Unofficial Tinder F.A.Q.

Last updated on 2020-07-20


General Tinder Questions

What are Rules 1&2 of Tinder?

You might come across these rules rather often if you frequent the r/Tinder subreddit. They stand for

  1. Be attractive
  2. Don’t be unattractive

Quite simple, and yet being attractive doesn’t just refer to your looks but how you present yourself in your profile.

Do people outside of my set age parameters see my profile, and vice versa?

No. You can only see each other if you are both within each other’s parameters.

Do people outside of my set maximum distance see my profile, and vice versa?

Yes and no.

With 99% certainty, the rule is: You can see everybody within your set range, regardless of whether you are within theirs. If you swipe right on them and you aren’t within their range, they will never see your profile, unless they change their location, or settings later on. Or, unless you super like them. This seems to ignore their range settings.

However, there is an exception: Once you swipe right on somebody, you stay in their deck, even if you later on don’t fit their parameters anymore. Example: Somebody came within your range while say traveling, swiped right on you, and moved out of your range again. Another exception is the use of the passport feature. You can passport to a location thousands of miles away and Tinder will treat your profile as if you were there, except it still shows your actual distance.

How do Super Likes work?

When you super like somebody, Tinder alerts them with a “Somebody super liked you” notification, provided they have notifications turned on. It also loads your profile card near the top of their deck and changes its white border to a blue one, so it’ll be hard to miss.

When you receive a super like yourself, you have to start swiping to find out who issued it. Their highlighted card should be within the first ca. 25 in your deck.

While super liking makes it a lot more probable that the recipient will check out, or even see your profile, whether it increases or decreases the likelihood of them swiping right on you – versus coming across your profile naturally – depends on the person in question. Some think it’s sweet, some see it as desperate, some don’t care either way.

“I’m on vacation/Passing through/Visiting – and wow, the folks here LOVE me! I’m getting so many matches! I should move!” Well…

…Sorry, not necessarily. While it *is* possible, nay, probable that you are differently well received in different parts of the world, in most cases (especially if we’re talking about different cities in the same country/state) the following is the actual explanation for your success:

When you use Tinder in a new location, a boost not unlike the noob boost for new accounts is applied. This is also true when using Passport. If you stay in that new location for longer than a few days, your match rate will normalize, and you might not see a big difference to back home anymore.

Why did I get a lot of matches when I first signed up, but now almost none?

The short answer: Tinder boosts the visibility of new accounts. For approximately two days, your profile is shown to many more people than later on. This is normal.

For the long answer, see this guide on Tinder’s algorithm.

I get predominantly instant matches, and almost never passive ones. Why?

“Instant matches” is my chosen term for the matches you get directly by liking a profile, because they already liked you. “Passive matches” is what I call the matches you get via notification a while after swiping right, i.e. when they got an instant match with you.

This is normal if you live in a somewhat densely populated area with lots of active Tinder users, and your internal score lends your profile decent visibility.

Think of it like this: Assuming you’re a free user and maintain a 50% right swipe ratio, you get to see about 200 profiles a day and like about 100 of them. In the same time, your profile is shown to thousands of people to swipe on. The ones who see your profile before you see theirs and swipe right on you, are placed near the top of your queue the next time you open Tinder. If you like them back, you get an instant match.

So in this scenario, it is just way more likely for a certain amount of people to see your profile and swipe right, than it is for you to find that group of people first. Ergo, you get lots more instant matches than passive ones.

This is especially true if your account is still fresh, or you started swiping in a new location, because that means your account is being boosted by Tinder for a couple of days, showing your profile to many more people than later on.

I almost never get instant matches, only passive ones long after swiping. Why?

“Instant matches” is my chosen term for the matches you get directly by liking a profile, because they already liked you. “Passive matches” is what I call the matches you get via notification a while after swiping right, i.e. when they got an instant match with you.

There are a couple of likely explanations for this.

  • You are using Tinder in an area with comparatively few active users. Relative to the above scenario, it is far more likely for you to see all active people before all of them see you. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about this, apart from moving, or using passport in a nearby city and hoping the people there will be willing to date someone outside of their set distance (you should probably be willing to do all/most of the required traveling).
  • Your account’s visibility is very low, i.e. Tinder has decided to almost never show your profile to someone, unless you already swiped right on them. This is unfortunate, but not necessarily a comment on your real life attractiveness.
    Tinder could have crippled your visibility because of certain behaviors, a malfunction, or you might need better pictures and/or a better bio to convey how awesome you really are. In any case, resetting your account and trying again (with new pictures/bio) might very well improve your experience.

Do I have to use pictures from my Facebook account?

This used to be the case, but since a few updates ago, you can upload pictures directly from your phone. This carries the benefits of both not having to upload your dating profile pictures to Facebook, and the image only getting compressed once instead of twice.

How does the “smart photos” function work?

The short answer: It doesn’t, as far as I can tell. At least not for people who don’t get tons of right swipes already (i.e. men.)

Once again detailed official information on how exactly it works is hard to come by. The way it appears to be supposed to work is to put your pictures in “test mode” to see how many right swipes they receive individually. I.e. smart photos takes your pictures and creates one-pic profiles without your bio, Instagram or any other context. These bare bone versions of your profile are then shown to people to swipe on in order to rank your pics.

What I have now been able to confirm thanks to my big “Tinder around the Globe” experiment is that

  • even if you swipe right or left on a smart photos test picture, the full profile can still show up later (or vice versa).
  • those right swipes count. If you don’t have a subscription, you are wasting right swipes on smart photo tests.

So the smart photos “feature” is wasting your time, daily likes, or even superlikes.

Personal Opinion: I’d rather choose my main picture myself, as appealing to the masses is not always my highest priority. Combined with the function seemingly not doing anything at all except waste other people’s likes, this means I keep it switched off.

