How To Reset Your Tinder Account
Tinder has become by far the most popular online dating service available. The app has completely revolutionized the dating scene, creating a simple yet fundamentally new mechanism for sorting out one’s potential mates: by swiping either left (no), right (yes), or up (really really yes), users can reduce the entire complicated calculus of whether or not to pursue someone into a fast and easy decision, complete with instant feedback if the other person has already swiped right on you. Since both parties have to express interest with a right- or up-swipe for a conversation to take place, users can commence conversations knowing that there is at least a baseline level of interest. This frees up the chat to become a discovery session where each partner finds out more about the other person. It brings dating into the hyper-fast bustle of the 21st century, and users of all ages are using Tinder either as an adjunct to other forms of dating or as a complete relationship/dating/hookup solution.
However, the importance of Tinder in a person’s dating life can cause new problems to arise. For example, it isn’t all that hard to create a mess of your Tinder profile by making just a few bad choices or poor decisions. In such cases, one approach to solving the problem is to pull the plug on the old account and start fresh with a new account. Perhaps you’ve ended a long relationship and your old Tinder profile just doesn’t do it for you anymore, or maybe you feel that getting the “newbie boost” (the temporary prominence that Tinder gives to new users in order to give them a positive experience with the app) is what’s needed to get your dating life back on track. Regardless of your reasons, there are ways to get a clean start on Tinder. In this article, I will show you how to reset your Tinder account and start fresh.
What does resetting your Tinder account mean?
- What does resetting your Tinder account mean?
- The guerilla war: fixing your existing Tinder account
- Conventional war: using a pre-existing Facebook account
- The nuclear option: using a fresh Facebook account with Tinder
What do I mean by resetting a Tinder account? Well, it doesn’t mean just taking your existing profile, blanking everything out, and starting over. You can do that, but as far as Tinder is concerned it will be the same old account it always was. You’ll keep the same ELO score, have the same bans or blocks in place, be associated with the same Facebook account, and so on. We aren’t talking about doing that kind of superficial reset here. Instead, when I say “reset your account” I mean actually creating a fresh new profile. This new Tinder profile can either connect to a pre-existing Facebook account or can connect to an entirely new Facebook account. There are also some things you can do to rejuvenate your existing Tinder account without it being a major production. I’ll show you how to do all of these things.
The guerilla war: fixing your existing Tinder account
It may be that you don’t actually need to reset your Tinder account. There are things you can do to resolve issues with your existing account, that are less time- and trouble-intensive than taking the more drastic steps below. Here are some things you can do to improve your existing account.
Evaluate your service level
Do you have a standard free Tinder account, or do you subscribe to Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold? It’s entirely possible to have a great Tinder experience with just the free service, but depending on your needs, it might be worthwhile for you just to upgrade to the paid tiers of service. The user experience is significantly better; you get to rewind mistaken swipes (which can save you a lot of trouble right there), and with Tinder Gold you get the amazing benefit (for guys) of getting notified when someone has swiped right on you. This can save an IMMENSE amount of time; Tinder Gold subscribers can basically just wait for their partners to swipe right, then decide whether to match with that person or not. We have a full-featured tutorial on all the different levels of Tinder and which one is right for you.
Are you using the right service?
Tinder is the most popular dating app. That doesn’t mean it’s automatically the best one, and it may not be the right app for you. Apps like PlentyOfFish, Bumble, and others are real competitors to Tinder, and it’s possible that your style of dating might fit better on one of those apps. Rather than endlessly tweaking your profile on the wrong dating app, maybe you should just create a new profile on the right one. Check out our article comparing Bumble to Tinder and see if perhaps the lesser-known beehive is where you should be doing your flying.
Revise your bio
The bio is the redheaded stepchild of most Tinder profiles – given the least attention and the most abuse. But for many people, the bio is super important in deciding whether or not to match. (I personally will not swipe right on a blank bio no matter how pretty she is.) A bad bio, or worse a blank one, means you’re fighting with one hand tied behind your back. Writing a great bio can really increase the attractiveness of your profile, without having to do a profile reset. See if our tutorial on writing a great dating app bio can help improve your game, or our article on whether or not your Tinder bio matters.
