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40 Cute Signs Your Crush Likes You Back & What You MUST Do ASAP

If you have your eye on a sexy someone, you might want to know how to tell if your crush likes you back. It’s easier to know than you think! 

Signs Your Crush Likes You Back

Crushing on someone new is a fantastic and terrifying thing. You get those butterflies whenever you see them and you just can’t control the hot blush that slowly fills your cheeks. The scary part is learning how to tell if your crush likes you too.

When you’re crushing on someone hard, the logical part of your brain gets blocked. So even if it’s evident whether your crush likes you or not, it’s hard to tell for sure. You can never know what someone else is thinking.

We’re pretty sure you’re dying to know if your crush likes you back or not, which is what this info is for! [Read: Does your crush like you back already? 15 things you HAVE to do next]

Why some people never show signs that they’re interested in you

The truth is, sometimes people completely hide the fact that they’re into you. This can be on purpose or by accident.

Instead, they end up shoving all of their own feelings deep inside and ignoring you completely. Doing this can be a defense mechanism; they might just be shy, or they may even think you’re out of their league.

If someone never thinks they have a shot with you, why would they go out of their way to show you that they’re into you? Rejection is always a scary thing, especially when we have no guarantee whether our feelings will be reciprocated or not.

Another reason why people hide their feelings is that they’re shy or awkward. If you’re socially awkward, you’ll never show your crush you’re interested in them, simply because you don’t know how to. So don’t automatically assume your crush doesn’t feel the same way if you fail to see any big glaring signs of their feelings for you. [Read: 20 signs of attraction in the first conversation you just can’t miss]

How to tell if your crush likes you back – The subtle signs to watch for

If someone new has recently caught your eye, these are some of the ways you can tell if they’re feeling the same way about you. Just remember to watch for these subtleties the next time you’re together. [Read: What do girls like in guys? 30 qualities that make a guy a catch]

1. They look at you a lot

This is one of the biggest signs someone is into you. They look at you all the time! Unless you have something on your face, or are wearing something odd and distracting, someone who looks at you a lot totally has a crush on you.

Of course, you have a crush on them too, so you are going to be staring at them now and then. But do they do the same as well? [Read: How to make eye contact while making sure you don’t look creepy]

2. Their friends talk them up to you

Have you noticed your crush’s friends starting to talk a lot more about them to you? Maybe they’re talking up their features or skills. No matter what they talk about, it means that someone likes you back as well.

It’s another subtle way of hinting that your crush admires you – more than you might think!

3. Their face goes red around you

Remember what we said about body language? People blush for a reason, and it’s often because they’re around their crush! Some people blush a lot easier than others. However, a big sign your crush likes you back is if they blush every time you walk up to them.

Pay attention to the tops of their ears – because those will get pink even if their face doesn’t flush as much! Also, they won’t be able to control their blushing, especially when they’re around their crush *in other words, if they’re around you*! [Read: 15 obvious flirting signs between a guy and a girl]

4. They start acting hyper or excited when you’re near

Watch how their behavior changes when they’re around you. Does their mood change? Maybe they become happier and more energetic. Do they just sit there and do nothing, or do they lighten up and start talking in an excited way?

Their behavior proves just how much they like you back. We all tend to act differently around the person we like, and the same goes for them!

5. They always end up asking you personal questions

This doesn’t mean they get extremely personal and make you feel uncomfortable. It’s more like they end up asking you about your hobbies and interests rather than making idle conversation. They’re genuinely curious about getting to know you, which is a good way to tell if your crush likes you back.

Instead of talking about the weather, they’ll ask you questions about your family, or what you do in your free time. They want to develop a deeper connection with you, which is their motivation behind asking questions. [Read: 50 personal questions to ask someone you like]

6. They’re always by you in groups

Whenever you’re in a big group setting together, pay attention to where they always migrate. A big sign someone likes you back is if they end up next to you the majority of the time. They try their best to either be beside you or just to be within proximity with you.

This isn’t a coincidence; it’s your crush’s way of subtly telling you they like you. This shows that they want to be close to you, so they’ll have a better chance of talking to you and getting your attention.

