Will My Tinder Subscription Show Up on my Bank Statement?
Will my Tinder subscription show up as “Tinder” on my bank statement or as something a bit more discreet? How can I keep my Tinder activity secret from my partner or other prying eyes that might happen upon my credit card statements? Any tips for leading a double life where you need to keep your presence on Tinder a secret?
You would be amazed at the number of times these questions have come up following our Tinder coverage over the past months. TechJunkie doesn’t judge, it just provides answers to questions and this piece is going to answer all of those questions.
Will my Tinder subscription show up on my bank statement?
What will show on your bank statement depends on what you use. Apple just shows an iTunes purchase with no details as to what it was. Google Play Store does apparently say something like ‘Google payment – Tinder’. I haven’t been able to test this myself which I normally would do as I am married and that could be more trouble than it is worth to look into this matter through direct experimentation!
Anyone who knows differently can let us know in the comments section to help other Tinder users out by definitively answering the question of how Google Play Store lists Tinder. Is it really Google Payment – Tinder?
How can I keep my Tinder activity secret from my partner?
This question and ‘Any tips for leading a double life while on Tinder?’ are very similar so I’m going to turn them into a single question about using Tinder privately, or as privately as possible. Here are some actionable ways to keep Tinder secret from everyone, whoever they might be.
Use Tinder without Facebook
While Tinder didn’t share to your Facebook account, having at least one degree of separation between your two lives is key to maintaining them both. Now Tinder allows you do have an account without Facebook, this is definitely the way to go. You will need a burner phone or SIM for this to work but you’ll need one of those anyway to use the app.
Select Log in with phone number on the main Tinder page and you can create a new profile with your burner phone. This does mean you will have to manually create your profile and upload images but that is a good thing anyway as you’re more likely to take the time to create a quality Tinder profile. If you’re secretly using Tinder, you don’t want to use anything that links one life to the other life. Leading a “double life” means keeping the two lives separate in every way possible, including with regard to social media.
Alternatively, create an entirely new Facebook account with a new persona is a possibility for those who have the time and inclination to go that far.
Create a new persona
You have to be careful when creating a new persona. You have to make it different enough to be safely separate but similar enough so you can remember it. It needs to be different so someone who knows you and comes across your profile on Tinder won’t immediately recognize you. It needs to be similar so you don’t get caught in a lie and don’t mislead people too much.
Create a name similar to your own but different enough to be unrecognizable as you to those who know you well. Try to keep the first name the same or initials so you can remember it but never use your real last name. Create a fake address, a new email address and perhaps even social media accounts under your new identity. Again, keep it as similar as possible while also being different.
Take a series of images to use on your profile reflecting your backstory. Think about how that kind of person would look, what they would wear, where they would pose and so on. They should be very similar to your real personality but again, different enough. The key is to be close enough to the real you that it’s not unsettling to your Tinder dates, yet different enough from the real you to not be discoverable by your significant other. This can be a fine and stressful line to tread.
Use a prepaid credit card or gift card
Linking to the original question, one way for Tinder to not appear on your bank statement is to link a gift card or prepaid card to iTunes or the Google Play Store. That way it doesn’t matter what appears on the statement as you won’t be getting one. Just remember to set up a payment method to that prepaid card that isn’t tracked either. This is a great way to sidestep the issue of having to explain line items on your normal credit card bills.
Don’t use the app on your main phone
Even if nobody else has access to your main phone, don’t install Tinder on it. Use your burner phone or the browser version of Tinder. If you use your browser, use Incognito Mode to make sure you leave no tracks. A burner phone is useful as you can also swipe while out of the house. How you manage this is up to you as long as you don’t install the app on the phone everyone knows about.
Be careful of your location
Ever heard of the term ‘Don’t s**t where you sleep?’ This is one of those times. If you live in a small town, don’t set your Tinder location there. If your significant other isn’t a member, someone they know might be. This isn’t so bad if you live in a big city but be mindful of how easy you are to track if someone does come across your profile and gets curious. Not using your Tinder profile in your local area is especially critical if you don’t live in a large city.
It may mean a bit of driving between dates but keeping your two lives separate has to be worth the effort right?
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Do you have any tips and tricks for keeping your Tinder account a secret from people you don’t want to know about it? If so, please commend below.