Getting Fewer and Fewer Tinder Matches? You’re not Alone.

Last updated on 2020-03-13

First off, it is important to differentiate whether you’re getting fewer matches than you used to, or getting no matches at all, whether suddenly or from the beginning. If your problem is the latter, I’ve got you covered in the linked post.

If you got significantly more matches in the past, but have seen them dwindling over the past months or year, or if you took a long hiatus from Tinder and just came back to dismal match rates that make you think your app might be broken, then this article is for you and the many people sharing your experience; Because yes, you are not the only one and it’s probably not your fault


Possible reasons for why you’re getting fewer Tinder matches than you used to

There are many possible explanations for the disappointing decline in matches many Tinder users – primarily men – have been experiencing. The following are the most likely theories, in my opinion.

Tinder have been crippling the standard/free experience

While we have seen a gradual decrease in matches over the years following Tinder’s prime in 2014, there have been three noticeable drops in match rates in recent Tinder history.

In all of the above cases it makes sense from a business perspective to limit organic matches just enough for people to get frustrated and decide to spend some money to help things along. To make matters worse the Match Group’s business decisions have worsened the situation for paying customers too.


Even Gold Subscribers Are Not Safe From the Match Group’s Business Decisions

I recently wrote an in-depth report on the ways Tinder has been screwing over its users and customers, but the worst impact of their business decisions is this:

Boosts let you experience a flood of matches in a short time span, after which the drought of “normal Tinder” seems unacceptable. For many Plus and Gold users, the one free boost a month is the only time the app feels worth using anymore. Luckily, you can buy more (/s).

The problem is when people are using boosts, they are effectively pushing back everyone else in their potential matches’ queues. This has led to a situation where even very attractive men are getting around 100x fewer matches than equally attractive women (without paying extra for boosts). Most normal guys meanwhile are struggling to get any matches at all without paying up, even if they are already paying for a Gold subscription.

Super Boosts, as ridiculous as they may sound, have exacerbated the Problem even further, as it seems there are actually people who pay for them.

All things being equal, you do not get more matches, or a higher chance to match with anyone by subscribing to Tinder Gold. You may value the Plus features, but if your problem is getting any matches at all, your only salvation is buying boosts at this point, and you can do that without a subscription. Though I think you shouldn’t, out of principle.


There may be fewer women on Tinder than ever before.

While Tinder, as opposed to Bumble, has never released official information on its user demographics, an unofficial report from 2015 estimated 38% women among its users. Since then, things seem to have only gone downhill.

This is not only bad because of the odds at face value, but because it contributes to the vicious cycle of Tinder that keeps making the app more and more frustrating for guys.


You haven’t been keeping up with the competition

You may still be using the same profile as when you were (more) successful on Tinder, but while this serves to show that there are other factors at play, it may very well be part of the problem.

The competition hasn’t been sleeping and many have been improving their profiles and pictures a lot, taking Tinder and online dating more seriously and putting more effort into it.

It may just be time to up your game.


You’ve been ruining your secret score

Tinder has a secret rule book, and inadvertently breaking those rules (for example by swiping right on everyone) means the Tinder algorithm lowers your desirability score, which in turn means your profile gets shown to fewer people.

Is it fair to set rules to a game and not tell the players? Maybe not, but now that you know you have an advantage.

In Tinder’s updated scoring system, they appear to be using image and text recognition software, which may further limit your pool of possible matches, although the intention would have been to tailor your matches to your personal preferences.



While it’s possible that you are partially responsible for getting fewer matches than you used to, there seems to be a systemic issue with Tinder. Personally, I believe both the crippling of the standard experience as well as the declining percentage of female users are the main problems facing Tinder, and if they don’t do something to address these issues soon, the app may not survive much longer.

The thing that has helped Tinder most so far is a lack of any serious competition in their niche, but it’s only a matter of time until a new player disrupts the dating market as much as Tinder did back in its heyday. With any luck, this new player won’t let themselves be bought out by the Match Group like the promising Hinge did most recently.

Bumble is a good alternative and may just be the better option for you, and there are a few contenders like Hinge, or OkCupid, but depending on where you live, they just don’t have the users (yet). They are also both owned by the Match Group, so they (will) face the same business decision issues as Tinder.

