Give him a compliment.
Yes, you can drop subtle compliments without being too obvious about it.
A good way to drop a subtle compliment is to focus on something that he may be interested in or good at and compliment him on that.
Hence, you aren’t focusing on complimenting something physical about him.
Your focus is on something a little bit deeper, even intellectual.
If you notice that he tends to have really deep and interesting views on a particular topic, you can compliment him on his insight.
This is subtle.
It doesn’t go after the obvious places that people go after when they compliment someone.
It doesn’t go straight for the person’s physical appearance. Instead, it focuses on something that makes them more of an individual.
Another way to drop a subtle hint to a guy over text is to start showing an interest in what he is interested in.
Talk to him about it on a regular basis.
Learn more about that topic on your own time so that when you text him again, you can show him just how knowledgeable you are about it.
This will begin to make him feel like he really has something in common with you.
He may even believe that he has found a kindred spirit.
The more you talk to him about what he loves and his interests, the more likely he will feel the need to invite you to do something with him that may involve that.
For example, if you have been texting him about baseball and been giving him all kinds of stats while talking about the baseball game over the weekend that was on TV, he would be more willing to invite you to watch a baseball game with him either at the venue or at another location.
He would already feel that sense of connection with you and would want to share more of that with you face to face.
If you were to do this, ensure that you at least have some genuine interest in whatever topic it is.
If you were simply doing this only for the sake of dropping hints that you like him or you want him to ask you out, he will soon be able to tell that you were being fake.
That would ruin your chances of seeing him again or seeing him at all.
Another effective way to drop hints to a guy over text is talk to him about relationships.
You could start off by talking about your own past relationships.
You could ask his opinion about something in relation to it.
The more you look at him as someone you can confide in, the more he may open up to you.
In time, he may actually begin to talk to you about his own past relationships.
Once he reaches this level of trust with you, he will find it a lot easier to want to ask you out on a date.
There may be a part of him that realizes that you have both learned from past experiences and have both grown from them.
This may make him more enthused to interact with you.
When there is an understanding that there has been growth, it helps to provide a degree of confidence in how to proceed with the interaction.