1. Hello Swipehelper, thank you for the useful resource.
    I am bisexual and I find it useful to change my preference under settings from “Everyone” to “Men” simply because otherwise Tinder shows me about thirty women for every man, and I do not like having to wade through loads of women’s profiles in order to see one man’s. Will this be construed as suspicious behaviour on the part of Tinder and put me at risk of lowered scores or a shadow ban? I have already had a mild version of a shadow ban and have deleted my account and the app so that I can wait for three months before trying again (I was caught doing a profile reset).

  2. I have a question. So I started Tinder about 2-3 weeks ago idk, on July 12th or around there and today is August 7th. And during that time, I have been traveling and have gotten great pictures of myself and decided to use them for Tinder. About 1-2 weeks of using them on Tinder, I still never got any matches. No new likes or anything.

    So I just searched up some things on google and it says I could delete it but it would best to not link your Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, and not use the same phone number. I’m okay with not using those but I just want to know if re-using the same pictures will get me shadow banned. I don’t really like taking pictures of myself and those pictures that I have taking over the weeks were the best ones out of 3-5 years, I just don’t like taking pictures. I just deleted my account an yesterday morning. If I do plan on making one today while using a different phone number but still using the exact same pictures, would I be shadow banned?

        • Because nothing much has changed and what has changed has been updated in the guide. I prefer to not spam the same article every year with an updated year number even if the competition likes doing that to get clicks from people like you.

    • Tinder is literally the biggest load of crap ever created. I have the Gold membership and my passport was set on LA. I deleted my account because I had too many matches and couldn’t be bothered to delete them one by one. I created a new profile which i hadn’t verified yet and got new matches. Literally that same evening I wasn’t getting any responses from my matches after sending them messages, when I wanted to match with someone it kept telling me that the match failed. When I go to discover it doesn’t show me any profiles whatsoever. I can’t even delete my account anymore because it constantly says that it failed to delete my account. Even though everything else works?! Money wasteddddd

  3. I had Tinder Gold and got banned. I know why – I was a bit suggestive in my texts.
    My account was via Facebook. So, to re-activate myself again, I….
    – un-installed Tinder and Facebook from my android
    – re-installed Tinder
    – logged out of Wifi and used mobile data
    – registered on Tinder using my phone number, used a different name, email address
    and date of birth
    – made sure I went for the free version and did not sign up for the Plus or Gold
    options (that could reveal my identity if using google play).

    Everything seems to be working just fine, and I have got a few matches too, so Tinder is showing my profile to others.


    • I ve been using this app for 4 years. 2 weeks ago I bought a Plus membership. 2 days ago they banned my account without a reason. I wrote an e-mail because I didn ‘ t do anything illegal, dirty words or racism. Also my pics were very clear. Tinder workers did not do anything. They sent only the classical message : u r banned. Not a clear reason was on the mail. They did not explain anything.
      So be carefull please about buying Gold or Plus membership.
      I ve paid for one year and I could use it only for 15 days.
      This behaviour s like a robber. They stole my money !!!

      • What a f.o.s company. Shadowbanning paid accounts? With no warning,? They’re lucky they haven’t been sued to oblivion bc I have no idea how that’s legal.

  4. Shadowbanned on Bumble aswell as Tinder. Both shadowbans the same thing happens. My experience of resetting my account and an now stuck with it. Without using a boost, I get very few likes, if any, maybe 1 every 2 days if lucky. When using a 30 min boost it seems that they have to give you 2-3 likes. Every boost I would get 2-3 likes (which is absolutely horrific), and EVERY girl who liked me was so so ugly. Like I’m not even saying 3/10 girls, these are 1/10 girls. Obviously they want you to keep buying boosts so will give you these few likes, but only show your profile to the very worst girls who receive no swipes themselves. This is a shame, I am tempted to start again over absolutely everything but am afraid that even with new pics they’ll recognise me. This would mean new phone, new number, new wifi, new apple ID, new payment method with apple ID, new pics, date of birth, bio. It’s pathetic how it’s come to this, and I guarantee they’ll still shadowban me when they recognise my face so mightn’t bother.

  5. Not sure if I’m shadowbanned or just unlucky. Set up a new account using a new iPhone, new pics except for 1, different bio, different number, … only the Apple ID remained the same, the Apple ID was used to buy tinder gold in the past but does not currently have an active subscription. I got maybe 3 likes in the past 2 weeks, 2 of them I matched with, 1 of them I swiped left on but that person is permanently stuck in my gold circle and won’t go away.

    Both of my matches stopped answering in the middle of a good conversation. Just went completely radio silent… this has happened with previous resets too. I’m not sure if I’m just unlucky, shadowbanned or have a significantly reduced ELO/visibility…

    Are these signs of a ban or reduced score/visibility?

  6. So I got banned from Tinder, probably because I made a reset. But the weird thing is that my second account got automatically banned right after creating it, even though I took all the precautions: created a new Facebook account; created a new Google Play account that I used for downloading Tinder again; used a new phone number; my home network has a dynamic IP, I reset my router before creating the account so I had a new IP; had no other social media accounts linked to it; used a profile pic I had never used before. So the only thing that they could have used to link my banned account to my newly created one was my Device ID

  7. I’m a Tinder Gold user and I’m pretty sure I got banned for taking the ‘swipe right on everything” approach, which I kind thought was why we paid for unlimited swipes, but I digress. I went from 4-5 matches/day to none and the women I’m already matched with aren’t even getting my messages.

