Nowadays, everyone’s using Tinder, but some people still won’t admit it. If you want to download Tinder, but you don’t want your friends to find out, it’s possible to use it secretly.
There’s no secret version of Tinder or something like that, but you can hide it on your phone. In this article, we’ll explain what you can do to hide Tinder and protect your privacy.
HIDE TINDER ON IPHONE
The easiest way to hide Tinder from the Home screen is to use Age restrictions. You may not be familiar with this option, but most parents use it to make some apps invisible to their kids. If you don’t want your kid to use Snapchat, you can hide it because its age restriction is twelve years. Of course, Tinder also has an age restriction.
Here’s how to remove the Tinder app from the Home screen by using this method.
- Go to the Settings.
- Turn on Screen Time and set a passcode.
- Now go to General Settings and scroll down.
- Tap on the Restrictions.
- Enable the Restrictions (you’ll have to enter your password).
- Scroll down to the Allowed Content section.
- Tap on Apps.
- You can choose to restrict apps based on the age limit. To hide Tinder, click on “Don’t allow apps 12+”.
That’s it! If you go to the Home screen, you won’t see Tinder anymore, nor would anyone else be able to find it. If you want to unhide it, all you have to do is disable age restrictions.
HIDE TINDER APP ON ANDROID
To hide Tinder or any other app on Android, you need to have Nova Launcher. If you don’t have it, go ahead and download it.
Nova Launcher allows you to customize the phone’s layout and icons for free. However, if you want to hide an app, you need to have the premium version. It costs only a couple of dollars, and it has many amazing features.
Once you’ve downloaded Nova Launcher, here’s what you have to do:
- Open Nova Launcher and go to Settings.
- Open the App & Widget section.
- Tap on Hide Apps.
- Now choose Tinder (or any other app that you want to hide).
- Tap on Save.
That’s it! You shouldn’t be able to see the app in your Menu. If you want to make sure everything worked out, you can go to the App Search bar and type “Tinder.” Your search Shouldn’t produce any result.
CAN I USE TINDER WITHOUT FACEBOOK?
For a long time, Tinder insisted on linking your Facebook account. It wasn’t possible to make a Tinder account without having a Facebook profile, although your Facebook friends weren’t able to see that you’re using Tinder.
Today, you can create a Tinder account without Facebook, but you’ll have to leave your phone number instead. If you want to create a Tinder profile with your phone number, here’s what you have to do:
- Download the app.
- Tap on “Log in with phone number.”
- Enter your phone number.
- Enter the code you received via SMS.
- Write your e-mail address.
- Set the password.
- Write your first name.
- Upload a profile picture from your Gallery.
- Click on Done.
Bear in mind that you’ll have to give Tinder permission to access your Gallery when you want to upload a profile picture. Now it’s up to you to choose which way of creating a Tinder account seems safer to you.
THERE’S ALWAYS A RISK
However, even if you manage to hide the app on your phone, there’s still a chance that someone you know will spot you on Tinder and recognize you. Of course, chances are higher if you live in a small town, but even in a big city, there’s a chance to come across someone you know.
Even if you don’t match with that person, because you’ve both swiped left, they can see your profile picture. It seems that it’s almost impossible to use Tinder completely secretly unless you’re in a new town where you don’t know anyone.
Now, you know how to hide Tinder, but you still have to be careful if you want to keep a low profile. You can hide the app on your phone, but there’s a chance that you might get matched with someone you know.
Do you believe it’s possible to use Tinder completely anonymously and what’s the biggest challenge? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments section below.