Hinge Shadowban – How to Get Unbanned | 2022 Guide

Here you will learn how to get out of Shadowban. The Hinge team pretends they do not shadowban Hinge users. But is this true? According to multiple users’ reports, they experienced something we would call a Hinge shadowban: not getting any new matches or even answers from their matches.

In this article, we are going to explain what a Hinge shadowban is, what are the top signs which show that your profile might be in a shadowban. In the end, we will also explain how you can get out of a Hinge shadowban easily and how you can avoid getting shadowbanned on Hinge again.

Hinge Shadowban is a type of soft ban from Hinge, when you are still able to log in to your profile, swipe other profiles, check your messages but you don’t get any new Hinge profiles matching with you.

You can do anything, buy Hinge coins to activate Spotlights, or use Hinge SuperSwipes on many profiles by liking them by tapping on the yellow hearts, you are still not getting any matches. Zero.

Hinge Shadowban similarly to an explicit permanent block also seems to be a permanent status, so once you get into Shadowban, you won’t get out of it only by waiting a couple of weeks.

Hinge Shadowblock is actually worse in a way than an explicit block from Hinge, as a lot of users don’t even know that they have been shadowbanned, sometimes still paying for premium features or for the premium Hinge subscription.

Difference Between Hinge Block and Shadowban

There are two main differences between a permanent official ban from Hinge and shadowbans. These are the following:

You get a message or a pop-up screen when you try to log in that you have been blocked from Hinge for some kind of policy violation. When you are shadowbanned, they don’t communicate with you anything about your status. 

When you are permanently blocked from Hinge you won’t be able to use any features of the app anymore. When you are only shadowbanned, you can use all the features you are just simply not going to get any new matches.

Does Hinge Really ShadowBan Profiles?

It is actually not 100% clear if shadowban is just an urban legend or a real thing that Hinge does. On the official company website in a post about Hinge resets, they deny the existence of shadowbans. At the same time, you can find many users complaining mostly about the Hinge subreddit that they experienced something similar to a shadowban.

Hinge has an official page on their website where they explicitly say that you won’t get shadow banned or in any way penalized for resetting your account. 

However, they don’t say that they do not use a technique similar to shadow ban ever. So you might not get shadow banned for simply resetting your account, but they might decide to shadow ban you for other violations of their community guidelines.

Hinge Users Reporting Shadowbans On Reddit

Confirming the above speculation many users on the Hinge subreddit reported that they experienced something that could be described as Shadowban. 

They were getting a couple of new Hinge matches consistently than one day the number of new matches simply fell to zero and they got zero matches in a month although they were swiping pretty actively.

So although no official confirmation from Hinge, it seems to be that Hinge Shadowbans are real.

If you are a paying Hinge Boost customer they want you to keep playing, so they are rather banning you softly and letting you keep paying than banning you explicitly and then you cancel your Hinge Boost subscription.

How to Know Hinge Shadowban 

Before you try to get out of the Shadowban (see the instructions below), you should also make sure that your account got really shadowbanned by Hinge.

Sometimes a lot of desperate Hinge users think that when they don’t get as many Hinge matches as they used to then they must be shadow-banned by Hinge. 

However, when you live in a small neighborhood or in a country where Hinge is not that popular yet it is very well possible that you get only a couple of new Hinge matches per month.

When You Are Not Shadowbanned By Hinge

If you are experiencing decreasing new Hinge matches, but you are still getting 1-2 matches per week or month, it means that you are not shadowbanned.

In this case, you should first start improving your profile, read our blog post on how the Hinge algorithm works and you might manage to get more matches.

Why Could Hinge Shadowban Your Profile

As there is no official statement regarding Hinge shadowbans, one can only speculate why Hinge shadowbans profiles. 

The best thing you can do is to read their Community Guidelines where they clearly state what behaviors are considered to be violations and might get you banned.

We have a full post on why Hinge can block your account, but here are the most important violations that might get your account shadow blocked:

  • Auto liking profiles
  • Automating other stuff  such as messaging
  • Using a hacked version of Hinge to get a free Hinge Boost
  • Offensive messages, hat speech. 

How to Get Around Hinge Ban Reddit

Unlike a Hinge hard ban, where it is clear that you got blocked by Hinge, with a shadow block there is no clean sign or notification from Hinge that your account has been blocked. For this reason, you can’t contact their Customer Support Team to get your account unlocked as they would say that your account is not banned, so you should just improve your profile.

When your Hinge account gets a shadow ban, your only option is to reset your Hinge account. We will show you in the next paragraph how you can do this in a way that will work and will get you out of the shadowban.

How to Fix Shadowbanned on Hinge

We have an in-depth comprehensive article on how you can get your account back by resetting your Hinge account, so definitely check that out. But we will also give you a summary here, and highlight some important things that you should pay attention to.

So the basic idea behind a Hinge reset is that you first delete your Hinge account and then right after you delete it, you recreate a completely new one.

When you have been shadowbanned from Hinge before, there is a high possibility that your newly created account will get into a shadowban again, so you won’t get a newbie boost.

So in this case, when you sign up for a new Hinge account you have to make sure that you use new personal information so that they can’t identify you. So make sure to use a new Facebook account if you sign up with Facebook or a new phone number if you sign up for Hinge without a Facebook account.

To be absolutely on the safe side, it is also recommended to use a completely new phone sim card, make sure that you have a new IP address, don’t use the same credit card if you have subscribed to Hinge Boost or purchased Hinge Coins, etc.

Did Hinge ShadowBan Me?

When you get zero new Hinge matches for an extended period of time, then it is possible that you have been shadow banned by Hinge. However, if you are still getting matches but not as many as used to get, then you are not shadowbanned. You might need to improve your profile or move to a neighborhood where Hinge is more popular so your profile gets shown to more profiles.

How Long Does Hinge Ban Last

If you really got shadowbanned by Hinge it is a permanent decision so it lasts forever. To get around Shadowban you can try to reset your account (using completely new login information for your new Hinge account).

Hinge Account Banned For No Reason

According to Hinge, they don’t penalize you with a shadowban or in any other way when you restart your account. However, when you don’t get any matches after you restart your Hinge account, it is very likely that you might have got shadowbanned.

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