18 Signs Your Boyfriend Misses You And Wants You Back

Love and Romance | | , Writer
Updated On: October 18, 2023
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Not every boyfriend is good at conveying his feelings or giving out clear signs he misses you and needs you more. Men usually find it difficult to express themselves. They might be extroverts and great at socializing but when it comes to talking about their feelings or expressing their love, they tend to feel shy. 

Not all men are about making grand gestures and texting “I love you” all day long. They are either unable to express those emotions or don’t want to be called a ‘sissy’ or ridiculed for being too vocal about them. Therefore, they form a tough exterior and the poor girlfriend has to keep looking for signs to know that her boyfriend is still into her.

It’s hard for them to let go of this patriarchal conditioning. This makes their walls really hard to tear down. Boyfriends are also experts at hiding specifically two emotions: their love for their girlfriends and the fact that they are missing them terribly. They may use subtle advances or guarded tones to let you know the same but will not always be able to say it out loud, like they should be able to.

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When a man misses a woman, some would send her a conventional ‘missing you, babe’ text. But others usually find it really difficult to put across their feelings in exact terms. Such boyfriends make their girlfriends scramble here and there to get answers and then call them crazy. Who is the one making them crazy, eh?

What is crazier is letting your ego or insecurity or the fear of being perceived as ‘weak’ come in the way of your relationship. While it is probably a trait of being an alpha male for some, others are just too shy to express their feelings. Are you one of those girlfriends who is looking for signs he misses you? Read this article to put an end to your dilemma.

1. He calls you frequently

One of the signs he misses you when you’re not around is that you regularly get calls or text updates from him. Whether it is a work trip or a night-out with the boys, notice how often he tries to contact you. It doesn’t matter how random the texts or calls are. If you find them coming your way frequently, know that it is one of those sure-shot signs he misses you badly.

When a man misses a woman, he calls her whenever he gets the time. He might even tell you that he prefers to call instead of indulging in romantic texting. It is because he wants to desperately hear your voice. He will try to find reasons to call you and make conversation even if there is nothing left to talk about. When you ask him why he has called, he will just make up an excuse because he doesn’t need a real reason to talk to you.

2. He will find ways to meet you

No matter how tight his schedule is, he will try to meet you. One of the subtle signs he misses you is if he is always trying to find a way to revolve his routine around you. “Can I get you a coffee after work?” or “Let me drive you to your yoga class this morning” are some ways he tries to fit into your busy day.

He will try to adjust his work schedule according to your plans. This is one of the signs he misses you a lot. If he has a hectic day with a million commitments, he will still not tell you how busy he is, because he doesn’t want you to cancel the date. If he gets to see you even for fifteen minutes, it’s enough for him.

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3. Signs he misses you He always replies to your texts

He might be tied up with work, but it doesn’t stop him from replying to your texts. He will reply to your texts almost instantly unless he is extremely busy or occupied with something that requires his urgent attention. Your boyfriend doesn’t want to miss out on a chance to talk to you.

This is truly one of the subconscious signs he misses you but won’t admit it. His eyes instantly dart to his phone every time he sees your notification pop up. And when that happens, he can’t help but text you back instantly, within a few seconds. It is because he has been sitting with his phone in hand, waiting for you to come online.

4. He tries to prolong the date

Consider this situation. You are on a fabulous date but it is getting late. It is time for you two to say your goodbyes and head home but he recommends this amazing ice-cream parlor that you must try out that very night. After walking over to the parlor and having a wonderful dessert, he tells you that he wants to drive you home.

Clearly, the ice-cream parlor was just a way of prolonging the date and spending more time with you. It’s possible that he doesn’t even enjoy ice cream all that much, but is willing to indulge if it means he gets to spend more time with you. When a man misses a woman, he wants to make the most of the time he has with her. If he keeps making excuses to spend time with you, he misses you.

