Tinder is a dating and socializing application that uses location-based services to find people in your area who could be of interest to you. It also uses your Facebook account and profile information. Now, to address the question that brought you here: You can not use Tinder without Facebook. It is required. However, there’s a way to disable Tinder from using your Facebook account to display things to everybody else if you don’t want your friends and family knowing you use the Tinder app.
Want to know how to secure your privacy using Tinder, but still allow the app the required link to your Facebook account and profile? Read on, friends; we’ll show you the way.
Create a Fake Facebook Account
If you are too paranoid to follow the privacy instructions in the second method below, you might just want to create a burner Facebook account. Go to Facebook and sign up for a new account. Depending on whether you also have a spare e-mail, you might need to create a burner e-mail as well. One thing to keep in mind is Facebook does not really approve of creating accounts under aliases for purposes like this, so you do run into the possibility of eventually having this Facebook account suspended by the powers that be. But, if you’re just too paranoid to sign up under your real account, or just want to poke around Tinder, then this might be the best option for you. If you want to follow the rules, and aren’t afraid to make the necessary privacy setting adjustments in Facebook to your real account, then read more for Option 2 . . .
Disable Facebook from accessing Tinder
If you don’t want to make a whole new Facebook account and alias profile just to use Tinder, then here’s how you can block the Tinder app from displaying things to your Facebook profile. This method only allows you to know your Tinder business—not your whole network of friends and family.
You’ll be required to log into your Facebook account, limit the privacy options that the Tinder app can access, and allow who can see your Tinder activity. Go to your Facebook account and log in as usual. Then, follow these instructions:
- In the upper right-hand corner of your Facebook homepage, click or tap on the lock icon.
- Then, go down to where it says “See More Settings” and select it.
- On the next page, in the left-hand side panel, go to “Apps” and click or tap on it.
- Now locate the Tinder app from the list of apps shown (select “Show All” when only a partial list of your apps are displayed).
- Click on the Tinder app. Now a box pops up with the information that the app has access to and who it’s visible to. Click or tap on the drop-down box on the top right side of the Tinder app and select “Only Me” for app visibility and post audience.
You’re also able to check off or uncheck which information you provide to the app from your Facebook account, as well as whether or not the app can post on your Facebook profile on your behalf and send you notifications. Once you’ve completed choosing your privacy settings, click or tap the “Save” button for your selections to become effective.
Now you can use Tinder without the whole world knowing that you do; it’ll remain private and only known to you. Unfortunately, there is not yet a way to use Tinder without having a Facebook account.
We hope this information has been useful and helpful to those of you out there that want the luxury of being able to use Tinder for dating, socializing, and whatever suits you without your Facebook friends and family knowing the one thing you’d rather keep to yourself.