Everything You Need To Know About Tinder Hot Takes [2024]

You’re probably here for one of two reasons:

One, Tinder invited you to play its new game and you don’t know what it is.

Two, you heard about Tinder Hot Takes and want to know how to participate.

Whatever the case, you’ll get everything you need to know about Tinder Hot Takes.

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What is Tinder Hot Takes?

Tinder Hot Takes is one of Tinder’s new features. And it’s basically Tinder’s equivalent of speed dating.

How does it work?

You get invited to chat with someone before you match for a fixed amount of time. Once the timer runs out, you both have to choose if you want to become a match or meet someone new.

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How does Tinder Hot Takes work?

Tinder Hot Takes won’t always be available to you.

The speed dating game is tied to specific events that are run at specific times, typically from 6PM to midnight.

If you log in during those hours, you’ll instantly be invited to play Hot Takes. If you accept, you’ll then be shown a question that’ll act like a conversation starter.

After you lock in your answer, the algorithm will try to connect you with someone who answered similarly.

Although that doesn’t always happen if not enough people are participating.

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Here are the most important things to know about Tinder Hot Takes:

  • You can’t see the other person’s profile.
  • Time is limited. A clock starts the second you enter chat.
  • Before the timer runs out, you must decide whether you want to match with them or speed date someone else (letting the clock reach zero is treated as a rejection).
  • If you don’t reply to the other person’s text in 30 seconds, the game also ends.

This time crunch forces you to keep the convo moving and quickly reveals whether or not you have any chemistry.

One last thing to remember:

You’ll be chatting with someone you haven’t swiped right or left on. So there’s no chance the person on the other side is that hot babe that you liked the day before.

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Why use Tinder Hot Takes?


It’s a great way to wow someone with your personality before she even sees your Tinder profile.

And because you can’t see each other’s profile during the speed-date, you may be talking to someone ‘out of your league’. Someone who wouldn’t consider matching you based on just your profile.

So if you have solid texting skills, Tinder Hot Takes is an easy way to match with ladies who are normally beyond your reach.

And in the cases you end up talking with someone of your own level?

Then Tinder Hot Takes makes the convo run much more smoothly thanks to the icebreaker you answered at the start of the game.

And if you know how to flirt over text, the speed-date is almost guaranteed to be a success.

How can you participate in Tinder Hot Takes?

There are two requirements to participate in Tinder Hot Takes:

  1. You need to be on Tinder at the right time: between 6 PM and midnight.
  2. You need to be in the right region (not all regions have access to Tinder Hot Takes yet because Tinder is still in the experimental phase).

How do you know Tinder Hot Takes works in your area?


You get notified by Tinder once a Hot Takes event goes live or you see the Hot Takes screen the moment you log onto Tinder.

If neither of those things ever happen, you don’t have access to Tinder Hot Takes.

Sorry, friend.

But there’s also good news: if Hot Takes is well received by the community, Tinder will bring the speed-date minigame to as many areas as it can.

So you may be able to play soon.

3 Tips to make chatting on Hot Takes a success

The aim of Hot Takes is to make the other person excited to chat with you and potentially even meet you.

These are the best tips to create that feeling.

1. Focus on stimulating emotions

Seduction is all about evoking strong emotions. And the easiest way to do that is by exchanging playful and teasing remarks.

If you’re new to flirting, it’s smart to have a few lines and questions ready.

  • If she disagrees with you, “You don’t even know how wrong you are! But I’ll let it slide because I believe in second chances. ;)”
  • If she says something you like, “You come up with the zaniest answers. I love it!”
  • If you run out of things to say, “What’s the coolest thing you’ve done in the last 5 days?”

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2. Make it easy for them to reply

Take responsibility for the conversation. Since you have so little time, you don’t want to assume they’re good conversationalists.

In fact, assume the opposite.

  • Ask specific questions. “What are you currently obsessed about?”, not “What do you like to do?”
  • Lead the conversation forward. “Your playfulness makes me laugh. Is that a trait that you find important in other people?”, not “Haha you’re funny.”
  • Focus on fun not facts. If you catch yourself talking about something you don’t enjoy, feel free to turn it around.

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3. Share your opinions

We like people who are similar but also different enough to stimulate us with their otherness.

So be sure to express your views and opinions. Even if she doesn’t share them, she’ll find it attractive that you have the courage to to be yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions on Tinder Hot Takes

Is Tinder Hot Takes still a thing?

Yes, it’s still around using the same time schedule as before: from 6 PM to midnight.

How much time do I get to chat with Hot Takes?

The time limit varies per subject but is never more than a few minutes. You can see exactly how long you have before the chat ends because it’s prominently displayed on the screen.

Do keep in mind that you have to text back within 30 seconds or the game will end.

Tinder Hot Takes – Conclusion

Tinder Hot Takes is a speed dating event. And if you play your cards right, you’ll motivate the other person to match you.

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