Can You Browse Tinder Anonymously?

Tinder, the most renowned dating app currently available, attracts users from all walks of life. However, Tinder members who are new to the app may be unsure of what it has to offer. 

Therefore, individuals may feel compelled to use Tinder without sharing their photos and other personal information before creating their Tinder account.

Some people also want to hide the fact that they are using a dating app, especially from friends and family. This could be due to a multitude of reasons, but the biggest ones are embarrassment and guilt. This is why people want to be anonymous while using dating apps.

In this article, I will explain how to use Tinder anonymously and other facts regarding anonymity on Tinder.

Can you Browse Anonymously on Tinder?

The only way you can browse anonymously on Tinder is by creating a fake Tinder profile. There is no other way to browse Tinder anonymously.

Tinder doesn’t provide an option to browse other profiles and match with them anonymously. You can turn off discovery to stay anonymous but then you won’t be able to browse and swipe on other profiles.

The only way to browse Tinder anonymously is through a fake account.

How to Browse Tinder Anonymously?

To browse Tinder anonymously, you will have to create a fake Tinder profile using a different identity.

The first thing you need is a phone number that is not registered in your name but you have access to it. This will be required to verify the code you will receive during sign up.

The second thing you need to do is create a fake Facebook account with a different name and pictures without revealing your identity. Please don’t use pictures of other real users. You can use pictures from stock photo sites like Unsplash.

Next, you need to download the Tinder app, fill in fake details and connect the fake Facebook account with this app. After connecting the Facebook account, choose your ideal settings like gender, maximum distance, age range, etc.

Make sure to use good pictures and craft a good Tinder bio so others cannot determine it’s a fake profile. Once all of that is done, you can browse Tinder anonymously.

There’s a possibility, though, that you won’t be able to find many matches using fake profiles. Furthermore, you will be unable to continue the relationship in real life using a fake identity.

Creating fake profiles is not recommended because it reduces the legitimacy of the app and you will be wasting the time and effort of real users on the platform. This will ultimately lead to a bad user experience for other users.

Since Tinder offers a limited number of swipes and super likes, your fake profile could be costing people their valuable right swipes and super likes.

Can Tinder be Anonymous?

Tinder has an anonymous feature, but it comes with certain limitations. One way to stay anonymous on Tinder after matching with someone is by turning Off the Discovery feature. Let me explain this with an example.

Tinder Smart Photo

After signing up on Tinder, users can swipe left and right to match with others. Once they collect a few matches, the users can then go to Tinder’s Account Settings and tap on the toggle button next to “Show me on Tinder” to turn off the Discovery feature.

Turning off the Discovery feature means your profile won’t appear in other users’ card stacks but you will be able to chat with the users that you already matched with. This is a great way to stay anonymous after matching with other users.

Turning Off Discovery on Tinder

You may want to disable the Discovery feature on Tinder for a variety of reasons.

The first possible reason is that you don’t want your profile to appear in the card stack of other users, especially if you’ve met someone who you think is a great match for you.

If you don’t turn off discovery then you can get a few more matches which might distract you from the one who you think is ideal for you. You won’t be able to give your full attention to that person.

The second reason is to avoid individuals in and around your area including your family members and neighbors. If you’re visiting your parents or relatives and don’t want others to know that you are using Tinder then turning off discovery can help you hide from showing up on others’ card stacks until you’re back home.

This is the most convenient approach to remain anonymous on Tinder, as it hides the fact that you’re using a dating app.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you turn off discovery, you cannot swipe right or left on other users’ profiles because they won’t appear in your card stack. If you thought that you could browse through other profiles while hiding your own profile from others then you’re totally wrong.

Turning off discovery not only hides your profile from others’ card stack but also hides other users’ profiles from your card stack. The only option to resume swiping is to turn on discovery which will make your profile visible to other users.

After matching with your dream man/woman, if you want to stay anonymous by turning off discovery then follow the steps below:

  1. Tap on the Profile icon on the top left corner.
  2. Tap on the Settings option (gear icon).
  3. Scroll down until you find the “Show me on Tinder” option under “DISCOVERY SETTINGS.”
  4. Tap on the toggle button next to the “Show me on Tinder” option to disable it.
  5. Finally, tap on the “Done” button on the upper right corner.
Turn Off Tinder Discovery

Is Tinder Anonymous on Facebook?

There are several reasons why you might not want your Facebook friends to know you’re using Tinder. This includes nosy relatives and weird colleagues.

