Is Tinder Gold’s “See Who Likes You” Feature Worth it (to You)?

Last updated on 2018-10-01

Tinder Gold has now been officially released and many of us have wondered whether or not its new “See Who Likes You” feature is worth its price of 14.99 a month (for a below 29 year old US dwelling user).

Tinder Gold, the New Subscription Tier

Of course, this cost also includes all the Tinder Plus features. For a complete breakdown of those features, and to give you a better idea of whether they are worth the first 10 buck chunk of this subscription fee to you, see this updated guide on Tinder Plus Features & Paid Boosts (+Tinder Gold).

Now, what do you get for the remaining 5 dollars a month? That would be the “See Who Likes You” feature. That’s right, Tinder Gold really only consist of one feature. So as long as Tinder Plus still exists, we have to judge Gold solely on the merits of its sole gimmick. That Gimmick:

The “See Who Likes” You Feature

What this little golden hearted button does, is pretty much what we would expect from it. It takes us to a new tab of the app, where all the users that have already liked you are displayed in a grid view. You can then like or dislike those people directly from that screen, or delve into their profiles.

tinder-gold-likes-you-menu-button-overview

Knowing who already liked them before they decide on the direction of their swipe has been a very popular demand (and search query) among Tinder users. It’s no surprise then that tricks to find out have been a much discussed topic on the Tinder subreddit for example. There were also (more or less reliable) companion apps for Tinder that volunteered just this information. Interestingly, those (free) apps all stopped working with an API update prior to the Tinder Gold release. Hmmm.

Anywhoo, Gold is here and after the concluded testing phase, it looks like it’s here to stay. From all reports the “Likes You” feature seems to be functional, and people are getting what they paid for. But:

Is Tinder Gold Worth it? An Opinion

That is a question you must ultimately answer yourself. My personal opinion, which I’ve already expressed when Tinder Gold was announced, is that it may well be worth its five bucks for those who want to see who liked them, but that I don’t want to know in the first place.

I have never quite understood the great popularity of the (then free) apps and tricks that would tell you who liked you in advance. Why would I need to know, let alone go through any effort to find out? Tinder already puts the people who liked you at the top of your stack. Plus, getting a match “at random” and finding out somebody who’s mug you like also likes your mug was always half the fun of using Tinder to me.

There is also the technical detail that even with this function, you cannot just lay back and enjoy your curated list of people who like you. Not if you want to get a decent number of matches to talk to that is. Don’t forget that a significant amount of matches will still come from people you like first, as you get placed higher in their deck once you like them. So someone you would really like might never see your face if you wait for them to like you first.

Last but not least:

Shouldn’t you want to match/talk/go on a date with somebody whom you are truly interested in, as opposed to someone you just thought was “better than nothing” as a guaranteed match? I.e. Does knowing somebody already liked you really influence your swiping decision?

Maybe they will just stand out at you and you’ll give their profiles more attention before deciding this way. The feature could make sure you don’t miss somebody you would have glossed over otherwise. I can see that. Of course, it also depends on what your goal using Tinder is.

So, is it worth it to you? In short, if you want to find out who liked you before you swipe on them, and are willing to pay 5 dollars a month (on top of Tinder Plus’ 10 dollars) to find out, then yes, Tinder Gold is probably worth it.

Update: Tinder Gold shows you people on whom you already swiped left.

Update: There is now an additional feature to Tinder Gold: Top Picks. Does it add more value to the subscription? The answer will surprise you!

It’s “No.” The answer is “No.”

 

What do you think? Did I miss something important? Do you use Gold and feel like sharing what you love about it? Do you dislike the feature, but for a different reason? Do you have a technical problem? Feel free to comment below, or on the SwipeHelper Subreddit.

Swipe On 🙂

10 Comments

  1. Let me tell you
    I am 57, the type that every woman with father issues would be attracted to.
    Yes, some ladies will hate me, and I love my lifestyle.
    Tinder charged me $30 for the gold thing. I dont mind, but it is not what some people claim here.
    Tasted it along with other applications.
    Bumble gave me much better results than Tinder (same age group, 28 to 45). I mean, much better, in the range of 5 to 1. At least in Las Vegas, Miami and Mexico city.
    I would not invest in Tinder if I had to chose between paid applications. Even POF (Plenty of fish) and OK cupid gave me better matches (that I met in person) than Tinder Gold.