7. They laugh whenever you do

Laughing is quite contagious, and this is all the more evident for your crush. So, if you find your crush copying your laugh almost as if you’re in sync, this is how to tell if your crush likes you back. Some people do this on purpose, and others have no idea they even do this around someone they like.

Do they laugh too, or are they not even focused on you? Someone who likes you will definitely laugh and smile when you do. Especially if they’re fond of your laugh, they can’t help but laugh at the same time you do even if they didn’t hear the joke! [Read: How to make a girl laugh, smile and like you instantly]

8. They smile a lot when you talk to them

This is just because they’re excited you’re talking to them in general. People who seem happy and smiley whenever you’re talking to them are genuinely enjoying themselves in your presence.

So if they’re constantly smiling and laughing whenever you tell them something, even if it wasn’t particularly amusing, they must like you! [Read: How to get your crush to like you more – 22 easy ways to make them fall hard]

9. They tell you personal things about themselves

And this is without you asking. Obviously, if you ask someone when their birthday is or how many siblings they have, they’ll tell you no matter if they like you or not.

The only reason why they would willingly open up to you is that they like you. So if someone is giving you access to very personal information, this is one of the signs to tell if your crush likes you. [Read: What does it mean to be vulnerable? 15 ways you can open up more]

10. You hear their friends talking about you

If you walk by their friend group and hear your name, it’s very possible your crush likes you. This is because people tend to gossip about their friend’s newest crush and it’s a big reason their friends would be talking about you.

Sometimes, you may even notice your crush’s friends nudging them or smirking whenever you pass by.

11. Their body language suggests they totally like you

Are they leaning in when they talk to you and making strong eye contact? Then it’s possible they have a crush on you, too. Many people exhibit certain body language and they don’t even realize it. So if your crush is showing all the physical signs of being into you, then they probably are.

Remember that body language is a strong indicator when trying to decipher how to tell if your crush likes you. So if you’re trying to find the answers, observe their body language carefully. [Read: 18 body language signs that show a person likes you]

12. They like your posts on social media

The only reason you should take notice of this is if it starts randomly. Maybe you two just recently started talking more, and now they keep liking all of your posts and photos on social media. Or they accidentally liked a really old post of yours from your page *stalker alert*. This is a big sign they’re into you.

They’re trying to get to know more about you through your social media and even subtly letting you know they admire you by liking your posts.

This is even more noticeable if they like posts and photos from a long time ago. It means they’ve sifted through your stuff simply because they want to see more of you. [Read: Social media and relationships – The good, the bad, & the ugly]

13. You notice they’re dressing nicer when meeting you

If you’ve picked up on the fact that they’re dressing nicer and staying well-groomed, it could mean they like you.

However, this can only be a sign if they’re also showing you some more indicators that they’re interested in you. Especially when they never used to dress that way before, they’re obviously trying to get your attention by putting their best foot forward. They want to be more presentable and attractive in your eyes!

14. They tell you jokes

People who like you will want to make you laugh. They’ll try their hardest to make you smile and laugh because they enjoy seeing you like that. So if you notice your crush trying to make jokes around you or subtly tease you, they like you.

It’s a known fact that when you make the person you like laugh, you successfully grab their attention. So if you find them always cracking jokes your way, this is how to tell if your crush likes you. [Read: 18 easy ways to tease and flirt with a friend without making things awkward]

15. They pay attention when you’re talking

And we mean they really pay attention when you’re talking! It’s like they hang on to every word and can keep a really good conversation going. The fact that they’re paying really close attention to what you’re saying is a great way of knowing how to tell if your crush likes you.

Even if it’s the little details like where you’re going with your family this weekend, or what your favorite kind of coffee is, they pay attention and absorb everything you say like a sponge!

16. They constantly text or call you

Honestly, there’s absolutely no reason for your crush to call or text you constantly. Especially if the conversation is entirely random. It just means they’re coming up with an excuse to talk to you.

If your crush texts or calls you for no reason, even when they don’t really need to do so, it’s because they like you and love talking to you! They simply want to develop a connection by getting to know you better. [Read: Texting your crush – A step-by-step guide to doing it right]

17. They act nervous around you

It’s normal to get nervous around your crush, which is why it’s one of the obvious ways to tell if your crush likes you. If they’re fidgeting when talking to you or acting nervously, it’s because they’re shy talking to you!

