinder ELO score is made up of several factors including whether you’re a new user, your attractiveness scale, how many left swipes(not interested) vs. right swipes (interested) you get, the quality of your photos, and some other factors.

Your ELO score is important because it influences how “hot” the cards you are shown are and where in the stack your own card lands for potential dates.

There is no concrete direct evidence of all of this but a lot of people have done a lot of work to learn about the EO score, even attempting to reverse engineer what the ELO score means to some degree. So while this answer is as accurate as possible, it is unverified so do with that what you will. In essence, statements about how Tinder’s ELO score work are educated guesses based on observations.

What do we think makes up your ELO score? You may be surprised to learn what factors boost your ELO score on Tinder.

 The ‘noob boost’

This is the baited hook designed to get you subscribing to Tinder Plus or Gold. It is an artificial boost that gets you high in the stack and exposed to more potential matches. The idea is to give you some initial success that keeps you coming back for more. Just how much you are boosted is still up for debate but the fact that there is one is no longer debated.

Some people find it counterintuitive that new uses would have a better score than established Tinder users, but nonetheless this does seem to be the case.

The attractiveness scale

There is apparently an attractiveness scale that is described as a score between 1 and 10 even if it isn’t exactly that. Your profile is given a score depending on how many people swipe on you and in what direction. Your images are also apparently judged using an algorithm similar to Photofeeler’s.

There is also thought that the attractiveness rating of those who swipe on you influences your ELO score. Get swiped right by 10s and your own score increases. Get swiped on mostly by 3s and it will decrease.

Site use and feedback

According to some, what you do when you get a match also contributes to your ELO score on Tinder. If you get a match and don’t message, this counts against you. If you do message, this works for you. It is thought to tie into how many left or right swipes you get and what percentage you swipe left or right. If you ignore your matches then that negatively affects your ELO score. The idea being that Tinder wants to encourage interaction between matches.

There is a belief that ELO is also influenced by your pickiness. Swipe right on everyone and your score will go down. Swipe right on only a percentage and it should either stay the same or increase. One reason to not just swipe right on everyone you see!

Remember, all this about the ELO score is unofficial and unconfirmed. Yet a lot of testing has been done over the years to see if any of this is true. While no quantitative data is available, anecdotally people who tested believe this is how the score works.

If you enjoyed this article, you likely will want to read this related article: How To Calculate and Increase Your Tinder Elo Score!

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