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How To Change Your Location on Tinder

Posted by Robert Hayes on May 6, 2019

Tinder has grown into such a monster app that it seems like everyone in the single world (and a few who aren’t single) uses it. College students looking to hookup, hot-to-trot grandparents trying to rekindle some old flames, and everybody in between, people are finding friends, dates, friends-with-benefits and life partners using Tinder. However, Tinder has one major flaw, especially for people who live in smaller cities: it’s possible to exhaust the local dating pool and have nobody new to look at.

When the local scene starts to feel tired, you might decide to do your shopping a little farther away from home. Or maybe you’re about to take a business trip, or you’re going to be moving soon, and you’d like to meet some people. If you need to change your location on Tinder, keep reading. In this article I’ll show you how to persuade Tinder that you are in a different place so that you can find matches anywhere on the planet.

How Tinder looks at location

Tinder doesn’t initially ask you where you’re from because it knows, or at least, it thinks it does. Tinder works by pulling your location from your phone’s GPS service. The app then looks for potential matches for you within the search radius that you specify, which can be anywhere from 1 to 100 miles. So if the perfect someone happens to be 101 miles away, you’re pretty much out of luck, unless you persuade Tinder that you’re actually somewhere different than what your phone says.

Change your location with Tinder Plus

The simplest and most straightforward way to change your location is to be a Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold subscriber. Premium customers are allowed to change their location whenever they want, and they get some side benefits from that ability as well. Tinder Plus costs $9.99 a month, and Tinder Gold costs even more, so the ability to change locations at will doesn’t come free. (You might want to check out our article on the various benefits and costs of the different levels of Tinder.)

The relocation feature is called Tinder Passport, and it allows you to change your location in the app as many times as you want to. You can set up to four default locations, so that you can switch back and forth quickly between a set of places. Whenever you enter a fifth location, Tinder will delete the oldest location you had previously set. The good news for premium users is that when you set your location to a new place, you get the coveted newbie boost, which is an excellent way to rejuvenate your matches! This can be a significant benefit to your visibility and is a largely unknown bonus to using Passport – Tinder doesn’t advertise it.

Using Passport is simple. Just go into the app settings, and look for “Discovery Settings”. Tap on the bar that says “Swiping in” and it will bring up the location selection screen.

You can then select an existing location by tapping on it, or tap “Add a new location” and the map will open up, helpfully centered on the Gulf of Guinea in Africa.

Enter the location where you actually want to “be” and your Tinder card stack will reset to that location and you will basically be starting from scratch. Note that it may take a little while for new potential matches to show up in your feed. Also, bear in mind that while you are swiping in the new Passport location, your distance is going to show up to those matches as being whatever the distance is between your Passport location and where you actually physically are – so you might want to add something to your bio to explain why people are matching with you even though you’re 4,284 miles away.

Fake your location on Android

If you don’t want to spend $9.99 a month for Tinder Plus, there are other options available.

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Because of the accessibility of the GPS information on an Android phone, you can (fairly) easily “spoof” Tinder by having your phone tell it you’ve physically moved to a new spot. This method is a little hit and miss (i.e. it doesn’t always work) but you can change your GPS location on your phone and try to fool Tinder in the process.

  1. Download and install a fake GPS app for Android. As you can see, there are a couple of them available. 🙂
  2. Open the Settings menu on your Android device.
  3. Search for or navigate to the Developer Options screen.
  4. Turn Developer Options “on” if necessary.
  5. If your phone has a toggle for “Allow mock locations”, set it to “on”.
  6. Tap on “Select mock location app”.
  7. Select your fake GPS app as the app.
  8. Go back to Settings and then Location.
  9. Select Location Mode and change it to Device only (GPS only).
  10. Open Tinder and navigate to Settings and Discovery.
  11. Change the Search Distance to something different to force Tinder to reacquire your location.
  12. Start swiping!

Tinder seem to be steadily working to eliminate this trick with every new version of the app they release. If you have trouble with this, you can download an older version of the Tinder app and use that. Just don’t allow automatic updates while you utilize that older version. There are older versions of the Tinder APK file on the web; this page has a repository of old APKs but we cannot vouch for their safety. We can, of course, show you how to install APKs on your Android phone.

Fake your location on iOS

Faking your location on an iPhone is significantly trickier, because Apple really doesn’t want you to do it. There are a number of apps that claim to be able to fake out your GPS without jailbreaking the phone. One that does appear to work is iTools from ThinkSky. iTools will let you change your location three times for free in the trial version; after that you have to pay to use the program. It costs $30.95 or more depending on what level of license you want and how many devices you want to install it on. iTools also only works on iOS versions 12 and under.

