Tinder Swipe Surge Explained [2021]: More Matches for Free?

Written by: John Branson
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Are you experiencing a decreasing number of new Tinder matches? You don’t have that excitement for Tinder anymore that you had when you first signed up for the dating app? Even if you get matches, a lot of conversations just don’t go anywhere? Tinder might have a new solution for you with a new free feature called Tinder Swipe Surge.

In this blog post, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about Tinder Swipe Surge. What is it, how does it work, where is it available and how to get the most out of Swipe Surges.

What is Tinder Swipe Surge?

Tinder Swipe Surge is a real-time update and notification from Tinder that tells users that user activity in the app is in a spike, so it is suggested to open it up and start swiping.

Tinder Swipe Surge

Here you can also watch a short video explaining Tinder Swipe Surge:

Why Tinder Swipe Surge it great?

Tinder claims that during a Swipe Surge the activity on the app is around 15X more than in normal circumstances. With this high number of active users on the app, your chances of matching increases by 250% and the chance of a conversation also by 33%, claimed by the official press release by Tinder.

When does Swipe Surge happen?

The main idea behind Swipe Surge that its occurrence is based on online user activity data, so it is not a time slot that Tinder deliberately chooses. Whenever they experience a spike in online user number (at least two times the average user numbers online), they notify users that Swipe Surge is on.

To be more specific, according to Tinder press release, it most likely happens when there is an event in the neighborhood like a concert, a festival a sporting event or holiday events, etc. Even if no special event is held, Monday evening tends to be one of the most active periods on the app.

Whenever it happens, if there is a spike in active online user numbers, Tinder will let you know that there is a Swipe Surge at that moment.

Swipe Surge

How long does  Swipe Surge last?

Again, as it depends on real-time user online data there is no fixed duration for Tinder Swipe Surges.

It will last until there is an unusually high number of users are active on Tinder. This can mean minutes or even hours. In terms of frequency, it occurs once a week based on our personal experience.

How to Join Tinder Swipe Surge?

You don’t have to do anything extraordinary to join the Tinder Surge, just open and use the app. You will see a green Swipe Surge at the bottom of the profiles that indicates that Swipe Surge is on and the person is also online.

Natural Boost from Swipe Surge

As Tinder got more and more popular and the men-to-women ratio has worsened in the last couple of years, many men have been experiencing declining match numbers in Tinder. Even paid features such as Boost or Super Likes do not guarantee the significant increase in match number as they used to. Super Boost is a feature that can still do that but is a very expensive premium feature.

In the era of very crowded Tinder, Swipe Surge is great as it naturally gives profiles a boost in visibility, who are participating in the Swipe Surge. And it is absolutely free.

It is also a great move from Tinder to help the users who are actively using Tinder, as most of the other features such as Top Picks, or See who Likes you were Gold features that made Tinder easier to match, but also made Tinder a less actively used app. This can also help to make the userbase a little more active.

Swipe Surge Badge

How To Get More Matches During A Swipe Surge?

The great thing about Swipe Surge that it brings back the good ol’ times of Tinder when girls and guys were pretty active on tinder. And in the good old days, you didn’t have to use any special tactics such as Boost, Super Boost or Super Likes to get the visibility you wanted, as Tinder hasn’t been so crowded yet.

To make the most out of the Swipe Surge:

  1. Turn on notifications for Tinder and use the app when there is a Swipe Surge.
  2. If there is an event in the neighborhood that caused the Swipe Surge like a concert or game, then add something related to it in your bio, to stand out from the crowd.
  3. If you have a match, send the first message right away. As Swipe Surge badge indicates that he or she is online you will more likely to get a response back and will be able to start a meaningful conversation.
  4. If you have a Boost, use it now as the best time to use a Tinder Boost or Super Boost when most people are using Tinder actively
  5. Super Likes might still help. Although they are not necessary, as we said you will get a natural boost from participating in Tinder Swipe Surge. Super Likes can still help even more, as they will indicate that you have a special attraction to a potential match

Swipe Surge to increase active Tinder users

All in all, a great feature from Tinder that brings back the golden days of Tinder to the 2020s. It is also a great move for Tinder from a business perspective. As you can only be notified about a Swipe Surge in your neighborhood with a notification, it helps Tinder convincing more people to enable Tinder push notifications.

And since notifications always boost user activity, more people will be active on Tinder which usually equals more money for the company.

Tinder Swipe Surge FAQ

How To Know When Is a Swipe Surge on Tinder?

There is no fixed time for Swipe Surges. It occurs whenever there is an unusually high number of people active on Tinder. The only thing you can do to not miss Swipe Surge is to enable Tinder notifications, so whenever there is a Swipe Surge you can open up the app and enjoy the benefits of a free Swipe Surge.

How To Get Rid Of Swipe Surge Notification?

If you don’t want to get notified about, you have to disable notifications from Tinder on your phone.

I Have Never Seen A Tinder Swipe Surge Yet, Why?

There might be two reasons for not participating in a Swipe Surge yet:
1. Currently, Tinder Swipe Surge is only available in select cities.
2. You disabled notifications for the app, so you can’t see notifications about the Swipe Surge.

What Is The Swipe Surge Badge On Tinder Profiles?

The badge means that currently there is a Swipe Surge in your neighborhood and the person you see is online and joined the Swipe Surge.