How To Find Someone on Tinder without Opening an Account

Posted by Jamie on April 20, 2019

Picture the scene. You met someone on Tinder and once you became serious you both promised to stop using the app. Then, your partner comes up in a friend’s stack ready to be swiped. Can you tell if they are still on Tinder if you don’t have an account? Can you tell if they are still active on the app?

First up, despite what a bunch of paid services will tell you, there is no way to see if someone on Tinder without an account. Those paid services will either use an account or are not going to be able to deliver what they promised. You need an account to let you into the Tinder ecosystem otherwise you won’t be able to see what’s going on.

However, there is nothing stopping you setting up a fake account and taking a look. You are kind of stooping to their level but if you really must know…

Find someone on Tinder

According to Tinder, abandoned accounts will not appear in people’s stacks. Profiles card are selected from active users within the criteria you set. There is no point showing profiles of people who aren’t going to reply or swipe back so they aren’t picked up by the algorithm.

So if your other half has appeared in someone’s swipe stack, they are using the app.

That doesn’t mean they are actively using it. They could have logged in to delete their photos or something harmless. There are two ways to find out. The first, and arguably best is to sit them down and have a conversation about it. Explain what happened, that they came up as a friend’s Tinder match and that they shouldn’t have done. They answer that they were just removing their pics and closing their account down. Question answered and you live happily ever after.

Or. You set up a fake Tinder account and go and see for yourself what’s going on. While the first option is the best, I bet a good majority of you will opt for this one. Now Tinder doesn’t demand Facebook, you can set up an account with any email address and enjoy your time on the app in secret.

Signs a Tinder account is still in use

There are three signs that a Tinder account is still in use. They update their profile. They add news pics. Their location changes.

Profile updates

A person has to be a little dumb to change or update their Tinder profile while dating someone and not expect to get found out. But it happens. I know of two supposedly intelligent people who updated their Tinder profile without considering their partner would find out. They thought they were safe as their partner no longer used Tinder, or couldn’t openly confront them about it without admitting to using the app themselves. They were wrong.

They completely forgot to consider they had single friends who were openly using Tinder.

Picture updates

The same goes for updating profile images. If they have developed a beach body, they are naturally going to want to show it off. But not on Tinder. If you log in using your fake account or ask your friend to use their account and see new pics, two things are wrong. One, they are using their Tinder account for them to appear in a stack. Two, updating their pics means they are still invested in the app.

Location updates

Tinder only updates location when you use the app. If it is closed and not used, it does not read location data or update it to the app. If their profile shows a new or more recent location you know they have been using the app. Tinder uses location data to compile your stack from where you are. Any change of location shows that the profile has been in use and they have been swiping.

What to do next?

Signs that someone has been using Tinder is not a sign that they have been cheating. If you both promised to drop the app and remain exclusive then there are some things that need discussing but cheating may not necessarily be one of them.

If you shied away from that talk before, you cannot any longer. It’s time to sit them down and ask them about their behavior. You’re going to have to admit to going detective on them or ask your friend to lie for you but either way, you’re going to have to have that discussion. It’s better to find out now rather than later if you’re not exclusive even if you thought you were!

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