Post Date: October 13, 2020

Tinder uses GPS to display your location to other users. To display users in your radius, Tinder will use your exact location when you’re using the app. However, does the location on Tinder update automatically?

Tinder location updates as soon as the app is open. Users can change their location by purchasing Tinder Passport.

In this article, we’re going to show you how your location updates and how to change your location on Tinder.

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Tinder Location Feature

Tinder’s main feature is it’s able to show you single users that are within a diameter radius of your current location. This feature alone is an innovation in how people meet other single users around them.

Previously, you needed to be in the same bar or restaurant to meet new people. Now you’re able to extend the location 100+ miles to find your perfect match.

Tinder uses your location to pinpoint where other users are around you and show your profile to nearby users.

Tinder Location

If you deny Tinder access to your location, you will not be able to use Tinder. Your profile will not be shown to other users, and there will be no reason actually to use Tinder.

Tinder needs your location to show your profile to other users and show you profiles in your proximity. Without the actual location from your phone, the dating app will be useless.

How To Turn On Location

Once you log on to Tinder, you’ll see a pop-up that asks you to use your location on one of the first screens. On iOS, there will be three options available to you.

The first option is always to allow Tinder to your location. This means that whenever you open the Tinder app, it will immediately grab your location coordinates. Whenever your physical location is, it will show you, users, in your area (that you’ve designated) and show your profile to other users in the area.

The second option is only to allow Tinder to use your location only once. Only once means that Tinder will ask you every time you open the app if you want them to get the GPS coordinates for a location. If you’re concerned about Tinder always tracking your location, this is your best bet.

Only once will allow you to accept or deny the GPS location every time you open the Tinder app.

If you want to use the app without being noticed, you can hit deny, and it will not allow for your location to be seen.

The final option is to deny the app from using your location. Again, to use Tinder to its fullest, you’ll need to allow the GPS to use coordinates to find your location.

Can You Turn Off Location?

Tinder allows the user to turn off the location on both iOS and Android.

To turn off the location on iOS, you’ll need to navigate to your settings, scroll down until you see the Tinder app, select location, and select “never.”

Tinder location access

If you choose never, you’ll need to go back into these settings and enable location to use the app again. If you’re that concerned about your location, we recommend selecting “only once” or “ask me next time” to agree on a case-by-case basis.

Can I Hide My Location On Tinder?

You can hide your location on Tinder by purchasing Tinder’s premium features.

Tinder Plus or Tinder Gold will give you the option to hide your distance so nobody can see where you’re from. This will not hide your profile, but it will simply hide your location so no one can see how far away you are from them.

Tinder show distance

The other option is not to allow Tinder to access your location. Go into the settings and take back the permissions from Tinder to use your location.

We caution you; however, you’ll need to enable the GPS to see other matches to use Tinder properly. Consistently switching back and forth between allowing and denying Tinder to use your location could be tricky.

If you happen to forget that you have Tinder location-enabled and open it in a spot where you don’t want to be seen, it can be a recipe for disaster.

We recommend that you use Tinder as a single user, own that you’re on Tinder, and use it to the fullest. If you try to sneak around the platform trying to switch the location on and off, there’s a chance you may get seen.

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Change Your Location On Tinder

The final way to completely change your location is to purchase Tinder Passport. We completely break down what Tinder Passport is here, but essentially it’s a way to change your location to be anywhere in the world.

If you’re traveling to another country or state and want to swipe on matches before going to that place, Tinder will put your location in the area you select.

Tinder passport to change location

Tinder Passport is a way to change your location to a digital location, not a physical location. If you turn off your Tinder Passport, it will revert to your physical location and show where you’re currently located.

Tinder Location Recap

Tinder uses your location to display users in your proximity and show your profile to other nearby users.

Disabling Tinder’s location on mobile requires users to go into their settings and remove Tinder’s access. Each phone requires permission for Tinder to use the location.

We recommend enabling Tinder to use your location only once; that way, if you need to deny them access, you’ll be prompted each time you open the app.

Location is a major part of using Tinder. You won’t get the same experience using Tinder without the location. If you’re trying to hide your location, we recommend using other apps like Bumble or Hinge which have a little bit better reputation.

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About the Author

Julia has over 10+ years in the mobile dating app space as a consultant and analyst. Her work has been featured on top websites like Mashable and Women's Health Mag. She writes these blogs to help singles find their true love and life long companion!