This archived post contains the various methods you could try to reset your account in 2019, after Tinder started punishing detected attempts. For how simple things used to be, check out the original reset guide, which was one of the founding posts of Swipehelper. See here for the up to date version.

Last updated on 2019-01-19

Why would you want to reset (delete and recreate) your Tinder account?

  • Maybe you’ve thought of a vastly improved bio…
  • Maybe you followed our guide and took some better pictures of yourself…
  • Maybe you believe your account is malfunctioning, or you’ve been shadowbanned…
  • Maybe you’ve run out of people to swipe on in your area…

…and you want to try again. Recreating your account gives you another shot with the people who previously swiped left on you, and if you’re using a different main picture, chances are 99.9% won’t remember you. Also, you get about a days worth of NoobBoost while Tinder sets your ELO score.

So much for the pros of resetting. Unfortunately, it seems Tinder has been cracking down on users resetting recently. Previously, the app remembered your account by your Facebook details or phone number, but that seemed rather just a by-function of logging you in, rather than actively trying to hinder your reset attempts. Since version 9.0.0 however, resetting has become a lot more difficult, and this seems intentional.

Whereas resetting used to be a matter of 5 minutes, and success was all but guaranteed (at least following this guide), it has now become more of a hassle and your number of attempts are limited. Without paying for a new SIM card, that is. While it is definitely still possible to enjoy the benefits of resetting (with some caveats), you may want to think carefully about whether it’s worth the effort and if the timing is right.

Caveat: If you have no issue with abstaining from Tinder for three months, you should encounter no issues with your reset and will not require a new number. Tinder will (should) have deleted your data by then. See The Abstinence Method later.

When should you consider resetting your Tinder account?

In light of the above, I have prepared some points to consider before you follow the guide below to reset your account. Of course, you will know best when the time has come to kiss your old account goodbye, but in my opinion you should only reset if:

  •  “There is no one new in your area”. This one is quite indisputably a good reason to restart your Tinder journey. Whether you’ve actually run out of people, or you’ve been shadowbanned by Tinder, the point is you cannot go on without either moving to another town or resetting your account.
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  • You have overhauled your profile with vastly improved pictures and/or a new bio, AND you are not seeing your match rate pick up. If you are so far down the algorithm‘s pit of shame that it would take you weeks to crawl out and be seen by the surface dwellers again, resetting might be worth it. Otherwise, I’d recommend waiting a few days first to see if things pick up thanks to your improvements.

There may be other good reasons, and the choice is yours. Just keep in mind:

  • You can only use each phone number once [Within three months of deleting your old account]. Think about how many numbers you have access to before you have to invest in a burner number. Free online phone numbers don’t work.Update 2018-09-27: While Services like Google Voice seem to work fine for some users, beware of online burner numbers as you may not be the first to use them on Tinder, and you may lose access in the future.Update 2019-01-19: If you wait three months between deleting and recreating your account, you can use the same information again. (As per Tinder’s privacy policy)
  • Your Tinder Plus/Gold Subscription will be lost. You may still “restore your purchase” from the options to continue using your subscription until it runs out, but this now lets Tinder remember your account. You need to use a new Google/Apple account. Don’t renew your subscription if you plan to reset soon.
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  • You may not use your “real” Facebook account (again). This is not new, but worth mentioning, as you will not see if you share any “friends” with your potential match.
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  • You may not link your Instagram or Spotify accounts (again). This is as of yet unconfirmed, but if Tinder is really cracking down on resetting they’d be remiss to not use these accounts to remember you.

Do you feel the time is right to reset? Read on for the reset guide and further tips..

Proper procedures, to ensure Tinder itself doesn’t remember you from your last round (in which case you’ll be stuck with your old score and resulting visibility):

The times, they are a changin’, and though the below guides represent the best methods to reset your account, and work like a charm for me, it’s possible you will not achieve your desired results.

Thanks to being able to view the data Tinder has collected on you, we now know a bit more about what data they do and do not store about us, at least officially. That gives us some clues as to what we need to change for a successful reset. At the same time, not all data they store must necessarily be used to remember your previous account. For example: they store IP addresses, yet they only remembered an old account of mine after I reused the same phone number, but not all the ones made on the same device with the same wifi connection (orf course, I don’t have a static IP).

