Can You Use Tinder Without a Phone Number?

The short answer is “No.”

The long answer is “No, not anymore (again).” For a brief period of time, between the introduction of Tinder Online (web version) and June 2018, Tinder let you choose between using a phone number or a Facebook account to sign up. And while it’s still possible to use Tinder without Facebook, a phone number is once again required to create an account for-, or log into Tinder.

Just as there was no official explanation as to why users would now have a choice between the two authentication methods with the introduction of Tinder Online, there has been no announcement regarding the reinstitution of the phone number requirement.

All of this may leave you with two questions:


“What do I do if I signed up for Tinder without a phone number while it was possible?”

A: Try not to get logged out.

There have been many reports recently of people getting logged out of Tinder and the app now asking them for the phone number they supposedly used to sign up. The lucky ones just have to verify their number now to get back to their account, but some people apparently get locked out, or get a fresh account created instead getting back to their old one. Which leads us to –


“Why is this not just a part of your Unofficial Tinder F.A.Q.?”

A: It actually is!

There have – understandably – been so many questions popping up about this issue, that I thought the answer deserved to be its own post. Especially with all the confusion about Tinder changing the rules back and forth.


Bonus Question:

“What can I do if I don’t want to give Tinder my phone number?”

There are two answers to this.

a) Just like the Facebook requirement of old, you can accept the requirements or opt out of Tinder.

b) At your own risk, you may try to sign up using an online burner number like Google Voice. Reports on the results are mixed, but it seems to work for some people.


And there you have it, folks. Happy swiping 🙂


  1. I bought a month of tinder with a US number but I move to Mexico and I turn my phone from American to Mexican number and my subscription disappeared, now I lost my month? That I already pay for? It’s been only a day since I pay for the subscription how can y’all help me with this mess??

      • I guess poor people cant use tinder lol. I dont have a real phone number because I moved somewhere that isnt covered by my old carrier and I cant afford a new phone right now. I use texting app on wifi. That’s not good enough for them. The struggle.

        • Well I mean, it is an app.

          How about affording a used phone off of ebay or craigslist (or wherever)? That would be more environmentally friendly and socially conscious than a new phone anyway.

  2. If I get a new phone and create a new apple ID, but having the same phone number registered to the apple ID, will tinder detect the same account I previously had?

  3. On Phone i can simply turn the wifi off and open the app, then turn it on after it loads and it bypasses the requirement, which i am already logged in, which is why i don’t understand why i have to do this, as i don’t even have a cellphone so i don’t really have a solid way to verify. i’ll be damned if im using one of those shitty spammy phone apps just to use a dating site, which has no interesting people in my area

      • “Choose one..”

        You do know that you can have a fully working smart phone without a SIM card (aka no phone number), right? That’s what the guy meant.

        • Since when is “SIM card” the same as “cellphone”? What I read was that they can turn off their wifi on their cell phone that they don’t have.

          In any case, you need a phone number to make a Tinder account and that’s just the way it is.

  4. I have an old Samsung galaxy lll and this is not enough to download tinder. Is there any solution to get the old one? I have already don delete cache AND data files in google store. But it doesn’t work.
    can you help me? Thanks

  5. I managed to run Tinder on Android without phone number: uninstall current version, download the last Tinder apk (9.3.0) that worked without phone number from an apk mirror site, install that apk and never update Tinder via playstore. Let’s see how long this old version works but for now I can enjoy Tinder with only my facebook account.

    • Hi Manuel! Are you do a reset of Tinder with this APK and only with facebook?
      I think that tinder shadowbanned my account and i am thinking in create a new facebook with that version of the APK but i need to know if all work well in this APK, without any problem.

      PD: Sorry if i write some word bad, english is no my native languague.

  6. Google Voice worked fine for verification (via Facebook Account Kit) for me within the last few weeks. Odd, because it used to not work.

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