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How to Find Out if Someone is Secretly on Tinder

Posted on by Dawna M. Roberts in Background CheckNovember 03, 2020
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The question of how well you really know another person is something many people in relationships often wonder. If your beloved is acting suspicious and you think that he or she may have an account on Tinder or are thinking about cheating, here is what you can do about it.

What is Tinder?

Tinder is a location-based dating app first launched in 2013 and by 2014 had more than one billion "swipes" per day. Initially, users had to have a Facebook account to register, but in August of 2019, the app started allowing people to register with a phone number. The app uses a freemium business model, meaning it's free to use, but you have to pay for premium features. 

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps, with roughly 59 million active users. Dating apps have quickly become the fastest and easiest way for people to meet one another to connect for a hookup or a long-term relationship. Some of these apps are also geared towards finding friends with a common interest to hang out with, without the pressure of a relationship. 

How Does Tinder Work?

Tinder is a dating app (most often known for casual hookups rather than serious relationships). Users scroll through potential matches and swipe right if they like what they see and swipe left if they want to pass and move onto the next one. When perusing through possible matches, users can see a brief bio, pictures, and links to the person's Facebook, Spotify, or Instagram profiles depending on how they set it up.

Why Find Someone on Tinder?

If you aren't in a relationship, but you accidentally swiped left when you meant to swipe right on that perfect mate and now cannot locate them, you can use these methods to try to find them again. 

People in a relationship want to know their partner is true and not on Tinder trolling for a hookup or looking for another love interest.

Others might just be curious to see if someone they know is on Tinder.

Ways to Find Out if Someone Has an Account on Tinder

Thankfully, there are a few ways you can check to see if someone is on Tinder.

Join Tinder Yourself

The easiest way to find someone on Tinder is to join the service yourself. You only need your phone number to sign up, and then you can put as much or as little information into your bio. Once you start seeing matches, you can find out if your partner is active on the service because they will most likely come up for you. 

Swipe Left Only

Only swipe left on every picture while searching, or you might max out your “right swipe limit.” If you continue to swipe left, you can keep searching until you find what you are looking for. 

Change Your Location

If you change your location to match that of the person you are searching for, you have a much better chance of being matched with them and seeing their profile. Be sure to set your search radius to within a mile for the narrowest search possible. 

Check their Tinder Account on Their Phone 

If you have access to your partner's phone and want to see if they are actively using Tinder, you can do so in several ways. They could have installed it before you met and aren't using it, but if you want to know if they are "active" on Tinder, check a few things.

  • If they opened the app and responded to or sent a message, that means they are active on Tinder.
  • If you can see their location, they are active on Tinder.
  • If they un-match your profile with theirs, then they had to have opened the app to use it.

Hire a Private Detective

You could consider hiring a professional to do all the legwork for you and find out if your loved one is on Tinder or another dating service and looking to find love in all the wrong places. However, this may be a pricey option. 

A few different sites are designed to help you find out if your partner or someone you know is on Tinder or another dating website. You could also try a public records search engine to find out if their name comes up with any accounts on websites like Tinder. A search using a tool like InfoTracer would unearth a lot more than just dating site accounts. You would also get to see marriages, divorces, court cases, criminal records, social media, and more.

If all else fails, you could just come right out and ask your partner if they are on Tinder. If they are looking to cheat, then it's best you found out now rather than later. 


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