How Tinder Assigns Your ELO Score
As a new user on Tinder, your ELO score — your internal attractiveness score, used by the Tinder algorithm to decide who sees your profile — starts out high. This is why a brand new profile is shown to a lot of people at first.
As your Tinder profile collects swipes, however, your non-newbie ELO score starts to take shape.
If a lot of people are liking you (“swiping right”) — and especially if the people swiping right on you have high ELO scores themselves — you’ll get a high ELO score.
A high ELO score means your profiles gets shown often and especially to other attractive people. A low ELO score means your profile is shown rarely and mostly shown to others with a low ELO score.
How to Find Out Your ELO Score
Unfortunately, the one and only way to gauge your own ELO score is to look at the quality of profiles in your swiping deck.
Tinder will often sprinkle a few especially attractive people early in your deck, so swipe a handful of times to get those people out of the way.
Then, assess: What kind of profiles are shown to you? Are they mostly attractive, unattractive?
Tinder believes that these people are “within your league.” So if you feel like you’re seeing below-average people, chances are Tinder has ranked you as below-average as well.
How to Improve Your ELO Score
The good news is your ELO score can change. And it really just comes down to using better pictures on Tinder.
That sounds overly simplistic, I know, but it’s true 99.9% of the time.
So many people — but guys especially — use pictures of themselves that are actually less attractive than they are in real life.
Stop wasting your Tinder matches and hurting your ELO score with a bad profile. Instead, test your Tinder pics using a free service like Photofeeler.
Choosing your profile pics this way has been known to increase Tinder matches by 3-5x (200-400%).