Swipe Left or Right: Tinder Expert Explains The Art of Swiping

“Swipe left if your toilet paper faces the wall.”

“Swipe right if you like pineapple on pizza.”

What does this swipe left or right business mean exactly?

You’ll find out in this article, where I’ll also show you just how big of an impact swiping has on your online dating success and love life.


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What does swiping left or right mean?

The terms swipe left and swipe right have been popularized by the immensely popular dating app, Tinder, and all its look-a-like competitors.

If you fire up a modern dating app with an existing account, you’ll instantly see someone’s profile with photos, interests, and a short description.

Like what you see? Then you can swipe right to show you’re interested in getting to know the other person better.

Don’t like what you see? Swipe left to move on to the next profile.

In short:

  • A swipe left tells the app: I’m not interested in this person.
  • A swipe right tells the app: I am interested in this person.

How does it work?

If two people swipe each other right, it’s a match. Now Tinder or other swipe-inspired dating apps connect you through a shared chatbox.

From here, you can talk to each other and find out if you want to meet up.

And don’t worry. Other users won’t know whether you swiped them left or that you just haven’t seen their profile.

The only info someone will have about your swiping actions is when they match with you.

Can you undo a swipe right on Tinder?


But you can only undo your last swipe on Tinder.

For example, if you just realized that three swipes ago you shouldn’t have swiped your coworker to the right… then you’re too late.

Not only that, you also need to subscribe to one of Tinder’s premium services to use this function.

That is if you have the Rewind function which is part of Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold.

On dating app Badoo, the rewind button will disappear once you swipe right.

On Bumble you’ll get this error message:

Should you swipe right on everyone on Tinder?

If your goal is to date as many women as possible, you might be motivated to swipe EVERYONE right. That would net you the biggest amount of women to meet up with, right?


Tinder tries to do a good job of keeping everybody happy. That means that it watches your every move.

Do Tinder’s robots see you’re swiping right on every profile?

Then you’re telling Tinder that you’ll date literally A N Y O N E.

Hi, Tinder, I have ZERO standards. In fact, if there’s a pile of cow dung on the app, then I’d still date it.

—Guy who swipes everyone right

That’s why Tinder will either ban you or move you so far down the deck of Tinder profiles that nobody will ever find you.

My advice?

Swipe genuinely.

See a girl you’d like to know more about? Swipe right.

See a girl that’s not your type? Swipe left.

That way you’ll avoid liking too many profiles and telling Tinder that you’re a thirsty boi.

An often overlooked reason to swipe right sparingly

Getting a match feels incredibly good. That little shot of dopamine motivates us to keep hunting for new matches.

The trouble?

They don’t text their new matches quickly enough.

Once you leave a match unattended for a while…

…she’ll lose interest at the speed of light. Times 69.

Let me give you an example from my own life.

I recently purposely ignored 10 fresh matches for 30 days. After one month of waiting, I texted all of them. I sent them strong Tinder openers, no shabby peasant openers.

Guess how many got back to me?


One out of ten got back to me. And I was running the same quality profile as usual.

One out of ten. While usually about 8 out of ten would respond when opened right after matching.

That difference is HUGE.

And the lesson here is pretty clear. No need to spell it out once more.

But I’ll do it anyway because I some level of autism and want everything crystal clear:

Don’t swipe her right if you’re not planning on instantly texting her if it’s a match.

How to decide if someone is worth swiping?

If you’re open-minded and everyone is your type, here’s some advice to make sure you don’t swipe too many profiles right and risk being lost in the swipe stack.

Avoid red flags. Swipe these dating profiles right at your own peril:

  • Unverified accounts without an Instagram.
  • Profiles where every photo is almost identical (angle, zoom, …) Rest assured this woman is not remotely as attractive as you think she is.
  • Women that have caked their faces in make-up. This woman is either hiding something or she’s just very insecure.
  • The overexposed photo where their face is so bright that their nose becomes invisible. And should you not be aware: for some reason we’re all so much hotter without a nose.

The good ol’ overexposure no nose trick.

