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Wouldn’t it be a little awkward if, after a pause, you return back to the app as a new user with the “Just joined” tag on your profile? If this were true, not many people would want to have that on their profile.
Definitely. But how true is this?
Stick to me.
When You Pause Hinge Does it Say Just Joined?
In short, the answer is no. When you pause or return back after pausing your account, Hinge doesn’t assign a ‘just joined’ badge to your profile.
As a matter of fact, if you can get the “just joined” badge after returning from a paused account, it simply means your account has been reset, which in reality doesn’t happen.
Because of course, the “just joined” badge is only shown on new users.
Aside from that, there are no strict actions taken on users on Pause. In fact, you can’t tell when a user is on Pause on a norm.
The idea behind the pause feature is to allow users take a break without disrupting their overall experience on the platform.
This is because unlike a situation when a user logs out or stays away from the app totally to have a breather, with the Pause feature, they could do all these, while Hinge still has them on their network.
So it’s actually a good thing for Hinge that you chose to pause your account rather than logging out or deleting your account.
Basically, when you un-pause your account, you re-enter the Hinge dating scene just as you left it. You won’t be tagged as a newcomer, and your account won’t reset. You maintain your user status, previous matches, and conversations.
So, rest assured, returning from a paused state on Hinge won’t mistakenly mark you as a first-timer on the platform. You’re simply picking up where you left off.
What Happens When You Pause your Account?
First off, pausing your Hinge account is not the same as deleting it.
Think of it as hitting the ‘snooze’ button on your dating life, not the ‘off’ button. Where the snooze button is pause, and the off button is deleting of your account.
Now, when you pause your account, your profile becomes invisible to others.
This means new potential matches won’t come across your profile in their discovery sections. They won’t be able to swipe right or left on you since you’ve effectively disappeared from their view.
However, this doesn’t mean you’re entirely gone. The connections you’ve made before pausing your account would still be there.
Your previous matches and conversations won’t disappear as well. They’re saved and tucked away safely for when you decide to return.
However, while your account is paused, you won’t receive any new likes or messages, and you won’t appear in the Discover section or the stacks of others.
When you might not need to Pause your account?
Now, maybe you’re not quite sure if pausing your Hinge account is the right move for you. That’s perfectly okay! After all, everyone’s dating journey is unique and what works best for one person might not be the best fit for another.
So, what other options do you have? Let’s take a look at some alternatives.
One alternative is adjusting your discovery preferences.
This is a less drastic measure than pausing your account, but it can still give you some control over your Hinge experience. You could narrow down the age range or distance to limit the number of potential matches.
Maybe you want to focus on a smaller pool of individuals who really fit what you’re looking for. This way, you’re not entirely stepping away from the app, but you are creating a more manageable experience.
It’s worth mentioning that Hinge also has a report feature that could be used on profiles that violate the company’s policy. This includes when they’re insultive, act like a fraudster, or just about any other red flag. Feel free to use the report button, or maybe unmatch them, alongside.
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You can also choose to limit the amount of time you spend on Hinge.
With smartphones, it’s easy to get sucked into checking dating apps constantly, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Try designating specific times for using the app.
Maybe you only open Hinge in the evenings or a couple of times a week. This strategy helps you to step back without entirely leaving the platform.
And lastly, deleting your account (oops).
If you’re sure that you want to remove yourself entirely from Hinge for now, you can choose to delete your account instead of just pausing it. This means you’d have to create a completely new account if you decide to return.
Generally, un-pausing your Hinge account doesn’t mean you’re starting from scratch. So, when you come back from a pause, you’re back in the same space, with familiar faces just as where you left off or start anew.