Tinder shouldn’t need an introduction. It’s the app that has changed online dating forever for anyone under 40 and has spawned dozens of competitors all vying for the same users. All things considered, it’s a decent app that does a pretty good job of finding you dates.
One question comes up a lot when we discuss the app and that’s about whether you can hide or change your location on Tinder. Since Tinder uses your location to help you find dates, being able to hide or change where the app thinks you are can impact your potential matches.
If you’ve ever asked this question yourself, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take a look at whether or not you can hide or change your location in Tinder.
How Does Tinder Know Your Location?
Like any other app that keeps track of your location, Tinder knows your location by using the GPS signal from your phone. This means that whenever you open the app, your location will update to reflect where you currently are. If you don’t open Tinder, the app can’t access your location (depending on your permissions).
Every time your GPS changes location (say, when you’re on vacation), you’ll get way more matches than you normally do because Tinder boosts “new users” in an area. This makes it easier for tourists or new residents to find potential dates in new places.
Tinder also uses your WiFi to determine your location, so it’s particularly difficult to spoof your GPS when using this app.
Can You Hide Your Location on Tinder?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. You cannot hide your location on Tinder. It is a location-based app that uses distance and geography to sort your potential matches. If you turn GPS on, it uses your phone’s location to pinpoint where you are. If you turn your GPS off, it uses what cellular information it can gather. Presumably, if you’re on WiFi, it will use that too.
Even if you were able to hide your location from Tinder, it would make the app more or less pointless. You would no longer be able to see any people in your area, nor would anyone be able to discover your profile.
Alternatively, you can spoof your location by using a GPS spoofing app. Some still work while others don’t. As such, this can be pretty hit or miss.
So, if you want to hide your Tinder activities from someone, travel a lot, or want to search for matches in an area other than where you are, how do you do it?
Change Your Location with Tinder Passport
If you want to be able to swipe in new places, Tinder offers a way to do just that.
While there is a free version of Tinder, you can purchase an upgraded version called Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold. This subscription will cost you $9.99 a month and will come with Tinder Passport among other features.
Tinder Passport allows you to change your location whenever you want or need to. For example, if your planning to move to a new city and want to start looking for matches before you get there, you can go into your settings and manually change your location to your soon-to-be new home.
To subscribe to Tinder, open the app, select Settings, then select Get Tinder Plus or Gold. Next, simply enter your payment information and enjoy the new features.
Changing your location with Tinder Passport is simple:
- Select your profile from within Tinder.
- Select Settings and Swiping In or Location depending on your phone.
- Select Add a New Location.
- Change your location to the desired spot.
- Select Don’t Show My Distance if appropriate.
While the location selection process is simple, it isn’t quite as straightforward as Tinder makes out. It can take up to 24 hours to appear in a new location’s search, so if you’re only away for a day, you need to plan carefully if you want to find a local date.
Selecting “Don’t Show My Distance” may help you get a match in some circumstances. If you’re at home and want to see where Tinder users are around the world, even if you change your search location, your home location will remain. So if you’re in Dallas and are searching in Toronto, it will say you are a thousand miles away. Anyone you swipe is going to know you’re using Passport and is unlikely to swipe back.
If you travel for work or pleasure and want to find local dates in the cities you visit, you don’t need to select “Don’t Show My Distance.” If you have GPS running on your phone, Tinder will pick up where you are and should show the actual distance between you and your match. I have only tried this a couple of times but seemed to work fine.
That delay is worth remembering though. You may need to wait at least 24 hours to appear in local searches before your profile begins appearing in your new location. You should see local matches instantly though and be able to swipe as normal. If you swipe right, that match will be able to see your location regardless of whether your location has updated or not but the distance may be reported inaccurately.
How Do You Spoof Your Location on Tinder?
I covered changing your location on Tinder before on TechJunkie and users have had mixed results with the options. Some of the fake GPS apps no longer seem to work after recent Tinder updates while they worked fine for others. I would say that they are worth trying but are not guaranteed.
I tested a few fake GPS apps when writing Tinder tutorials and they mostly worked. Tinder hasn’t updated its services so that other GPS spoofing apps will work, unfortunately. As these apps are a bit of fun and work on more than just Tinder, they are worth trying anyway.
Otherwise, it’s Tinder Passport all the way if you want to change your location!
Can You Set Tinder to Private?
Yes, it’s possible to set your Tinder to private, but you have to buy that privilege. Tinder Plus lets you hide your profile from every Tinder user and your profile will only show up on people you’ve swiped right on. This way, you don’t have to worry about your friends seeing your profile, and you don’t have to worry about strangers knowing your general location until you swipe right.
Additionally, if you want to temporarily pause your profile from appearing in swipe sessions, you can go to your settings and toggle “Show me on Tinder” off. This will hide your profile from others, but keep in mind that you also won’t be able to see anyone else’s profile until you turn this setting back on.
Learn More Tips for Tinder
You cannot hide your location on Tinder but you can change it. Got any other reliable ways to change or fake your location on the app? Tell us below if you do!
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