In the meantime, all you can really do is to work on your profile, maintain a healthy score, and not take it too personally if you don’t get many matches. Or, you could give Bumble and other dating apps a try, as well as trying to meet people in the real world. One of them might just be a better match.


What do you think? What has been your experience with Tinder as of late? Feel free to leave a comment below, or visit the SwipeHelper Subreddit. See you there 🙂


  1. I get quality matches almost every day on Bumble but my Tinder matches dropped to almost zero once I stopped paying. I used to match frequently on Tinder when I was paying for gold. Lame.

  2. After 11 months (Feb 21019 to Jan. 2020) and swiping right on EVERYTHING in a 27 mile radius until I’m out Potential matches in your area, I may have gotten 6 or 8 matches and the ability to send a quick hello. 2 or 3 were bots, 2 hookers, 1 ‘thing’ was in Siberia rest no response. Tinder has convinced me it is not for […] me.

  3. One of the best ways to get more matches on Tinder is creating an attractive profile that others can’t resist without swiping right. Add interesting photos that reflect your personality. Use your sense of humor and write an interesting bio. You can also make use of a Tinder Plus subscription and make use of their premium features to increase your chances.

    • Sure because “reading your bio” is what all women are actively doing and wanting to do on tinder, are we seriously doing this now?

      I don’t use Tinder nor do i have a dog in this fight, but don’t you think that perhaps you’re leading men on stuff that simply isn’t accurate to reality?

  4. I have done my 3 month reset and gotten back tinder with the same phone number and email and a couple new and old photos, I have matches now and don’t notice any crazy issues other than the app not being as fun with quick matches, is there any other apps you recommend to try ? I live in the Toronto area so I don’t think popularity will be an issue

    • I took a 6 month long hiatus, when I got back on Tinder recently i received a torrent of likes and matches (more than ever before) but that only lasted for about 3 days and then all of a sudden I got nothing, not even likes. I swipe left more so thats definitely not an issue… Its almost as if someone turned the tap off and is waiting for me to spend more money. Well, i already bought the gold account and theres no way that im spending any more money. I understand that tinder is a business like any other, but the product that they are offering has drastically reduced in quality with so many bot accounts to compemsate for the lack of female users, and yet they expect us to pay more money that ever before.

  5. Do you know why suddenly almost every day I am seeing a decrease in the number of people who liked me in the “upgrade to gold to see who likes you” section? I had +99, a week later is in 84. And it was +99 more than 2 months since passport was free. And i haven’t changed the way i like people i mean i don’t always like every single girl. I always dislike profiles with 1 photo. And i am not saying no more than before. Isn’t it strange?

      • I’ve never imagined that likes could expire. Do they last what 2 months?
        That’s bad.
        Passport is over but i haven’t changed to my home town yet.
        Thanks for your answer

      • Any suggestions to avoid these decrease in the number of likes?
        Change photos, bio? For 3 months i had the same, i got lots of matches.

  6. I want to chime in here because I’m female and this thread seems to be all men. Note: I’m on Bumble, not Tinder. I didn’t see this conversation for Bumble, but I’m assuming it operates in a similar way as Tinder. I did a search for this topic because I’m having the SAME PROBLEM as all of you. In my salad days of online dating (I just started in December 2019), business was booming. There were lots of cute guys and plenty of matches (like maybe half to 2/3 of the men I swiped right on). Within less than two weeks, I was seeing someone great, and happily deleted the app a couple of weeks later. Cut to the end of April, that “someone great” broke up with me in the middle of a quarantine, and online is the ONLY way to date now. I went back on Bumble after being gone for about three months, and my profile, along with all of its history, was still perfectly intact. At first I was matching here and there, but nothing like in December. It has slowly dried up to the point that I am not matching with anyone at all, and the 800+ “likes” I had is down to… TWO. And today, Bumble informed me that it’s run out of profiles to show me. I’m sure my age has something to do with it (42), but it didn’t seem to be a problem with my selected age range (43 – 52) back in December. Maybe Bumble has the opposite problem – not enough men, too many women? Where’s an old lady supposed to meet old men?

