Facts about the eharmony photo approval

Adding photos to your profile is essential to having a successful experience on eharmony: it will help your matches get to know you and will make your profile stand out! Keep in mind we’ve found that members who post photos are much more likely to receive communication than members who don’t.

To keep the eharmony community safe and welcoming for everyone, we review all submitted photos before they appear on the site. Here are some guidelines to help you choose great photos for your profile. These guidelines are subject to change, so please refer to this FAQ periodically. Also, this list of guidelines may not be comprehensive. We reserve the right to reject photos for reasons other than the ones below if we encounter a kind of picture we hadn’t anticipated.

First, some basic rules:

Format: Pictures must be in .jpg formats
Size: No photo is too small
Content: Photos can only include you. We’re glad you have friends and family, but we want your matches to see who you are!

Beyond these basics, here are some reasons for photo rejection:

  • Photo is blurry or you are not visible
  • Photo contains nudity
  • Photo is provocative or pornographic
  • Photo contains a child alone or children by themselves
  • Photo is of a pet, object, scenery etc.
  • Photo contains personal or identifying information (names, addresses, phone numbers, social media username, etc.)
  • Photo has been altered in a way that significantly changes your appearance – for instance, you’ve pasted your head on Captain America’s body
  • Photo depicts an illegal act or activity
  • Photo contains vulgar symbols, gestures, or gang signs/colors
  • Photo contains a dead animal (other than a fish)

Now here are some tips for choosing the best photos:

  • Clear Photos. Make sure your photo is clear, not blurry or covered by shadows.
  • Close-Up. Make sure the first photo you upload is a close-up or headshot, not a picture taken at a distance.
  • Posing. Upright, smiling, in front of a pleasant view or background. Your matches will be more likely to respond if you look casual yet engaged. Not slouching in your couch.
  • Keep it Current. Your photos should have been taken recently. Posting old high school photos may confuse matches who are trying to get to know you as you are now. No one wants to feel catfished.