    I wasn’t trying to intentionally do anything shady I just didn’t know any better. Is there anyway for me to just improve my score back to normal?

    I paid for a six month subscription. I don’t want to throw the money away or have to go through the hassle of making a new account only to risk being banned again.

    This sux. Tinder was working well for me 🙁

  8. Hi. I got banned yesterday for unknown reason and I’ve been using the account for more than a year or two. Although I used to have an old tinder account,and I think I used the same number for both accounts but different Facebook ID. I was trying to log in to the old account and I was asked to verify my number. I dunno if I should use the same number or a different number and a different phone to log in to the account. And I dunno, if I’m able to log in, if i can use my pictures from the banned account and not getting a rebanned?

    • You can’t log in with any other number than the one you used to create the account. Sounds like you have nothing to lose.

  9. If you reset your account can Tinder still track your Apple ID even if you don’t restore your purchases?

    I made a new account with a different phone, phone number, email, apple ID. I now want to sign into the new tinder account on my previous phone which will be signed into my Apple ID that was linked to my old tinder account and purchases.

    So if I only use the free tinder will they be able to see what Apple ID I’m using on the device?


      • Joined Tinder in aug -19. Registered and logged in with my Mobile phone number (don´t have FB). Shortly after, my Mobile became half broke, so I bought a new one and continued using Tinder from that device. Tired of poor dating results I unregistered and deleted my whole Tinder account in october -19. Hated it.

        Couple of months passed. Found myself still thinking of someone. Was she still o Tinder? I created a fake account on Tinder (fake name, age, bio, pic). I used only one picture of some natural scenery, not a face. The bio was one sentence, very bland. Used my old Mobile phone that I had equipped with a new SIM card, so it had a new unregistered phone number. During this Tinder registration, this new phone number served as the receiver for the verification code for Tinder. I also had a fresh Yahoo mail account. My old phone still contains my existing gmail (that I registered with the first time). Gmail actually works on both devices.

        Well out on the Tinder I actually found her ad. I didn´t right swipe but I used the service “recommend to a friend” and forwarded her page (info about her) to my own new yahoo mail (yahoo mail only installed and used on the old phone). Wanted something to remember her by, I guess. I have understood that this only lasts for a couple of days so pretty soon she was gone. I went looking for her again but she was not to be found. Why?

        – Does Tinder notify if you have been forwarded? In this case, forwarded by a suspicious fake Tinder account, now deleted. Will they track my old Mobile´s ID and provide her with that?

        One day later I unregistered and deleted the whole fake Tinder account. Same day I got a ring on the unregistered number from anonymous number. Havent called from it or to it.

        -Was it Tinder? What gave me away? Am I in trouble?

        • Okay, so first of all: Chill, man.

          Second, no there is no notification.

          Third, it was 99.99999% certainly not Tinder that called you.

    • How long until my tinder is restored from being banned I tried multiple phone numbers. Didn’t use Facebook or a different device . Both accounts that I’ve had have been with tinder gold but used 2 different Apple IDs any help ?

  10. My shadowban experience:
    I joined Tinder about 3 years ago and I’ve always been an happy user, got a lot of good quality matches and a lot of happy stories from them. I always used Plus/Gold.

    I usually use Tinder when I travel abroad (mostly Asia). Two weeks ago I realized that my name on Tinder was too long and complicated, so since there’s no way to change it I had a really dumb idea, to make a new account. OMG…. I had no idea about the Elo score and the other things! I’m good looking, I’ve been working as a model for several years and always got on Tinder really good results. Just to give you a number, in Hong Kong I usually got around 10 good quality matches/day and some super like too. Therefore I think my “elo score” was kinda good.
    To change my name I made a new account with the same number, same pics, same phone but different facebook. I haven’t even deleted the old account, I just set it as “invisible”. On the firsts days in hong kong the new account was working as usual, got the same match flow, after 4 days I woke up with no matches, so I felt that something was going wrong, I realized that I’ve been shadow banned. So I started to look for a way to create a completely new fresh account.

    This is what I did: I took an old phone from a friend who never used Tinder (fresh IMEI), new SIM card with different network, new google account. I created a new Tinder account with new pics and bio, and I used a prepaid gift card to purchase 1 month of Gold. Then I changed my location to Manila to see what could have happened, the result have been ZERO likes within a day, I tried the free boost on Sunday evening and I got ZERO likes. I guess that Tinder track your GPS position and they use AWS facial recognition to match with the old account.

    This is very sad, I’m thinking to try the 3 month self ban to see if it works.

    • Something is afoot, but they use AWS image recognition to categorize what’s going on in images.

  11. Ok so i used tinder about a year back and was getting tons of matches but then stoped using it and just recently decided to use it again i just deleted the app and then Reinstalled it to start using it so its the same profile i updated pictures and my bio but this tine around I’m getting absolutely nothing is it because i was inactive and my score is low now what do you think i should do at this point same with bumble and pretty mich any one i used before then stoped and decided to
    Give it a try again the ones i never used before and using now like hinge i dont have an issue with matches so it has to he from being inactive??? Any recommendations would he great

    • It could also be because Tinder matches are getting few and far inbetween for most users since they changed their algorithm (or a bit less with every change). They dun goofed.

