What Men Look For In Your Tinder Profile

We all know Tinder is the biggest dating app of the decade so far.

It has its problems (as my brother Steve has written about before), but for many women who put themselves in the category of “single-and-looking”, it has been a game-changer.

Women who previously had never considered online dating in their lives are finding themselves swiping hours away looking for matches.


Because it’s simple: Upload few pics, write one line or two about yourself, and you’re done.

woman in love texting

But that doesn’t mean Tinder suddenly makes dating easy…

In this article, I’m going to reveal exactly what men look for in a woman’s Tinder profile, and show you some of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen women make in their photos and bio.

The 6 MUST-DO’s For Your Profile Photos

Let’s face it, Tinder is all about the visual.

A photo of you is the first thing a guy is going to see, so it pays to put in serious thought here. Here are some very simple, yet crucial, tips for making sure you draw a guy’s eye when he sees your picture:

• Make sure your first picture is a close-up

Your very first photo should be a close-up of your face, roughly from about the chest upwards.

A full body shot doesn’t give a guy enough indication of your facial features, and if it’s too zoomed out it’s likely he’ll just never bother to even click the profile to check out your other pictures.

• Either smile, or flirt to camera

There are two options for a great profile photo: either a simple one of you smiling to the camera, or alternatively, research has tended to show that having a slight smirk and a flirtatious look in your eyes is also likely to draw a lot of attention.

If in doubt, go for a warm genuine smile that captures you in the best light.

woman flirting to camera

• Use several photos

The first photo is what draws him in, but it’s the rest of the photos that keep him interested. It’s crucial to ensure you have around 3-5 photos in your profile.

Speaking as a man, more photos are the key to building initial trust and a feeling of security. No matter how attractive you look in your main profile picture, a guy will always be asking himself, “Does she always look like that? Or is that just a particularly one-off spectacular photo of her?”

Choose a few pictures, and make sure to vary the poses and locations a little! E.g. if you used a selfie for your main profile photo, avoid using three more selfies for the other pictures.

Include at least one photo if possible in your Tinder profile that can inspire conversation. For example, one of you in front of the Eiffel Tower or a historic landmark, or doing something physical and adventurous.

• No wacky profile pics

I feel patronizing bringing this up, but I have to say it: Keep the “wackiness” out of your main profile photo. Preferably all photos.

Don’t use that photo of you in the blood-dripping Dracula mask from Halloween. Or the one where you pulled a deliberately goofy face.

There is a time and a place for showing your silly side. But that place is definitely not on the first photo he’s going to be using to decide whether or not he wants to find out more about you.

• Selfies are ok – but do them right

Chances are you might just want to make yourself up, hold up your phone and snap a selfie for your profile pic. That’s fine.

But some crucial rules: don’t do it in the bathroom mirror where he can see the camera in the reflection. Don’t do it as if you were just sitting on the couch and snapped the blurriest, most slap-dash shot you could take.

And make sure to try and crop out your arm, unless you happen to be standing in front of some extremely compelling background (i.e. an Egyptian Pyramid, the Leaning Tower of Pisa). And don’t do the duck face (sorry, had to mention it).

woman taking selfie

• Include at least one full body pic

Everyone wants to know what they are going to get if they decided to meet you in person. One of the ways to do this is to include at least one full body shot in your photos.

If all your photos are taken from the chest upwards, he may be hesitant because he’s wondering what the rest of your body looks like.

That might sound shallow, but think of it the other way around. You wouldn’t want to be surprised by a guy’s enormous beer gut or his hidden bald spot if every picture he uses has him hiding his torso or wearing a baseball cap.

How To Write Your Bio: A few killer examples

Ok, what about writing your bio? Well, believe it or not, although men are indeed visual creatures, he will judge you based on what your write on your Tinder profile.

So here are a three great, but different examples of bio’s to get you started…

woman texting

Profile Example 1 – Jen

Bit of a nerd. I like comic books and super heroes. And zombies.

