How To View Tinder Profiles Online
Tinder is a famous dating app that uses a specific algorithm and search parameters to connect its users. The app works in a way that doesn’t allow you to look for a specific person. Instead, you need to find a match by swiping left or right. But if you are interested in a particular profile, or you want to find that person somewhere else on the internet, the situation gets tricky.
The only way to view a Tinder profile online is by using the Tinder app. Furthermore, you’ll have to go to great lengths to find the exact one. In this article, we will explain the best way to locate a specific Tinder profile by tweaking some of the app’s preferences.
Make a Dummy Profile
If you want to search for someone on whom you’ve already swiped left, you need to start over again. This is because Tinder algorithm works in a way that will never show you the same profile twice if you’ve dismissed it before.
To encounter the same profile again, you should create a dummy (or a ‘fake’) one so it can appear in your feed again. Follow these steps to make a new Tinder account:
- Go to ‘Settings’ on your smartphone.
- Find the ‘Apps’ menu.
- Locate the Tinder app.
- Select ‘Uninstall’ and wait for the process to finish.
Then, you should create a new Facebook or Instagram account that you can connect with Tinder and download the Tinder app again from the Play Store or the App Store.
When you install the app again, use the credentials of your new Facebook/Instagram profile to set up a new account. If you really want to find a certain profile, it would be better to pay for a gold or premium version, since it allows infinite swipes and setting a specific location.
Once your dummy account is ready, you can start your search.
Update Your Preferences
Tinder is extremely specific when it comes to search preferences. You can’t look for usernames, real names, or interests. The only things that you can set as search parameters are gender, distance, and age. So, if you know exactly who you’re looking for (their age, gender, and location), these specifications may be enough.
To update the profile settings, follow these steps:
- Open Tinder.
- Tap the ‘Settings’ icon on the top-left of the screen.
- Press ‘Discovery preferences.’
- Set a specific radius, gender, and age range.
A regular Tinder user would look to make their search pool as versatile as possible. The distance is usually broader than a few blocks away, and age can’t be set to an individual number.
However, when you’re looking for a specific target, you should shrink the pool as much as possible. This will filter out the feed and make it easier to find the desired profile. There are two things that you need to know in this case – the person’s age and their current physical location.
Unfortunately, you must set a 5-year age gap in your parameters, and if you’re using a free version of the app, Tinder will use the distance from your actual location to look for potential matches.
So, unless you’re looking for someone who’s living in an apartment below, setting a 1-mile radius won’t work. You’ll either have to physically move to a place close to the person you’re looking for or you’ll have to pay up for a Gold or Premium account.
Setting a Location with Tinder Gold or Premium
If you purchase a Tinder Gold or Premium subscription, looking for a specific profile becomes much easier. This is because you can search for someone from a different part of town, or even another city or country.
To change your location to another place, you need to:
- Open Tinder.
- Select ‘Swiping In’ (or ‘Location’ if you have iOS).
- Tap ‘Add a new location.’
- Select the location.
For example, you can set a location of the person’s workplace, home, or any places that they regularly visit (if you know of such places, of course).
After you’ve set the preferences, all you have to do is swipe left until you reach the profile that you want to visit. With Tinder Gold or Premium, it will be much easier to do it, since you’ll have an unlimited number of swipes. If you have a regular account, there’s a chance that the feed will ‘dry out’ before you reach the desired person.
Use a Tinder Username
Maybe you’re not aware of this feature, but you can set a Tinder username. If you don’t have one already, this is how you chose it:
- Navigate to Profile Settings on Tinder.
- Tap the ‘Username’ option under the ‘Web profile’ section.
- Choose a viable username.
- Press ‘Confirm.’
Now when you try to type tinder.com/@[username] in your web browser, your profile should appear.
So, if you know the user name of the person that you’re looking for, you can type tinder.com/@[profileusername] and the profile should display on your web browser, too.
After you have set up all the preferences to ease your quest, there’s a still a chance that the swiping will last for some time. A common issue is that, if things take a while, you start automatically swiping left without even looking at the profiles.
This can cause you to accidentally swipe left on the profile that you went to such great lengths to find. So, after you’ve put in all this effort, make sure to pay attention to each profile so you don’t miss out on the one you’re looking for.
Do you know of any other methods to view Tinder profiles online? Did you ever manage to find a person that you’ve been looking for? Share your interesting Tinder stories in the comments below.