    • If you’re really looking for a LTR (and live on North America or maybe Europe), you should give OkCupid a try. If you’re looking for a LTR and have a plenty of patience (I mean, a LOT of patience), stay on Bumble and Tinder with great photos and bio. If you’re only looking for a hook up or something casual, create a Tinder profile with one or two photos (on a beach or using a swimming suit) and put ONLY your Instagram username on the bio.

      • Thanks Rich! Maybe I’ll try OkCupid! I’ll keep on fighting the good fight on Bumble for now. It’s tough out there!

      • Ive tried OkCupid, and bumble… I get very few likes or matches and the few I do get are of extremely low quality. Then again I dont live in Europe or America…

  7. I have the same situation: after my last relationship over many years, I started tinder with a fresh account. I had almost zero matches there, maybe three after several weeks of careful swiping – I would say maybe only 1-2 out of 50-100 users I saw were right-swipes. Although I do have to say I swiped left quite a bit as I live in a big city with loads of people on tinder. I had rarely hit the daily right-swipe limit. so I contacted tinder support about it and they said there’s nothing wrong with my account and just gave the usual advice of what pictures to choose etc..

    After I recently found another girlfriend (not from tinder, lol), I deleted my account again, with all account links on FB etc. as well to make sure there’s no trace left. However as the relationship is over again, I know started with a fresh account, and made sure I waited more than 3 months before the last delete before doing so.

    Now, with the same account it’s the same story all over again: I have one match that’s potentially fake/bot and didn’t respond yet, and currently seeing that apparently 68 people liked me (after three days of installing the app). The amount of people that apparently liked me only goes up verrry slowly and I doubt I will ever get a higher amount of matches with this account.

    Now, I made sure this isn’t down to my attractiveness or the pictures. I followed pretty much every advice there is on picture selection, plus I can assume from other platforms I’m a solid 8 out of 10 (and also get wayyy more matches on these platforms).

    My theory:
    – Tinder sees that I’m a very active user (just by the hours I use the app and the amount of swipes, no matter if left or right)
    – Hence they decide to block/drastically scale down my natural exposure (similar to a shadowban) within the app, as an active user is also the most likely to become a loyal customer
    – This is meant to drive people into the subscription out of frustration.

    So far, I have not decided whether I should
    A) keep trying, message tinder support again etc. (not having the feeling getting a burner or similar would help, as I’ve basically gone through a full delete with the 3 months wait time etc.)
    B) just forget about tinder
    C) buy a subscription – this would really be the last-ditch effort, which from what I’m reading here doesn’t even seem worth it. Plus I don’t want to foster a culture of an app systematically punishing you for using it and thereboy forcing you into paying for a subscription.

    My thoughts so far. Any tips, advice or general comment would be much appreciated!

    Thanks a lot for your help in advance guys!

    • Buying a subscription definitely won’t help. Buying boosts might (but don’t do that).

      You could try two more times. Once, be less picky but similarly active, and once more, be less active but similarly picky. Compare results. Would be interesting.

  8. I recently tried Tinder again, but it seems like it’s now worse than ever. I get matches and likes on the first three days, but after that it all stops. No new matches, and not even one extra like for days. And that number of likes that you can see was actually slowly going down.

    I bought two boosts but it wasn’t even worth it… I only got about 2 or 3 likes out of it at a time.

    It’s a shame because I met some nice girls on Tinder in the past

  9. Tinder induces you to buy Gold: shortly after you create your profile, they’ll pump it. You’ll get 50-60 likes instantly, if you’re a pretty average person. After then, nothing: they’ll send you to the boxcar, among the last ones.
    There’s no algorithm behind, just marketing strategy

  10. When I first started tinder, day 1 it was ok, then day 2 I bought tinder gold & got tons of likes about 500 in one day, then I canceled the gold within 3 days & got a refund bcuz out of those 500 likes I only liked back about 20 that were decent men. After unsubscribing to gold I had virtually no likes and horrible choices that not even my dog would swipe right. I know it’s because i unsubscribed so it was like tinder wanted to punish me…i hate tinder! I’m an attractive gal, thin, long hair, cut, fun, I great a great profile, but if tinder keeps this up all the pretty decent girls will go elsewhere. I decided to not use tinder anymore. I wished there was a dating app where there are lots of people that were more quality and free or reasonable. So be careful when u unsubscribe u will receive horrible matches & be at the bottom of the pool with people who are not active or major weirdos!!!