I can be a little competitive. Okay, a lot competitive. ;)

I dig beards (Think Gerard Butler, not Gandalf) and guys that are passionate about something. Even better if you are passionate about something I know nothing about yet.

Profile Example 2 – Michelle

General goofball. Embarrassingly affectionate, lol. Ambitious.

Survival kit:

– Family, great friends

– Passport

– Chocolate

– Intelligent conversation

– A clean place.

I have 3 superpowers: 1. Winning Cards Against Humanity 2. Replicating nearly anything I taste without the recipe 3. Well, if I told you…

Profile Example 3 – Sara

Opera-loving, nightclub-dancing, romcom fan. Yea, it’s a weird mix ;) I live to travel and see new places. More of a city than a country girl. Looking for a guy to read books and eat brunch with on Sundays.

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As you can see above, profiles can vary from short to long, but there are some key principles to keep in mind:


• Sound optimistic

All the profiles above have a sense of fun and enjoyment. They show a woman willing to be playful and not take herself too seriously. Guys love this relaxed, open-minded attitude to life.

• Show your personality through your interests

Giving a hint of your interests is the key to making conversation easy. It gives a guy the perfect first message when he can say “What’s your favorite horror movie?” instead of “Wut up?”

• Say something about what you like in a guy

You don’t need to describe him in detail but giving a little clue that you love guys who dress well, or that you want a partner who loves travel, gives him a sense of who you are and whether you have compatible personalities.


• Give angry dealbreakers

No guy feels excited when he reads the bio that says, “If you’re not a dog person, swipe left!”, or “If you’re just looking for hookups, forget it!” – these just make you sound waaay too intense.

• Write boring clichés

Many people write a single line from a quote on their bio e.g. “Life. Laugh. Love” – that’s not a description, it’s a regurgitated line that 10,000 other women also wrote on their profile. Be original and use your own voice if you want guys to be interested.

• List a bunch of adjectives

e.g. “I’m smart, funny, adventurous, crazy, ambitious, kind…” who cares? It’s ok saying one or two traits about yourself, but it’s much better to SHOW these things through your interests and the things you do.

So that’s it!

Remember, being fun, showing your best side, and most importantly, being YOU are the most important ways find the right guy on Tinder.

Although it’s by no means the only game in town and it has its limitations, it’s definitely a decent way to meet a guy (so long as you are vigilant about screening out the bad ones!) Happy swiping.

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7 Replies to “What Men Look For In Your Tinder Profile”

  • I’m sorry if I offended or hurt you in any way. I really am. It breaks my heart.

    while I don’t want to beat myself up about it, I am planning to be careful what and how i say things in the future.

  • I love this post…but I do have a question. I agree that you don’t want to sound negative…but how do you be clear that you are not looking for a hook up. I find that I am getting a lot of men just looking to get laid. And that is totally cool, but I don’t want to waste my time or theirs if our intentions are not the same. I would love to know what you suggest so I don’t sound negative, but also weed out the ones where we are not on the same page. Thanks!

  • Your tips in all your videos are amazing! I tried something new yesterday because of advice you have shared on youtube. I told him my standards and made it seem as though he wasnt even a blip on my radar while still showing interest.

    *should mention we are both actors before this next bit*

    Basically told him: “Look, despite being impressive on IMDB, you havent really impressed me to be honest… You appear to be looking for a hookup partner, not a relationship at the moment. Contact me when that status changes and Id love to grab a drink as we seem to have a lot in common.”

    He said he understood and left. Almost 4 hours later he contacts me back and asks me out on a proper date!

    Ive gotta say it was unexpected in the best of ways!

    Thanks for the advice and all the amazing work you do Matt!

