If you’re having doubts about joining Tinder, you should know that this dating app is extremely easy to use. Wherever you live, Tinder will connect you to a wide range of people. You can have comfortable, engaging conversations without any pressure. If you don’t click with a match, it’s easy to unmatch with them.
But everything becomes more complicated if the people in your life know that you’re using Tinder. You may well want to protect your privacy.
Can your Facebook friends find out that you’re using apps such as Tinder and Bumble when you use Facebook to sign up for these dating apps? Exactly how much privacy does Tinder grant to users who use Facebook to authenticate into their Tinder accounts?
You Can Use Facebook to Set Up Your Tinder Profile
- You Can Use Facebook to Set Up Your Tinder Profile
- Will Your Facebook Friends Know You’re on Tinder?
- Is There Any Other Way Your Facebook Friends Can Find Out You Are on Tinder?
- A Glaring Mistake from Tinder
- What About the Future?
- What If You Want to Leave Facebook?
- Alternatives to Facebook for Signing up for Tinder
- A Final Word
Let’s go back to the basics. How do you create a profile on Tinder?
First, you download the Tinder app to your phone or other device.
Then you have a choice to make. You can sign in with your Facebook profile, or you can skip Facebook and simply use your phone number to sign up for a Tinder account.
Many Tinder users prefer to sign up with Facebook as it’s easy and way more convenient for a few different reasons, all of which save you time and effort signing up, creating a profile, and signing back in whenever you want to use the app.
For example, you can upload your Facebook photos to your Tinder directly. Since many Tinder users have at least a few photos up on Facebook that they’d like to use for their Tinder profile photos, connecting your Facebook and Tinder accounts provides a lot of convenience and ease-of-use.
Also, if you sign up for Tinder using Facebook, you also won’t have to re-enter your phone number every time you sign in, which can get old fast. If you change your phone number sometime in the future, you won’t have to worry about losing access to Tinder.
You also won’t have to fill in any of your personal details, which can be time-consuming and cumbersome. Tinder will use your Facebook gallery rather than the one on your phone.
However, you may have a concern about connecting your Facebook with a dating app. What if your professional contacts and family members see something that they shouldn’t? What if your Facebook friends see that you’re using Tinder when you wanted to keep your use of dating apps private?
Will Your Facebook Friends Know You’re on Tinder?
Tinder does not post anything to your Facebook, ever. There’s no way for your Facebook friends to see your Tinder profile from Facebook, but they may see that you’re using the Tinder app. You should thus take a few extra security measures to make sure you maintain your privacy regarding your use of dataing apps such as Tinder through your Facebook account.
When you use Facebook to sign in to Tinder, you connect the two apps. Depending on your privacy settings, your Facebook friends may be able to see your connected apps.
Here’s how you can make sure all your apps remain private:
1. Sign In to Facebook
2. Click on the Down Arrow in the Bottom-Right Corner of Your Screen
3. Click or tap Settings
4. Select “Apps and Websites.” This option is available in the menu on the left-hand side of your screen.
5. Find the Tinder App in the list of Apps and Websites
Scroll through the list until you find the Tinder application. If the full list of your apps is very long, it’s a good idea to filter it down to Active apps. That is, delete any apps from Facebook that you do not use at this time. This will keep your focus on the apps you’ve been using lately. Keeping the list of apps down to the ones you actively use is considered a privacy & security best practice.
Once you’ve found the Tinder app, you can change its visibility.
6. Click on App Visibility. Now you can choose your audience on Facebook. The safest option is to make sure nobody can see it but you. There’s really no reason to enable others to see what apps you’ve signed up for using Facebook.
Is There Any Other Way Your Facebook Friends Can Find Out You Are on Tinder?
Once you’ve taken the above steps, your dating app privacy is safe on Facebook.
You may run into your Facebook friends on Tinder if they happen to fit your dating criteria. If you swipe right, they will never know they appeared in your stack.
In the past, there were attempts to connect Tinder and Facebook more closely, but time showed that this wasn’t a good idea.
A Glaring Mistake from Tinder
You may have heard of Tinder Social. This was an experiment that launched in 2016 and got discontinued in 2017.
The idea was to let people organize group dates. This meant including your Facebook friends in your dating life.
Fortunately, your Tinder activities didn’t get revealed to everybody. This feature only connected you to Facebook friends who were also on Tinder. But the fallout was still unpleasant.
Some people were on Tinder in secret or simply wanted to protect their privacy, and the reveal disrupted their personal life. In particular, this impacted people looking for same-sex matches. The breach of privacy caused an uproar, and many Tinder users went on to delete their profiles.
What About the Future?
Tinder recognized that this attempt was a bad idea. However, they’re still planning to introduce Tinder features that go beyond dating.
If you’re worried for the future of your privacy, you may want to disconnect your Tinder from Facebook. Sadly, the only way to do that is to delete your Tinder profile and make a new one. When you do so, all your matches and conversations will be lost.
What If You Want to Leave Facebook?
Deleting your Facebook account makes it impossible to sign in to Tinder. Tinder is aware that this isn’t ideal, though.
With movements like #DeleteFacebook, people are changing their online habits, and Tinder is looking for alternatives. For now, you may need to start using your phone number in addition to your Facebook login.
Alternatives to Facebook for Signing up for Tinder
What can you do if you dislike connecting your Tinder with your Facebook profile in any way?
At the moment, your best bet is to make a profile that uses your phone number. You can also go for a fake Facebook account. However, if this account gets deleted, you’ll have to make a new Tinder profile anyway.
A Final Word
Your dating life is your own business. Many Tinder users hate the thought of telling anyone about their Tinder profile. Discretion is useful even if you have no particular reason for secrecy. If you know your friends and family will never see your profile, it is easier to feel daring and flirty.
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