      You could try staying deleted three or more months and then recreating your account with a completely blank slate.

  12. I had two accounts with two different numbers in the same device. I Had Plus membership in one account. I deleted the account later in which I had plus membership. And after loging in to the other account plus membership got automatically transferred to that account. And after few minutes the account got banned. Kindly explain me this.

    • Same google/apple account on the device. Membership got reactivated on the previously free account, which was then seen as resetting. Case closed.

  13. Hi so I was banned from Tinder with no explanation after having done nothing wrong. When I reached out to them they told me I had violated their “Commuinty Guidelines” and my account could not be appealed at this time. Is there any way to get a new account without getting a new number or using my Facebook account?

      • I’ve been trying to beat Tinder’s system with all sorts of ideas because I was banned. I have tried everything and even thought I beat the system but every time, banned. I know they have face recognition so I tried different approaches, once again thought I beat the system but day later, banned. I have literally spent a few hundred dollars over the last 6 months trying to figure out ways to beat them. It cannot be done and I’m thinking they track my IP on my phone. I’m going to test this tomorrow by putting up no picture at all. If I’m banned tomorrow which it usually takes about 30 hours then I will assume it’s tracking my IP. So here is my question. If I get a new phone, new number, new email address and let’s say a picture of me and my woman but blurred our faces, do you think they could figure me out that was as well?

    • Same thing happened to me. Then I created a new facebook account, but used the same number – banned again. Only when I used a friend’s number I was able to create a new account, but it’s been a week and no matches yet (and a lot of the same profiles keep showing again and again, even when I swiped right on them, as if they don’t register). I’m pretty sure I’ve been shadowbanned. I used some of the older pics, but wrote a completely different bio and didn’t link instagram or spotify. I’m pissed, because it used to work so well. I just broke up a two year-old relationship (she moved to the other side of the country and I coudn’t go with her) I started on Tinder. Now this bull****. And I really don’t even know what I did wrong – and they won’t tell you. Oh, and I got the plus too after a couple of days, so I guess I also got stolen some money… Really disappointing.

  14. Hi I wasn’t getting any matches or replies so I thought I may have been shadow banned. However I included men on my search and got hundreds of matches does that mean that I have a low elo score with girls

    • It means many men swipe right on basically anything with a pulse. But it also means you weren’t shadowbanned.

      • Same thing for me. No matches on hundreds of women, many looking like a sure thing based on my last experience years ago. Switch to men and I get a bunch of people matching. What gives?

    • I used Tinder in Thailand for over 6 months and it was great! It was like ordering a pizza to your room! Now suddenly they ban my with no explanation. I can’t be certain but I think I was reported by a non-Thai match who got offended when I told her I was only looking for Thai women. It was was either that or the folks at Tinder finally took a look at some of my chat history. I’m gonna try buying a cheap phone and new SIM, create a new Google Play account and new photos. Wish me luck.

  15. So I set up a Tinder using my phone number, had it on for less than a day for privacy reasons. When I learned that if you connect your Facebook, your friends will not see you, I linked my Facebook. I think it created a new account for me. Having no matches I paid for gold and have only recieved two matches for bots. This is 4 days worth of hundreds of balanced swipes. Does this sound like I have been shadowbanned?

  16. I was recently banned (for reasons unknown). The only thing attached to my account was my Google voice (no FB or email associated with the banned account).

    If I attempt to create a new account using a diff #/email on the same device, would that work? If so, is logging out of my Apple ID sufficient? Would I have to create a new one? Or would none of this be possible on the same device?

  17. Had the account for just over a week, but i’ve only had a couple of matches (with bots) and less than 5 likes. Added way better pictures and bio and still not much. Then, I remembered the first day I resetted because I had the wrong age displayed. Did I tank my account before I even started?

  18. For the following two Tinder identifiers; Google Account ID and Social Media accounts I’ve got a few questions.

    1. For the Google ID if I create a new gmail and login into it to install Tinder then go back to my old gmail account while Tinder is running will it link to my old deleted Tinder account?
    2. Does Tinder prompt you to link you Spotify/IG or will it automatically go through and try to link with your logged in Spotify/IG? I don’t remember if I had either linked on my deleted account and I’d rather not risk it.


    • 1. You have to use your new gmail acc while Tinder is running
      2. Neither, you have to add them manually.

  19. When you are banned on tinder ppl still can see your profile and still match !
    And change to delete my profile or already deleted ?