Obviously, it’s hard to get a good read on someone.

You can guess what their personality is like, based on their profile text and photos. But both can be misleading in many ways.

How long can you keep swiping right on Tinder?

It depends on where you are.

It depends on what time it is.

It depends on where you’ll go.

Also, do you have Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold? Or good ol’ vanilla Tinder?

If you have vanilla (free) Tinder, then you can like a maximum of +- 100 people per day.

Whatever version of Tinder you have, you can always reject as many people as you want.

You when you feel power surge through your veins after rejection 1 billion people.

But one thing is certain: don’t use all your 100 right swipes.

Think of what the algorithm will think of you when you approve of 100 women every day.

Dear Tinder user, time to look up the word “standards”.

Here’s what you’ll do:

You’ll use Tinder a couple times a day, and swipe until you’ve found just a couple girls that you like.

Do this several times per day.

When you match someone, text them.

Don’t treat Tinder like Pokémon where you’re trying to collect as many as possible and just let most of them rot inside their pokébal without ever interacting with them.

Text them. Take initiative. Tinder will reward you for it.

How to tell if someone swiped you right on Tinder

You can’t. Unless if you have Tinder Gold, which has the See Who Likes You feature.

(A most useless feature for anyone that isn’t already killing it on Tinder.)

For anyone else, the only way to find out is by swiping them right and seeing if it’s a match.

With one exception: the Superlike.

Anyone who superliked you will appear with a shiny blue border around their profile.

Holy Tip:

If you’re about to Superlike someone while you have Tinder Plus or Gold…

…then don’t.

Instead, give them a normal like.

If it’s not a match, then press Rewind and follow it up with a Superlike.

This way you’ll make sure not to waste any Superlikes on women that had already liked you anyway.

Btw, we’ve talked quite a bit about swiping left or right on Tinder. But I haven’t given you any tools to use once you DID swipe right, and have a Tinder match.

Let’s do that in the next tip.

Swipe tip from Tinder expert

Most people know that to be successful on Tinder, you need the app’s secret behind-the -scenes algorithm to like you.

What most people don’t know is HOW to be liked by Tinder’s algorithm.

Because that HOW constantly changes.

In fact, Tinder has stopped using ELO ages ago and has moved on to more complex and cryptic methods.

But one thing remained the same, and it’s more important than ever:

Swipe right or left at the right time and in the right place.

You’ll be blessed with more matches if you swipe at peak hours, in busy places.

Because of very specific Tinder dynamics, there are whole queues of men liking the same women.

And the most recent likes are the highest in her stack of profiles. This means that she’ll see guys that liked her a moment ago first. And guys that liked her an hour ago, much later.

So to all you farmer boys: save your swiping for when you’re in the city center in the evening.

To all you city folk: swipe between 6 and 10pm.

The message your new match can’t resist

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It goes like this:

Holy F, you’re close. Wait, I’m going to hang out of the window and mimic the mating call of a pregnant golden eagle. Can you hear me?

And then, if you’ve matched a woman who understands how humor works, she’ll text something back like:

Wow. I heard it. It was beautiful.

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In fact it’s about as funny as the feeling I had when I woke up hungover as hell on some cold winter day in 2011 next to a lady who weighed more than my bench, squat, and deadlift PR’s combined.

But… my opener works.

It doesn’t have to be funny because it plays a different game. A game well known to every good marketeer in the world. And that, my friend, is the game of curiosity.

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  • Marcia says:

    Wow. I’m think I’m not our intented audience here, but your writing is great. So, yes, true testimony, anyone who can use the written word that well gets all the points.

  • Edgar Colon says:

    I’m trying to meet girls

  • frankie says:

    I’m still not sure how the ‘vanilla’ tinder works, I use it modestly.
    I have liked some ladies-swipe R.
    However on my home page (I guess you call it that) There are supposedly ladies that like me…but there’s no way on the page that allows me to text or make contact.
    I’m clicking around ….figure that I must be doing something wrong ….but every time I click somewhere it brings me to the page that wants me to sign up for a subscription

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