How To Hide Your Location in Tinder
As Tinder is a location-based service, it uses your location to help you find dates in your area. However, some users may want to hide their location for privacy reasons or change their location to find matches in other areas.
Of course, the ability to hide or change where the app thinks you are can impact your potential matches.
So is it possible to hide your location on Tinder?
If you’ve ever asked this question yourself, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at whether or not you can hide or change your location in Tinder.
How Does Tinder Know Your Location?
Like any other app that keeps track of your location, Tinder knows your location by using the GPS signal from your phone. This means that whenever you open the app, your location will update to reflect where you currently are. Depending on whether you use iPhone or Android, you can update the app’s location permissions to “Always Allow” or “Allow Only While Using App.”
Every time your GPS changes location (say, when you’re on vacation), you’ll get way more matches than you normally do because Tinder boosts “new users” in an area. This makes it easier for tourists or new residents to find potential dates in new places.
Tinder also uses your WiFi to determine your location, so it’s particularly difficult to spoof your GPS when using this app.
Can You Hide Your Location on Tinder?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. You cannot hide your location on Tinder. It is a location-based app that uses distance and geography to sort your potential matches. If you turn GPS on, it uses your phone’s location to pinpoint where you are. If you turn your GPS off, it uses what cellular information it can gather.
Even if you were able to hide your location from Tinder, it would make the app more or less pointless. You would no longer be able to see any people in your area, nor would anyone be able to discover your profile.
However, while you can’t hide your location, you can change your location via a GPS spoofing app or by subscribing to one of Tinder’s premium services.
Change Your Location with Tinder Passport
If you want to be able to swipe in new places, Tinder offers a way to do just that.
While there is a free version of Tinder, you can purchase an upgraded version called Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold. This subscription will cost you $9.99 a month and will come with Tinder Passport among other features.
Tinder Passport allows you to change your location whenever you want. For example, if you’re planning to move to a new city and want to start looking for matches before you get there, you can go into your settings and manually change your location to your soon-to-be new home. This way, you can start swiping before you even get there.
To subscribe to Tinder, open the app, select Settings, then select Get Tinder Plus or Gold. Next, simply enter your payment information and enjoy the new features.
Changing your location with Tinder Passport is simple:
- Select your profile from within Tinder.
- Select Settings from your profile page.
- Tap Swiping in or Location(based on your phone).
- Select Add a new location.
- Change your location to your desired spot. Select Don’t Show My Distance if appropriate.
If you don’t select this option, the app will show potential matches that you are hundreds or thousands of miles away from the area you’re currently swiping in.
Keep in mind that it can take up to 24 hours to appear in a new location’s search, so if you’re only away for a day, you need to plan ahead if you want to find a date in that area.
While you may need to wait at least 24 hours to appear in local searches, you should see local matches instantly and be able to swipe as normal.
How Do You Spoof Your Location on Tinder?
Changing your location on Tinder is also possible with a fake GPS app; however, users have had mixed results with this option. Some of the fake GPS apps no longer seem to work after recent Tinder updates while they worked fine for others. I would say that they are worth trying but are not guaranteed.
I tested a few fake GPS apps when writing Tinder tutorials and they mostly worked. As these apps are a bit of fun and work on more than just Tinder, they are worth trying anyway.
Otherwise, it’s Tinder Passport all the way if you want to change your location!
Can You Set Tinder to Private?
Yes, it’s possible to set your Tinder to private, but you have to buy that privilege. Tinder Plus lets you hide your profile from every Tinder user and your profile will only show up on people you’ve swiped right on. This way, you don’t have to worry about your friends seeing your profile, and you don’t have to worry about strangers knowing your general location until you swipe right.
Additionally, if you want to temporarily pause your profile (this option is free and available to anyone) from appearing in swipe sessions, you can go to your settings and toggle “Show me on Tinder” off. This will hide your profile from others, but keep in mind that you also won’t be able to see anyone else’s profile until you turn this setting back on.
Learn More Tips for Tinder
You cannot hide your location on Tinder but you can change it by subscribing to Tinder Gold or Tinder Plus, or by using a fake GPS app to spoof your location.
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