  20. I got banned and kept getting shadowbanned on my numerous attempts at trying to get back on: changed wifi, no Sim card, different photos, no Apple ID and no FB. I read somewhere (here?) that all data is deleted after three months so I tried again after more than three months of getting banned. I used a new Wifi, Sim, phone number and DOB. Same pics, name and Apple iphone. Also no Apple ID. I got 99+ likes within the first 5 minutes. Over 100 matches within two days (I swipe right sparingly, maybe once every 20), lots of Super Likes and half the matches have texted me. So I’m guessing I got the benefit of the Noob boost. For one second, I lost the circle that shows you how many likes you have on the left of your matches and I thought i was shadowbanned for sure but it came back. Also when I was mindlessly swiping left, the app crashed which got me worried because the same would happen when I was shadowbanned and it would ask me to log back in with a phone, but I was able to restart without a problem. So, I guess at this point, there really is no clear cut answer to shadowbanning but for me I’m thinking that 3 months away did the trick…. But I’m also scared I will be shadowbanned any second as it seems to happen to people who started off fine but gets shadowbanned again after sometime (why does this happen???) Its my fourth day and keeping my fingers crossed (Also, I feel like I have a better ELO as the quality of the profiles seem better after the initial boost )

    • Great to hear the abstinence method works 🙂

      I guess in those cases it could be because those people repeat the behavior that got them shadowbanned in the first place.

  21. I contacted Tinder support and heard back from them about my banned account (see below):


    Thanks for writing in. If you are seeing this error message, it means your account has been banned from Tinder for violating our Terms of Use or Community Guidelines in some way.

    We take violations of our policies very seriously, and do not offer an appeals process at this time. Therefore, your account will remain banned from Tinder, and you will not be able to create a new Tinder profile using your Facebook account and/or phone number.”

    So they for sure track by Facebook account and phone number, which we already knew. I’m still convinced they shadowban for subscriptions linked to banned accounts. DO NOT link your banned subscription account to your new account.

  22. What do you mean by “the reset is unsuccessful”? What happens (on the screen) when you try using the same phone number?

    • On screen, you will just be logged in and start your new profile. Off screen, Tinder just reactivated/reconnected your old stats, elo score etc and you will not get any of the benefits of a new profile. Nowadays you might even get a lower score for trying.

  23. If I delete my current account (phone and FB linked), then I create a new tinder account using another FB but using the same phone number, will Tinder guess it’s an attempt to “hack a reset”, and therefore bann my account? Or this is not happening…?

    And what about re-creating the same account with same FB? It’s also penalized?

    • i was banned using a friends number , no matter what i used , new facebook , email etc always banned

      now a friend is using this number now and its working for him

      so i think its deffinitely apples id thats catching us , remember we also download the app with this id , so from the start its doomed

      my friend is on android btw

      so ur number may not be banned but ur apple id

  24. I created a new profile on PC following a ban using a new number and email. Decided it is clear I am not shadow banned on that account. Purchased tinder gold through that profile using new email, still no bans or shadow bans. Would it be safe to now log in to that account from my phone so long as I dont link it to any accounts associated with the old banned acct? Or is just the fact that I’m logging in from the banned phone enough to earn me the infamous shadowban?

  25. The shadowban is 100% true. I created a new account with a new number, no fb/appleID and used the web version only. Thinking everything was working fine I then went to buy Tinder Plus but my purchase was declined. Keep in mind I was over VPN during this whole process. I actually used a burner phone too (not an app). Finally caved in and installed Tinder on my banned device (person phone). It restored my Gold subscription and that’s when I noticed the same pictures being displayed over and over again.

    The funny thing is why would my credit card be denied? I almost think Tinder records appleID information (name, address, credit card). We all know the app isn’t the same without Tinder Plus/God. You can make a new account but your biggest leap will be when you need to purchase a subscription or boosts.

    I am also 100% convinced they track by IP address or keep track of new accounts that signup from the same IP address.

    There’s a chance they have staff on hand reading this site too. But why? Wouldn’t you want repeat customers back to add more revenue to their bottomline.

    • Here, Here! I think AppleID is the culprit that hasn’t been acknowledged much here, because webmaster is androld user, I presume; but this is an overlooked aspect to it.

  26. Textnow numbers are not working with Tinder. It’s banned for us to create a new account, and if we do this using the iOS app (which I don’t know WHY it’s allowed – must be another glitch), the account has the bug of seeing the same profiles again and again (repeated), and unlimited swipping.

    So we need a new (and local, valid) number.

    That’s too bad because Textnow even receives the Tinder SMS code. The account is created, alright, but doesn’t work.

  27. I made a new account, with a new SIM and number. After making a new account with a new number, will it be ok to put my old SIM back into my phone? Or will tinder detect the number has been switched back to my shadowbanned Sim number?

    • You need to be able to receive verification codes on the new number. Other than that you could put the old SIM back in.

  28. I have been resetting my account probably for the last year or so, always using my Facebook and cellphone number… Until last week where I would not get any matches anymore. I usually see the bubble with the number of people who have already swiped right on me, but not anymore. I’ve been reading and my guess is that I have been banned. I’ll give it a try with a new phone and see what happens. I’m currently in Latin America. Would I have to use a local number or could I use one of those free apps that let you use phone numbers?

  29. Hey was happily using Tinder last week matching alot. But Decided should Reset to get even more so Greed took over. Since than have tried all these way to break through Shadow Ban without Success.

    1. New Number 1(Asking tinder match to help with verification code), New Email, Same IP, Same Picture, Same Location, Same Device, Paid Account Restore with the Same Restore Code send to email. Failed!

    2. New Number 2, New EMail 2, Different Mock Location, Same IP, Same Device, Same Picture, Paid Account Restore with the Same Restore Code send to email. Failed!

