Online dating has been around for a while now and it's something most people have probably tried (and perhaps become tired of) at some point or another. However, with the surge in popularity of smart devices and their accompanying apps, it was only a matter of time until someone came up with a clever way of merging online dating with your phone.
If Tinder isn’t your thing, or you don’t want to pay £15 a month for unlimited swiping, then you might want to check out Bumble, a largely similar application, created by one of the founders of Tinder, that aims to empower women by putting them in control of who they message. It’s a very decent application and will likely give Tinder some cause for concern in the coming months and years.
You can also see how Tinder compares to Happn, a location based dating service, and OKCupid, which is one of the biggest, data-centric dating applications on the planet. Both are great and often you’ll get the best results when using all three –– or four, if you include Bumble.
Tinder got there first, and has really revamped mobile dating into something many existing online services are now trying to mimic. Mobile dating is now all about swiping. Left if you don't like 'em, right if you do.
But if you don’t want everyone knowing you’re on the hunt for that special someone, you’ll need a way of using Tinder without Facebook.
If you’re bored of Tinder, another excellent option to try is LoveStruck. The app is relatively new, but I know a lot of people that swear by it. Give it a whirl by clicking here and see what you think.
Tinder uses Facebook profiles to authenticate real people and keep what the app believes is “quality control” to the highest possible level. It also uses your Facebook profile to match you up with people of similar interests and your Facebook likes as well as finding your location.
Tinder recently made some pretty BIG changes to how it does business. Previously you could like and swipe as many people as you wanted, but nowadays the amount of likes you can do in one 24 hour period is limited to around 100. Want facebook more? You’ll have to pay £15 a month for the privilege. And, worse still, if you’re over 30 years old it costs more –– talk about ageism.
So the bad news is there currently isn’t a way to use Tinder without using your Facebook account. Here are some tips to keep your Tinder activity as under wraps as possible.
Tinder Adds "Super Like" Feature
Tinder has now rolled out the "Super Like" feature in a new update of the application released globally. Users of the app who update will notice a new prompt when launching it, pointing to and notifying them of the new feature, what it does and how it works. Users are able to use one Super Like every 24 hours, so be sure to save it for someone who really gets your blood pumping!
Tinder previously revealed its plans to introduce a new "Super Like" feature to its popular dating application. The firm announced that the feature is rolling out in an update to users in Australia first (as a sort of test bed) and will allow them a third swipe opiton. Where swiping left says "Nope" and swiping right says "Yes", swiping up will now "Super Like". Alternatively, if you're one of those people who likes tapping the buttons, there's a Blue Star on each profile you can tap to Super Like.
"Users will be able to determine whether someone has Super Liked them by the presence of a blue footer on a given profile. The receiver is still in control of whom they want to match with, but the existence of a Super Like can influence that decision," said Tinder, in a statement.
Recently Tinder has seen a bit of a switch with more emphasis on paid extras, and Tinder confirmed that initially each user will only have a limited number of Super Likes, however, it did not confirm whether more could be purchased via in-app payments.
Increase Your Facebook Privacy Settings
Many still use Facebook without any privacy settings what-so-ever. That’s ill-advised anyway as employers and the like will be watching your social media channels, so it's worth making sure you at least have some measures in place. Unless you want your boss seeing how large you have it every Friday, that is.
You want to keep the visible details to a bare minimum so potential dates will go through the Tinder app and not try and contact you via Facebook. There’s nothing worse than someone you’ve never met posting directly on your wall.
Set Tinder To Without Facebook Friends
Within Tinder you used to be able to change the Settings and tell it not to match you up with your Facebook friends. Beforehand if you hadn’t turned this option on you would sometimes appear in their feeds meaning you’re revealed to be on Tinder.
Tinder has now taken this tick box away and it is now on by default. You can’t switch it off meaning if you are friends with someone on Facebook they will never appear in your potential matches and you’ll never appear in theirs.
It’s a strange choice to take the option away entirely, most people have a big selection of Facebook friends they don’t know too well and it could be good to let them know you’re into them.
Hide Tinder From Your Facebook Apps
Facebook allows a variety of services to be integrated. Once you’ve given permission a load of different services will be connected into your Facebook and can sometimes message your friends or post to your wall.
No-one wants to advertise the fact they’re on Tinder though, so you need to head into your settings to hide Tinder’s access to your profile. You can do this inside Facebook, head to Privacy settings and then “See more settings.” Inside here you need to choose Apps and from there you can decide each apps access, to control it you need to press edit on the right of the app itself.
It’ll say “Visibility of app and posts” and you want to choose the “only me” option there. Now only you will see your access to the app and your friends won’t be able to. Perfect.
Make A Fake Account
We aren’t trying to get you to Catfish someone. The fake account you’re going to set up will include your real name, your real details, your real interests and most importantly your real photos.
It just keeps it entirely separate and you use this one to sign into Tinder. It means you can more easily monitor the details which make their way into Tinder selections and there are no complications with interactions with your friends.
Tip: Be sure to delete the Facebook account once you’re done with Tinder, it will make friends finding you on Facebook a lot more complicated.
Wait It Out
The last option is to not jump on the Tinder bandwagon just yet. Wait until Tinder decides to include separate accounts which mean you won’t need to sign in with a Facebook account. Camp Tinder hasn’t suggested it’s working on the option just yet though so you could be waiting awhile.
Terrific Tinder Tips
Want to get ahead in the world of Tinder? We’ve put together a few different user guides to help you stand out from the rest when you’re flicking left and right. Why not check them out?
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