They don’t know the right words to say, and desperately want to give the best impression. Or maybe they smile more often, which is also an indicator they’re trying to hide their nervousness around you. [Read: 50 cute things to say to your crush & make them feel special]

18. They “accidentally” touch you

When someone likes you, they will come up with every excuse in the book to be near you, including accidental touches.

So maybe it’s accidentally bumping into your shoulder or touching your arm, but they make physical contact with you through these subtle touches. It’s basically your crush trying to grab your attention and wanting to be within close proximity to you. [Read: How to flirt by touching without making it obvious at all]

19. They try to build a connection with you

Whether it’s trying to get to know you, listening to your stories, asking you deep questions, or initiating a hang-out, they really want to build any form of connection with you.

The only reason they’d be interested in this is that they like you back. When you see them coming up with any attempt to get to know you, it’s one of the signs on how to tell if your crush likes you. [Read: 18 signs someone is emotionally connected to you and wants to get closer]

20. They flirt with you

If these signs they like you back aren’t obvious enough, it should be by now! Flirting is an obvious sign your crush likes you back, so you should be happy when they do. Of course, you should also be aware of some signs of flirting if this is the case.

If they’re using pick-up lines on you, complimenting you more than usual, or even just looking at your lips, they’re flirting with you! [Read: 15 signs someone is flirting with you & not just being friendly]

21. They initiate conversation

One way to tell if they like you back is if they’re initiating the conversation the most. When they go out of their way to come up to you and strike up a conversation, it’s likely that they have a crush on you. 

Another way to tell is if you ever catch them staring at you. That’s a huge giveaway that they like you! [Read: 15 ways to tell if someone likes you without asking them straight]

22. They respond to your texts immediately

When you send them a text, they will text back right away. It’s almost as if they are sitting around waiting to see a message from you come in. This might even happen at weird hours, like in the middle of the night.

This is a great sign that they really like you back! [Read: How to text your crush and 44 things to say to get them really interested]

23. They remember important things about you

When you talk to your crush, you might have mentioned things like your birthday or a story from your childhood. You might not think it’s a big deal, but your crush remembers everything you say.

So, if you find this to be true, they are focusing on a lot of the details so they can get to know you, and impress you with their knowledge about you.

24. They always want to hang out

If your crush is always available to see you at any time at any place, then they like you. It shows that they prioritize spending time with you over seeing other friends – or even family members!

Or, if they always seem to end up near you even when there are a lot of other people around, that’s because they might have feelings for you. [Read: 15 things to do on a first date to make your date fall for you]

25. They know things about you that you didn’t tell them

If, when you are talking to them, they say something like, “Oh yeah! You were valedictorian of your class!” – but you never told them that – then they like you. They are probably asking your friends about you, or perhaps trying to learn more about you on social media.

What to do when your crush likes you back

Congratulations! You’ve just discovered that your crush FOR SURE likes you back. Either they told you, or their friend told you, and now the ball is in your court to make the next move. But what do you do? [Read: 28 Signs someone has a secret crush on you and is trying to hide it]

If you’ve just wandered into the fortunate reality of having your crush like you back, then you have to make a move before they think you don’t like them and move on. This is what you should do next when your crush finally likes you back.

1. Confirm that you’re into them too

If you just heard that your crush likes you back, your first move has got to be telling them that you also like them. If you don’t do this, they may get really nervous and just bail and avoid you.

Smile shyly and say something like, “finally!” It’s cute and funny, and they’ll feel calm afterward. [Read: How to talk to your crush and make them fall hard for you]

2. Get their phone number! 

It would be completely silly not to get your crush’s number now that you both like each other. Just tell them you’d like to get to know them better and then go for it! Then make sure to text them and keep in touch.

3. Talk to them in person more

Texting is a perfectly fine form of communication, but it can be too easy to hide behind your phone if you don’t know how to act around them in person.

So when you see them in person, go over and talk to them. Strike up a conversation from one of the topics that you were texting about, and let the in-person communication begin. This can help you relax around them and just be yourself.