Depending on your personal situation (Log in method, free or paid user) and your level of paranoia / success with simpler options, here are your reset procedure options:

Tinder Account Reset Options

  1. In Tinder's Settings page, select "Delete Account" and confirm. delete-account-tinder Tip: If you don't see a "Delete Account" button, you can -
    • Uninstall and reinstall the app. This has brought back the button for many users.
    • Delete your account from the web-interface at account.gotinder.com 
  2. Uninstall the Tinder App. 
  3. Go to your relevant Facebook Account's Apps page, and remove (unlink) Tinder. facebook-tinder-app-unlink 
  4. Log out of Facebook and create a new Facebook account, using a new throwaway E-Mail address. See below for some tips concerning this step. 
  5. Optional: Hand pick 100 likes you'd be happy about sharing with a match. Keep in mind some interests, especially activities such as "watching TV" or "driving" are not imported by Tinder.Tip: If you do this often, it pays to have an "original" Facebook account with those 100 likes selected. You can then look at that account while logged in with your new one, and just like everything "old you" liked. Should take about 3 minutes this way. 
  6. Reinstall Tinder. 
  7. Make sure you're logged into your new Tinder-Facebook account on your phone, or if you don't use Facebook's app, remember your new login details. 
  8. Open Tinder and create an account. 
  9. Use a new phone number to sign up. This must be a number that a) you have never used before in conjunction with Tinder and b) that you will have access to in the future, to receive SMS codes. See below for some tips concerning this step. 
  10. Enjoy all the matches, but remember the count will drop severely again within the next few days.
  1. In Tinder's Settings page, select "Delete Account" and confirm. delete-account-tinder Tip: If you don't see a "Delete Account" button, you can -
    • Uninstall and reinstall the app. This has brought back the button for many users.
    • Delete your account from the web-interface at account.gotinder.com 
  2. Uninstall the Tinder App. 
  3. Reinstall Tinder. 
  4. Open Tinder and create an account. 
  5. Use a new phone number to sign up. This must be a number that a) you have never used before in conjunction with Tinder and b) that you will have access to in the future, to receive SMS codes. See below for some tips concerning this step. 
  6. Enjoy all the matches, but remember the count will drop severely again within the next few days.
  1. In Tinder's Settings page, select "Delete Account" and confirm. delete-account-tinder Tip: If you don't see a "Delete Account" button, you can -
    • Uninstall and reinstall the app. This has brought back the button for many users.
    • Delete your account from the web-interface at account.gotinder.com 
  2. Uninstall the Tinder App. 
  3. Go to your relevant Facebook Account's Apps page, and remove (unlink) Tinder. facebook-tinder-app-unlink 
  4. Log out of Facebook and create a new Facebook account, using a new throwaway E-Mail address. See below for some tips concerning this step. 
  5. Optional: Hand pick 100 likes you'd be happy about sharing with a match. Keep in mind some interests, especially activities such as "watching TV" or "driving" are not imported by Tinder.Tip: If you do this often, it pays to have an "original" Facebook account with those 100 likes selected. You can then look at that account while logged in with your new one, and just like everything "old you" liked. Should take about 3 minutes this way.
  6. Use a new Google Play account, or Apple ID. If you need help with creating a new Google account, I've got you covered below. (It's not exactly an intuitive procedure). 
  7. Reinstall Tinder. 
  8. Make sure you're logged into your new Tinder-Facebook account on your phone, or if you don't use Facebook's app, remember your new login details. 
  9. Open Tinder and create an account. 
  10. Use a new phone number to sign up. This must be a number that a) you have never used before in conjunction with Tinder and b) that you will have access to in the future, to receive SMS codes. See below for some tips concerning this step. 
  11. Enjoy all the matches, but remember the count will drop severely again within the next few days.
  1. In Tinder's Settings page, select "Delete Account" and confirm. delete-account-tinder Tip: If you don't see a "Delete Account" button, you can -
    • Uninstall and reinstall the app. This has brought back the button for many users.
    • Delete your account from the web-interface at account.gotinder.com 
  2. Uninstall the Tinder App.
  3. Use a new Google Play account, or Apple ID. If you need help with creating a new Google account, I've got you covered below. (It's not exactly an intuitive procedure). 
  4. Reinstall Tinder. 
  5. Open Tinder and create an account. 
  6. Use a new phone number to sign up. This must be a number that a) you have never used before in conjunction with Tinder and b) that you will have access to in the future, to receive SMS codes. See below for some tips concerning this step. 
  7. Enjoy all the matches, but remember the count will drop severely again within the next few days.
According to Tinder's own Privacy Policy, they only retain our data for three months following an account deletion. This means after this period has passed, they cannot identify you or connect your new account to any of your previous accounts. This also means you may reuse old phone numbers and social media handles.  
  1. In the App/Play store, cancel your Tinder subscription (It will run out).
  2. Delete your Tinder account.
  3. Wait 90-100 days
  4. Create a new account with a previously used phone number and don't worry about connecting social media etc.
If this method does not work, it means Tinder aren't adhering to their data privacy policy. So, enjoy your time out from Tinder, maybe try some different apps, and once you're back, enjoy all the matches 🙂 Alternatively, if you have access to a second phone number, you may use them in tandem with this information in mind. Caveat: Tinder may hold on to your data longer than 3 months if you have been banned (actually banned) before, or if there are law enforcement reasons (this passage is a bit fuzzy).
If you feel like all the above steps did not result in a successful reset, or you want to not leave anything up to chance from the get go, you may consider adding any or all of the following additional steps, depending on your preference.
It should be noted that these things have not been necessary for me personally, but are rumored to play a role by others who have had issues resetting. Some are purely speculative, while others are supported by what Data Tinder collects on you. But keep in mind, even though they have your IP and social accounts, the only time they remembered an account of mine was when I reused an old phone number. Plus, the basic reset methods seem to be working for most others too (usually people don't comment if everything works as expected). So take the presence of collected data with a grain of salt, when using it as "proof" of what is and isn't necessary).
  • Do not reconnect a previously linked Instagram Account (Semi-supported by Tinder Data)
  • Do not reconnect a previously linked Spotify Account (Supported by Tinder Data)
  • Do not reconnect a previously linked Snapchat Account (Unsupported by Tinder Data)
  • Use completely new pictures for your profile (Unsupported, but recommended anyway if these new pictures are better than the old ones)
  • Create your account from a new IP Address (Supported by Tinder Data, but not personal experience)
  • Use a new SIM Card to create your account, rather than just any unused number (Unsupported by Tinder Data)
  • Use a new Phone to create your account (Unsupported by Tinder Data)
If all of this doesn't help, there may be a separate issue that has nothing to do with account resets. See below for one option to check if your reset has been successful.