I got a match and/or message notification but there’s nothing in my match list. What happened?

I’m sorry, but this most likely means they unmatched you in the meantime, or they were a bot profile that has been banned since.

There is a chance: If your match list extends beyond your screen, try scrolling down, looking for said message. There’s a weird bug that sometimes causes new messages to appear in a random position of the list, instead of at the top.

When does Tinder update your location? I.e. if a match’s distance changed, does that mean they were online?

Tinder updates your location when you open the app. As long as you are inactive on Tinder, it will use your last known position. So if a match’s distance changed (and your location didn’t), that means they opened the app in a different location.

Does Tinder show inactive profiles?

I.e. If I come across someone’s Profile while swiping, does that necessarily mean they are active on Tinder?

It’s highly likely, but not 100% certain. Usually, Tinder shows you the most recently active people first (apart from certain other criteria). If you live in an area with lots of active users, it’s all but certain the person in question was recently active on Tinder.

If, however, you have run out of active profiles to swipe on, you may encounter people who have been inactive for weeks or even months. They may even have deleted the app, being unaware of the fact that their profile doesn’t get removed from the pool unless they delete their account.

I saw someone I know on Tinder. Will they know if I swipe left/right on them?

Only if you swiped right and they did too. Just because you see someone’s profile, that doesn’t mean they saw-, or will see yours too. If you swipe left, they will never know with certainty whether you even saw them.

If I send someone a message before I unmatch them, do they see it?

No, unless they read it in the short time between sending and unmatching. When you unmatch someone, the conversation gets deleted on both ends. They’ll see a notification for a new message, but when they open Tinder to check, nothing will show up (which is kind of cruel).

Does deleting my Tinder app delete my profile?

No, that only deletes the app. To delete your account and thereby profile, you need to be logged in, then select “Delete Account” in the options. If you only delete the app, your profile will remain visible, though less so the more time has passed since you were last active. If you want to avoid a potentially very unpleasant conversation with an SO down the line, I would recommend deleting your account properly. If necessary, by reinstalling the app first

If I swipe in one location, and then change location, will I still appear to the people I swiped in the previous location?

Yes, with a caveat. Whether you actually physically changed your location, or you’re using the “Passport” feature of Tinder Plus, Tinder keeps your profile in people’s stacks if it was already loaded, for example by swiping right on them. However, once you leave their maximum distance, your profile will be treated as if you were inactive, thus becoming less and less visible as time passes on.

Can I only see people who have not yet swiped left on me?

From a consumer point of view and for the sake of efficiency/not wasting anyone’s time, it would make sense for that to be true. Unfortunately that is not the case. Many of the people whose profiles you see have already swiped left on you. Presumably, this is to keep you engaged with and/or paying for the app longer. Imagine how fast most people outside of huge cities would run out of potential matches otherwise.

I heard I shouldn’t use selfies. How can I take pictures of myself that don’t seem like selfies?

Basically, you can use a smartphone tripod (amazon) with your camera app’s timer, or with a remote trigger, to take a picture of yourself that seems like someone else took it. Depending on your acting and timing skills, it may even look candid.

For a more in depth answer with additional tips, consider this guide.

Why am I not getting any matches?

This could be due to a variety of reasons. Including:

For a more in depth and up to date answer, see this post.

If you’re actually getting fewer matches, not none at all, see this post.

If none of the above solutions helped, try posting your profile for review on r/Tinder, or r/SwipeHelper. The community will most likely let you know what is making potential matches flee in terror, though I cannot promise it will all be polite, constructive criticism.

How long do likes last on Tinder?

Or, how long after I like somebody will they have time to like me back before the like “expires”?

The short answer is: Forever.

The long answer: Likes don’t expire as such, but Tinder places the cards of people who liked you closer to the top of the recipient’s deck and it seems evident that they use a last-in, first-out method for this.

Of course, there’s more to deciding your position in your potential match’s deck, but all things being equal, the most recent like climbs to the top and pushes the older ones back.

This means that assuming the person you liked gets liked by others too, your card will sink deeper and deeper to the bottom of their deck the more time passes since you liked them. If they don’t swipe as many times per day as they receive likes, your card will sink further and further out of their reach. The more likes they receive, the quicker. Unless you live in an area with few enough active users that they’ll run out of new likes at some point and eventually find you in their backlog. Fingers crossed.

What happens if I superlike somebody who already liked me?

You will have wasted a superlike.

You will know you wasted one if the match happens instantly, meaning they already liked you and you could have achieved the same result with a normal like.

But the match will still show as produced by a superlike, so if they find that cute, flattering or chaming, you’ve got that going for you. Maybe they won’t even notice they liked you first.

As for wasting the super like, there is nothing you can do. No way of knowing if they already liked you or not, so I wouldn’t worry about it and just take it as cost of doing business. Unless you are using Tinder Gold (and “cleared” your list right before swiping) of course.

Plus, it could make for a decent conversation starter.

Can my Facebook friends see that I’m using Tinder?

Only if they’re using it themselves, and even then not directly. They may see you as a “common connection” on somebody’s profile, if you are a shared friend of those two. They may also notice you on tinder social, if configured incorrectly. They will not, however, see Tinder on your Facebook profile or receive any kind of notification about it.

If you want to avoid that situation, you might consider creating a dedicated Tinder Facebook account, optionally with 100 hand picked likes you’d be happy to share with a potential match.

Even then, they might just see you while swiping, if you’re in their target demographic. To avoid this situation too, you’d have to get Tinder Plus or Gold, as there is a paid option to hide yourself from anyone you didn’t swipe right on. For a complete overview of all the features, see this more detailed guide.

Is there a Desktop, or browser version of Tinder?

There is now. Since March 2017, that is. An official version, that is. There have been browser plugins and android emulators that let you use Tinder on desktop broswers for a while, but they weren’t exactly what you would call reliable and comfortable to use.