    • Jasmine, just take a look at preview posts and comments. This is not “unsubscribe” problem, it’s Tinder algorithm working. I’m quite sure your behavior on app had put you at the bottom of the pile, so even if you still had Gold, it would be hopeless.

  11. Ever since they stated they got rid of the elo, at the begging of 2019 if I’m not mistaken, I’m getting no matches anymore, different cities, different countries.

    I only get a match or 2 if I create a new account but after 3 days it’s over.

    • Same. I’m a good looking guy, in shape, good photos, good bio. In the end of 2018 without paying for anything when I created my account I instantly got around 50 matches the first week. I got off tinder and just started it again this week. Barley getting any matches at all and with women I don’t find very attractive. I think Tinder is completely dead and hopefully there will be a good new dating app coming soon. Gonna try hinge and bumble.

    • Im in the same boat, haven’t been on it for a few years but i used to get at least 10 matches a day and now its down to one or two at most and from women i dont remember even swiping on ie mostly ugly. I wish i read up on this before i paid for plus since the only good feature i liked about plus was only being able to only be seen by people i liked first feature.

  12. Hi there I hope some one can help me this,few month ago I delete my tinder app because I didn’t get any match,and now I downloaded again with same email and phone number after few day I didn’t get any match is that’s anything wrong with my account?

  13. How often should we open the app and start swipping ? Specifically using Tinder Passport, now that is’s free. I am using the app too often i think. And how long should i stay in each city? 24 to 48 hours? Thanks

    • 1. Whenever you feel like it, the more often the better. Don’t switch locations more than once a day, give or take. Too many switches and Tinder starts treating you like a bot.

      • Cool. I thought opening the app too much was also a problem. Something that i figured out. If i go to rare places like a city in countryside russia i will get for sure matches, will that increase my score? But how to get matches with the 8 or 9’s? So then i can move to places that i will probably go like Sweden (with amazing beautiful girls) or even in my city to match with the 8’s.

        • Two things: Any score improvement from “easy” places will not last long back home or in “difficult” places, and just being more visible will not make people change their tastes. There’s a reason your score is low in those places and that reason is that people don’t like your profile there. As for “how to get matches with 8+ girls?”: Well, be attractive to them. Tricking Tinder’s score will not get you any more matches if the people swipe left on you.

          • Alright, i get your point. And i know that when someone swipe left they are rejecting the photos, not the person itself. I’ll check on my profile to improve it. Thanks for the answer.

          • If you need some help with that you can always see our guides, or ask on r/swipehelper or r/tinder 🙂

          • I don’t know but here, free Passport helped me a lot. After days without matches in my place, I’ve got quite some when flying over neighborhood (staying a whole day at each point). Back to my home then, got new likes and matches! But like you said, I don’t think it’ll take very longer.

  14. Honestly don’t know WTF is goin on with Tinder, let’s just say My sister DIDN’T JUST SWIPE RIGHT ON EVERYONE, and she got I kid you not, the limit on matches within 1-2 weeks (about 10 days), says 9,999+

    God damn it’s hard being a guy dating :/

  15. Yeah, I’ve noticed a nose dive as well. I am a tall good looking successful guy that slayed like crazy 2014-2018 on tinder and now all I get is the occasional match. I have professional pics and a well curated profile. Meanwhile on Hinge and Bumble I’m thriving but unfortunately the girls on those apps are a bit too old for my taste. Tinder is gonna lose a lotta revenue trying to squeeze every dollar out of their users

  16. girls use tinder these days just to get you over to their insta accounts. nearly every profile i see now are hot woman with nothing in their bio just saying to insta them. probably so you can go and look at their naked pics on their accounts. tinder is a joke.

    • I agree. I barely just started trying to use Tinder a week ago because I relocated to a new area and I don’t know anyone here. I’ve gone thru a handful of profiles of women with their IG account posted and I would exchange A few casual DMs with them on Instagram and then they would just ghost the shit out me once I start following them.
      I told myself I’ll give it a real shot for a month and see what happens. So far it looks like it’s gonna be a failed $20 experiment.