Tinder Reset Additional Info, Tips & Tricks

Checking if the Reset Was Successful

The main indicator for a successful reset is the initial noob boost that is granted to new accounts. But if those matches aren’t pouring in as expected, you may be forgiven for suspecting the reset has been unsuccessful. Before you try again though, which could be costly depending on the chosen method, there is another way to check if Tinder remembers you.

Now that we can request our data from Tinder, we can not only see what they have on us, but also how far back the entries span. So once you requested and received your personal data, go check your message, match, or swipe logs and see if there are entries older than your current account. If yes, they clearly remember your old account. If no, it would seem your reset was successful, but there is another issue with your account. In which case you may still try again, but maybe the better course of action would be to give other apps a try.

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Resetting your Google Play Account

reset-delete-add-new-google-play-account-procedure If you’re like me, you tried to find the option to delete or add a Google account within the Google Play Store settings. After all, that is where you’d switch between accounts too. Actually you have to:

  1. Go into your device’s (Android) settings and find “Accounts & Sync”.
  2. Tap on your google account.
  3. Remove the account.
  4. Go to “Add Account” at the bottom.
  5. Find & choose Google.
  6. Create a new account. If it asks you to provide a phone number for verification, use the same new number you had to make for Tinder.
  7. Switch to your new account in the Google Play Store.

Concerning Phone Numbers

If you provided a phone number in conjunction with the standard Facebook login:

  • You may use the number of a friend who never had a Tinder account (and doesn’t plan to), for example.
  • Or any number you have access to, but have never used before.
  • You do need to have access to the number in the future. This has changed recently, as Tinder asks for your phone number to log in now even if you chose Facebook as a login method.
  • As mentioned above, free online burner numbers used to receive SMS confirmations are not a good choice for Tinder.

If you are (re-)creating an account without Facebook:

If you choose to go the phone number login route, which is now possible, you must use a new phone number to reset your account. Otherwise, Tinder will remember you.

When choosing a number, keep in mind that in this case, you will need access to the provided number in the future, as you will need to receive SMS codes to log in again, should you get logged out at some point; This will happen.

Protip, in either case:

You can provide a landline number. Hit “I didn’t get a code” after submitting, and choose to receive the code via voice call. This opens up home and work phones, and thereby many additional numbers.

As of October 2018, the “call me” option doesn’t work anymore or has even disappeared from the app depending on the user’s version. Knowing Tinder, this may just as well be a bug, so let’s give it a month or two.

Concerning E-Mail Addresses

Whether for your new Facebook account, or when creating an account with your phone number, you will need to use a new (throwaway) E-Mail Address to sign up.

For both privacy and convenience, I recommend ProtonMail for this purpose. It’s easy, doesn’t require phone authentication, and makes for a great, free, privacy oriented mail provider in general, not just for throwaways. (No affiliation beyond being a satisfied user.)

What happens to Gold/Plus subscriptions and consumables?

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Purchased boosts and superlikes perish upon deletion of your account. Using “restore purchase” after resetting will reactivate your Plus or Gold subscription, but won’t give you back your boosts and superlikes, as those count as “consumables”.

Warning: As of version 9.0.0 restoring your purchase from an existing subscription will make Tinder remember your account and render the ELO portion of your reset useless. You still get a blank slate in terms of matches though.

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