  • Sorry kung ephic gagamitin ko di kase ako fluent pagdating sa english isa sa yan gusto ko talaga ipractice maybe someday,, thank you sa lahat nang message nyo, honestly reason why im always here dahil sa bestfriend ko, actually sa haba na din nang panahon nang pagbabasa ko dito marami akong natutunan, as in madami.. Wala ako hilig talag magbasa pero malaki pala talaga ang naiitutulong pag wide reader ka, sorry kung sa pag comment ko or sa kung anuman nagawa ko ang ibang gawa nyo naaantala ha…
    Dahil dito naramdaman ko talagang malayo na kami ng bestfdiend ganun na pala ung dinadala nya, ganun na pala ung napabayaan ko sa kanya, actually di lang sa kanya kundi sa sarili ko na din, lalot higit sa pamilya na pinangarap at binuo namin, SIGURO NGAY TALAGANG SA HABA NA DIN NANG PANAHON NAMIN NA MAGKALAYO, SA MGA TRIALS NA NAKALIPAS NA NGAYON MERON NANAMAN, di na ata matatapos but sabi nga tuloy lang ang buhay, nawala na pala talaga ang saya dito sa tahanan namin, pati sa puso namin kaya di kl masisisi na sa mundong ginagalawan nya ngayon don nya makita na masaya at matatatag sya,,,i am happy for him, i am happy kase nung time na down na down sya at nagiisa sya natagpuan nya bagong mundo nya… Kase ako pinili kong mapagisa di pala tama , dumating kase ako sa time na kapagod kumausap, payo dito payo doon,, makinig dito makinig doon,, sa kabila nang tawanan marami ang pagnakatalikod ka at pag kailangan mo na nang kausap, ni wala halos dumamay,makinig man lang,lalo na nung ang father ko is dying, haaaayyy kaya siguro naging ganito na din gatigas ang puso, at sarado ang isip,,, na di namamalayan na uti uti na pala sila nawawala kung gaano kalawak ang pinaglallayagan nyang dagat un na din ung kalawak dinadala nya na halos di ko na sya mahawakan,,, SORRY ULI SA INYO HA,, kung di man ninyo ito maintindihan alam ko naman na dyan si matt pra i translate,

    Tsaka sa totoo lang gusto ko din maging isa sa inyo,, pero siguro sa pag ok na ako sa english, at pag malakas na loob ko, nalilibang ako sa POETRY, at yan ang palagi kong pupuntahan,, isa sa hinangaan ko STORM_OF_MY_ HEART yun… Anyway pasenaya na mahaba na sinabi ko, masaya ako kahit papano binuksan nyo pa din ang pinto sa akin dito,

    DADDY wag mo kakalimutan na MAHAL NA MAHAL KITA,,, INGAT KA SANANG PALAGI,,, smile ka lang kase pag nakasmile ka kasama ang mga mata, nakakapagbigay yan nang goodvibes sa lahat, wagnka magalala okay lang ako, at masaya ako kung anong meron kang community…


  • Syd dont say sorry,,, Ganun talaga,,, may mga kanya kanyang pagiisip kanya kanyang interpretasyon,at kanyakanyang paraan kung paano ihandle ang damdamin sa bawat sitwasyon, ang mahalaga may natutunan, at marunong tumanggap ng pagkakamali

    Isabella you dont need to feel that way,,, we are in the situation na magkalayo, na pilit ko sya hinahanap inaabot o makita sa para mapatuyan lang na tama ang instinc ko na osa sya dito sa community na ito, para mapatunayan ko na din sa sarili ko na di mali nararamdaman ko, napatinayan ko na malayo na sya kase FEELING NA DITO NYA PINILING IPALIWANAG ANG LAHAT SA HALIP NA MARINIG AT MAKITA KO SYA, GANUN NA PALA ung nabubuong paniniwala sa kanyang baka di ko sya maintindihan o pakinggan kubg kami ang magkausap,,, yun talaga ang nangyayari..ang matapos nang di nagkaintindihan,,, sorry Isabella… God bless

  • I WANT A MAN TO LOVE, I am an woman who never quits on a guy, when the storms comes,i will be his pillar of strength . I am first, a funny girl when in love, I am not a poser. My pic is what you get, much more your eyes will pop up,when I wear make up.
    I call my you chaps, my “bunny”, I have gone to know, that any man heart melts when he falls in love, I want to hug,my “Bunny” take a chance on me sweetheart pie.

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