5. He calls in the middle of the night

This is another one of those subtle signs he misses you. It’s late at night and he is missing you terribly. He just cannot seem to get you out of his head. One of the signs he misses you and wants you back is if he sends you late goodnight texts. He doesn’t want to wake you from your sleep but still wants to hear your voice. So sending the text is a way to check if you’re up and available to talk.

You’ve been on his mind all night, and all he has done so far is resist the urge to text again and bother you. However, he has been unable to do so and is now just desperate to talk to you. He might even give you missed calls to know if you are awake. When you are up and ask him why he called, he will make up a silly reason. But you know what’s really up.

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If he always replies to your texts instantly, it could be one of the signs he misses you

6. That smile on his face when he sees you

At times, it is difficult even for him to hide his emotions. When a man is crazy in love, sometimes the eyes do the talking and his expressions can easily give away his feelings. If you’re wondering, “What are the signs my boyfriend misses me?” or “Have I been on his mind at all?”, pay attention to how he reacts when he meets you.

One of the signs he misses you or has missed you a lot is when his lips automatically stretch into a smile when he sees you. He can’t help but smile profusely at your sight. You don’t even have to ask him how he feels. You make him happy and his face says it all. Even if you ask him, his reply will be a shy smile.

7. He always talks about you

One of the signs he misses you when you’re not around is if he talks about you with his friends and family. The only topic that he is able to speak about seems to be somehow related to you. If you are not with him physically, you are with him in his conversations.

Have you been hearing the stories he has been telling others about you? This way, when you meet his family and friends, you get to know how much he adores you and misses you. You might not know them much but they know you all too well because they’ve heard your boyfriend speak about you so often!

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8. He stalks you on social media, but not in a creepy way

One of the signs he misses you and wants you back, is if you suddenly notice him hitting ‘like’ on all your old pictures on Instagram or commenting on a post you made a week ago. Clearly, he is stalking you on social media. In his free time, he will go through your old pictures and posts on social media. He does it to get to know more about you, your opinions, and what you like.

Being crazy about you will make him stalk all the social media accounts you have, even the ones you haven’t used in years. He may accidentally like some of your posts and beat himself up for it, because he has now left behind evidence that will notify you! This is one of the most obvious signs he misses you but won’t admit it.

9. He sends you random texts

Ever received random texts from him which don’t really mean anything? You may find it weird but it is because he has used all his backup conversations and doesn’t know what to type anymore. If you’re in a long-distance relationship, this shows he’s missing you and just wants to stay connected somehow. He may even indulge in a lot of double texting to get your attention and keep the conversation going. If you are looking for signs he misses you long distance, this is definitely it.

In a long-distance relationship, texts and calls are all one has and if you are receiving a flurry of them, it is because he cannot get you out of his mind. He is not going to tell you that he misses you, and so will go for all the other options available to him, even if it makes him seem weird. The next time you get random texts, know that these are the signs he misses you badly.

10. Signs he misses you He becomes moody

Missing someone and not being able to tell them makes people moody and anxious. You become upset and frustrated and display it in all sorts of ways. It’s like a ticking bomb that can explode at any time. The only thing is that it explodes in the worst possible ways and he might just end up fighting with you for unnecessary or irrelevant reasons.

If you’ve been having too many arguments lately, it is possible that he is not angry with you. He is probably just annoyed that both of you have not been able to spend enough time together lately. When a man misses a woman, he can lash out about it in unconventional ways. You don’t know what is wrong with him while he doesn’t know what to do and how to express feelings in a healthy way.

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11. He will want to know about your day

This is one of the major signs he misses you a lot, especially if it’s a long-distance relationship. Just because he doesn’t get to be a part of your day, doesn’t mean that he can’t be a part of it over calls and texts. He will ask you about your routine with a lot of interest. He will listen to you cribbing and complaining about your boss and even tease you about it. 

He wants to feel involved in your life and build emotional intimacy with you, which is why he will want to know everything about your day. Hearing you talk about what you did all day will appease his feelings of longing for you. This is definitely one of the signs he misses you long distance because he will do everything to feel like he is still close to you and is with you.

