Since Tinder’s launch in 2012, the dating app has become by far the most popular online dating service available. Tinder completely revolutionized the dating scene by creating a simple yet fundamentally new mechanism for sorting out one’s potential mates. You, in essence, judge your potential new date/hookup/future life partner 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 in return. Since both parties have to exert themselves 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 – no more guessing about a coy partner’s unknowable level of interest. This frees up the chat to become a discovery session where each partner attempts to find out more about the other person. It brings dating into the hyper-fast bustle of the 21st century and users of all ages are deploying 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 a few different ways to get a clean start on Tinder. In this article, I will show you how to reset your Tinder account and start over.
What does resetting your Tinder account mean?
- What does resetting your Tinder account mean?
- The guerilla war: fixing your existing Tinder account
- Welcome to the catfish farm
- Conventional war: using a pre-existing Facebook account
- The nuclear option: using a fresh Facebook account with Tinder
- The Patient Approach: Wait Them Out
If you follow online message boards such as Reddit you will hear people talking all the time about “resetting their Tinder account”. What exactly does this mean? 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 and 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 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 save 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.
The Tinder algorithms are complex and it’s likely that few people who claim to understand them actually know as much as they think they do. However, one basic element of the algorithms has remained consistent over the many versions of Tinder that have been rolled out: if you appear desperate or over-eager about all your matches – particularly if you start swiping right on literally everybody – the app will degrade your desirability score in its internal metrics. Conversely, if you reject people who the app believes are desirable, then that can boost your standing. So you could try just left-swiping on most people (and certainly all attractive ones) in order to make your profile appear more desirable.
Welcome to the catfish farm
This is the most advanced technique I know of for improving a profile’s performance without actually resetting or starting over. It does involve a lot of changes and a bit of work but you end up making your “real” profile look much better. Here’s how it works.
All serious users of Tinder hate catfish – the unlikely supermodels who immediately match us, usually to recruit as Instagram followers or to try to get money via Venmo or similar scams. Catfish are, to be blunt, terrible. However, you can use the power of catfishing for good. If you are careful, ethical, and if you can forego doing any actual dating via Tinder while you engage in this surreptitious plan you may improve your profile’s standing dramatically.
First you’ll want to get some photographs – not of you, but of someone significantly more attractive than you. You don’t want the crappy, and probably already used, photos that you find in the first three seconds of a Google Images search. Ideally, find an attractive friend who doesn’t use Tinder and get permission to use their photographs for your nefarious scheme. Alternately find them online, via Facebook, or somewhere else. The important thing is that (a) the person in the photos needs to be VERY handsome or pretty, and (b) that nobody gets suspicious and gets your profile terminated for catfishing.
Replace your photos with Mr. or Ms. Hunk’s photos then erase your bio and write a new bio that’s better suited for your fictitious persona. Remember, the goal here is to attract lots of swipes, NOT to start dating any of these people. If you’re trying to attract men then talking about your party lifestyle and poor life choices is probably a good start. If you’re trying to attract women, some lowkey talk about how you’re looking for the real deal and are ready to settle down might pull in the swipes. Once your bio and pictures are up sit back and wait for the likes to roll in. (Keep up your own swiping – but only swipe right on genuinely attractive people. Those are the ones who you want to be liked by in return.)
If the likes do NOT roll in, then get help with your pictures and bio and make sure they are attractive and on point – get feedback from friends or strangers. When you get matches don’t engage in conversation with the person who messaged you beyond saying hello and getting them to say hello in response. This is to establish in the Tinder algorithm that this was a “real” match. You’re going to unmatch all these people at the end of the test period anyway, otherwise they might see your profile change and report your account.
How long should you run the catfish profile? You don’t want to run it for too long because all the people you’re matching with are people who you won’t be able to REALLY match with later. You’re also running an ongoing risk of someone reporting you as a catfish and the whole effort wasted and good for nothing. The rule of thumb: when you see a sudden increase in the overall attractiveness of the people who are matching with you, this indicates you have made a significant upgrade in your profile’s internal score. Let it run for a few days at that point, then substitute in your real pictures, rewrite your bio, unmatch all your poor catfished victims, and start matching in earnest.
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 three ways to do it: conventional warfare (reset your Tinder account but keep the same Facebook), the nuclear option (wiping out everything and starting over) and the patient option – just waiting Tinder out. I’ll discuss all three methods.
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 hold of 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 begin 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 shiny new email account. Any email service will work although 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 in hand head back to the Facebook homepage to create your fresh account. 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 it before you jump right into Tinder. Add some friends, make an announcement that you’ve created a new Facebook, 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 minimal you need or want it to be. You’ll need personal info on it to make Tinder a useful tool anyway so it’s better to lay the groudwork 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, a task which requires you to sign into your Facebook account—the new 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.
The Patient Approach: Wait Them Out
If you want to reset your account, but don’t want to have to go through the rigamarole of creating new e-mail addresses and new Facebook profiles there is another alternative open to you, if you have a little patience. Tinder deletes data from deleted accounts after three months or so. So if you delete your account on May 4, 2019, then wait until August 5, 2019 to create a new account on your same phone (using the same e-mail address and Facebook profile), then Tinder should have “forgotten” your history, match list, score, and all their other data.
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.