What Is Swipe Surge On Tinder? (And How To Get More Matches!)

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If you’ve been using Tinder for a while, you might notice there’s a new feature on the app: Swipe Surges.

Tinder already has tons of features, but this latest one is definitely a useful one to know about if you’re trying to get more matches.

So, in this post, I’m covering what Swipe Surge on Tinder means, how you can join, and tips for making the most out of this new feature.

Let’s get to it!

What Is Tinder Swipe Surge?

A Swipe Surge on Tinder means there is a higher number of people in your area swiping on Tinder than normal. According to Tinder, Swipe Surges lead to app activity that’s up to 15 times higher than normal. During a Swipe Surge, you’re also 250% more likely to get a match and 33% more likely to start a new conversation.


In short, a Tinder Swipe Surge is basically a period of time where a lot of people are on the app and are busy swiping.

Tinder states Swipe Surges can occur at any time, but in my experience, most surges occur around dinner time or later in the night before bed.

How Do You Know A Swipe Surge On Tinder Is Happening?

Tinder notifies you if a Swipe Surge is happening as long as you have Swipe Surge notifications turned on.

To ensure you get notifications:

  1. Tap on settings
  2. Tap on manage Swipe Surge notifications
  3. Make sure notifications are set on

Swipe-Surge-on-TinderOnce you complete these steps, Tinder sends a simple app notification anytime there is a Swipe Surge in your general area.

You don’t have to do anything to actually join a Swipe Surge either.

All you have to do is open the app when you see the notification and begin swiping to get in on the action.

When Do Tinder Swipe Surges Happen?

A Swipe Surge on Tinder occurs when more people are on the app than normal. Some of the most common times this happens includes:

  • Friday and Saturday night
  • After dinner
  • Right before bed during the week
  • During special events like festivals or sporting events
  • During rainy days or when everyone is stuck inside

Again, this varies greatly depending on the season and what’s going on in your city.

Living in busy areas can also impact when Swipe Surges happen on Tinder as well.

In my experience, I’ve encountered Swipe Surges more when I’m in Toronto than when I live a bit outside the city, but this is just my experience and everywhere is different!

How Long Do Swipe Surges Last?

Tinder Swipe Surges can last for a few minutes or even hours. It all depends on how busy the app is in your area and how long people decide to stay on the app to keep swiping.

Tips For Getting More Matches During A Swipe Surge

Now that you know how Tinder Swipe Surges work, here are a few tips to make the most out of this feature.

1. Use A Tinder Boost

This one is a bit of a debate, but some people think one of the best times to boost on Tinder is during a Swipe Surge.

The logic is pretty simple: if everyone is swiping in your area, it’s a good time to boost because you’re going to appear first in front of more people’s swiping queue.


I think this makes sense in very large cities.

However, if you’re in a small city, boosting during a Swipe Surge doesn’t make much sense since people will probably have to swipe on you anyway because there aren’t that many people around in the first place.

2. Swipe More

Tinder encourages you to keep swiping during a Swipe Surge, and this tip also makes sense.

People are most active during this time, so by swiping right on more profiles, you increase the odds you match and can start a new conversation.

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3. Upload A Fresh Photo

If it’s been a while since you’ve added new photos to your Tinder profile, it might be time to add some fresh photos.

This is especially true if a Tinder Swipe Surge is happening.

After all, if more people in your area are swiping, they’re more likley to stumble across your profile. So, you want to have an eye-catching photo as your first one to increase the odds people swipe right.

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Final Thoughts

I hope our guide on Tinder Swipe Surges helps you make the most out of this new feature so you can get more matches.

Honestly, you don’t have to stress too much if you miss a Swipe Surge because you’re busy.

These surges happen all the time, and you can still find plenty of matches during less busy periods as well.

Happy swiping!

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