However well you think you know Tinder, sometimes there is a question you do not have an answer to, and it gets quite frustrating when your favorite dating app does not behave for some reason.
And if you are new on Tinder this is bound to help you learn your ways around it.
So, to help you, we have created a list of most Tinder FAQ, how it works, possible errors, and dilemmas.
Save this text somewhere so you can have all your questions answered at one single place, it might come in handy.
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1. How to change age on Tinder?
One of the few things on Tinder that you cannot change is your age.
They do this to protect the truthfulness of the information you provide.
One of the reasons your age may not be correct on Tinder is because it is the same as on your Facebook account. In that case, fix the issue on a Facebook profile you used to log in and it should be fixed within a day.
Otherwise, you can always delete your account and set up a new one with the correct information.
Tinder Plus offers you the option of hiding your age using the “do not show my age” setting.
2. How to find someone on Tinder?
Tinder does not give you the option of looking for a specific person by name like some other dating and social media platforms do.
So this is that.
However, users have found a semi-solution to this problem, and only if you already have certain information about the person you are interested in like where they work/study or where they live.
For this to work, you have to be on a paid membership and have access to Tinder Passport.
Provided that you do, change your location settings to the location of that person’s work for example, and wait for them to pop up in your deck of suggested profiles.
Once you see them, swipe right and wait for them to do the same.
This is pretty much all that you can do.
3. How to change the name on Tinder?
Along with the age, the name is another thing you cannot change on Tinder.
If you want your Tinder profile to have a different name you will have to delete your account and set up a new one.
If you have a Tinder Gold or Tinder Plus and have the extra Boosts and Super Likes, Tinder lets you restore them and use them on your new account.
4. How to get unbanned on Tinder?
If you have gotten banned on Tinder you must have done something wrong, e.g. expressed disrespectful behavior towards other members of Tinder.
You will know if you have been banned when you try to log in. Tinder will notify you.
In this case, getting unbanned is extremely difficult if not impossible.
Sometimes, you may get shadowbanned- which is not as serious but it is some sort of punishment for bad behavior, e.g. resetting your account way too often.
In this case, you will see Tinder as you usually do but will get no matches and other users will not see your profile.
To get your account back to active status, you will have to write an appeal to Tinder and wait for their decision.
There is a way around it, though. You can create an entirely new account but using different Facebook profile and/or phone number, as your current ones will be (shadow)banned with your account.
To avoid getting banned use Tinder respectfully and politely, and do not try to cheat your way around it by resetting constantly to get new boosts.
5. Tinder 5000 error
Tinder 5000 error prevents you from using the app when you desire, but do not be alarmed, you are not banned from the app (you get a different code for that, and the app behaves completely different.)
Also, there are things that you can do to fix the error, and you have probably done all those things before, using other apps.
First of all, it is usually just a glitch in the app, especially if you hear from a lot of other users (say on Twitter, or Facebook) that they have experienced the same.
In that case, wait it out, Tinder will repair the issue.
If it is only causing you problems and others around you use the app normally there are a few simple things you can try out.
Try them all or pick one (go for another if it does not work), there is really no rule.
What you can do is- log in and log out, clear out your cache, delete the app and download the latest version, check the quality of your internet connection.
This is pretty much it. Problem solved, enjoy swiping.
6. Tinder refund
In general, Tinder does not offer a refund if you are not satisfied with the paid subscriptions or if you do not want to use the app and you still have more time on your paid subscription (e.g. you have paid for 6 months yet you found yourself in a relationship after 2 months.)
They might consider a refund if you act quickly and request it within 14 days since paying for it.
If you think you qualify, you can always ask for a refund since there is nothing to lose.
7. Tinder check back later for new people
When there are no people who fit in your search preferences, Tinder will tell you to check back later.
This happens every once in a while, and if you live in a smaller city, or the area is not as populated it will happen more often than if you live in downtown New York or any of the bigger cities since there is a constant movement of people who would fit your search criteria.