Is it purge time?
One reason a lot of people decide to wipe their profile and start over is that they have a bunch of matches in their history that just didn’t work out, but which for whatever reason they never unmatched. This clogs their feed and makes opening the app feel like an exercise in failure. However, it doesn’t have to be that way, and you can get rid of old matches without going to the time and trouble of doing an account reset. Read our tutorial on how to delete all your Tinder matches and see if that helps your situation.
Is it a privacy issue?
If you’re considering an account reset because you don’t want people to know where you are, there’s good news. You can actually change your location in Tinder pretty easily using our tutorial.
Are you trying to safe money?
If you’re trying to save money by getting rid of your Tinder profile before an account subscription automatically renews, you should definitely read our article on whether or not Tinder account subscriptions auto-renew.
Is it your messaging?
Reality check: success on Tinder is a combination of your bio, your pictures, and your chat game. Resetting your account gives you a fresh shot at the bio and the pictures, but if your weak chat game is what’s shooting you down, then a reset isn’t going to help. Check out our tutorial on how to message effectively on Tinder and see if that helps your performance.
Just trying to unhook from Instagram?
Maybe you’re just trying to get your Instagram account and your Tinder account to stop communicating. There’s no need to do a reset to achieve that goal. We’ll teach you how to disconnect your Instagram and Tinder accounts.
If none of those suggestions have resolved your Tinder issues, then it’s time to move on to the main event: resetting your account. There are two ways to do it: conventional warfare (reset your Tinder account but keep the same Facebook) and the nuclear option – wiping out everything and starting over. I’ll discuss both.
Conventional war: using a pre-existing Facebook account
This is a tricky thing to pull off. The trouble is that Tinder basically views your Facebook account as being “you”, so if you are using the same Facebook account as you’ve been using, it’s going to be difficult to persuade their algorithms to treat you any differently. More often than not, Tinder holds onto your data, even after you’ve reset and relinked your Tinder account with Facebook, which can make this method a bit challenging to get a grapple on and to perform correctly. That said, thanks to Facebook’s slowly-improving usage of app data and the focus on removing specific content following the Cambridge Analytica breach from 2016, you might actually be able to refresh and reset your Tinder account using your basic Facebook profile that already exists.
This option isn’t a hard reset; it’s a soft reset you can use to clear your Tinder information and wipe the slate clean, while also keeping your existing Facebook account around. If you try this method and log back into Tinder, only to find nothing substantial has changed, you’ll need to skip down to the nuclear option as described below.
To reset your Tinder account, grab your phone and a computer and let’s get started.
- Open Tinder on your device and navigate into the Settings menu.
- Select Delete Account, and follow the steps to delete your Tinder account.
- Once your account is deleted, return to your device’s home screen and uninstall the app from your device.
- On your computer, open Facebook and, from the arrow in the top-right corner of the display, select Settings.
- Select “Apps and Websites” from the left menu and then Tinder from the list in the center.
- Remove Tinder from the list by selecting the checkbox and hitting “Remove” from the list.
- Return to your device, re-download Tinder, and set up an account using your existing Facebook account.
Assuming you’ve followed the steps correctly and your account information has been deleted from Tinder successfully, you’ll be able to sign back up for a Tinder account using your existing Facebook information. That said, you may also return to Tinder only to realize your deleted account has been reactivated through your Facebook login token, which will lead you to have to follow the steps below to begin anew with a fresh Facebook account.
Remember that, despite resetting your Tinder account with this method, you’re still pulling from the same Facebook profile. If you want to truly remove exes from your photos, or you want to start new with a different and unique set of photos for your Tinder account, you’ll need to work to remove those older photos from your Facebook account by deleting (or downloading and archiving) them from your account and uploading the new content you wish to display.
As a final note, some users have noticed that their account on Tinder doesn’t contain the option to delete their account from the app. If you’re finding that’s the case for your own account, you can edit your account preferences here, including the ability to delete your Tinder account from this web portal.