  17. These sites just exploit people’s vulnerability to turn a profit. You come out of the gates with that Dopamine rushing through your brain, likes and matches galore. Then after a few days, your profile gets buried in the Tinder ‘forgotten ones’ Ethos rendering you absolutely desperate to reclaim those good ol’ days ofnfrequent likes and matches. You’d do anything. (namely spend money for upgrades) and they know it. Similar shit happens with instagram. And selling crack, btw. So how do we win? Well, maybe we 1. can outsmart the ‘computer’ by waiting a month after the account goes dry, rebooting a new account/name/number.. Or depending on the intelligence of said app, new apple ID. 2. Learn how to up our in person game and go out to more to socialize and meet women. Or 3. Say fuck it, and start a fight club. At the end of the day, how valuable is your own sanity to you?

  18. I’m Tinder Plus&Gold user since 4 years, good looking, good shape, smart, wealthy and skilled with women. I know how to care of a women and share good time.

    I can testify. It’s worst than ever. It’s now no match at all. I tried to swipe just of few or a little more. When I begin ot was many match, never run out of good people to talk with. Now nothing.

    I’m frustrated and it’s disgusting that Tinder take advantage of people as those wannabe and creapy dating app full of fake profile.

    I’m telling to most people as possible to switch to Facebook Dating and Bumble. Add IG tag. Tinder lost my trust for life and I was good quality paying user.


  19. Personally I think it’s to do with tinder gold I have plus and it still gives me nothing when I used the app 3 years ago I’d match with hundreds now I get 40 maybe 50 match’s over 3 months, I look after my self I’m 31 I. Good shape work own house car etc etc but that’s not enough apparently I think it’s the app personally to say it’s other men upping their game is nonsense I see men with nothing on Facebook date attractive women they picked up in a bar or party etc it’s more to do with tinder making money and unfortunately they have targeted men because they know how we think, women aren’t so bothered as we are for all sorts of reasons so they don’t give us he match’s but women still get match’s with ease I’ve asked a few!

  20. It’s now days owned by match. That’s the problem, right there. They are into savage lonely poipole big time, always have been, always will be.

    With the new algorithm most likely only the top 20% of the men are shown to the top 80% girls. The rest are more or less invisible.

  21. I usually have 25+ ppl who liked me sometimes 50+ ive gone through phases where i will just swipe right and still wont get a match even having 25+. Once a day I’ll get a match. So what i do is delete the app and then wait a week or 2. Then make a new one with a new email or phone number. Do not reuse facebook one. Being a new user means you’ll get more action i assume. Works for me. Goodluck guys and gals.

    • This is basically what you need to do.

      The first few days on tinder I got about 40 girls like me. Now with that same profile, same pictures i can swipe for hours and not get a single result.

      I recreate a new profile with exactly the same pictures and bio and the matches come flooding back in for a couple days.

  22. I started looking on Tinder about three weeks ago. I built a decent profile of some good pics with a range to show me normal through to fun. I wrote some words in my written blurb and started looking.

    Now I confess that I’m quite selective on who I swipe right on and reckon I’m swiping left on about 85% of the women. In this time, I’ve had one match, just one. She was a ridiculously hot busty brunette called Beth who immediately unmatched me as soon as I sent her a fun message. I’m pretty sure that she was a bot.

    Since then I’ve been swiping away, only liking about 10-15% of the women and Tinder keeps putting the same people back into my deck. Have I exhausted the whole deck (age range 23-42, maximum radius 15 miles).

    Maybe I’m just too old (47) or as you say in the article Tinder is just dying out in popularity.

    • Do you live in a high density area? If you’re running out in three weeks, there can’t have been that many active users in the first place, assuming you don’t swipe on 10k people a day.

      • I live in South East London, which you would assume would have a high density. Maybe Tinder is a thing of the past?

        • It’s starting to feel that way to me too, but what I can’t figure out is where all the women went to. Maybe dispersed among dozens of apps? Because nothing seems anywhere near as popular as Tinder used to be.

          • I’m also on Bumble and I’m sure I see the same people on there. Some of the hot girls on Tinder are saying you can find me on but yes, where are they going?

            Maybe it’s like when I was younger and would go out to clubs and bars. You’d hit gold one night and be surrounded by chicks but the next time you went a few weeks later, they’d moved on like a nomadic tribe and you were always struggling to catch up with them or accidentally cross paths with them at their next chosen watering hole!

