20 Frequently Asked Questions About Tinder

Tinder is by far the most popular dating app. The simplicity, low threshold and the fact that you encounter ‘real people’ instead of creepy fakers, are not to be sneezed by ingredients for languorous singles (and sometimes also non-singles). Yet another finds the app especially interesting to discover its ‘market value’. If you are an avid Tinderaar, then you may well run into problems, inconveniences or questions. We discuss the most urgent in this FAQ. This is obviously not an official FAQ and some things, especially those concerning the mysterious Tinder algorithm, often keep you guessing.

How does Tinder determine which profiles are shown to whom?

Whoever you get to see at Discoveries, and who you are, is certainly not based on arbitrariness: there seems to be a rather sophisticated algorithm behind it. This is, of course, aimed at achieving as many matches as possible. The makers of Tinder have little to say about the how and what of this algorithm.

We do know that someone’s popularity plays an important role in the algorithm. Tinder uses a rating system that allows users to rank on how desirable they are (something that is not uncommon with dating apps and sites). Tinder does this on the basis of a so-called ELO score. The term ELO comes from chess, where it is used to keep track of the skills of players. Tinder uses the same statistical model to determine the attractiveness of profiles. The principle: if someone with a high ELO score swipes to the right with someone with a low score, the latter gets a lot of points. The reason: he or she is liked by a popular person. And if attractive people continue to like it, that score will only increase even further.

Tinder has confirmed the existence of the ELO score for Tinder profiles, but of course, it is not possible for Tinder users to find that score. In addition, the company said that other factors also play a part, such as the general attractiveness. An important part of this is the conversion rate of profile photos.

Not confirmed by Tinder, but probably also affect your ELO score is how picky you are – or not. Swiping too little or just a lot to the right can work to your disadvantage. In addition, Tinder probably also allows you to consider how active you are on the platform: on the one hand with the general use of it, on the other hand with the sending and answering of messages. Users who are few online or send few messages are ranked lower by Tinder.

New accounts, finally, automatically receive a higher score, the so-called noob boost. But that is only very temporary.

Web magazine Fast Company brought the internal rating to light after being one of the few to take a look at the Tinder kitchen. In this article, you read about the findings. More about how the Tinder algorithm works and what you can learn from it as a user: here.

Does the age filter work in two directions?

Probably. You will not see people who fall within your age filter when you do not fall within theirs. Suppose you are a heterosexual man of 35 and your age filter goes from 30 to 40. You will then, logically, only see women between 30 and 40 years old. However, there are no women between whom you fall outside the age filter, for example, women who only want men between 20 and 30 years to see. Otherwise, match proposals do not make much sense.

Word of disclaimer: this is, again, no official Tinder FAQ. Tinder’s algorithms are secret and there is still a lot of discussion on the internet about the reciprocity of Tinder filters.

Does the distance filter work in two directions?

No. At least, that is what we unofficially know about this on the basis of user experiences. So you can see everyone within your distance range, regardless of whether you also fall within their distance range (apart from the age range). For example, if your distance is 160 km (the maximum), you will also see people with whom you fall outside their reach. This means that you also see people who do not see you (so for example also someone who is 120 km away from you and has set a distance range of 50 km). At least, at this moment. When someone you have liked adjusts his or her distance filter or enters your reach, then that person will still be able to see you and a match is still possible.

There is an exception situation. If you have liked someone with whom you fall within the distance range, but later no longer (for example because that person is passing through), then that person can still see you, even if you fall outside of his or her age range. Then there is still a match possible.
When I open Tinder on vacation, I suddenly have a lot of matches. I better move out for sure?

Well, not too fast. Of course, it is possible that you will get a better taste in other cities or countries. But a more plausible explanation for your local Tinder success lies in the fact that you are new to that area. Tinder will treat your account as if it is new. This gives it the so-called noob boost, which makes you pop up more frequently with others. This also happens when you use the Passport function, in the paid version of Tinder. After one or two days the score of your account normalizes again, and therefore probably also the number of matches.

I am a nice hetero man, but I score few matches. Do I have to worry?

Probably not. Pictures of heterosexuals score a lot less well than those of women and homosexual men. This appears at least from an analysis by the English company Rentify, which investigated the so-called success rate of Tinder photos. Photos of heterosexual women have a success rate of no less than 52 percent, which means that just over half of the men who come across the photo on Tinder swipe right. Photos of heterosexuals score an average of only 16 percent. Homosexual men are in between those two groups with a success rate of 35 percent.

Why does Tinder determine which of my photos is used as the main photo?

This is because the ‘Smart Photos’ feature has been enabled for you. She is active by default when you have just installed Tinder. With ‘Smart photos’ the app chooses your best photo, which produces the most response. As far as we know Tinder does this by showing users random photos from your profile and keeping track of which do and do not lead to matches. Based on these data, the app then chooses the best photo as your main photo. According to Tinder, people who have ‘Smart photos’ are on average up to 12 percent more matches than before.

We can imagine that you would rather decide for yourself which photo is your Tinder business card. Because the question is how valuable your matches are when they are created on the basis of your very best photo. Remember: Scoring a Tinder date is a lot harder than a Tinder match. And if you really want more matches, the question is how smart ‘Smart photos’ actually is.