The nuclear option: using a fresh Facebook account with Tinder
This is the nuke-and-pave method. We’re going to wipe out your Tinder presence altogether and then create a new account with a new Facebook. This breaks the association between accounts in the Tinder database and gives you a bona fide fresh start. Some people will tell you that getting a duplicate Facebook account is difficult or impossible, but that simply isn’t true. If you’re willing to tell a few fibs when you create the account, you can have as many alternates as you want. Note that Facebook does frown on this, and if you do something to call attention to your secondary account(s) they may well come down on you, but since there is no need to call attention to it, it’s an avoidable problem.
Start by following the above steps to start by deleting your Tinder account. You technically won’t need to delete a Tinder account from your old Facebook profile to reset, since you’ll be launching a new Facebook and logging in from there. That said, there’s also an obvious reason you’ll need to reset your Tinder account: duplicate accounts from the same person are never a good look on Tinder. No matter whether you’re looking for a quick hookup, or you’re looking for something long-lasting, you’ll want to make sure that your account looks legitimate. By having multiple accounts with the same name and similar photos appear, you lower the chances for potential matches to take you seriously; instead, your account may begin to appear as a fake account, and no one wants to be mistaken for a bot. So clear out that old account before creating the new one.
So, once you’ve deleted your Tinder account using the steps above, you can start moving towards starting fresh with both a reset Facebook account and a reset Tinder account. Log out of Facebook and, within a new tab, sign up for a fresh email account. Any email service will work, though Gmail is one of the most popular services on the market today and makes it easy to get set up and started with a new email address. With your email, head back to the Facebook homepage to create your fresh account. You will need an email address to do this; there are a lot of free services to choose from. For this walkthrough we’ll use Gmail, since it allows you to auto-confirm your email right from Facebook’s home page, as seen below. (Need some suggestions for free email providers? We’ve got a review of the best free e-mail services, the best free cloud-based email services, and the most secure email providers.)
With your new Facebook profile live and available to be used, you’ll want to spend some time customizing this before you jump right into Tinder. Add some friends, make an announcement that you’ve created a new Facebook, and even post a link to your new profile on your old page if you want people to add you back. Make it feel like a real profile, no matter how slim you need or want it to be. You’ll need personal info to make Tinder a useful tool anyway, so it’s better to do it now than to continue to put it off. Once that’s done, you can move onto the next step: signing back up for Tinder.
Signing up for Tinder can be done through the mobile app or on your computer, so if you’re sitting at your laptop and don’t feel like using your iPhone or Android device to accomplish this next step, don’t be afraid to just sign up for the app on your computer in order to skip past signing up on your phone. Head over to Tinder’s website to start the process of signing up on your computer, which requires you to sign into your Facebook account—the one you just created, that is. With Facebook signed in on your PC, you’ll be asked to verify that you’re a human using Google’s own captcha service, followed by verifying your phone number and using the number from a text to verify your code.
This method of verifying your mobile account is why it’s important to make sure you’ve closed off your former Tinder account before following through on signing up for Tinder once more. If you haven’t done that, or your phone number won’t work because of its status with your recently-closed account, use Google Voice along with the Gmail account you signed up for to create a new phone number you can use to verify your account. (We’ve got a tutorial on how to sign up for a Google Voice number, if you need one.) We can confirm that Tinder allows Google Voice numbers to be used with the service without issue, and that once you’ve imported your account, you’ll be set to go.
Ultimately, that’s about it for resetting your account. Once you’ve confirmed your phone number, you’ll find that your Tinder account has been completely reset, with a new Facebook account to match it. It’s unfortunate that Tinder doesn’t make it easier to unlink your Facebook from your Tinder in order to use it with a new Tinder account, and only some will be lucky enough to keep an existing Facebook profile with a new Tinder. Restarting can be hard, especially if you’re trying to get back into the dating game or moving on from a former flame or relationship. Thankfully, it isn’t impossible to restart your dating profile online, even if you have to put in the work to get there.