Nowadays, you do have the option of both using and signing up for Tinder from your PC or laptop, without the need for a mobile app (though I would say it’s more comfortable, intuitive, and fun on the phone). Relevant Link:

Which brings us to:

Do I have to use a phone number to sign up for Tinder?

Yes, even if you log in via Facebook, you still need to provide a phone number.

Can I use Tinder without a Facebook account?

Yes, with a caveat. Yes, similarly to the above, you can now sign up for a new Tinder account with just your phone number both in the app, or via the web version. It does however force you to accept the terms of Facebook’s “Account Kit”. This will not create or require a Facebook account, but it will give FB some access to your data. I would wager it’s much less severe than what you would provide them through an actual account though, let alone an active one.

Who can see you on Tinder?

Generally, anyone who fits the age and distance criteria you set, as long as you fit theirs. The likelihood of you appearing in their stack is governed in part by your and their elo score, or rank within Tinder’s algorithm.

If you have Tinder Plus, or Gold, you can choose to be hidden from anyone on whom you have not yet swiped right by use of the “[Show me to] Only people I’ve liked” option.

How long does “Recommend to a friend” last?

Once the recommendation has been sent, the link will stay valid for about two days. After that, Tinder will give you a “User not found” error. Yes, you can use this to recommend a match to yourself to (for example) super like later if you’re out right now.

Will taking a break from Tinder hurt my score?

Having read the Tinder Algorithm guide, or heard snippets from it on reddit, you might wonder if being inactive long periods of time will leave you with a tanked score. No need to worry! Yes, you will become less and less visible as time passes, but when you get back, you’ll spring back to your rightful position in people’s deck. Inactivity lowers visibility while inactive, not your score.

How do I request the data Tinder has been collecting on me?

Thanks to the GDPR, you have the right to request any and all data a business has collected on you. In the case of Tinder, the procedure is simple, if not very quick:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your account credentials
  3. Enter an email address with which you want to receive the data
  4. Wait a few days
  5. Wait some more
  6. Follow the link in the email
  7. Download the zip file containing your Tinder data
  8. Peruse at your peril

Technical Tinder Questions/Issues

SMS Verification Failure. How do I get it to work?

Solutions that have worked in the past as a result of random fiddling around, in order of convenience:

  • Add, or remove a 0 before the carrier prefix.
  • Add a 0 or random number at the end (making the number too long)
  • A combination of the above
  • Use a different number, for example by asking a friend for help and having them forward the code to you.
  • Reinstall the app, making sure to unlink the app from the Facebook apps page before opening it again (see proper reset procedure).
  • Create a new Facebook account and use that one to log in (follow proper reset procedure, even though you don’t technically have a working Tinder account yet).

Why do I keep seeing the same profiles over and over?

This is a frequently reported problem, and there are many speculations as to why you may be seeing the same profiles multiple times, even though you are certain you already swiped on them. You may be wondering whether a left swipe is really the final word, or if Tinder gives people a second chance by smuggling in their profiles once more. The most plausible explanations:

If this happens sporadically:

  • The people in question may have deleted their account and started over again. Since deleting your account also clears your match history, all the people who already swiped on you may see your profile again if you recreate your account.
  • “Smart Photos” may be the cause of this issue. The way it appears to work is to show people individual photos out of your profile’s selection to compare their respective amounts of received right/left swipes. You might be seeing the same person in (slightly) different pictures many times over because of this. See above for more information.

If you’re seeing the same few profiles over and over again almost every time you open the app and start swiping:

  • You may have run out of active people to swipe on. The cards you keep seeing again and again may be spam bot profiles, which get deleted and recreated regularly. Some also suspect Tinder of maintaining shill accounts to feign a larger user base in low population density areas, and/or for research/testing purposes. Having run out of active profiles to swipe on in your area would explain why you’d run across these profiles more frequently, as they aren’t mixed into a larger pool of real people anymore.
  • There may be a problem with your account. Many, myself included, have suspected that Tinder is failing to register most of their swipes all of a sudden at one point or another. Resetting your account has proven to be a valid fix for this problem, albeit a temporary one in some cases.

Tinder keeps on “Finding people near you”, or saying there is “No one new around you”. What gives?

This is a frequently reported issue and seems to have become more prevalent again recently. Unfortunately, there is not yet any conclusive answer or pattern that can lead us to the culprit, except if you have actually run out of users to swipe on in your area. It seems to simply be a bug. A bug that can often been fixed by resetting your account.

Tinder is telling me to “Check back later for new people”. What gives?

As opposed to “Finding people near you”, or “No one new around you”, this relatively new message appears to mean you have gone over the hidden limit of 2000 swipes per hour and your account has been locked from swiping for 12 hours. Allegedly. This change has also been reflected in the relevant section of the Plus Features guide.

My “Delete Account” button is gone! How can do a reset now?

Has Tinder deleted the delete button to make resetting impossible? Probably not. It appears to be a bug, affecting many users across devices. You can still delete your account by –

  • Uninstalling and reinstalling the app. This has brought back the button for many users.
  • Deleting your account from the web-interface at

Does Tinder remember you if you use the same Instagram, Spotify, Google, or iTunes account after resetting?

Tinder (most likely) isn’t actively trying to keep you from resetting, or to chain you to your score.

It (probably) remembers you by your Facebook account, (and/or by your phone number nowadays) simply because that’s your unique ID. The first piece of unique data it could identify you by. Column A of the spreadsheet.

The fact that it remembers this after you deleted your account, and reassigns you your old score may or may not be unintentional.