    3. Facebook New Acccount, New EMail, Different Mock Location, Same IP, Same Picture, Same Device, Paid Account Restore with the Same Restore Code send to email. Failed!

    4. New Number 3, New Email, Different Mock Location, New IP VPN, Different Mock Location, Same Device, Same Picture, Paid Account Restore with the Same Restore Code send to email. Failed!

    5. New Number 4, New Email, Different Mock Location, New IP VPN, Same Picture but cropped, Different Mock Location, Same Device, Paid Account Restore with the Same Restore Code send to email. Failed!

    5. New Number 4, New Email, Different Mock Location, New IP VPN, completely new Picture, Different Mock Location, Same Device, Paid Account Restore with the Same Restore Code send to email. Failed!

    Last Three Tests i will do is Different Device, Using a Different Credit Card and Trying Mcdonalds or some public internet. IF everything Fails its a bug as IPs change every time Location is different. I use CCLeaner to clean my caches and files. Its impossible for them to track this.

    • In any of these tests, did you actually buy a new SIM for the new number? By the way, mock locations don’t exactly help.

  30. If I create a new account using a new number and whatnot, can I purchase tinder plus through the online site and be safe?

  31. Hey guys
    Sorry, I am late to the party but I have a question. I am clearly shadowbanned out of nowhere. I have been using tinder and I always got alot of matches. I used it on two phones and on the second one (the new one I have for some months now) I got banned. Now I tried it with a new phonenumber (textnow) and a new facebook. I got one match and then it stopped.

    Now my idea is:

    – New phone numer (my friend gives me hers, she never used tinder before)
    – new google account
    – my old phone (i used to have tinder on that one but I got banned on my new phone)
    would that work? do they store all my Phone IDs? (how sick is that…)
    – a public wifi when creating an account
    – no connecting to insta or spotify
    – new pictues, (cropped or removing EXIF, when I find out what that is ^^

  32. So i fucked up and purchased a 6 month subscription and when starting my account i dont think it really activated properly and i didnt get a noob boost, so i deleted it and it became a vicious cycle. When ever i start one now i get like maybe 10 matches in the first day but they are all the same boring people and nothing really happens after the first day. is this me being shadowbanned? is there a way to fix it, i still have at least 4 months left on that subscription

    • Difficult to say if you use the same number. Theoretically they’re supposed to delete your data after 90 days, but who knows anymore with these people.

      To be safe, you might go with a new email and phone number according to the reset guide.

  33. I got banned out of nowhere? Just got an email from them stating I had 600 likes and when I clicked on it a page saying my accounthas been banned comes up? So strange?!! Any idea why this would be happening? I have ios thanks so much

  34. I got banned out of the blue a month ago and today I tried to make a new account with a new phone number, no sim card, new WIFI IP address, logged out of Apple ID for good measure and NO likes or matches. My profile was not being shown at all. I was invisible. Before I got banned, I had thousands of likes and matches so I am obviously still banned in some form. It is strange that they would allow you to make a new account and just not show your profile. Is there any way around this?

    • Same happened to me. I tried it with 4 different phones, 4 different new SIM cards, new Apple IDs, and in one of them I even Created a new Facebook account which I made sure to have friends and likes first.
      Nothing works. My profile is not being shown. No matches at all and keep seeing the same people over and over abain

      • I saw that this problem is very common in recent months for banned people that make an other account.

        Even with new phone, New Facebook, New number, New google, but with the same face, they put you in a shadow ban and make you invisible.

        So I suspected the facial recognition and put and other person on the profile.

        So I have tested myself that this is not the case, because I have created an account with New Facebook, New number, new IP, but same device with a different person on the profile, and still I got invisible.

        I sent some emails and the problem was solved but said was everything fine on my account so didn’t admit any implication on the resolution.

        Maybe it’s just a bug of this period for new created accounts.

        Don’t have a clear reason.

        • Did you use a new phone number by using a burner phone number app? In my experience those always create instant shadow bad. I tested this by remaking two accounts with photos of the same male model, one with my regular phone number and one with a burner one. The regular one got something like 25+ likes in 2 hours whereas the burner got none.

  35. I got banned months ago on my original account for posting a photo of myself as a child. Then made a new one and Got a complete shadow ban. Made an account with new Facebook and verified with a textnow number. I may have used old photos (do they really save these?). I never bought tinder gold any addon so I don’t think my old apple account is an issue. I got zero matches in two days and then it wouldn’t show me matches anymore at all. Does this mean my new phone can never make a new tinder? Or that I need a brand new SIM card? Can someone explain exactly what you need to do after being shadowbanned to start a new account?

  36. My account is %100 shadowbanned. How can i start over? Will
    new phone number, new email, new facebook,new pictures method work?

  37. Wow! I finally requested my Tinder data and my account went all the way back to 2015, despite many many deletes and remakes.

    What happens if you use a burner number to make a new account but eventually get hit with SMS and use an old (already associated with Tinder) number to verify? Is your account automatically no longer a “new” account?

    Whats the best method to make a new account? New Facebook or make an account with FB and use a new phone number?