To surpass this, either broaden the selected criteria, set your age range a year over, or add a mile to your location radius, because how much will it actually change your chances to find someone interesting.
8. How does Tinder location work?
You can set your location on Tinder from 1 to 5 miles in radius which means that you will see people in that area who match your gender and age preferences.
Each time you commute, your location will differ and you will always have a new 1-5-mile radius, and possibly match with new people.
Users on paid subscriptions have a Passport option where they can set new locations and brows there.
For example, you are planning to travel to Greece on vacation, you can set your location for the town you will be visiting, and browse for locals or other tourists before you actually go there.
In this way you will have a jump start on all the possible dates without waiting to go there, logging in, and allowing Tinder to adjust your location itself.
You cannot deny Tinder access to your location since this is one of its main functions.
If you do not want Tinder to register and update your new location do not log in, as it will happen automatically.
9. Who can see me on Tinder?
Just like you can see people who are on Tinder and belong to your preferred search settings, they can see you as well.
So, for example, if a 24-year-old-girl is looking for a guy between 23 and 29, and you are 26 years old, she will see you. If you are 30 looking for a 24-year-old, she will not see you, but some other girl with the settings that match your age will.
Basically, if you see her, it does not mean that she sees you, and vice versa.
The same goes for the location settings and the combination of the two.
If you are worried that other people who are not using Tinder will see you, they will not.
Only Tinder users can see that you are on Tinder.
Tinder Gold gives you the option to limit who sees you to only people who you liked. In this case, you will not waste time swiping people who you do not already think are attractive.
10. How long do Tinder likes last? Do Tinder matches expire?
Here’s a piece of great news for you, Tinder matches and likes last forever.
This means that you can actually match with someone who liked you months ago.
Whether they will still be interested after that much time is another thing so it is advisable that you use the app at least once a week.
If a gal you have liked some time ago has been inactive for a while and starts using the app again, you will show up on her list and, if she swipes right on you, it will be a match, regardless of how long ago you swiped right on her.
11. Tinder user not found
When “Tinder user not found” appears on your screen after you have tried to search for somebody you have previously matched with and chatted with it may mean one of two things:
They either deleted or deactivated their profile or they have unmatched you.
You cannot know which is the case since if you got unmatched, that person will not appear on your suggestions, nor will she be able to see you.
12. How long do Tinder matches last?
Tinder matches last forever.
On Tinder there is no time frame in which you need to send a message to your match to prevent them from disappearing from your match list.
If they are not on the match list anymore there are two options, either they have deleted the account, in which case you may see them again in your match list when and if they go back on the app, or they have unmatched you.
If they unmatch you, you will no longer be able to see them in the app.
If you do not want to appear in somebody else’s match list you can do the same-unmatch.
13. Tinder there’s no one new around you
If you are using Tinder and have come around this notification you surely want to know what is it about and this is why you are asking.
Essentially, it means that you have swiped right or left on each and every person in your preferred age and distance group.
If you are living in a small town this will happen more often than if you live in a densely populated area.
What you can do to solve the problem is widen your location and your age group if you do not mind actually expanding your dating pool.
The other thing that many users do when this happens is they restart their account, or set up a completely new one.
This gives you the opportunity to see the same profiles in your area again and match with them the second time around.
Note: Resetting your account with the same number or Facebook profile often will probably result in Tinder shadowbanning you, so do this only as a last resort).
The best thing to do is to use Tinder every time you are on the move-every mile or so, log in and allow Tinder to update your location and find people who are around.
You can also use the Tinder Passport function if you have the ability and will to hook up with or date someone not so close to you.
14. If you swipe left on Tinder are they gone forever?
If you swipe left on a profile it usually means that you are not interested in them and that you do not want to see their profile anymore anyway.
On the other hand, sometimes we make a mistake of accidentally swiping left on somebody who would actually internet us.
If you are using paid Tinder subscriptions you have the option of reversing the swipe so you would not miss the chance.