Update, September 2018: Since version 9.0.0, Tinder seems to have changed their stance on resetting and are now actively trying to recognize and punish resets (by way of shadowbanning). They will remember you by:

  • Facebook
  • Phone Number
  • Login IP (If static, think campus Wifi)
  • Google / Apple account (if subscriber)
  • Any linked social media account
  • Device ID (rumored, though inconclusive)
  • Used Photos (rumored, if true, easily circumvented by cropping pictures slightly.)

Tread carefully.

Tinder Plus, Gold & Platinum Subscription Questions

For a complete Feature breakdown, see Tinder Gold & Plus Features Overview, Paid Boosts and Superlikes Explained.

What is Tinder Platinum?

Tinder Platinum is a (rumored) new subscription tier above Tinder Gold. You can read all about it here.

Do my boost-matches see that I was using boost?

Tinder attaches a little icon to matches that resulted from using the boost feature, but don’t worry: Only you can see it and unless you tell them, your matches won’t know you were using (and paying for) a boost.

It’s just Tinder’s way of shoving your face in the fact that boosting yielded results, enticing you to pay again in the future.

Do my gold-matches see that I paid for Tinder Gold?

As is the case with boost, your matches resulting from using the “Likes Me” feature will not be the wiser until you tell them.

Can people find out if I have a Plus or Gold subscription or not?

As a caveat to the above: Yes, if they use a service such as and pay to find out. More information in the linked article.

If I reset my account, do I lose my Tinder Plus subscription?

No. Don’t worry, after deleting and recreating (resetting) your account, you can get your subscription back by tapping “Restore Purchase” in Tinder’s settings. The subscription is bound to your Google Play, or iTunes account, not to your Tinder or Facebook account. Luckily, Tinder doesn’t remember you by those credentials. Yet. You will lose your matches, however.

Update, September 2018: Restoring your subscription breaks your reset, harnessing an elo score punishment since version 9.0.0

If I reset my account, can I keep my boosts and superlikes?

Unlike your plus subscription, “restore purchase” will not restore your purchased boosts and superlikes, as Tinder views these as “consumables” which somehow makes it okay for you to lose them irredeemably upon account deletion. So, best use them up before resetting.

If I hide my profile, will the people I’ve already swiped right on still see my profile?

Yes. Similarly to changing locations, people you already swiped right on will still be able to see your card.

What happens if I have Tinder Gold and use the “Only people I’ve liked” option?

If you use the “Only people I’ve liked” option of Tinder Plus’ “Control who sees you” feature, Tinder Gold stops working, and you basically downgrade your account to Tinder Plus for the duration. Tinder alerts you to this by way of a warning message when you try to use the option.

enabling-only-people-i've-liked-disables-tinder-gold-likes-me If you turn off discovery, flipping the switch on “Show me on Tinder”, you can still access the “likes me” section and even swipe on those profiles, but otherwise your account is invisible to non-matches.

Are Top Picks displayed mutually? I.e. Do the people in my Top Picks see me in theirs?

That does not seem to be the case. The people you see in your top picks tend to be a bit more attractive than your average match suggestions, so the people those people see will tend to be more attractive than what they usually see in their queue.

What are Super Boosts?

Super Boosts are a step up from regular boosts and the newest addition to Tinder’s P2W model. As opposed to a 30 minute regular boost that is supposed to increase your profile views by “up to” ten times, Super boosts are only possible during times of high user activity, last 180 minutes, and supposedly net you 100 times as many profile views as usual (up to, of course.)

For more information, see this detailed post.

I signed up for Tinder Gold and now I am not getting any more matches! WTF?

Unfortunately, many users are experiencing a sharp decline in matches as soon as they check their “Likes You” queue, or after they use their first free boost. While it is within the real of possibility that these are coincidences, or bugs, it appears evident that this is the newest way Tinder is trying to get people to spend (even more) money on their app.

You’ve already demonstrated that you are willing to pay by signing up for Tinder Gold, now they’re trying to milk you for all you’ve got (or are willing to spend). See here for more on the subject.

Before signing up for Tinder Gold, the app told me I had X likes. Now I paid and opened “Likes me” I only see Y likes. What gives?

Very likely the app has been counting bots and user profiles that have since been deleted, without adjusting the number of likes downwards when they ceased existing.

If I swipe left on somebody in the normal queue, do they disappear from “Likes me”?

No, unfortunately Tinder “Likes me” also shows you people you already swiped left on. On the bright side, you could get a second chance in case that left swipe was a mistake.


Do you have a question that isn’t listed here yet? Ask away 🙂


  1. When I swipe right the profiles show up I’m the likes sent but now they are all gone. Does that mean all of them that I liked swiped left on me so their profiles disappeared?

  2. Hi! Is there a way to tell if someone has unmatched you or simply deleted his/her profile? If he/she deleted her profile, do you still have the chat as opposed to when he/she unmatches you (and then the chat is deleted)?

    • There is no discernible difference, no. Both have the effect of the profile and chat simply vanishing from your screen. Also in case the profile gets deleted/banned by Tinder.

  3. I tried to create account by Apple ID in the same Iphone (which I have been banned), after I changed the Apple ID, previously i used to make subscription,instantly it shows “the account has been banned” even before asking for mobile number, interestingly I submit the same emails used for both Apple IDs in “trouble signing in” and I received 2 separate emails show NO ACCOUNT FOUND! Any explanation??

  4. I have tinder now and using passport feature (a foreign country i intend to visit). I got about 25+ likes (likes you feature) from this country. my tinder gold expires in a few days, if i dont swipe right/left on these 25+ likes, will i lose them when my tinder gold expires?
    also, what happens if resubscribe to tinder gold, say a couple weeks/month after the current gold subscription expires?

    • You wont “lose” them, but you will not have access to the likes me screen. Some of them may expire by the time you resubscribe (after about a month).

