Daating apps have exploded in popularity in the last ten years, moving into a dominant position in the online dating scene, and it’s easy to see why. The ubiquity of smartphones means that just about everyone has trivially easy access to thousands of potential romantic interests, dates, or hook-ups – a revolutionary development that has made it easy for people to browse people wherever they are, even on the go. While there are dozens of apps currently enjoying success in the market, Tinder has been the king of dating apps from its first release on iOS in 2012 and Android in 2013. Tinder has become one of the largest dating services in the world, based in no small part on the ease and intuitiveness of its swipe-right/swipe-left decisionmaking model.
Tinder has some competition—there’s Bumble, designed and created by developers who used to work at Tinder, and Happn, which lets you find out if you’ve crossed paths with other Happn users, among others – but in many minds, Tinder remains the modern dating app. That competition, however, led Tinder (always hungry for new features and new ways to generate revenue) to roll out “Super Likes”, a feature deployed in 2015. Super Likes enable users to do the equivalent of a really, really emphatic right-swipe by swiping UP. Normal users get one Super Like per day, but unlike a normal right-swipe, the Super Like is sent as a notification to the other person, getting their attention immediately. If they swipe right on the person who Super Liked them, there’s an instant match. (Check out this TechJunkie article  to see the other differences between the levels of Tinder plan.)
Unfortunately, it’s all too to accidentally swipe-up on someone’s profile by mistake, immediately triggering embarrassment on your end. Anybody can accidentally swipe up to get a crumb off their screen, and 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.
Super Likes Explained
Despite being around for about two years now, the Super Like is still a strange feature inside of Tinder. Unlike most other features within the app, the repercussions of a Super Like aren’t well explained within Tinder’s own app. It can be unclear what’s happening when you decide to act on a Super Like, or what it means when you receive a Super Like from another user. A clear description of the feature is even buried within Tinder’s own FAQ on their website, making it difficult for most users to understand what’s going on with a Super Like.
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. You only get one of these Super Likes a day, so you have to be careful to use it only when you find the person to be worth of your use of your one Like. Tinder Plus and Gold users get five Super Likes per day, making it easier to notify matches you really like about your availability. Any user can buy more Super Likes from Tinder.
Since Super Likes rolled out in late 2015, they’ve been surrounded by more controversy than any other feature we’ve seen. Some users love the Super Like—it makes it easy to match with users you seem to have a connection with, and when used sparingly, can often brighten someone’s day by making them feel wanted. On the other hand, there’s plenty of things to hate about the Super Like. Some users, particularly women (who may be deluged by Super Likes demanding their immediate attention) feel the Super Like comes off as demanding or desperate, an act of neediness, attention seeking at its worst. It’s why plenty of users opt not to use the feature at all, electing to skip their daily allotment of Super Likes. (Wondering how you’ll know if someone Super Liked you? Check out this TechJunkie article .)
The biggest problem with Super Likes, however, is the activation gesture. In theory, a swipe-up seems to make sense. With the entire interface of Tinder being designed around gestures (yes, there are alternative buttons at the bottom of the screen, but nobody talks about “heart-tapping” versus “x-tapping”; the gestures ARE the interface) — it’s easy to see why a swipe-up would make sense. If a swipe left means no and a swipe right means yes, this type of user interface really only allows for two other motions: swipe-up and swipe down. 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. Android isn’t without it’s own fair share of swipe-ups within the operating system either, so users on either platform might create awkward moments without any meaning or intention. And of course, anyone can inadvertently swipe up when they try to clean their screen or just fumble their phone for a moment.
The Paid Solution: Rewinds In Tinder Plus
Many Tinder users stick to the free version of the app, complete with ads and limited Super Likes. The upgraded service levels, Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold, are the main source of revenue for T Tinder. Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold offers users a few benefits for paying for the dating platform, including:
- Five Super Likes per day, instead of one.
- New features like Rewind and Passport, the latter of which allows you to preview profiles available in the location of your upcoming vacation before you arrive there, letting you make connections ahead of time.
- One free profile Boost a month, which puts you as a top profile in your area for 30 minutes.
- Removal of in-app advertisements.
The major feature we are concerned with here is Rewind, a feature which adds a small yellow rewind button to your application 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 just as any other 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
Within Tinder, 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 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.