Dating apps have become more popular than ever, and it’s easy to see why. The ease of access to thousands of potential romantic interests, dates, or hook-ups has been revolutionized by the ubiquitous of smartphones, making it easy to browse matches wherever you are on the go. And while dozens of dating apps have found some form of success over the past half-decade, no app has risen in popularity more than Tinder. First released on iOS in 2012 and on Android in 2013, we’ve seen Tinder rise from a small-but-popular app to one of the largest dating services in the world, largely based on the popularity of the app’s swipe-based interface. Despite some clear contenders and rivals for the dating app throne—including Bumble, created by ex-Tinder developers, and Happn—Tinder remains, in many minds, the modern dating app.
One of the biggest—and most controversial—features added to Tinder since its launch on iOS in 2012 is the addition of the Super Like, rolled out in 2015 to encourage a new money-making strategy for the app. Normal users get one Super Like per day, which allows you to notify another user you’ve liked their profile. Unlike other matches, this is sent as a notification, getting the user’s attention immediately without hesitation. If they swipe right on your Super Like, it’s an instant match, an easy way to immediately meet someone who might be interested in you! Unfortunately, it’s not too hard to accidentally swipe-up on someone’s profile by mistake, immediately triggering some embarrassment on your end while you’re simply trying to access the Control Center on your iPhone. Yikes!
The Super Like is a bit of a complicated situation on Tinder. Some people love it; others hate it. If you’ve accidentally Super Liked a profile, it can feel a bit awkward—especially if you didn’t want to like the profile in the first place! Let’s look at some steps we can take to avoid or reverse the Super Like in the guide to Tinder’s most controversial feature.
Super Likes Explained
Despite being around for about two years now, the Super Like is still a strange feature inside of Tinder. Unlike most other features within the app, the repercussions of a Super Like aren’t well explained within Tinder’s own app. It can be unclear what’s happening when you decide to act on a Super Like, or what it means when you receive a Super Like from another user. A clear description of the feature is even buried within Tinder’s own FAQ on their website, making it difficult for most users to understand what’s going on with a Super Like. So, here’s what’s happening with Super Likes on Tinder.
A Super Like is your way of expressing your extreme interest in another’s profile. Instead of simply swiping right on the Tinder profile you like, you can either swipe-up or tap on the star icon to send the Super Like to the other user. The person you Super Liked will be notified of your swipe, and will have the option to either swipe left or right on your own profile. If they swipe right, a match is made instantly. You only get one of these Super Likes a day, so you have to be careful to use it only when you find the person to be worth your use of your one Like. Tinder Plus users—which we’ll discuss more later—get five Super Likes per day, making it easier to notify matches you really like about your availability.
Since Super Likes rolled out in late 2015, they’ve been surrounded by more controversy than any other feature we’ve seen. Some users love the Super Like—it makes it easy to match with users you seem to have a connection with, and when used sparingly, can often brighten someone’s day by making them feel wanted. On the other hand, there’s plenty of things to hate about the Super Like. Some users—particularly women—feel the utility comes off as demanding or clingy, an act of neediness, attention seeking at its worst. It’s why plenty of users opt not to use the feature at all, electing to skip their daily allotment of Super Likes.
But the biggest problem with Super Likes are the required activation gesture. In theory, a swipe-up seems to make sense. With Tinder being entirely based on gestures—with optional buttons at the bottom of the screen if you wish to use them—it’s easy to see why a swipe-up would make sense. If a swipe left means no and a swipe right means yes, this type of user interface really only allows for two other motions: swipe-up and swipe down. Unfortunately, a huge amount of Tinder users use iPhones, where a swipe-up from the bottom of the display is used to open Control Center on any screen. This gesture is handy in most apps, but a slight miscalculation on where your thumb or finger lands within Tinder means a swipe-up might not open Control Center at all—it might accidentally cause an awkward social connection you didn’t mean to make. Android isn’t without it’s own fair share of swipe-ups within the operating system either, making it so users on either platform might create awkward moments without any meaning or intention.