  5. If I swipe right on someone, maybe even several profiles, and then afterwards disable discovery (meaning just telling Tinder not to show me), will the profiles that I have swiped right on still be able to see me and make a match with me if they also swipe right?
    On Tinder’s website it says that those profiles that I have swiped right on “might” still be able to see me, which doesn’t say much.
    I know that it’s impossible to say anything with 100 % certainty, but does anyone know if it’s likely/very likely/almost certain/etc. if those profiles that I have swiped right on before disabling discovery will be able to see my profile and make a match with me if they want to?

    • I think they “might” still see you because it’s limited to those who already had your profile loaded in their decks.

      If you want only people you’ve swiped right on to be able to see you you’re gonna have to get plus and activate that feature.

  6. Banned after my 10 months (the most long a profile has lasted on this things). In the evening from the time during the day where I found out I got a number and made an account with different name and such, some new picture in and a couple left out, diff crops etc.. It worked, and a week in and my new profile has been banned.

    Has there been anything conclusive on the Apple ID situation i.e downloading tinder from from the apple app store? Or is the account association only made with the restoring purchase? I haven’t done the restoring so this shouldn’t apply to my case, but I did delete the app from my phone and re-downloaded it before I made the week-long one.

    • Well, It’s most likely they are either using device imei (illegally?) to track the ban down to my phone, or it’s me using the same apple ID that gives me a “you have been banned”, whether or not the profile is actually banned.

  7. If I rewind on someone, then like them, repeat, and they have plus/gold, do they get a notification each time? Thinking it might bring more attention

  8. Hi!

    I would like to know if used passport and didn’t swipe (left or right) to certain person, and then I changed my location. There is a chance for that person to see my profile?

      • Thank you, even if I disabled the discovery and deleted my account? how long it takes while disable discovery and the profile get hidden?

        • Not if you delete your account, you should disappear from everywhere then. Turning off discovery would hide your profile only from the people in whose decks your card had not already been loaded.

          But there’s a good chance whoever you’re hiding from has already seen you by this point, or will probably not see you, as visibility declines with time since last active (in a given location).

  9. Hi!

    I would like to know what happened if I have passport mode on and I pay for a boost.

    Will my boost work in the passport area?

  10. If someone is inactive (haven’t been on in a while) and I’m still using tinder, if I’m close to them and open the app, will their location distance update? Ie: will it show that they are closer to me.

  11. I took 3 months off per your reset strategy and now I’m getting a decent amount of matches again. Is it safe to use my apple ID to purchase tinder gold or will that mess up my elo cause of it being associated with the account I deleted 3 months ago

    • It should be safe but I don’t want to promise it. For me, and in the case of my google account, it was no problem.

  12. First of all- I have actually been getting to the things I need to do like setting up my phone with my backups from my computer that yes downloads all of my apps including Tinder but no I’m not “back on Tinder” I just went in now to check and have the same setting as before non discoverable not active I don’t show in the deck it even says that so not sure what you are talking about and as you can see I haven’t updated anything so you are wrong I’m not looking on tinder..

    This was after I confronted my SO why I saw a location difference (per the miles showing) now versus the last location that I was aware of where she opened the app last. And I didnt change my location (position).
    Is her above explanation possible?
    Will uploading the app to a new phone from a back up update your location even if you didnt actually open the app as per her explanation?
    Please give me some enlightenment. Thanks!

    • Doesn’t seem likely but I haven’t tested it.

      The better question to me is why was her account not deleted? On the other hand, you were using Tinder when you saw her location change, so… were you doing what you’re accusing her of doing?

      • I did, just to randomly check not to swipe.
        So she said further that she opened the App but her account remained hidden and didnt swipe.She didnt give reason as to why she opened the App and didnt swipe, and I didnt ask further coz we were already in a heated argument, but she maintained she didnt swipe and that she remained hidden but she mentioned about the app being in the background and must have updated her location. So my last question, if she opened Tinder App without swiping, will it update the location? Thanks so much!

  13. I’ve had a few different tinder accounts. First one was in 2014 and did okay. Second one was 2018 and went completely off the charts with success because I took professional pics and the slowly deteriorated into little to know quality matches. I reset and started a 3rd one in 2019 and got almost no matches despite my incredible results from the 2nd account. I even used a different apple ID and phone number. What gives? Any suggestions as to how I can make my 4th and final attempt a good one? Thanks for all your hard work and info on this site BTW

    • I think it has more to do with Tinder’s current state than with your account, as long as you’re still getting some matches.

  14. I use tinder gold so i know how many likes i got, and i used to have like +9999 likes, after not opening tinder for like 3 months, my liked reduced to +5000, idk what happened but from what you said in the article the likes don’t expired, can you explain?

    • Two things are possible: 1. Likes in the gold queue do expire after some time 2. some of the accounts associated with your likes have since been closed.

      Can you point me to the “likes don’t expire” bit? That may be outdated information.

  15. Question here ;P I just created a new account because I am having bug issues with the older one and I saw someone’s profile picture in the blured likes categorie (I don’t have tindergold). I know who this person is because I know him in real life and I swept right on my old account shortly before creating this new account. I have ran out of people in my region like I usually do since it’s a small city. We also both live close to eachother and we are the same age so my question is how can’t I see his profil picture in my swipe recommendations since I can clearly see him in my blured likes categories?

  16. I’m not sure this is on topic, but i’m desperate for an answer.
    I had a tinder account a while ago, more a one year ago (september 2018), for a very brief period of time. I created it using only my phone number, not facebook. I deleted it (the account, not just the app) shortly after.
    Today, one year and two months later, i wanted to create an account again, and i was allowed to do it WITHOUT having to enter the code send to my phone. I received the sms text message with the code, but in that exact moment i was also allowed to take the next step in creating the accoun, without having to actually enter the code into the app.
    Does this mean that tinder has remembered my number, from more than a year ago? And that i will always have that (other deleted) account hanging over my head?

