1. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 0: Super Basics
  2. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 1: Understanding Tinder
  3. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 2: Preparations
  4. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 3: Considerations
  5. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 4: Profile Creation
  6. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 5: Settings
  7. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 6: Swiping & Behavior
  8. The Ultimate 2021 SH Guide To Tinder – Part 7: Messaging & Beyond

Between setting up your profile and getting to swiping on all those HOT SINGLES IN YOUR AREA, you should take a moment to have a look at the settings and possibly adjust some of them.

Tinder Account Settings

Phone Number

Below the ads for Tinder Plus, Gold, Platinum, and Boosts, the first setting you can change is your phone number. Good to know if it’s ever necessary. Too bad you can’t log in without the current number, so remember to change it to the new number before switching Sim cards in your phone.


If you pay for Tinder Plus or above, this where you can change your “Passport” location. The location you pick here is the location in which your profile will appear in terms of other users’ distance settings. It does not, however, change the “distance” information when they view your profile, so they’ll know you’re not really there (if they’re paying attention).


By enabling global mode, you’re allowing Tinder to show your profile worldwide, and to show you profiles of others around the world who have the setting enabled. Two things have to be said about this in relation to Tinder Passport:

  1. This setting has no influence over whether Tinder will show you profiles of people using the Passport feature within your search radius.
  2. Unlike Tinder Passport, I cannot fathom any possible reason to enable this. At least dating-related reasons.

The setting is enabled by default, so turn it off if it makes as little sense to you as it does to me.

Maximum Distance

This is the radius of the zone around your current or set location from which Tinder will draw profile cards for your swipe deck. The determining factor here is either their last location when opening the Tinder app, or the location they set in Passport.

It is important to note that two people’s search radii do not have to overlap in order for one of them to see the other if they are within the first person’s set maximum distance.

Ergo, increasing your radius beyond the standard will increase the pool of potential matches Tinder can show you, but it will also water it down by including more profiles of people for whose settings your location is too far away.

Knowing this, you should only increase your maximum distance beyond the travel time you’re comfortable with undertaking for a date if you’ve run out of profiles to swipe on within that distance.

Another good thing to know is that in bigger cities, people tend to set much lower distance limits than in more suburban or rural areas (and not only because of population density.) The standard setting is 50 miles, but it wouldn’t be unheard of for a New Yorker to try to limit their search to their own neighborhood and set it to the minimum 1 mile (or 2 kilometers). So if you have yours set to 50 or even the maximum 100 miles, you may be wasting a lot of time swiping right on people who will never see your card because of their own settings.

“Show Me …”

As promised in the previous chapter, here you can change the sex you’re interested in.

Age Range

As opposed to distance settings, age settings have to be mutually inclusive for two people to be able to see each other’s profiles. If you’re 40, and your age range is set to 18-100+, then you will never be able to see a 69 year old’s profile if their age range starts at 42.

Contrary to the hard to kill rumor that setting your age range too wide, or excluding your own age from your search range (for example if your 42 year old ass is searching exclusively for 18-19 year olds) has a negative impact on your score, I do not believe that to be the case and have not been able to reproduce such claims in my experiments.

One thing that could lead to lower match rates when your age range is not exactly realistic or socially appropriate (like in the second example) is that even though your potential matches may have included your age in their set range (otherwise you wouldn’t be able to see them), they may have done so “just in case” while you may not be that case they had in mind. I.e. A hypothetical 20 year old may have set her upper limit to 42 just in case Wes Chatham turns up, but would generally strongly prefer someone closer to 25, give or take.

So my recommendation to get more matches would be to always at least include your own age plus 4-7 years in your range, unless you just really don’t want *any* age appropriate matches; not even Wes Chatham.

“Show me on Tinder”

This one is a bit obvious. If you want to appear in people’s decks, keep this enabled. Disabling it will not remove you from any matches you have already made, just prevent new ones.

“Share my feed”

Enable or disable the various parts of your profile, in case you want their visibility to be situational or can’t make up your mind.

“Recommended Sort”

This one is a bit extortionary and superfluous. If you turn it off, people who have it turned on will not see your profile. The benefits of not using “recommended sort” are unclear then, as you would have to be a fool to turn it off.

Data Usage

Set whether to auto load videos on mobile data or only wifi.

Web Profile

By creating a username for yourself here, you can share your profile with a link, for example for the purposes of a profile review, or to have someone match with you directly in case they can’t find your profile organically. I don’t know why you would do the latter except for testing purposes.

Top Picks

Whether or not your profile may appear in Top Picks. The only reason to disable this one would be if you think the chance of landing in some non-gold user’s Top Picks and therefore not their normal swipe deck is higher than the chance that someone will pick you out of their Top Picks selection and would normally not have come across your card in their regular deck.

Best not to overthink it.

Read Receipts

Whether or not people can enable read receipts for your chats. Turning it off might make you seem arrogant, while leaving it enabled will mean people can see whether or not you’ve read their last message. Whatever you’re more comfortable with.

Swipe Surge

Nobody understands or cares what Swipe Surge is. Just leave it on why not.

Activity Status

Whether people can see the little green “recently active” dot in your profile and card when you’ve opened Tinder in the past 24 hours. The only reason to turn this off would be if you’re trying to hide your activity from someone, say a match you told you’d be on an internet free vacation for a week. Generally, having this on is beneficial as it increases the chance of engagements from other users.

App settings and onward

These are all fairly self explanatory, so let’s instead move on to the next chapter: Swiping & Behavior