            Just gone onto Photofeeler and my attractive score of what I consider my best pic is 4.1. I guess that is my problem!

          • I’d hazard a guess that the ones saying you can find them on some other website or app are bots.

    • No one is going to tell you this but yes, you are too old for Tinder. Tinder, and many dating apps, are a young mans game. I just lie about my age cuz I look young and I can manage but Tinder had gone so far downhill by 2019 that I abandoned it.

  23. I slayed on Tinder in 2017, and in 2018 it got harder. Now, I only get quality matches if I boost, and even then, this doesn’t seem to be as effective.

    Have you noticed that a lot of the prettiest women on tinder are just there for social media followers? They list instagrams and basically say they aren’t on Tinder much, so follow them there. A friend of mine had a girlfriend who had active profiles on various dating apps for that purpose. I have even started reporting the most obvious ones as spam.

    I think the number of *engaged* female Tinder users is probably at an all time low which might explain the reality that many of us aren’t getting much engagement now.

  24. Hi there,

    I used to have tinder when it first became popular a few years back and I got matches on a daily basis.
    I deleted the app back then and just recently years later have downloaded it again, I even bought the tinder plus subscription for a month to see the difference. Here is what I got so far:

    Nothing lol… I mean literally not one match
    Now I’m for sure not the hottest guy around but I know I’m pretty decent looking and had never an issue to hook up with girls and as I said before in the past when I installed tinder for the first time m, the matches were storming in. I don’t swipe everyone right so that mentioned elo System can’t really be the issue.
    I also have a good profile, quirky smart and funny with a lot info and good pics in the right order so it really doesn’t make any sense that I haven’t even gotten one match so far, even using the booster with tinder gold, just nothing.
    I also noticed that already swiped right girls and swiped left girls continue to appear again. I mean if I swiped someone right already why do they appear again?

    I’ve tried deleting the account and started from scratch and again same thing… nothing

    So what’s the explanation for that one? Really curious what’s happening

  25. Is it possible to completely reset tinder account only by waiting for some months? I’dont want to make mew Facebook or get a new phone/phone number and I still want to link spotify and instagram… thanks

    • Yeah, that’s the “abstinence” method from the rest guide. You have to wait 3 months after deleting your account.

  26. Hi there!!

    So my issue is going to be a long one. I really hope you can help!! It would mean the world to me if I could solve this issue!

    So I started using tinder years ago, but in June 2018 when I downloaded Tinder Plus, I started to use the reset option more than usual… I was eventually banned in September of 2018. I used my moms number under the same Apple ID for a month and I was banned again.

    Without realizing the issue of why I was being banned, I used another friends number, and it worked for a few days, and then one day I got the “unable to change locations option,” when I tried changing my location using tinder plus. It also said “please try again later…” I was still using the same Apple ID from when I was banned with the first two numbers.

    I got scared and deleted the account. Wasn’t sure if i was banned or not at the time… but I assumed I was banned considering the other two numbers were banned under the same Apple ID.

    At the time, i didn’t know the Apple ID was a possible issue, so i tried a text now number That didn’t work for more than a couple of days… and I asked another friend for their number. Same thing happened after a few days where it said i was “unable to change my location” and also got a “sorry please try again,” once again.

    All together I got a new phone, and changed my Apple ID. I used my first friends number again (the # of the first time around when I got the unable to change location) & it worked!!!! So it was confirmed i wasn’t banned, and i got matches….But a few days later I got the unable to change locations error again.
    ( to clarify, this number was also used on the old Apple ID that officially banned my first 2 accounts so maybe that’s why that’s happening? Just weird that I was able to start an account again on my new Apple ID if that’s the case)

    I tried my second friends number (the one i used for when i got unable to change location my second time) again under the new Apple ID and I got an error again after a few days. (Same thing, this number was also used on my banned Apple ID)

    I used my first friends number for the third time on the new Apple ID ), and recreated an account. I deleted that account bc I got ANOTHER error again.