  38. New phone. New number. New Apple ID, new email and new photos. I’m a female in a very touristic town. No matches. I keep saying the same 10-20 not very attractive men, and I haven’t had any matches yet (it’s been a couple of days and I did swipe right on a few)
    Before with my old account, I would get hundreds of matches with very attractive people.
    What could be happening? I’m puzzled ?

  39. Hi swipe helper, I have a similar problem, when I reset the account, my matches stop loading after a few hours. A few hours later matches load again but it seems the matches previously acquired are somehow unreachable. Could it be tinder wipes those particular matches but still shows them in your list of matches?

      • Well, I can see the profile in my match list, and when I message them, they seem not to be receiving my messages. Yes, I know, some people just don’t reply, but I did a test, and messaged the whole list, including super likes and nothing. It’s as if I am invisible to the other party.

        • I have exactly the same. I texted some guys via Tinder today and got zero response. I was talking to one of my matches via Whatsapp and he says he can’t see me on Tinder anymore, although I still see him as my match. That is definitely a shadow ban

      • The phenomenon of matches indefinitely loading, do you have any idea what this is and why it happens? Is this what they call a shadowban?

  40. god i create new email, new number, new phone and perhaps same name and pictures
    got me to tinder but i believe still i got no matches for days
    and i feel like in a loop for swiping the same person over and over again
    tinder is major madness

  41. In the past I “rage liked” every time and get a three-digit count of matches after three days. Then I deleted all the girls I wouldn’t date and had fifty left – very good.

    This Monday I made a new Tinder-Gold account with brand new pictures I never used before. According to Photofeeler those new pictures are as great as my past ones. I was very selective this time, no more rage-liking. I used one boost. After three days I only had three matches. Horrible!

    I bought a new phone (no joke), received a new phone number, didn’t use my WIFI – nor my GooglePlay-Account. I cropped the photos and made them a little bit sharper. This time I only bought Tinder Plus. I didn’t install any apps on this new device (like facebook and so on). No browsing. After 48 hours I only had five matches. I didn’t use the boost this time, but anyway: Much to less matches, too.

    I am now very frustrated and think about to end the test, link my Instagram-account, upload some of the old pictures and set up my entire new phone with all apps I need. 🙁

    • Depending on how far in the past this was, it may just be the comparison between “good old tinder” before all the boost and gold crap, and modern day tinder where your visibility just feels crippled compared to how things used to be.

      • It was not that far in the past. I think, that the last experience with lots of matches while rage liking was in 2018.

        I have changed one Tinder Plus setting, so that now everyone can see my Tinder-Profile. And I will use my boost on this Tuesday and I am curious about what will happen.

  42. Here’s what we need to do in 2018 to get a FAIR shot:

    – New device (preferrably)
    – Burner phone number
    – Burner email
    – New photos, or altered photos with EXIF removed- you HAVE to remove the EXIF data
    – Spoof location of VPN
    – Slightly changed PII

    If you’re resetting consistency just jailbreak your device because it will be less of a headache. Treat these apps like you’re a hacker and bot, even though you aren’t. Use the same methods hackers and bots do but generate a real account.

  43. This is awful. These dating apps get worse and worse by the minute. On an unrelated note- people are talking about 20,30,100 likes, etc.

    I recently created a catfish female account to see what Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge are like for women…. The findings?

    – Over 2,000 likes in 24 hours
    – Over 100 matches with attractive men
    – Messaged by 50+ men in the same day
    – Asked on 7 dates before dinner time

    Want to know why online dating is so difficult now? She can’t even see you, and, if she does, you’re lost among 300 SPAM emails in her inbox. I’m not sure how anyone is winning in this scenario other than the apps making some cash. They don’t care about the users anymore, and the shady behavior of shadow banning just makes it all the more apparent.

  44. My Tinder account was recently banned and I have NO clue why. I have been a customer since 2016 I think, I’ve probably spent 300$ canadian total, and they banned me.

    I am fairly respectful to women on Tinder, I havent had too many fights or even bad conversations with women in my opinion, and I certainly havent said anything crazy that one might expect a ban for.

    What the hell happened? Customer service will not give me a contact number or tell me why I was banned, is there anything I can do?

  45. First of all I would like to thank you a lot for all your efforts in doing research and writing guides for us! *thumbsup*
    Regarding the reset topic I have a general question: do you (or other visitors of this site) have any idea why Tinder is acting this way (shadowban…) these days? I mean: what is wrong from their perspective with resetting an account and why should that be punished in a way, that people don`t want to use Tinder anymore? They are losing tons of users every day because they are destroying the user experience totally and lost users means lost potential customers who will not invest anymore money into plus or even gold membership.

    Beside all the guys who frequently reset their account on a weekly basis to “cheat” with noob boost (which the company of course does not like) there might be millions of men or women who had some dates, tried a relationship with someone and deleted therefor their account, realized a month or so later that this wasn`t sustainable and they split up, then want to again go back to Tinder and in the last consequence find themselfes shadowbanned.
    Isn`t that totally ridiculous?
    I also deleted my account and started a new one some weeks later (that was 2 weeks ago) because I needed a break and found that even including noob boost I only got 20-30 likes (not even talking about matches) within one whole (!) week! That with a profile I got more than 100 matches (and I am really picky) with attractive woman before I deleted it. My photos are getting ratings of 8,0 to 9,5 of 10 on photofeeler.com in attractiveness so this is the proof that I got shadowbanned and that I am not being shown to women.


