Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps out there! Some use it for casual hookups, some use it to find the love of their life.
Some others, as the infidelity statistics have shown us, use it for cheating. It’s unfortunate, but it’s true.
If you’re looking to find ways to see if someone is on Tinder, be it your partner or a complete stranger, there are free and effective ways to find out.
On the other hand, there are a few paid methods that are also just (if not more) as effective as the free methods.
Here are the 8 most effective ways to find out if someone has Tinder:
1. Use Google for a username and image search
Tinder displays some information publicly on some search engines including Google.
Information that you can find on Google is a person’s username and pictures from their Tinder profile.
You have to make your search very accurate for it to result successfully.
Yet, it is a free method to help you find someone on Tinder by name. If you make the right guesses, you’ll be able to find their profile!
Here’s how it works for each separately:
– Username search.
You open the search bar on Google and simply type
In this case, you want to search for their name instead of their username since Google won’t show you accurate results if you do the search guessing their username.
– Reverse image search.
If you have pictures of the person you’re looking for on Tinder and you think they’re likely to use any of them, then this can be very handy!
Open Google Images and simply drag and drop the image on the search bar.
If you’re using a phone instead of a desktop you can do such a search with Google Lens for either Android or Apple.
If none of the above works out for you, you’ve got another shot to try!
Instead of opening the search bar, this time you’ll do an URL search. This means that you’ll be writing a link instead of googling something on the Google search bar.
This time you want to make the best guess of their username.
Let’s say their name is Jessica. You want to try to guess what username Jessica could be using. It can be jess, jess01, or jess87, etc.
Your best guesses only!
2. Open your own Tinder account and start swiping
This is yet another free alternative to find out if someone has a Tinder profile. Essentially, you create or open your own Tinder account and start swiping!
Depending on your situation, this one might get you in trouble or help you find the person you’re looking for.
If you’re in a relationship, your partner can accidentally find out that you’re using Tinder and it might just be a spark to light up trouble between you.
Here’s what you do once you open the Tinder account:
– Set your preferences.
Once you open the account, go to your Settings and set some things straight!
Set your preferences accordingly and based on the person you’re looking for.
For example, set the age at the limit of this person’s age; or the miles accordingly to their location.
– Start swiping until you find the person you’re looking for.
This might take some time, but it’s one of the free ways to find out if someone is on Tinder.
It doesn’t cost you money, but it costs you time. See what suits you the best!
3. Ask a trusted friend to help you
If you’re looking for a way to see if someone is on Tinder without joining Tinder, then a friend you trust can help you out a lot!
If you happen to have trusted friends that use Tinder, then this humble request won’t bother them much, since they’re already using the app.
What you have to do is simply say
“I’m trying to find [name] on Tinder, will you please let me know if you stumble upon their/his/her profile?”
– Your friend can share this person’s profile with you.
Thankfully, people can share Tinder profiles. If your friend finds who you’re looking for they can easily share the link to this person’s Tinder profile with you.
They can share it with you on social media or messaging apps such as Whatsapp, or even email.
– Your friend can take screenshots of this person’s Tinder profile for you.
If your friend can’t find the three dots on this person’s profile and isn’t able to share their profile with you, then they can take screenshots!
Once they take screenshots of their profile, your friend can send those screenshots to you.
There, you just found out if someone has a Tinder profile for free!
4. Use third-party apps
Free methods have their positive sides, and so do paid ones. A lot of the third-party apps that help you find people on Tinder aren’t free.
Though, if you’re looking for ways to find someone on Tinder by phone number or email, trust me, there’s no free method for this search!
Their design is often simple and easy to use. All it takes is a simple search by their name, phone number, or email:
Here are a few third-party apps that are known to be effective when it comes to knowing if someone is on Tinder:
If this is the method you choose, find what suits you best. If you don’t have much time to search on your own, then these apps will help you in that direction!
5. A genuine conversation might help as well
If you’re trying to find out if your partner is on Tinder, then here’s another free method!