  2. All this time I figured I got no likes because I swiped left on the swamp beasts of tinder but turns out, I get literally no likes at all, thanks tinder gold?
    ?Knowing is growing ?

  3. I’m a 25 year old girl and one friend got me hooked on tinder. Honestly it’s like playing some sort of game I guess. As a girl I always wondered what was tinder for guys… since honestly for girls seemed too easy. I got a notification that said “2543 guys liked you” or something like that I was stunned tbh and flattered. But I checked my (very handsome) friend’s tinder and he barely had any matches with the girls i thought were worthy of him… I was wowed. Maybe tinder Gold might be useful for some guys to skip that whole “swipe” process. And see if there’s a girl that they liked back.

    I’m just gonna leave some tips in hopes I can help a guy.
    (The cute shy ones. Not the perverted and gross)

    – super likes do work (you think it twice if you like him or not)
    -bios are a must but also dealbreakers (in a way a good thing I guess) for example: I hate smoking. I see “420” and I’m like swipe left!
    -dog pictures do give you extra points.

    Anyways! I think if you enjoy tinder and can afford it go for it.

    • meanwhile i see a dog and swipe left immediately (do i really want someone trying to cater to girls who just want them for their dog… show me your personality in your pics not your dogs) and i see 420 and that adds hella points

  4. You also forgot something very important. Depending on an area, you may never know who liked you. Someone liked me a week ago, and I have still yet to like them back unless I decided to just spam yes instead of taking time to look for special catches to spend my 5 likes. So it depends on if you live in a rural area or an urban areas.

    • Not really, as people who lied you get placed near the top of your deck. So unless you have so many likes pouring in that newer ones are pushing down the older ones faster than you have right swipes available, you’ll find them while swiping.

  5. The OP seems very shallow in their opinion regarding seeing who liked you as if youre just settling for whatever you can get.

    Despite tinder discriminating on over 40s by charging me a whopping 42 bucks for gold its not actually showing you all profiles.

    I view bio’s before scrolling through images.. no bio no like from me.
    After paying for gold i noticed the person had a bio i liked very much and would have right swiped or super liked but tinder just never showed me this profile for some reason.

  6. In my opinion it seems worth it to a guy like myself and ill explain why. I am 6’2″ dark hair blue eyes nice full beard 205. Some very attractive women will sometimes find me attractive as the good ol southern manly man with a simple style. Then there are the beautiful women that would not give me the time of day because they may find me husky and not the yuppy stylish skinny club guy. I do not have gold but this would allow me to not miss a women that i would have thought would be “out of my league” based on her looks and clothing alone. I also kind of understand the algorithm so you can just like 100%. Lastly for $5 dollars i think is a good value.

    • I agree with Max on the “out of your league” bit. As a fairly average guy (6ft5, not very muscular, dark hair, blue eyes, kind of baby-faced but not a minger, no extravagant style but with a few qualities I think many women like) I find it very hard to catch a virtual break. I tested my main pictures on Photofeeler, I tried various bio styles from short and punny to more detailed, and still I’m only at one match after about a week or so. I had one super like a few days ago but so far have not come across that person (assuming I would still be able to tell who it was). I spend all my free likes every day while still being somewhat selective. My process: 1) If she only has one pic and no bio, I usually dislike unless she’s exceptionally pretty and not obviously a fake account. 2) If I’m not put off by the first pic, I look at the other ones. If I don’t see anything too off-putting, I check out her bio. 3) If she has very different interests/expectations from mine, I dislike. If she has no bio, at this stage I usually still give her the benefit of the doubt. If we have things in common, I obviously like. Long story short, I’m starting to lose interest in Tinder because it seems very much like a one-way thing for me. I’m considering trying Gold for a month just to see if I’m totally going about it the wrong way, or if I’m simply wasting my time because nobody swipes right on me. Also, I like the idea of extra super likes because I rarely end up using the one I have now out of fear of coming across someone I wish I could super like when I’ve already spent mine.

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