  46. I posted something similar to your subreddit but wanted to post here for the benefit of readers. I was banned from Tinder (not sure why. They wouldn’t tell me of course). So, after this, I decided to sign up using my phone number, rather than the old Facebook account they banned. I restored my Gold purchase and everything worked well for a few weeks, until a few week agos, when I noticed no matches. And, when I boosted, about 10 came in right away, and then disappeared within a minute…except two. And, I noticed those two were people I had matched with previously on that same account. So, my guess is that I was shadowbanned in some capacity, and that they allow old matches but not new ones. So, thinking it may just be a glitch, I logged out and when I tried to get back in, I was totally banned.

    So, I know for sure Tinder associated my phone number with my old, banned, account. No question there.

    Anyway, I started a new Tinder account under a Google Voice number I had. However, it is on *the same phone* and *same Google account.* I had an active Gold subscription and it would not even apply to my new account, saying my *subscription* was associated with another Tinder account (i.e. my old, banned one).

    So, what I did was start a new subscription for a month and applied it to my new Tinder. It allowed me to do this.

    So, over a week later, everything is fine. Gold is fine. I seemed to have gotten the newbie boost a week ago, and things have settled. However, I am *not* shadowbanned or banned. I am getting some consistent matches and messages are going through.

    Also, one trick I learned to check for a shadow ban is to switch my “seeking” to men as well as women. I notice the male likes come in super quickly. So, this might be a helpful way to test for a shadow ban, since when I was clearly shadow banned, no new likes would stick.

  47. Is there any chance Tinder uses facial recognition for flagging an account? I made a new account with a new phone number, email address, on a new IP address, with pictures that I’d used previously but altered them a little bit so they weren’t the exact same pictures, and again am finding my ELO is extremely low. The first picture has 78% attractive on photofeeler, the second 79%, and the third is a group shot. Nothing controversial in both pics and bio so I really don’t understand what’s happening. I live in a big metropolis too.

    • Did you use a new google/apple account too? Did you alter the pictures’ file names too?

      Do you see mostly not very attractive people, or is it that you don’t get many matches?

      • I made the account on the desktop version. I emailed myself the pictures but I’m not sure if they’re different file names or not. I don’t believe those pictures were on that computer in the first place but I’ll have to double check.

      • Sorry missed answering the second question. It’s that I get very few matches, like 1 after 600 swipes and the icon where it shows the number of right swipes people made on you stays at either 3+ or 0.

        • Well that speaks to your visibility being lowered was opposed to your score. I know this doesn’t help you out much. I’m trying to make some sense of the new situation too.

          • I think it’s tied to ELO though. Multiple times I’ve uploaded pictures of a male model to boost ELO by setting the age range to a different one I normally do and sure enough I’ll get 99+ likes in 48 hours. This is what’s leading me to believe that maybe they use facial recognition.

  48. No, I would say that most of them are not very attractive (and not just in terms of looks, or what I’d personally find attractive, I’m trying to think objectively). However, I have no way to know if perhaps it’s just that most men on Tinder in my area are not very attractive! I would hazard a guess that my elo was probably not good before resetting, because I was very inconsistent about using Tinder and when I was using it I was being very picky and swiping a lot but swiping right to very few people, and I would never message someone first. My number of matches is increasing now. I’ve been very liberal with the right swipes since resetting and following your advice for how to have a good elo. Thanks.

    • Cool, I’m glad things are picking up again. That should also serve to give others hope that they can actually improve their tanked score 🙂

  49. So does all of this mean that anyone that has purchased Gold and goes to restore purchase will be remembered and shadowbanned even with a new Tinder account?

    • It does, though not necessarily shadowbanned. Might be *just* reduced visibility. Not everyone has the same experience.

  50. I tried everything you an possibly think of. new phone,new number,new facebook account,new email address !! nothing works !!! THIS HAS TO BE A BUG on their side although i asked a friend of mine who works with app development and he said that sometimes it can be a bug in the operating system of the phone we use that makes an app misbehave and hence why so many iphone users are having problems as the new IOS12 is shit !!! last week with the new updated i created a new acount (linked with old facebook and old number) and it worked for TWO days and then back to being invisible and not getting any matches !!

  51. Is there any clear evidence Tinder tracks by Google Account? I have seen some people say it does and others say it doesn’t. I have an alternate phone number but would love to restore my gold purchase rather than having to install tinder via a new google account and buy Gold again there.

    • It does seem that way to me, based on being able to reset, get more matches than usual as expected, then restore purchase, followed by complete silence, no more matches.

  52. I noticed something interesting. I signed up with a phone number associated with a Facebook profile Tinder account that had been banned previously because of TOS violations (supposedly…I didn’t do anything I that recall).

    Anyway, it let me sign up. I got a few matches. About a week later, I bought some boosts and notice about 10 matches came in. Then, in about 5 minutes, they all disappeared except two profiles. And I realized that I had matched with those two profiles in the past, a few months ago when I was on Tinder before being banned.

