Last updated on 2018-07-15
Why would you want to reset (delete and recreate) your Tinder account?
- Maybe you’ve thought of a vastly improved bio…
- Maybe you followed our guide and took some better pictures of yourself…
- Maybe you believe your account is malfunctioning, or you’ve been shadowbanned…
- Maybe you’ve run out of people to swipe on in your area…
…and you want to try again. Recreating your account gives you another shot with the people who previously swiped left on you, and if you’re using a different main picture, chances are 99.9% won’t remember you. Also, you get about a days worth of NoobBoost while Tinder sets your ELO score.
So much for the pros of resetting. Unfortunately, it seems Tinder has been cracking down on users resetting recently. Previously, the app remembered your account by your Facebook details or phone number, but that seemed rather just a by-function of logging you in, rather than actively trying to hinder your reset attempts. Since version 9.0.0 however, resetting has become a lot more difficult, and this seems intentional.
Whereas resetting used to be a matter of 5 minutes, and success was all but guaranteed (at least following this guide), it has now become more of a hassle and your number of attempts are limited. Without paying for a new SIM card, that is. While it is definitely still possible to enjoy the benefits of resetting (with some caveats), you may want to think carefully about whether it’s worth the effort and if the timing is right.
- 1 When should you consider resetting your Tinder account?
- 2 Proper procedure, to ensure Tinder itself doesn’t remember you from your last round (in which case you’ll be stuck with your old score and resulting visibility):
- 3 Tinder Reset Additional Info, Tips & Tricks
- 3.1 Resetting your Google Play Account
- 3.2 Concerning Phone Numbers
- 3.3 Concerning E-Mail Addresses
- 3.4 What happens to Gold/Plus subscriptions and consumables?
When should you consider resetting your Tinder account?
In light of the above, I have prepared some points to consider before you follow the guide below to reset your account. Of course, you will know best when the time has come to kiss your old account goodbye, but in my opinion you should only reset if:
- “There is no one new in your area”. This one is quite indisputably a good reason to restart your Tinder journey. Whether you’ve actually run out of people, or you’ve been shadowbanned by Tinder, the point is you cannot go on without either moving to another town or resetting your account.
- You have overhauled your profile with vastly improved pictures and/or a new bio, AND you are not seeing your match rate pick up. If you are so far down the algorithm‘s pit of shame that it would take you weeks to crawl out and be seen by the surface dwellers again, resetting might be worth it. Otherwise, I’d recommend waiting a few days first to see if things pick up thanks to your improvements.
There may be other good reasons, and the choice is yours. Just keep in mind:
- You can only use each phone number once. Think about how many numbers you have access to before you have to invest in a burner number. Free online phone numbers don’t work.
- Your Tinder Plus/Gold Subscription will be lost. You may still “restore your purchase” from the options to continue using your subscription until it runs out, but this now lets Tinder remember your account. You need to use a new Google/Apple account. Don’t renew your subscription if you plan to reset soon.
- You may not use your “real” Facebook account (again). This is not new, but worth mentioning, as you will not see if you share any “friends” with your potential match.
- You may not link your Instagram or Spotify accounts (again). This is as of yet unconfirmed, but if Tinder is really cracking down on resetting they’d be remiss to not use these accounts to remember you.
Do you feel the time is right to reset? Read on for the reset guide and further tips..
Proper procedure, to ensure Tinder itself doesn’t remember you from your last round (in which case you’ll be stuck with your old score and resulting visibility):
The times, they are a changin’, and though the below guide represents the best method to reset your account, and works like a charm for me, it’s possible you will not achieve your desired results.
If you log in with your phone number (without Facebook), you may skip steps 3, 4, 5, and 7.
- In Tinder’s Settings page, select “Delete Account” and confirm.
Tip: If you don’t see a “Delete Account” button, you can –
- Uninstall and reinstall the app. This has brought back the button for many users.
- Delete your account from the web-interface at account.gotinder.com
- Uninstall the Tinder App.
- Go to your relevant Facebook Account’s Apps page, and remove (unlink) Tinder.
- Log out of Facebook and create a new Facebook account, using a new throwaway E-Mail address.
- Optional: Hand pick 100 likes you’d be happy about sharing with a match. Keep in mind some interests, especially activities such as “watching TV” or “driving” are not imported by Tinder.Tip: If you do this often, it pays to have an “original” Facebook account with those 100 likes selected. You can then look at that account while logged in with your new one, and just like everything “old you” liked. Should take about 3 minutes this way.
- Reinstall Tinder.
- Make sure you’re logged into your new Tinder-Facebook account on your phone, or if you don’t use Facebook’s app, remember your new login details.
- Open Tinder and create an account.
- Use a new phone number to sign up. This must be a number that a) you have never used before in conjunction with Tinder and b) that you will have access to in the future, to receive SMS codes. See below for some tips concerning this step.
- IFF you subscribed to Tinder Plus/Gold before and plan to do so again, you need to use a new Google Play account, or Apple ID. If you need help with creating a new Google account, I’ve got you covered below. (It’s not exactly an intuitive procedure).
- Enjoy all the matches, but remember the count will drop severely again within the next few days.
Tinder Reset Additional Info, Tips & Tricks
Resetting your Google Play Account
If you’re like me, you tried to find the option to delete or add a Google account within the Google Play Store settings. After all, that is where you’d switch between accounts too. Actually you have to:
If you want to keep your existing/original Google account, skip steps 2 & 3.
- Go into your device’s (Android) settings and find “Accounts & Sync”.
- Tap on your google account.
- Remove the account.
- Go to “Add Account” at the bottom.
- Find & choose Google.
- Create a new account. If it asks you to provide a phone number for verification, use the same new number you had to make for Tinder.
- Switch to your new account in the Google Play Store.
Concerning Phone Numbers
If you provided a phone number in conjunction with the standard Facebook login:
In this case, Throwaway numbers are an option.
- You may use the number of a friend who never had a Tinder account (and doesn’t plan to), for example.
- Or any number you have access to, but have never used before.
- You don’t need to have access to the number in the future.
- Unfortunately, most free online numbers used to receive SMS confirmations don’t seem to work for Tinder.
If you are (re-)creating an account without Facebook:
If you choose to go the phone number login route, which is now possible, you must use a new phone number to reset your account. Otherwise, Tinder will remember you.
When choosing a number, keep in mind that in this case, you will need access to the provided number in the future, as you will need to receive SMS codes to log in again, should you get logged out at some point; This will happen.
Protip, in either case:
You can provide a landline number. Hit “I didn’t get a code” after submitting, and choose to receive the code via voice call. This opens up home and work phones, and thereby many additional numbers.
Concerning E-Mail Addresses
Whether for your new Facebook account, or when creating an account with your phone number, you will need to use a new (throwaway) E-Mail Address to sign up.
For both privacy and convenience, I recommend ProtonMail for this purpose. It’s easy, doesn’t require phone authentication, and makes for a great, free, privacy oriented mail provider in general, not just for throwaways. (No affiliation beyond being a satisfied user.)
What happens to Gold/Plus subscriptions and consumables?
Purchased boosts and superlikes perish upon deletion of your account. Using “restore purchase” after resetting will reactivate your Plus or Gold subscription, but won’t give you back your boosts and superlikes, as those count as “consumables”.
Warning: As of 9.0.0 restoring your purchase from an existing subscription will make Tinder remember your account and render the ELO portion of your reset useless. You still get a blank slate in terms of matches though.
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