Finding out if he or she or they have a Tinder account can be done through a genuine conversation if your partner chooses honesty.
This doesn’t cost you money, but emotionally, it is the most challenging way of finding out.
It’s a challenging conversation to have, but if you’re already having those doubts on your mind, and it’s your partner who you chose to be with, then let’s not let things take a toxic turn!
Whether it is your husband, your wife, or simply your romantic partner that you’re trying to find out if they’re on Tinder, the healthiest way is to talk to them.
You might get a lump in your throat, your hands might sweat, and your voice might shake, but this is a conversation you need to have.
Here are a few helpful tips to go around this conversation:
– Use more “I” to sound less accusing.
If you come to them with an accusing tone such as “You’re using Tinder!” your partner is likely to get defensive.
This way you create a hostile environment for your conversation to take place.
You want to use more “I” phrases, and make yourself a safe place for your partner.
For example, “I have a feeling that we’re a bit distant recently. Would you like to talk about it?”
This way, as the conversation goes by calmly, you can get the chance to say “I’d understand if you’d be using dating apps at this point, we grew apart a lot.”
– You can choose to be direct or indirect about this.
It is up to you whether you choose to talk straight about dating apps or indirectly point the conversation in the direction of online infidelity.
It’s important for this to be discussed, for your peace of mind, but also for clarification and to set things straight within the relationship.
Going behind each other’s backs isn’t the way to go. Not in healthy relationships. Not with a partner you see spending most of your time with.
Find a way to discuss your boundaries with one another, find a way to get rid of your insecurities, or at least put them on the table and discuss them with one another.
6. Check their phone or computer when they’re not around
If none of the methods seemed convenient, then you’ve got a few other methods left to try!
This one is suitable for those looking to find out if their partner has a dating profile on Tinder.
Despite its toxicity, this one gets the job done a lot of times.
I’d recommend a messy fight over this one, but it is an option, and it’s up to you whether you choose it or not.
Find a time when they’re not around and start searching on their stuff: their phone and/or their computer.
At the end of the day, if you’re feeling it in your gut, you can give this one a try.
Here’s what you want to look for:
– Look for the Tinder icon.
If they’re using the app, they’ll have Tinder installed on their phone. Hence you should look for the Tinder icon on their home screen or the list of apps installed.
– Look for tinder.com in their browsing history.
If they’re not using the app but using the site instead, then you have to look for clues in their search and browsing history.
Anything with tinder.com can indicate that they either searched it once and never again, or they’re using it continuously.
Note: take a closer look at the dates and the frequency of the page visits.
– Look for a Tinder code SMS.
You can’t make an account on Tinder without a phone number. It is needed for the verification of the account.
That being said, whenever you register or log in on Tinder through your phone number, you receive a verification code on your phone number.
So, this is another thing you want to check. Look at the messages, and see if there’s a code from Tinder!
7. Try checking out their Facebook profile
As surprising as it may sound, yes, you can find out if someone is on Tinder through Facebook!
Another one of the many ways to find out if someone has a Tinder profile for free is by checking their Facebook profile as well.
Some people connect their social media accounts with Tinder.
If the person you’re trying to find on Tinder didn’t hide this link between their Tinder account and Facebook account, then the Tinder icon will show up somewhere in their profile.
You want to take a close look at their Facebook profile and look for the Tinder icon.
If this person is trying to hide from you the fact that they’re on Tinder then they’re likely to not make the mistake of letting the Tinder icon be publicly visible on their profile.
However, it’s a mistake one can make. You can just have a look at their profile, it’s free!
8. A risky shot: Logging in on Tinder as them
Well, the last but not least free method! This is genuinely a risky shot since you risk notifying the person that someone is trying to log into their Tinder.
On the other hand, you don’t want to mess up and try to sign up. No, you’re trying to log in.
Here are two important things to consider:
– You don’t want to go wrong with their username/email/phone.
Take your time to think about which number, what username, and which email they could be using for their Tinder account and use it to log in.
Give it your best guess or guesses if you choose to attempt more than once.