The Paid Solution: Rewinds In Tinder Plus
Though most people opt to use Tinder free of charge, complete with ads and limited Super Likes, Tinder Plus is one of the main ways Tinder makes their money outside of advertising. Tinder Plus offers users a few benefits for paying for the dating platform, including:
- Five Super Likes per day, instead of one.
- New features like Rewind and Passport, the latter of which allows you to preview profiles available in the location of your upcoming vacation before you arrive there, letting you make connections ahead of time.
- One free profile Boost a month, which puts you as a top profile in your area for 30 minutes.
- Removal of in-app advertisements.
The major feature for our usage is Rewind, a feature which adds a small yellow rewind icon to your application and allows you to reverse and take back your last swipe automatically, something users have asked for since the service began. Tinder Plus subscribers can use the rewind button to rewind an accidental Super Like just as any other like. You can only take back the last profile you swiped on, making it important to realize your mistake quickly before you swipe on another profile.
There are two problems with this solution. First, if you aren’t already a member of Tinder Plus, this isn’t going to do you much good at all—once you leave your profiles to sign up for the service, you won’t be able to rewind on the Super Liked profile. You’ll have to already be a member of Tinder Plus to be able to rewind your last Super Like. The second problem is the price: at $9.99 for members under thirty and $19.99 for members over thirty, it’s a bit unreasonable if the only feature you’re looking to take advantage of is rewind. Still, it’s the only true way to reverse your accidental Super Like, so if you’re truly concerned over others seeing your Super Likes caused by unintentional swipe-ups and you can afford to pay the extra monthly cost for Tinder Plus, it’s really the only strategy moving forward.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other steps you can take to sidestep this issue.
The Free Solution: Disclosures on Your Profile
Let’s be blunt: it absolutely isn’t worth paying $9.99 or $19.99 a month just to have a rewind button around in case you accidentally make a mistake regarding someone’s profile. If you find the additional features and removal of advertisements from the app to be worth it, by all means, Tinder Plus is a great choice for you. Most users, however, will wish to opt out of paying for a few features, and that’s where this idea comes in. While there’s no free method to reversing an accidental Super Like, it doesn’t mean you can’t save face with an acknowledgement on your profile. Let’s take a look.
Within Tinder, when you receive any Super Likes, you’re notified by the user immediately. When you receive the notification, you are able to view the other’s profile at your disclosure, including the sender’s biography. This is where our free solution comes in. Placing a simple disclosure on your profile letting others know Super Likes are accidental or unintentional is the perfect solution, helping you feel a bit better about your accidental Super Like while allowing the recipients know that you didn’t mean to Super Like them. Our recommended posting is simple: just write something along the lines of “Any Super Likes are unintentional.” Simple as that.
Now, obviously, this isn’t a perfect solution. For one, it does limit your ability to actually use Super Likes to their fullest potential, since sending a Super Like to someone will seem like an accident even if the swipe was purposeful. For another, not every Super Liked user will read your full bio before swiping left or right to your profile, meaning the disclosure won’t be seen by everyone. But overall, placing this sort of message right into your own profile allows you to have peace of mind when using the app in case an accidental swipe occurs.
Neither of these fixes are perfect for those accidental swipe-ups that happen from time to time without intention or meaning. The unfortunate repercussions of touch and swipe-focused applications are that, unlike with a mouse and keyboard, we occasionally perform the wrong action when navigating through our devices, and Tinder’s interface is undoubtedly easy to perform the wrong action overtime. That doesn’t mean we should stop using the app completely—it just means we have to be careful when swiping around our phones, especially while trying to use Control Center on our iPhones on a regular basis.
Paying for Tinder Plus is the only true way to fully reverse and undo a Super Like within the app, but by taking the correct steps—including placing a disclaimer on your phone and not using Control Center within Tinder’s swipe interface—you can minimize the damage done by a rogue Super Like. While neither solution is without faults—including an expensive price or losing the ability to use Super Likes accurately—both of these are great steps to take in ensuring that the embarrassment that often follows an accidental Super Like will be erased or minimized as much as possible.