Tinder is completely anonymous on Facebook. Tinder doesn’t post anything on your Facebook feed or Facebook page. Tinder doesn’t use the “shared connections” feature which means that there’s no way your Facebook friends can view your Tinder profile and other authorized apps through Facebook.

Connect Tinder to Facebook

You can make sure that your Tinder account isn’t visible to your Facebook friends by changing Tinder’s App Visibility. You can do it by following the steps mentioned below.

  1. Go to Facebook and sign in to your account.
  2. Tap on the Settings option and then select “Apps and Websites” from the drop-down menu. 
  3. In the list of apps and websites, look for the Tinder app.
  4. Select App Visibility from the drop-down menu.
  5. Change your target audience to ‘only you.’

If you are unsure of connecting Facebook with Tinder then the best approach would be to use Tinder without connecting the two accounts. If Tinder asks for Facebook permission while signing up then deny it and use an alternate sign-up technique like your mobile number instead of your Facebook account. 

Select ‘Login with contact number‘ while creating your account. Tinder will ask for your phone number and will SMS you a verification code. You won’t need to connect your Facebook account because the application will match this validated phone number to your account.

How to Pay for Tinder Anonymously?

You cannot pay for Tinder anonymously using your credit card or debit card because it will appear on your Credit Card statement and your Bank Account statement. The only way to pay for Tinder anonymously is through an Apple Gift Card for iPhone and iPad users and Google Play Gift Cards for Android users.

Tinder accepts payments from your Apple account, Google Play Store account, and directly from your Credit Card.

Apple accepts payments from Apple Pay, Credit Card, Debit Card, and Apple Gift Cards. If you pay for Tinder with Apple Pay then it will appear on your Credit Card and Bank Account statement.

To pay anonymously on Apple iOS, you can redeem a Gift card or add money to your Apple Account Balance. After loading the required amount of money, you can use your Apple account to make purchases on Tinder and it will remain anonymous.

If you pay for Tinder directly from Google Play then the transaction will show up on your Bank Account statement. To pay anonymously using Google Play, you’ll need a Google Play Gift Card.

You can buy a $5 or $10 Google Play Gift Card and redeem the gift voucher to load into your Google Play Account balance. After the money is loaded, you can use it to make purchases on Tinder.

To pay anonymously using a Credit Card, you will have to get a secret credit card that no one has access to other than yourself. There’s no other way to pay anonymously using a credit card.

Make sure no one has access to your Apple iTunes, Google Play account log-in credentials, and your secret credit card.

Can you See Tinder Profiles Anonymously Without Joining?

No, you can’t look at Tinder profiles without signing up for a new account. Whatever your purpose for exploring Tinder, you absolutely must have an account, whether it’s a private Tinder account or a public open one.

Owning an account is required whether you want to see if your spouse is using Tinder secretly to betray you or you yourself want to go on an experience behind your partner’s back.

The only way you can see Tinder profiles without joining is to use someone else’s Tinder account like your friends’ or cousins’ account.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Can you sign up to Tinder anonymously?

You can sign up to Tinder anonymously by creating a fake Tinder profile using fake credentials. There is no other secret way to sign on to Tinder anonymously.

How to make an anonymous Tinder account?

To make an anonymous Tinder account you’ll need a SIM that’s not registered to your name but you have access to it. You’ll need to sign up and verify your anonymous Tinder account using that number.
After that, you have to open an anonymous Facebook account and connect that Facebook account with your anonymous Tinder account. Once it’s done, you can use Tinder using this anonymous account.

Is Tinder Boost anonymous?

No, Tinder Boost isn’t anonymous. If you like someone using Tinder Boost then the purple lightning bolt icon will show up next to your name and it won’t be anonymous.
If you want to buy Tinder Boost anonymously then you’ll have to pay for it using an Apple Gift Card, Google Play Gift Card, or using a secret credit or debit card.

Is Tinder Gold anonymous?

Tinder Gold doesn’t allow you to browse anonymously. Your real profile will show up on the card stack of other Tinder users.
Tinder Gold allows you to find those profiles that swiped right on your profile so you can instantly match with them.

Tinder anonymous login?

There is no way to log in to Tinder anonymously. You will require a valid phone number to verify your identity.

Final Verdict

When you are creating a Tinder account for the first time there is always a feeling what if you find someone you know. This is why people think of using Tinder anonymously.

The only way to use Tinder anonymously is using a fake profile. You cannot use Tinder anonymously in any other way.

If you want to stay anonymous after matching with a person you like, you can do it by turning the Discovery feature Off. This makes sure you won’t appear on other users’ card stacks but still have access to the users you matched with earlier.

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