    Mind you,whenever I ever get this error, I delete my account right away because I am scared it could be a potential ban. Could it be a network issue maybe? I don’t delete for resets since my very first ban in September of 2018. Ever since my bans, I have also used new emails every time I get a new account back. But I restore my purchases with the Apple ID that’s giving me the error messages every few days of recreating an account. I also have my Instagram connected always and just recently connected my Spotify since I read in one of your articles tinder can’t track your Instagram if Spotify is connected.

    I took a break from tinder for 2 more weeks and decided to change my own personal number altogether. Hopefully getting rid of any past trace..

    I changed my number but used my Apple ID I was using for my 2 friends numbers (just to remind you again, those numbers were also linked to my old Apple ID accounts that were banned officially).

    It was working just fine but the SAME unable to change location error popped up. It also said “something went wrong, please try again later & “unable to change location”). I got scared and deleted the account again and reactivated it with my new phone number again along with the Same Apple ID.

    The account is working again but I’m scared I will get those errors again…My ELO also seems super low. Barely getting matches. I get them here and there but not as quick. This wouldn’t be considered a ban if I’m able to recreate my account again correct?? But then why does it say unable to change location & something went wrong please try again later after a few days?

    I was thinking about creating a third Apple ID, and using my current phone number that’s linked to the “unable to change location” Apple ID ( not my old Apple ID that’s officially banned)

    Will that help my ELO and prevent me from getting those error messages that could potentially mean bans? I don’t want to keep resetting my account!! I’m only resetting so much because of these constant error messages. And no matter how hard I try, I feel like my Apple ID and all the numbers I’ve tried on each Apple ID will be linked to tinder.

    I hope getting a new Apple ID will fix this problem. But not sure if my number that I will be using for my new Apple ID is linked to my other “error message” Apple ID.

    I hope this made sense. If possible, can we also hop on a scheduled call to discuss this further. Not sure if you all have that service.

    Your articles have helped so much but I want to know the right approach in my case. I’m even too scared to request a data report from tinder as I am now scared to be even too active on tinder. Let me know what I should do!


  27. I think a change in the algorithm might be partly responsible.

    I recently deleted my account and started over, the attractiveness of the girls I was swiping on with a new deck was much, much higher then before.

    I think tinder is sorting the deck with attractive people first, bumble does this too. It makes you feel good when you’re swiping but craters any chance to get matches because average people never see each other.

      • On that occasion, definitely not an improved score. I deliberately reset my account with the same information and didn’t get the noob boost. I just wanted to clear away my old matches and have a second shot

        Conversely, after finishing that, I have just started a new parallel second account (using different everything except phone, even bought a new tinder gold) and the quality of my deck has been more varied, from hot to ugly. I got 10 quick likes (I could see them with tinder gold) but then things went very quiet. So quiet that I set my interest to men to ensure my account wasn’t bricked. Thankfully it wasn’t.

        I think the most serious issue is the lack on women using the app. I think it’s really died away this year. I still do well if I passport to Africa or Asia.

        Where have all the women gone? Are they on bumble? Happn? Back to irl pickups in bars?

  28. Most likely answer for this is simply increased competition. It becomes a positive feedback loop for attractive guys – they just stay on the app forever because they get so many matches.

    Also, if you make a fake female profile nowadays and go look at other guy profiles, a lot of them have wised up. Many guys have pro photos now, good bios, etc.

    It’s getting harder and harder to compete if you are an “average” guy.

  29. I think it’s a combo of reasons. I’m a gay male who lives in a big city and before those Gold and Boost features, Tinder was a “good place to live”. I’ve reset my account a couple of times, changed the text several times and also added a “loop”. I can’t say I’m getting “no matches at all”, maybe one each 15 days (mostly out of my “geofence”). Creating a fresh new account (new facebook, new phone, new email) – surprisingly – gives me less matches than reusing my account! Also, sometimes the app acts kind weird: a couple of days ago, loops and “9 pictures” was missing; suddenly, a short bio info and some Instagram photos starts to showing above the photos; and suddenly again, loops and “9 pictures” reappeared, saying goodbye to “short bio” over the photos. And finally, people who isn’t getting any matches is choosing between two paths: leaving the app (without deleting the profile) or “buying” an account (when it’s too late). Unfortunately, Bumble or OkCupid aren’t good options for my profile and area, so I’m crossing my fingers for Facebook Dating…

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