If you are using regular, free Tinder, there is no such option but do not fear, there is still a chance that you will see the profile in question again after a while.
This is how Tinder algorithm works.
This is especially true if your location settings are narrow, and if there is not many people in the area (in smaller towns, for example, suggestions will be repeated more often then on campuses or downtown NY where there is a huge amount of people circulating every moment).
This will create a second chance for you to swipe right on the person you missed out on the first time.
15. Does Tinder show inactive profiles?
The answer to this is yes, Tinder shows inactive profiles.
However, if you are an average swiper, you will never get the opportunity to see the inactive profiles since they are very low on your list of suggestions.
For those of you who dug deep, there is a chance of coming across a profile that has not been active in months.
Tinder focuses on its users’ success and satisfaction, so what is the point of showing you inactive profiles on the top of the list?
If you have been inactive for over a week your profile will slowly go lower and lower on other users’ lists, and you will get fewer and fewer matches since tinder rewards active in-app behavior.
If you desire your profile you will have to deactivate the account, only deleting the app from your phone is not enough.
16. When does Tinder update location?
Tinder updates your location when you are active on the app, or actually, each time you log in.
If your location has not changed considerably, i.e. if you are in a coffee house half a mile away from your place, the location will not change, yet a distance of 2-3 km will make an impact and you will be able to see a deck of new matches.
For the location to change it is enough to log in, you do not have to use the app, yet even if you travel and do not use the app in the new town, the location will remain the same.
If you do not want your location to change, you can make that adjustment in the settings option of the app.
17. How long does it take to match on Tinder?
This question really does not have an exact answer.
The period during which you will have to browse before you get a match can go from a few hours to a few weeks.
The success rate depends on many things, first on the fact would you be satisfied with just any match or do you think about a good quality match which will give you what you came for.
It depends on your gender and the gender you are looking for. The fact is that heterosexual girls get as many matches, while guys have a much harder time getting a (good) match.
It depends on the way you are swiping, and tactics you are using to get matches-do you swipe right on any girl, or are you picky, and how it affects your online dating experience on Tinder?
And it largely depends on the quality of your profile: the attractiveness of your photos, the content of your bio, and so on.
If you have been using Tinder for some time and did not have any success yet, you should go through many of the texts regarding Tinder hacks, and how to get more matches fast.
18. Does Tinder only show active users?
No. The profiles you see on Tinder are not necessarily active.
Tinder keeps profiles around if they are used occasionally, or if they have been used at a certain location for a while.
If you are traveling to a different city you may still get matches from that location sometime after you have returned home.
Your profile will be visible, but only very stubborn and dedicated users will get to it since it will gradually drop on their deck of suggested users, and the tops of the lists will be filled with active, nearby users.
If you are inactive because you are in a relationship or are not currently using the app, you will still pop up on other users’ suggestions.
If you want to not be seen at all, you will have to delete your account.
19. How to find someone on Tinder again?
If for some reason you have accidentally swiped left on a profile that you might like, or think that persistence might convince her to give you a right swipe instead of the left one this time around, Tinder officials say that there is not much you can do except wait or Tinder to show you their profile again.
This happens according to the algorithm Tinder uses and your age and location settings.
Another thing that you can do if you are absolutely adamant in finding that specific person that you want is set up a new Tinder account, adjust the age and location settings exactly as you have them on your existing profile and carefully start swiping until you actually see the name and age, and possibly recognize the photos of the person you are looking for.
This will take up a lot of time and effort and will possibly make you seem a bit creepy, but if the heart wants it…
Otherwise, Tinder offers you the ‘by name’ search only among your matches (in case you skipped the conversation or do not want distractions while you are looking for that special someone in your messages).
20. Can you see who you liked on Tinder?
If you are a Tinder Gold subscriber you have the exclusive option to see who liked you before you choose whether to like them back or not.
When you are on the app there will be a list of profiles who already liked you in the top right corner of your phone.
