Super Likes on Tinder allow users to demonstrate an exceptional interest in a certain person. Users get to see who Super Liked them so they can decide how to respond.
Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to accidentally swipe up on someone’s profile, immediately triggering embarrassment on your end. iPhone users are especially susceptible to accidental Super Likes because the swipe-up gesture is how they access the Control Center on their phones.
This can create some real awkwardness, especially when you didn’t intend to like the profile at all in the first place. In this article, I’ll show you how to reverse the damage and take back that Super Like, but first let’s explain how exactly Super Likes work and what they do.
What Are Super Likes on Tinder?
A Super Like is your way of expressing your strong interest in another’s profile. Instead of simply swiping right on the Tinder profile you like, you can either swipe up (or tap on the star icon) to send the Super Like to the other user. The person you Super Liked will be notified of your swipe and will have the option to either swipe left or right on your own profile. If they swipe right, a match is made instantly.
Free users only get one of these Super Likes a day, so you have to be mindful of when you use it. Tinder Plus and Gold users get five Super Likes per day, making it easier to justify using them. Any user can buy more Super Likes from Tinder as they see fit.
The biggest problem with Super Likes, however, is the activation gesture. With the entire interface of Tinder being designed around gestures, it’s easy to see why a swipe-up would make sense. Unfortunately, a huge number of Tinder users use iPhones, where a swipe-up from the bottom of the display is used to open Control Center on any screen. A slight miscalculation on where your thumb or finger lands within Tinder means a swipe-up might not open Control Center at all—it might accidentally cause an awkward social connection you didn’t mean to make.
How to Undo Super Likes on Tinder
If you accidentally Super Like someone on Tinder, you’ll likely be looking for a way to undo it before the person is able to see it. Tinder Plus users can use a paid feature to undo the gesture, while free users have to resort to other means.
Here’s how to take back Super Likes on Tinder.
The Paid Solution: Rewinds in Tinder Plus
Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold offer several digital benefits, including:
- Five Super Likes per day.
- New features like Rewind and Passport.
- One free profile Boost a month.
- No in-app advertisements.
The major feature we are concerned with here is Rewind, a feature that adds a small yellow rewind button to the app and allows you to reverse and take back your last swipe — something users have asked for since the service began. Tinder Plus subscribers can use the rewind button to rewind an accidental Super Like. You can only take back the last profile you swiped on, making it important to realize your mistake quickly before you swipe on another profile.
There is, however, another strategy you can take to minimize the impact of accidental Super Likes.
The Free Solution: Disclosures on Your Profile
When someone receives a Super Likes, they are notified immediately. When they receive the notification, they are of course able to view the other person’s profile, including the sender’s biography. This is where our free solution comes in. Placing a simple disclosure on your profile that lets others know that any Super Likes are accidental or unintentional is the perfect solution. This lets you feel a bit better about your accidental Super Like while allowing the recipients to know that you didn’t mean to Super Like them. Our recommended text is simple: just write something along the lines of “If I Super Liked you, it was unintentional.”
Now, obviously, this isn’t a perfect solution. For one, it does limit your ability to actually use Super Likes to their fullest potential, since sending a Super Like to someone will seem like an accident even if the swipe was purposeful. For another, not every Super Liked user will read your full bio before swiping left or right to your profile, meaning the disclosure won’t be seen by everyone. But overall, placing this sort of message right into your own profile allows you to have peace of mind when using the app in case an accidental swipe occurs.
Neither of these fixes are perfect for those accidental swipe-ups that happen from time to time without intention or meaning. The unfortunate repercussions of touch and swipe-focused applications are that, unlike with a mouse and keyboard, we occasionally perform the wrong action when navigating through our devices, and Tinder’s interface makes it easy to perform the wrong action. That doesn’t mean we should stop using the app completely—it just means we have to be careful when swiping around our phones, especially while trying to use Control Center on our iPhones.
Paying for Tinder Plus is the only true way to fully reverse and undo a Super Like within the app, but by taking the correct steps—including placing a disclaimer on your phone and not using Control Center within Tinder’s swipe interface—you can minimize the damage done by a rogue Super Like. While neither solution is without faults, both of these are workable approaches to reduce the embarrassment from an accidental Super Like.