    • Did you still have to enter your phone number? (I assume)

      Because if the app has permission to read your text messages, it can autofill the code sent to you.

  17. i had deleted my acc and reget it now. i am trying to find someone but cant seem to find them. is it usual? ive read other people doing that and finding the profile they were looking for in the end..but i am beeing showed completely different profiles..ones i havent seen before except maybe one or two.. is it possible that i eventually find the person iam looking for or should i give up?

    • It would probably be healthier to give up on that, assuming I understood correctly and you meant looking for a specific person you matched with/saw before.

    • If you remember the Age and distance of the person you are trying to find out, just restrict the same in the discovery setting. And you will be able to find the person for sure.

  18. Why would it be that there’s over 20 “likes you” girls but when searching there is also “no one in your area”? Is Tinder simply holding them back intentionally to get you to buy Tinder Gold?

  19. I live in a very rural area where within 100 miles of me, I was able to swipe through all profiles within 10 minutes and each day only a few new ones ever appear. That’s only thanks to an interstate about 90 miles away that clips through my circle.

    So anyways, in the past there was a time a girl appeared on my search and I wanted to superlike her, but I was out of super likes. I right swiped, hit the back button, then force closed the app thinking she would appear again. She did not. Through additional testing, I’ve concluded that if you use the rewind feature and the app closes, then the original choice is what is recorded. Thus if I right swipe, hit rewind, crash the app, she will be right swiped. If I left swipe, rewind, crash the app, then a left swipe will be recorded.

    My question here is. Would the same thing occur with superlikes. When you superlike and hit rewind, your superlike is refunded. Thus if you superlike a girl, rewind, and crash the app, will a superlike still be recorded potentially leading to an unlimited number of superlikes?

    I don’t receive enough right swipes to test this myself.

  20. I’ve returned to Tinder after a few months of being inactive… 91 days actually. I seemed to get the noob boost as expected… 15-20 likes the first day. Not bad for a pretty small area even though none were any I was super keen on. Since then, I’ve received at most a like or two per day and mostly by very large women. Even though I work out and have a good job, I score about 5.5 on my Photofeeler photos, so I am “average” in looks. Thus I don’t expect to be pulling in the models. The only very good looking match I got was based off a superlike. This whole thing seems even worse than it was before dropping the ELO score. I am convinced you are right and that Tinder is really shedding females at the moment and the app is in deep trouble.

    My profile is most certainly not being seen or else I would receive far more of these large women with the occasional spattering of at least somewhat attractive women. And let’s not forget I have Gold so I do passport throughout many different areas both local and distant. It used to be that when I used passport and went somewhere else, I always got the new location boost and would receive at least a few likes in most new locations. This time, it’s virtually nada other than the one or two aforementioned large women likes.

    Just like your boost pricing thread states, it’s all becoming clear. Tinder is losing it’s active female users and relying more and more on men using boosts to make it. The thing is, the free boost I got netted me exactly one like and no matches. I also used it in a nearby city that I had not yet swiped in.

  21. I payed for the option to see if people read my messages. I payed for 5 matches and used 4 of them. Suddenly it doesnt work anymore, And my last joker is gone too, plus there is no option to reactivate it again. Thats strange, isnt it ?

  22. I live in Germany and have Tinder Plus/Gold for a long time. Since you “only” have five superlikes a day, I always used the following workaround:

    When I saw a girl I really liked, I shared the URL of here profile with my email and gave here the blue star on the next day.

    Since a week or so this is not possible anymore. The syntax of the link hasn’t changed ( for example) but every time I click on such a link Tinder asks me if I would ad myself(!) to my matches.

    Is this a bug? Is there a workaround?

    • I’ve used this trick before as well. It still works fine for me. The interesting thing about using this method is when you do so, it calculates your distance based off where you are (if you are) passported to. So if you are swiping in Rome and it’s over 4k miles away, you can tell how far the girl is from Rome when you go into the shared link.

  23. Something has changed with the Tinder algorithms. I used to get a fair number of matches, but lately I get very few and I’ve been getting more matches on Bumble. Which is weird, because I used to *never* get matches on Bumble.

  24. If I swipe left on someone I already know, could they still reappear on my likes list if they end up seeing me and swiping right?

  25. Do any of these directly affect visibility/score:
    1. having more photos
    2. having a longer bio
    3. linking Instagram/Spotify

    Obviously there is likely an indirect effect; for example someone with only one photo, no bio and no linked social media is probably more likely to be swiped left on by any given user than otherwise; however I’m wondering if, to your knowledge, Tinder directly increases visibility of profiles that have more photos, a longer bio or linked social media.

  26. I’ve been having an issue with my “likes you” recently. When I scroll through to see who has liked me so far, it resets and jumps back to where I started. It’s been like this for a few weeks so I never really get to check out profiles of the people who liked me enough to attempt to like them back.

  27. I have a question regarding location on tinder. I met a guy on tinder and early on he went traveling. I knew he was on tinder because the location would be accurate to within a km of where he was (and he was thousands of kms away). Shortly after he travelled to another place roughly 3000km away but the location didn’t update. Fast forward and we’re now exclusive and he states he deleted the app so the game has changed. For months his tinder still showed the location he initially went to (I admit I checked this not because I deep down didn’t trust him but because I’m kinda insecure from past experiences) then out of nowhere bam it updates to the location around 3000 km away. He travels a lot soI’ve tried searching for other places exactly the same distance away and can’t find one within 200km of the exact distance. Did tinder have a 3 month lag updating his location or has he sneakily been somewhere using it? I just feel that’s improbable because there’s no where else that makes sense at that distance. I’m so confused. Another thing – his age has updated after his last bday. Would this happen if he’s deleted the app as he said he has?