Another option is to jailbreak your iPhone. We have an article reviewing the pros and cons of this approach. Jailbreaking is risky and it’s not for the cautious or inexperienced user; you can very easily turn your iPhone into a very expensive, very ineffective paperweight. Explaining how it’s done is beyond the scope of this article. If you decide to proceed with jailbreaking your iPhone, be careful and get expert help with the process.

Everywhere for Tinder

How to change your location on Tinder4Another way to change your location on Tinder is to use a specific app for the task. Everywhere for Tinder is one such app. It utilizes fake GPS data to enable you to swipe anywhere in the world. It works in a similar manner to the fake GPS method above by allowing you to set a fake location from within Android. The app takes care of the rest. It basically works by automating the manual process of using a fake GPS app above. Everywhere for Tinder is also a little hit and miss. Some users have complained that it just doesn’t work while others say it is a little slow. I tried it out on my old Nexus 5 and it seems to work okay. The initial loading of the cards took around a minute, but other than that, and a few ads at the top of the screen, worked fine.

  1. Download and install Everywhere for Tinder.
  2. Open the Settings menu on your Android device.
  3. Search for or navigate to the Developer Options screen.
  4. Turn Developer Options “on” if necessary.
  5. If your phone has a toggle for “Allow mock locations”, set it to “on”.
  6. Tap on “Select mock location app”.
  7. Select your fake GPS app as the app.
  8. Go back to Settings and then Location.
  9. Select Location Mode and change it to Device only (GPS only).
  10. Open Tinder and navigate to Settings and Discovery.
  11. Change the Search Distance to something different to force Tinder to reacquire your location.
  12. Start swiping!

As long as you have turned off wireless network discovery and have Everywhere for Tinder running, you should now have global access to cards. The app is definitely a little hit and miss. Sometimes Tinder is searching forever and doesn’t find matches. Sometimes it does. Restarting the app generally forces it to find people eventually.

These are the three ways to change your location on Tinder that we know of. Have any others that work? Share them with us below!

Tinder is a big app and there’s a lot you can do with it.

Experimenting with Tinder and don’t want anyone to know where you are? Check out our guide to hiding your location in Tinder.

We’ve got a tutorial on how to find a particular person’s profile on Tinder.

Want to optimize your profile? See our article on reordering your Tinder pictures.

Wondering how reliable those Tinder bios are? We explain whether or not Tinder verifies user information. We’ll also tell you whether Tinder creates fake profiles.

Boost is a great way to get more eyes on your profile, and we’ll show you how to use Boost effectively.

Tried out Tinder Plus and it wasn’t worth it? Here’s how to cancel your Tinder Plus subscription.

Don’t want your Facebook friends to find you on Tinder? We have a tutorial on how to filter out your Facebook friends.

Want to just avoid Facebook altogether? Don’t blame you – here’s how to use Tinder without Facebook.

Tinder disappointing you? Here’s a guide on how to get more matches.

 

 

14 thoughts on “How To Change Your Location on Tinder”

Your Welcome says:
You can change your Tinder location without buying anything. Just use a GPS faker app and the Tinder mobile website. Not the Tinder app.
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Mike says:
Bumble (top face )??? I can’t find bumble on it’s own
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rami says:
Doesn’t work anymore if you use the tinder app. But if you use your browser (tinder.com), it still works.
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andy bech says:
by 2019 it does not work

tinder uses antenna and wifi location

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TravelDeal says:
pretty interesting
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one says:
how come it is not working on tinder and it is still knows my location when even google maps are showing fake location ??? how can tinder still get my location ? please reply if you know I” get notified. what spoofer are you guys using if it works?
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Jf says:
Did you did all the steps on Android?
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Paul says:
if you were to buy a subscription in India for me, how would I then be able to change the age and use it.
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John Smith says:
Doesn’t work for Tinder or Lucky, but it does work for Bumble, Hinge, Happn, Feeld, Badoo, & Lovoo.
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Alex says:
Doesn’t seem to work anymore and too old versions of Tinder require its update if we still want to use it.
A shame, was really awesome to change position with fake GPS !
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EddyX says:
Fake GPS didn’t work for Tinder, however it IS working for Bumble and POF.
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JM says:
Not working for Bumble.
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Ken says:
Works for bumble.. at least for me
lol says:
it’s this real?
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plusapk says:
thank you so much it’s working
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Victor says:
It worked for me, thank you so much!!!
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Godbless says:
Doesn’t work anymore
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