If you’re like me, you have been making liberal use of the possibility of resetting your Tinder account for the feeblest of reasons. Feeling like you should be getting more matches? Reset and check! Got better pictures or a better idea for a bio? Reset and let that noob boost catapult you to a higher elo rank! Running out of active people in your area? Reset and have a go at round two! Accidentally left swiped on someone? Reset and… okay, that would be excessive.
But why not? Just make a new facebook account and start a new Tinder profile with it; a matter of five minutes. Oh, these were simpler times…
If you tried this today, you’d be in for a nasty surprise.
Tinder Have (allegedly) Banned Resets
Ever since version 9.0.0 hit our phones, Tinder appear to have taken a hard “No Resets” stance, which you will notice when you find yourself with a severely lowered elo score, or even a bricked account after attempting a reset. Whereas before, you could have been forgiven for thinking the guys and gals at Tinder HQ couldn’t care less whether people reset, and having to use a new Facebook account might just as well have been a bug rather than intended. Well, now they track you by much more than your FB account, and attempted resets garner shadowbans en masse.
Why have they changed their minds all of a sudden? One could think they saw a potential profit to be had… Or maybe it all comes down to people exploiting Tinder Resets to get free boosts? We will likely never know. Instead we shall have to bid the simple resets of yesteryear adieu.
But not all hope is lost!
Tinder Account Resets Are Still Possible
After much research and community feedback, it appears Tinder now tracks your account by these identifiers:
- Facebook Account
- Any Linked Social Media Accounts
- Phone Number
- Google Account / Apple ID
- IP Address (If static, think campus WiFi)
- Device ID (Rumored, but seems unlikely for Android based on my own tests)
- Profile Pictures (Rumored, though easily circumvented if true: Just crop by a few pixels. Nevertheless, good motivation to finally get better pictures 😉)
This means for a successful reset, you will now have to use new versions of all of the above. Though for me personally, the first four still suffice. Of course, I have an updated step by step Tinder Reset guide prepared for you, including thoughts on when it might still be worth all the hassle.
I hope to have been of help and look forward to seeing you in the comment section, or the SwipeHelper Subreddit 🙂