    So, it looks to me like I was kind of shadowbanned because those matches disappeared. Then I logged out and tried to log back in using the same phone number, and it told me I was banned. It was very odd.

    I disputed the charges for boosts with my credit card company. Tinder should not be charging for boosts if they literally will not work because of their own secret policies, and the customer has no way of knowing that they won’t work.

  53. After my experience today I would strongly advise people not attempt a reset! I followed all your instructions to do a reset, using a fresh Facebook account, phone number and photos. I did not use a new device, and some of the time I’ve been connected to my home wifi. I am guessing those last 2 things are more important than believed. At first I kept getting stuck on the SMS verification part as I just wouldn’t receive the text, even though it said it had been sent. A warning to anyone thinking of using their landline: there was no option to have it call me and give me the code by voice; I don’t know if perhaps that’s new, because the reset guide says that you can do that. I then tried setting up my account on my computer on the Tinder website, getting an error message at the SMS verification point initially, then it finally worked. I went and logged in on my phone and so far I have not gotten a single match. I will post an update if that changes. I am an attractive woman and normally match with a high percentage of men I swipe right on, now nothing. I can only conclude that I am not being shown to them. The reason I reset my account was that I had been on Tinder for years and wanted to be able to go through everyone I’d noped in the past, but at this point I think it’s done more harm than good. I wish Tinder would at least be transparent about their no reset rule and give you a message rather than secretly punishing you. It would also be nice if they warned you in advance, how hard would that be? Say, when you are deleting the app?

    • Hi Jennifer. Sorry to hear resetting didn’t work for you. Yes, it’s not easy anymore.

      It might be the device and home wifi, though I doubt that for the moment (more on why later). Did you also use a new google or apple account (and log off the old one)? That’s the main culprit I believe.

      I just did another reset yesterday and though I’ve seen better results in the past, I am still getting matches. What’s true though is that the “call me” option doesn’t work anymore and thereby landlines are no longer an option. At least for now. Knowing Tinder, this may as well be a bug.

      And I agree Tinder should just make their rules public if they want people to follow them. Unless they want to weed out the part of the population that might otherwise be inclined to act improperly in their eyes, that is.

      • Thank you. It’s so frustrating because by the time you realize you would’ve been better off sticking with the old account, it’s not like you can go backwards. And now I’ve sacrificed my second phone number.

        I didn’t get a new Apple ID because I thought you meant I only needed to do that if I subscribed to Tinder Plus/Gold. I’ve only ever had the free version.

        I can’t help but think that covertly weeding out someone like me, who reset their Tinder once in a period of years, is more about trying to get people to pay for Tinder than keeping out spammers. I bet a paid reset feature is coming soon like you predicted. But yes, I do also think they keep some rules secret because if they were transparent then some people would just get better at circumventing them.

        • I understand your frustration. I do get the feeling resets are harder for apple users for some reason. At least for android, using a new google account was only necessary if you subscribed. That, or it really is down to the wifi or device (which would also appear to be an apple-only issue).

          • Update: I now have a couple matches, so I’m not completely invisible. I suspect maybe I just have a very low elo and didn’t get the usual noob boost.

          • Are the people you’re seeing generally attractive? because that would indicate a normal (or good) score, but reduced visibility (as punishment).

    • If you only care about the boosts, it’s not worth it, no. To me, however, boosts are the least Plus has to offer. I don’t want to use Tinder without Rewind and Passport, for example.

  54. Thanks for the reply

    I will be doing this tomorrow, fingers crossed!, hoping for the best and expecting the worst

    Last question, so lets assume somehow this reset method didn’t work, and i decided to log into my original tinder account with my original Facebook account using my new apple ID

    Will tinder Ban me or something?

    • That’s a healthy attitude. Let us know how it turned out 🙂

      Honestly, I don’t know what would happen. No, I highly doubt you’d get banned. If you don’t have a running subscription, Tinder probably won’t even notice. If you do, maybe your score would get ported and/or lowered.

  55. Hello SwipeHelper

    Regarding the reset procedure for Apple users

    1) I made a new facebook account with a new outlook email

    2) I got a new number from a new sim card interested in another phone which has never been used with tinder before, so will be using that new number when asked to provide a number

    3) I got a new iPhone and created a new Apple ID (will tinder remember me if I buy Tinder gold through my old bank card details?)

    4) When creating a new tinder profile I will be using a public Wifi like a campus or work Wifi (does that mean I always have to be using a different wifi everytime I use Tinder?)

    5) I will not link my Instagram or Spotify, only mention it in my Bio

    Am I doing all the steps correctly here?


    • Yes, I believe with all these precautions, the reset should work. If not, something eerie is going on. Though I would try to use new pictures too.

      3) Only with the desktop version, where you have to provide card details directly

      4) No, only when you create a new account.

      • Hi

        I’ve been using tinder for years now. Back in the day every now and then I used to reset my account after running out of users in my area. But now when I tried to do it again, it did not send me the verification code in the sms. I’ve also subscribed Tinder Plus and its costing me now since I haven’t been able to use Tinder for the past three days.

        Is there a way I can fix it? Or should I write them an email about it? Thanks in advance for your advice.

        • Did you try the steps in the F.A.Q. to get the SMS verification to work? I haven’t seen that issue in a long time to be honest.

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