    • So the age would update whether he used the app or not, but distance only updates if you use the app, and it doesn’t take three months. After that time, the account would be deleted for inactivity anyway. It is possible he just deactivated his account or just deleted the app back then and now went back into the app to delete the account, perhaps after learning the former two don’t actually delete your account.

    • Sounds like your boyfriend is a moron. If I were a piece of scum like that, I would have unmatched you and claimed to have deleted the account. Any deletion of the account (not just the app) would wipe away all matches.

  28. I matched with someone on Tinder . We chatted for a while but the conversation was wipe of by Tinder. He distance was not displayed on his profile, but the place he told me he lives in like 500 miles away from me. I tried to create another account to look for him but couldn’t find him. My questions
    1.Why did he pupped up on my page if we live that far apart?
    2. Why can’t I find him again?
    3.How can I find him again?

    • He might have been using passport, or traveling and swiped on you while you were in range. From what it sounds like, he unmatched you, or his account was deleted, which would also explain why you can’t find him again. There’s nothing you can do except move on.

  29. My “boyfriend” was found on tinder by a friend with recent pictures. He is telling me he doesn’t know how because the account and app were deleted. Do accounts magically regenerate or is he lying through his teeth?

    • The only way he could be telling the truth is if someone else created the account without his knowledge.

  30. I signed up went through a few photos,
    the first profile I liked came back as an “instant
    match”. As I’d been on the service all of 10 min
    (and my profile photo was a landscape and not even
    a photo of me) this seems like an odd result.
    Any ideas whats going on

  31. Is there any way to skip a profile without swiping left or right to possibly come back to it later?

    • Yeah, you could change your distance or age settings. That reloads your stack. You can switch them back right away.

    • I’m on Tinder Gold. So naturally, I can see who likes me. But I’ve disabled this feature, as I’ve selected the “only people I’ve liked can see me” option.

      Yet somehow, I’m still getting “like” notifications, from people I’ve yet to swipe on. What gives?

    • If using Android, I just exit the app, hit the square, and swipe Tinder closed. That will reset it without needing to update your age or distance. I usually do that if there is someone I want to use a super like on, but have ran out for the day.

  32. Is there a limit to how many times a person can restore his Tinder Gold purchase ??Coz recently i was banned from restoring my purchase …i just want to know “how many times”

  33. I have turned off the “show me on Tinder” as I don’t want to be visible for everyone.
    But when I like someone from my “Top picks” it shows notification that I am added to the Top picks of the person. If she will choose me also, can we have a match even when I’m not visible in Tinder?
    Does it change anything if I will superlike her?

    • Just to get this right, you turned your visibility off completely, not “Show me only to people I’ve liked”? I mean, like that you can’t even use the app, so I assume it’s the latter. In which case, she’d see you once you’ve liked/picked her and you can match.

      • No, I turned it off completly. I don’t use any paid version so I don’t even have this option and now I use Tinder only to chat with my previous matches. I don’t want to be visible in this area for everyone. I ussualy turn my visibility on only when I’m traveling.
        But I’m still getting new Top picks now and I’m curious if I can keep choosing someone every day and expect that we can have a match. Or if it’s useless.
        As I said – when I choose someone, notification alwas pops up “you’ve been added to her Top picks list”. Does it mean that maybe I’ll be in her list next day and if she will choose me, we will have a match?

        • Well that does seem like a bug or oversight. I’ll try to replicate the situation and get back to you if I get any results worth mentioning.

          • I just noticed there is a separate Top picks part in settings where I can turn on/off if I want to be visible in Top picks list for the people in my actual area. I guess it means I can be visible in someones Top picks list even with “show me on Tinder” turned off.

      • Confused. I set my criteria to what I know hers would be (trying to catch her out) I couldn’t see her profile. However, I completely deleted my profile and made a new one and set the criteria to what she would be and I found her straight away? Why does that happen? Just confused

  34. I Used tinder plus for a while. I put in the Option, that only people i swiped right on can see me. Is that 100% secure?

    And how long do I not see a person I matched with who still uses tinder after I have deleted her?
    If I delete my account, and reinstall it- how long will I be visible on the deck where I used my passport function?
    Thank you so much!

    • I should be, apart from the people in whose decks you’ve already been loaded before you activated the option.

      You will not see them again until either of you remake your accounts. If you delete your account, you should instantly be removed everywhere, except for decks where you’ve already been loaded, but that would be with users who are currently active on the app.

  35. If you report someone for a fake account or spam account while they’re in your matches,will they be unmatched from you if they get banned?

  36. I have tinder plus and selected the option that I only want to be visible to people I swiped right on. However I can see that around 600 people have liked me. How is that possible since they should not be able to see me?

      • This is happening to me too (except I’m a few short of 600 lol)
        Tinder is lying. I came out of a ltr and didn’t want to be public. This was a big reason to pay for Plus. It’s annoying that it’s making me public anyway.

  37. I just started Tinder…and I saw a girl I know on there, I immediately swiped left not wanting her to see me (to avoid that conversation) What are the chances my new profile was shown to her first? Are the girls who show up in my deck also shown my profile?

  38. I have tinder gold- I currently have selected the “only people I’ve liked” option – why am I still getting likes from people I haven’t liked?

    Also, if I select to not show me on tinder, does that immediately remove me?

    • You shouldn’t. That would mean something is broken in Tinder (shocker). Maybe just residuals of people who already had your card loaded in their deck before you activated the option.

      Hard to say, but probably it would only stop loading your card in new people’s decks, but not remove it from decks in which it had already been loaded.

  39. I have not used Tinder in over 4 years, is it possible that my account is still visible on Tinder? I have tried to get in touch with Tinder to ask if they can tell me if my account was deleted or not but since I no longer have the original email or phone number, they are unable to help me.

    • Should turn invisible after 6 months of inactivity, but whether they deleted your data I cannot say. They should have.