12. He will accuse you of missing him

Kind of like a weird reverse therapy, right? Ever thought of confronting his feelings? If you already have, then this is what might have happened. Instead of accepting the fact that he misses you, he will make you feel you are making this up because you are the one who misses him! If you’re looking for signs he misses you but won’t admit it, this is it.

Remember that adage ‘men will be men’? This behavior is a classic example of that. It is one of the subconscious signs he misses you when his conscious mind refuses to accept how often and how desperately he has been thinking of you. So, he will make a joke about it or tease you for thinking so. He will turn it around and make this about you.

13. He gets jealous

If you make plans with your friends, he will get jealous that he is not the one spending time with you. He might even seem okay at first, but will eventually bring this up. He will feel sorry that he isn’t the one getting to spend quality time with you. This might seem cute initially, but you do need to let him know that your friends are equally important to you and you can’t be made to feel bad for spending time with them. If he is mature, he will understand and learn how to express his feelings in a better way.

14. He will ask you for pictures

Now, sending pictures may sound a bit strange and may show signs of him being a little obsessive, so don’t think that you need to say yes. Your boyfriend just does that to get a sneak peek into your life. It is just one of the signs he misses you when you’re not around. Asking for pictures is code for “I want to see you”.

He has already run out of pictures from your social media and thus, wants to see your latest pictures. This is also one of the signs he misses you while he’s away because he wants a glimpse of what it could feel like being with you. If you’re uncomfortable sending them, just tell him. He will understand.

Signs he misses you but won't admit it

15. He will give you surprise visits

Your boyfriend might just turn up at your workplace or your home to surprise you. He wants to see you and doesn’t want to wait until your next date. When you ask him the reason for his visit, he will tell you that he was in the neighborhood and thought of dropping by because, obviously, he’s too shy to admit that he misses you. Surprise visits are one of those major signs he misses you a lot.

You will notice that these visits are usually during your lunch hour or the time when he knows you could be free. Tia says, “I knew my boyfriend misses me when he turned up at my place of work a couple of times. It was flattering, but I had to tell him I’m not comfortable with such surprises. Ever since I drew that boundary, he’s been respectful. Now, he simply tells me he misses me and would love to meet me. We make plans accordingly. He’s adorable and is definitely learning how to express better!”

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16. Signs he misses you He sends you gifts

He will send you gifts like flowers, cards, or even your favorite food to put you in a better mood. He loves it when you call him, all surprised and excited, telling him how much you loved his gifts. He pays attention to your conversations and shows thoughtful gestures only a caring boyfriend can make. If you receive gifts or food parcels at work or home on the most random days, know that these are signs he misses you badly.

17. He shows his affection

When he meets you, he hugs you tightly and tells you that he does not want to let go. He literally doesn’t let go that easily, and gives you the warmest and the longest possible hug. It might surprise you to see how affectionate he has become all of a sudden. He has missed you since the last date and is showing it through such affectionate gestures.

Forehead kisses, not letting your hand go, pulling you in by the waist, over and over again – these are a few ways he’ll try to get intimate with you. These are some of the most beautiful and subtle signs he misses you and is cherishing the time he has with you. So, take it all in and reciprocate warmly. It’s the least you can do to show him you missed him too.

18. He finally says it

There will be a time when his feelings for you will grow larger than his ego or shyness or conditioning, and he will finally say the three magical words: “I miss you”. He has eventually given in to his feelings and is no longer afraid of being vocal about them. He doesn’t care about anything else but you. Tastes like sweet victory, doesn’t it?

Analyzing the behavior of men is much more difficult than that of women. Women are more vocal in their behavior and actions, so it is easier to assess how they feel. Men, on the other hand, are often like closed books that will not let you read their pages until they want you to. It’s usually extremely difficult for a man to express his feelings.

This behavior of theirs usually leaves their girlfriends in a fix. They get super confused about how their man feels or what he thinks. But there are ways to understand when a man misses a woman. Hopefully, these tips will help you see the signs he misses you. Having said that, in a healthy relationship, it is important that both partners are open about their feelings if they want the bond to last.

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