You will know that they have already liked you by the gold frame that surrounds their profile.
Also, you will know who liked you when you are regularly swiping if you notice a gold, winged heart next to the user’s name.
Swiping right on such a profile creates an instant match.
There is a hack for all of you who are not Tinder Gold users and want to see who liked you, but it entails more work, and it doesn’t allow you to match with them, but only to see their name and photo, in case you recognize them in the app later.
You can click on the blurred pictures (opened on a web browser) of users who liked you and click Inspect.
A DevOps tool will open letting you see a code. Find the word blur in the code and delete it and voila!
Too much fuss for the internet not savvy? Get Tinder Gold, you will get so much more than just being able to see who liked you.
21. How accurate is the Tinder location?
Tinder officials say that Tinder location is quite accurate, having an error margin of 10ft.
The practice, however, does not support this claim. There are instances of people who are neighbors being matched but the location says it is much more.
The reason for that may possibly be that Tinder is protecting your exact location for privacy and safety reasons, or that it may be your phone who does not give out the exact location.
This depends on the GPS settings of your phone since Tinder only receives the information your phone collects.
Also, if you are walking or riding, do not expect Tinder to show your location accurately as it will only update when you log in.
The location services do not update when you are not on the app, and they update only upon logging in, it does not have the option of updating location simultaneously as you move.
22. Does Tinder show the same person twice?
Yes, Tinder will show you the same person twice, or even multiple times. There are a few reasons for this:
-you swiped right on them but they swiped left (o you can start again and swipe right)
-you swiped left on them
Both these things happen when there are a relatively small number of users in your preferred range of age located in the same area. Fix it by changing location when you are commuting or traveling.
– the Tinder algorithm decides who you see based on your settings, location, in-app behavior, and so on, so it is expected that from time to time, you will see the same users’ profiles again.
If you unmatch with a user, you will not see each other’s profiles anymore.
23. Is Tinder free?
Tinder has both free and paid-for options.
What you can do is download Tinder for free and use it on your iPhone or Android phone (visit the App Store or Google Play Store depending on your device).
You can also visit Tinder.com and set up an account for the web version of Tinder.
The free option gives you the opportunity to use basic Tinder functions like swiping up to 100 profiles a day and messaging, which is satisfying enough for many people.
On the other hand, you can upgrade to Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold. The subscriptions vary depending on the package (1 month, 6 months), and they give you different perks and more functions.
They include unlimited swipes, the Passport function, Rewind, Boost, Super Likes, Likes You feature (the best of all, available on Tinder Gold, it lets you see who likes you and saves time and energy spent on users who may or may not like you in the future),
24. Should I download Tinder?
If you are single and looking for romance, be it casual or serious relationships Tinder is an app to be on.
It is really easy to use, and its basic version is free so it is worth trying out and seeing how it goes.
It is fun to use and it does not require a lot of your time in a day.
There are millions of testimonials about Tinder’s effectiveness, and true stories of how people met.
And although it is mostly considered to be a dating app helping you hook-up, there are a lot of stories about couples in longterm relationships and marriages which originated on Tinder.
So, yes, download it and give it a go.
25. What is the Tinder dating site?
Tinder is by far the most internationally popular dating platform. It has the largest user database and research shows that there are over 50 million users on a monthly basis.
Tinder is used in almost every country of the world and is available on over 40 languages.
It lets you swipe right if you like someone and left if you don’t, based solely on a few photos, age, and a short bio.
Due to this, it has been dubbed a hookup app, but there are more and more people looking for anything but, especially among heterosexual girls who are in it to find a relationship.
It is mostly used in the demographics of college students and single people in their twenties, but older population also has a base there.
The app works based on your location and age settings.
It is available for iOS and Android users, and as of recently, there is a web version.
26. What year did Tinder come out? When did Tinder start?
Tinder was published in 2012, on September 12th in Dallas, Texas.
It was first available for iPhone users, and later for Android users as well and since 2017 there is a website version.