  40. If I have “only people I’ve liked” and use a boost, will everyone in the area see me, or only those I’ve liked?

      • I have been on and off tinder and probably deleted it 100 times over the last 5 years. I’ve created multiple facebooks with different account etc to try and get the noob boost. I deleted tinder about 6 weeks ago and have not remade yet. How long do I have to wait for tinder to not recognize me and maybe reset my ELO score? I just want to make one to keep. I used to get 50 matches a week, but over when I remade it went down to
        Like 2 in a very populated area. I really appreciate your help

  41. There’s a particular tinder profile that I haven’t decided if I want to swipe left or right on. I close the app or turn off “Show me on Tinder” to avoid it. (It is someone I know, and am not sure I want to risk complicating our professional relationship). The profile repeatedly back shows up and has also appeared on my “Top Picks.” Does this mean that the person already swiped right on me? Is there a way to tell if they swiped left or right before I make my decision?

    • Apart from getting Tinder Gold, there’s no surefire way to tell. You could, of course, just swipe left if you don’t want to swipe right.

  42. When you’ve passported yourself to somewhere far away will you still be visible and swipeable on you actual location?
    Say I create an account and passport to an other country right away. Will someone who’s swiping where I actually are still be able to find me there?

  43. Hi i suddenly got logged out from my tinder profile and when i logged in again with my phone number (always logg it with phone number) it wanted me to make a new account i got confused did it and it seems my account has some kind of reset all my matches is gone and when i try to link my instagram again it says that account is already used? dont know what to do tried to reinstall app restart phone and logg out and in.

  44. I had a match with Jessica. She does not show up anymore, but I received a notification that she messaged me. However all message history is gone also.

  45. I have been inactive on tinder for over a few months now, but My friend sent me a screenshot that I matched with them just yesterday even though I was never on- and this persons profile is brand new, we’ve never matched before when I was active. How is this possible ???

  46. If I go to my phone’s settings > privacy > location, for Tinder I get three options: “never”, “while using”, “always”, but you say that Tinder only updates your location when you open the app. Could you confirm this, please? I mean, if I select “always”, will Tinder update and show my updated location automatically to my matches even if I do not open the app? Thanks

  47. Will i see who liked me before i upgraded to tinder gold, or does the who liked me feature start working only from the moment on when tinder gold is activated? E.g. let’s say someone liked me when i was not yet using tinder gold, would i see them under who liked me ?

    • You should see everyone who liked you since they introduced the feature, minus the people you swiped on in your normal stack after they liked you.

  48. I suddenly got logged out and when I try to log back in by using my email it just doesnt work! it says “oops this link appears to be expired and is no longer available” over and over, the I’ll be left with the only option that is using the sms verification, that does’nt work neither, because shockingly I found that my country code is no longer available in the list tinder provided, so I can not recieve the sms !

  49. A friend who I stopped talking to after my boyfriend and I got back together after a break sent me a video of his profile appearing on her friends account saying that they matched. He says he hadn’t used the account in months but is it possible that he would match with someone when he hadn’t used it in months? I want to believe him but I don’t understand how tinder works .

    • If he swiped on her less than 3 months ago it’s plausible, though not likely. In any case it would mean he didn’t delete his account (maybe just the app).

  50. I have Tinder Gold. I used the Only people I’ve liked option. Did I just screw up my account? I know I have disabled the Likes You function, but, have I disabled it permanently? Or is Likes You disabled for the amount of time that Only people I’ve liked is activated?

  51. Suppose i use passport to swipe in a location and swipe for a few days. How many days does tinder take to reset my card to be able to see all the profiles ive already swiped again?

    • Theoretically yes, though there is some doubt over whether Tinder actually delivers most superlikes (immediately) now.

  52. If I change my preference from male & female to just male or just female, will I lose my already made matches and conversations with those of that gender?

  53. if i have already swiped “no” on a girl, and if she swipes “yes” on me, does she still appears on “people who like me” ?
    i have tinder gold

  54. a match disappears
    she hasn’t unmatched me (according to her and I would be tempted to believe her)
    friend finds her later and links her to me
    i tap on the recommendation and the whole chat/history shows up (instead of the actual profile)
    the moment I go back, the match disappears again

    is that a bug or has she been drunk?

  55. I am a tinder gold member since the last 1 month or so, I have a year’s subsrciption. I wasn’t getting any matches since the past few months on my free account which I had for almost 3 years now. I did a couple of resets with it too but finally deleted it and made a new account with new Facebook and a new number and got gold on it which I am currently using.The matches started coming in again. But since the last three days or so, I haven’t got any matches. Anything wrong with the account? Will a boost help? Your help would be really appreciated.
    Also if I reset my account will I lose the gold membership? And if I do it will I be penalized in any way?

    • Could be that you have a low score, could be that there aren’t any active people in your area anymore, could theoretically be a bug. Resetting right now isn’t a sure thing anymore. Works for some, but not for others. You could try using a boost, but I wouldn’t pay extra.

  56. Tinder….. im getting frustrated!!!! Guys profile faces that i am talking to keep swopping…ie his profile face skips over to someone wlses conversation so i have no idea who im chatting too as photo doesnt match conversation!!!!!!!!’ Not happy. And i delete someone im finished with… unmatch …. and a guys that i like disappears and not the one i wanted gone!!!!! WHATS GOING ON… i may as well finish up with tinder as im not getting to talk to whom i like!!

  57. I’m 100% sure that Smart Photos hasn’t worked in over a year. It used to, though. If you sniff Tinder’s API you’ll see that if Smart Photos worked, each photo would display a photo score. Scores haven’t displayed in a long time.

    • It has never worked for me, but I’ll believe you it technically used to. Whether or not the functionality is null now, they still show those singular profile pictures, thus wasting our time and swipes.

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