4. Get your flirt on! 

You like them, they like you, so what’s stopping you from flirting up a STORM?! Flirting is a great way to further the attraction and the relationship – so don’t be shy! Go up to them and get your flirt on, and you’ll see how well your chemistry matches up with theirs. [Read: 15 obvious signs of flirting between a guy and a girl]

5. Get to know as much about them as you can

Just don’t make it seem like they’re in an interview when they’re talking to you. Before you really go on a first date, try to get to know them as best you can beforehand.

This can help you think of topics for conversation and even decide if you truly like them, or if your crush was just based on their looks.

6. Ask them on a date! 

Now that you know you like this person for real, go ahead and ask them on a date. Just say that while you enjoy their texts and whatnot, you’d like to hang out on a more personal level, and you’re interested in going out on a date. If they like you like they should, they’ll be ecstatic about it!

7. Practice some great conversation starters

If there’s one thing that can make a date go south fast, it’s bad conversation – or even no conversation at all. Before the date, make sure you’re practicing some great conversation starters to keep the date interesting and fun. [Read: 20 ways to perfect your first date conversation]

8. Figure out a great date night idea

When your crush likes you back, don’t just settle on dinner and a movie. That’s boring and typical for a first date. You want to do something that will make them never forget the day.

If you take them on a date that’s more adventurous and gives them a little taste of adrenaline, they’re more likely to associate that exciting feeling with you and they’ll want more of it. [Read: Top 50 amazing first date ideas to wow your date]

9. Relax

Before the big date, take some time to relax. Go do something that is calming to you. Read a good book, take a bath with lavender, or just practice some deep breathing. Going into a date too nervous may cause you to sweat a ton and mess up on your conversation starters.

10. Pick out a great outfit – and smell amazing

Don’t slack on your outfit for this date. It’s an important one! Your crush has confirmed that they like you, but you want to make sure they’re blown out of the water by how amazing you are. [Read: 16 first date tips for guys to charm your date]

Find that outfit that makes you feel and look absolutely amazing and then put on some pleasant and subtle perfume or cologne – that they’ll only be able to smell if they’re less than a foot away from you. Everyone likes a well-dressed, great-smelling person. [Read: 16 first date tips for girls to dazzle your date]

11. Don’t bring up anything awkward

You already have some conversation prepared, but be sure that the conversation doesn’t stray into any awkward categories.

Things to stay away from are your ex, relationships, and work. Nobody wants to talk about their job when they’re supposed to be on a great date, and hearing about exes can lead to some tense conversation.

12. Make fun of them a little bit

This is a great way to flirt if you’re not sure how to get your flirt on with them on an actual date. Teasing them here and there is a perfect way to make light of the situation and help them see that you’ve got a fun personality.

13. Initiate some innocent contact

We’re not saying to go grab their butt or anything like that! But just little touches here and there give them the sense that you enjoy being close to them.

You can just shove them on the shoulder as a joke, or even grab their arm as you’re walking into a building, or if you’re walking around outside. [Read: The subtle art of flirting by touch and making your date fall for you]

14. Let them ask you questions

Don’t just rattle off question after question before they get a chance to get to know you. Remember, this date is so your crush can get to know the real you. Give them an opportunity to ask you about your life, hobbies, and interests, too.

15. Tell them you want to go out again! 

Don’t leave the date without telling them if you’re interested in a second one. If you’re not, just leave it at that.

But if you do want to see them again and have another date, just tell them, “Next time, we should____,” and already plan your next date RIGHT THERE! [Read: First date moves that will guarantee a second]

So, do they like you or not?

Being able to decipher your crush’s feelings isn’t as complicated as you might think.

Even if they’re shy or awkward, their feelings are bound to be revealed one way or another, such as through their body language and behavior. Just pay attention to these subtle cues, and you’ll have your answer in no time.

[Read: How to get your crush to ask you out by making them fall for you]

Knowing how to tell if your crush likes you back can mean the difference between remaining single and catching yourself a new lover! If you resonate with most of these signs, it’s time to take action and make a move with your crush! What are you waiting for?

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Preeti Tewari Serai
Preeti Serai
Preeti, the founder of LovePanky, is an eternal optimist and believer in the beauty of love and life. With an exhaustive experience in love, relationships, and ...