It was funded by six people-Rad, Badeen, Mateen, Munoz, Moorjani, and Wolfe (left and founded Bumble), and now belongs to Match Group Inc.
It exists in practically every country in the world and on over 40 languages.
It is one of the biggest dating apps to date with almost 50 million monthly users worldwide.
27. Can you use Tinder on a laptop?
Originally Tinder was developed only as a mobile phone app, but since 2017 Tinder launched its laptop/desktop version (it is available for any type of computer).
You can set up an account for Tinder Online on Tinder’s website. It will require you to connect through your Facebook profile.
The rest is practically the same.
You get authentic Tinder experience but on a bigger screen and instead of swiping left and right, you will be using your mouse to drag profiles to either side.
Tinder Online gives you the opportunity to see the profiles better on a larger screen if this is what you are into.
It is good for those of you who do not have enough storage on your phone, or if you do not want the Tinder ping to give you away when you do not want others to know that you are dating.
Using Tinder on your laptop does not prevent you from having the app version as well for when you are on the go.
On the other hand, if you only want to see profiles at a larger scale but still want to use the app you can download an emulator and connect your phone to your TV or laptop or desktop and enjoy browsing through the profiles like that.
28. How does Tinder matching work?
When you start using Tinder, i.e. when you create an account you are required to define the age range and gender of Tinder users you are looking for.
Based on this, Tinder offers you a list of people who are geographically close to you and meet the criteria you are looking for.
When you think you like a user you can do two things: tap on the heart icon under the person’s profile or swipe right on them. If you do not like them, tap on the X, or swipe left.
In case this person has liked your profile beforehand, you will get a notification that it is a match and you can initiate (or they can) conversation via messaging.
If you swipe right on someone and do not get an instant match it can mean that they either saw your profile before and swiped left, or that they have yet to see it and decide if they are going to like you.
When they do, you will, again, get the notification that you are a match.
29. Tinder age range
Tinder age range defines which profiles you will be seeing when you are using the app.
You can set your preferred age range quite easily by going on the settings menu on the app and finding the age slide.
The age slide allows you to set the age range from 18 to 55+ and you can choose any range you want, it is not sectioned like in many other dating apps (e.g. 20-29,30-39) you can literally pick a number and o form there (e.g 18-21, 36-42)
The more specific you are the more you will be satisfied with Tinder’s pick for you.
Just like it defines who you will see while browsing through the decks of potential matches it defines who will see your profile.
If you do not belong to a girl’s search preferences, she will not be shown your profile even if she belongs to your age preferences.
This is to make sure that the chances of both of you liking each other increase.
30. Can you block people on Tinder?
There is no option in which you can block a Tinder user by name like on Facebook for example.
If you know that someone you do not want to see (your ex, your boss, your sibling…) on Tinder is actually using it you will not be able to avoid seeing their profile if you meet their search criteria (age, gender) or if they meet yours.
Fortunately, on Tinder an annoying ex will not be able to message you unless you actually match which requires action from both of you.
As for your boss, you will just have to pretend you did not see their profile the nix time you are at a meeting.
There is an option close to blocking, but it can only be done once you have already matched and that is Unmatch.
If you tap on the flag icon in the top right corner of the conversation you will be able to unmatch or report a user for any reason.
Once you are unmatched, you will no longer see that person, and they will not able to see you or communicate with you.
31. What is Tinder U?
Tinder U is basically new Tinder targeting only college students.
If you are a college student attending an accredited, four-year college and have an active .edu e-mail you are free to switch to Tinder U and start swiping right and left among the other students of your college as well as nearby colleges.
When you are on Tinder U, your college colors (i.e. logo) will be placed as a badge on your profile so that other students on Tinder U know if they can meet you right there on campus, or you would need to venture out into neighboring territories.
Apart from needing an .edu email and being located at a college campus, Tinder U functions just the same as regular Tinder- swipe right if you like and left if you do not.
You can even switch from one to the other at any time you like.