You simply switch the function off by sliding the switch of ‘Smart photos’ (under the photos you have chosen) to the left.

I accidentally swiped someone to the left. Can I undo this?

Only if you have Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold, the paid versions of Tinder. If you use the free version, then every swipe is irreversible. Or you had to delete all your account, reinstall Tinder and hope that you meet that person again in your match proposals.

I accidentally swiped somebody to the right. Can I undo this?

Yes, you can ‘dispatch’ someone at any time. If you accidentally swipe to the right and it turns out to be a match (an undesirable one), then you best lift the match immediately, so that person does not see you with his or her matches. However, the unfortunate person has received a notification that there is a new match and will, therefore, be in vain to check her Tinder.

I accidentally gave a Super Like. Can I reverse this?

Only if you have Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold. If you have a free account, you can only cancel the Super Like by canceling the match. But then you can not give the person a ‘normal’ like.

If I give someone a Super Like, and it is not (yet) a match, will that person be notified?

Yes, the lucky one will receive a notification. He or she will not immediately see who the Super Like is from, but you and your Super Like will automatically encounter Discoveries. You can only chat with this person if he or she has also liked you or superseded you.

One of my matches has disappeared. How is that possible?

When a person no longer appears in your list of matches, he or she has canceled his or her match with you or deleted his or her account. In both cases, you can no longer chat with each other via Tinder.

Can I unblock someone?

No. If you have canceled your match with someone (also called “blocking” or “dispatching”) you can not reverse it.

Can you see when someone was last active on Tinder?

No. In the early years, there was a ‘last active’ report in Tinder, but it has already been removed.

Does Tinder only show profiles of active Tinderaars?

The profiles you see on Tinder have passed a lot of selection criteria and recent activity is an important one. In principle, the app shows the most recently active people first. In densely populated regions there are usually a lot of Tinderaars and you can assume that you initially see only active users. In less crowded Tinder areas, however, you can quickly get less active Tinderaars presented, sometimes even people who have not opened the app for weeks or months.

My match no longer responds to my chat messages. Did he/she perhaps block me, or have his / her account been deleted?

Neither. If a match blocks you (block = cancel match) or removes his / her Tinder account, this person will disappear from your list of matches. As long as he/she is in it, neither is the case. The match may be Tinder-tired and he/she will not open the app. Unfortunately, it may also be that your match is just as tired. What does the heart mean next to someone last sent a message to the chat? You can press this heart to like that person’s message. He or she can then see this. Can I only put photos on my Facebook on Tinder? No, since version 4.8.0 you can also upload photos directly from your film reel when using Tinder via your Facebook account.

Can I send photos to someone in the chat?

No. You can only show photos in your profile, with or without a link to your Instagram photos. However, since version 4.8.0 it is possible to send (funny) gif animations in the chat (see the blue ‘GIF’ button next to the message field). You can only send gifs from the collection that Tinder offers. Be careful with this, because once you have sent a gif, you can not undo that.

I have deactivated my Facebook account. Can I continue to use Tinder?

No. Tinder will ‘miss’ the link with Facebook and your requests to log back into Facebook. If you do not want the latter, you can create a Tinder account based on your phone number (no Facebook required), but then you start with a new, blank profile.

If I delete my Tinder app, will I also delete my Tinder profile?

No. To make sure that your Tinder profile disappears (including all your matches and chat messages) you have to delete it first at the settings. If you can not use the mobile app, you can also delete your account via a web browser at account.gotinder.com.

Do you use Tinder via Facebook? Then it is wise to also go to Facebook and set that Tinder no longer has access to your data. You do this in Facebooks Settings and then the Apps menu. You now get an overview of all the apps that you have given access to your Facebook account in the past (there are probably more than you think) and that still have it. Remove Tinder and possibly other apps that you no longer use.

As long as you do not delete your Tinder account, your profile can still be displayed on the app, even if you do not use it anymore. But the longer you are inactive, the less often that happens and eventually you, Tinder-technically, will fall into oblivion.

How can I start a new Tinder profile without Tinder ‘remembering’ me?

If you previously had a profile and you removed that profile as described in the previous question, you can start a new account blank, so without matches and chats. But Tinder probably ‘remembers’ you on the basis of your Facebook account or telephone number. And as a result, your Tinder attractive score may also become. The only way to start with a completely blank account is to log in via a new Facebook account (which means you have to create a second Facebook account) or log in via another phone number, for example, that of a friend. In the second case, keep in mind that verification SMS will be sent to that number.

What is the difference between Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold?

Plus and Gold are both paid versions of Tinder that offer you extras to facilitate matching and increase the chances of success. The two formulas are almost the same, with one important difference: in Tinder Gold, there is the function ‘Likes You’. This allows you to see if someone has liked you during the swipe, or to see a list of people you have liked. So you no longer need to like people unnecessarily to see how well you are in the market; you can search for promising matches. In short, Tinder Gold is the same as Tinder Plus, but with the ‘Likes You’ functionality.

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