– Make your best guess for their password.
Think of a password they’d choose for this account.
Honestly, it is a game of luck and risk. I don’t recommend this, as it can waste your time and put you in a bad position, but it is an option that works for a few people out there.
You’ve found the profile, but how to know if someone is active on Tinder?
Let’s say we found the person we were looking for on Tinder. Now we’re faced with another challenge!
How to know if someone is active on Tinder?
As much as it sounds difficult, this question can be easily answered. There are a few ways you can tell if someone is active on Tinder, some easy, some not, let’s check them out!
– Look for the green dot (a.k.a Recently Active status) on their profile.
If the Recently Active status is visible on their profile it means that they’ve been using the app within the last 24 hours.
This means that their profile is active and is being used.
Though, to clarify a misconception: you cannot know if someone is online on Tinder.
Unless you’re texting with them at the moment, or you got matched at that moment, there’s no other way to tell whether someone is online on Tinder or not.
– If you found the profile with your account, swipe right on them.
If you don’t see the green dot or the Recently Active status on their profile, then try swiping right on them.
If they swipe right back on your profile as well, you get a match and you get notified about it. Hence, indicates that this person is active on Tinder.
On the other hand, this person might swipe left on you, and you’d never know whether they’ve seen your profile or not.
– Check their profile and see if it gets updated, or look for clues of recency.
When a user is active on Tinder their location updates depending on where they’re standing, or the “Miles Away” updates frequently.
On the other hand, they might change pictures, or they might put a very recent photo of them on their profile.
The more recent the photo the more recent they’ve been on Tinder!
You can also tell if someone’s been active on Tinder through the anthem.
Yes. If this person chose a song that’s been out a week ago or 10 days ago, then that’s the minimum number of days you can suggest this person used Tinder for the last time.
Can they escape our methods and use Tinder undiscovered?
Unfortunately, yes. Each of these methods can be ‘trespassed’ if the person intends to hide their Tinder profile from you.
Here’s a detailed explanation of that!
– Incognito mode.
Let’s say this is your partner who you’re trying to find out whether they’re on Tinder or not.
Now, let’s say you chose to check your partner’s phone or computer.
You can check as much as you want but you won’t find anything if they’ve been using Tinder through incognito mode.
An incognito mode doesn’t save any search or browsing history, and this makes it impossible for you to find any clues of Tinder usage on your phone or computer.
– Burner numbers.
There are disposable numbers specifically designed for this issue.
If you’re trying to find this person on Tinder through their phone number, the search won’t be successful if they’re not using their number.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to find your partner, you won’t get to see those Tinder verification SMS codes on their phone because your partner isn’t using their phone number!
– Fake account.
This trespasses the username, name, and image search. A fake Tinder account can be with a fake name, fake pictures, and fake information in general.
If you’re using Google, the help of a friend, third-party apps, or your Tinder account, if they’ve got a fake Tinder account, you won’t be able to find them!
– They can lie to you and give you a sense of reassurance.
If your partner is manipulative and a liar, they can lie to you when you address this issue with them.
If you ask your partner whether they’re using Tinder or not, and your partner doesn’t choose honesty you won’t find out unless you try out one or some of the methods above.
– Secure folders.
If you choose to see if your partner has the Tinder app installed on their phone, they can hide it quite well in secure folders.
Secure folders are essentially folders with passwords. Unless you guess the password right, you might not find much information to help you have peace of mind.
Can you see how long someone has been on Tinder?
Unfortunately, you can’t see how long someone has been on Tinder as Tinder doesn’t display such information on profiles.
However, there’s a sneaky way to find out when a Tinder account was created. It’s not the healthiest method, but it does work most of the time!
If this is your partner and you have access to their phone, you can check their messages to find out how long they’ve been on Tinder.
Look for the very first message that contains a Tinder SMS verification code. If your partner doesn’t delete those messages that’s the only way to find out.
On the other hand, you can ask your partner about it. If they choose to be truthful, you might just find out exactly how long they’ve been using Tinder!
Best of luck,