Post Date: October 6, 2020

Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps in the app store. It’s used for both dating and casual singles who are looking for a good time. Finding the right match on Tinder can be rare, but once you get that person, you mustn’t lose them.

To search for someone on Tinder, you’ll need to first match with their profile, then type in their name in the search bar located in the match queue.

In this article, we’re going to show you how to search and find someone on Tinder.

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Searching For A Match On Tinder

Tinder was one of the first mobile apps to use the swipe feature to find potential matches. Users swipe left and right to dislike and like profiles.

Searching for a match on Tinder is easy to do. First, you must be connected to the user. This means that both of you must swipe right on each other’s profiles so you’re able to communicate via chat.

Search Bar Tinder
via Reddit

Swipe over to the match queue, and at the top of the screen, you’ll see a search bar where you’re able to type.

From here, add the person’s first name that you’re looking to search for. As you start to type, their name will be filtered out from the rest of the names.

If the person doesn’t appear, it typically means they have unmatched, blocked, or deleted their profile.

There is currently no way of getting that person back if this occurs. The user is gone forever. That’s why it’s crucial to get the user’s number or Snapchat, so you’re able to connect with them off of the Tinder platform.

Can You Find Someone Specific On Tinder?

Unfortunately, there is no way to do this if you’re looking to search for someone on Tinder by name, age, or location.

Due to Tinder’s casual dating stigma, boyfriends and girlfriends may be suspicious of their counterparts being on Tinder. Cheating on Tinder is common for relationships that have gone stale.

Tinder does not have a search feature to find if users are active or not on their platform. The only way to actively search for a user is to match them and search the chat queue.

Tinder Gold, however, can help you find someone based on location.

For example, Tinder uses location-based services to display profiles. The user determines how far (in miles or kilometers) they want their radius. It then takes all of the users in this radius.

How Tinder Passport Works

Using Tinder’s premium service called Tinder Passport, users can digitally move their location to a specific area. If your boyfriend or girlfriend lives in a particular area, you’ll be able to search within 1 mile of that area. This will auto-populate all the profiles in the selected location.

This is currently the only way to find users within a specific area rather than search for them by name or age.

Do You Need An Account To Find Someone On Tinder?

Yes. Tinder requires all of its users to have an account to use any of its services.

Tinder does not allow users to sign on to their platform and use their services without having a profile verified by either Facebook or a phone number.

None of the information you enter (phone number or email) is displayed to other users. Tinder uses it simply for verification purposes, as they dealt with bots early on in their career.

We do not recommend you create a fake profile, as it ruins the experience for other single users who are actively looking for a date.

Fake profiles and catfish profiles dilute the brand of Tinder and make it harder for people who are looking for love.

❤️ Pro Tip: If you’re sick of finding people who are just looking for one-night stands, we recommend trying eHarmony.

It’s one of the highest-rated online dating apps in the world. eHarmony users are actually actively looking for relationships. Give it a try here for free and see if you can tell the difference.

Can I Search If My Partner Is On Tinder

Tinder doesn’t have a search feature. Profiles are populated entirely on proximity and location. To find someone on Tinder, you would need to create a profile and search within an area.

If you use Tinder Gold, they have Tinder Passport, which allows users to digitally move themselves to a location to search in that area. Tinder Gold requires a subscription, but it may be worth the $29.99 a month to find out if your partner is on Tinder.

We recommend you straight up ask your partner if they’re on Tinder. Especially if you matched and met on Tinder, ask them straight up if they are still on it.

It’s a special moment if you both decide to delete it together; that way, you don’t have to worry if the other person is still using it.

If you didn’t meet on Tinder, have a friend download Tinder and search for you. The last thing you want is to have Tinder on your phone and get accused of using it.


Tinder has a search feature built into its platform for users who have already matched with other profiles. This feature allows you to search for the first names of other users.

If you’re looking to search the platform for Tinder users, unfortunately, you will not be able to find anyone based on name or age.

The only way to actively search for people is through location and area proximity. Using Tinder Passport, set the location to the area of the person you’re trying to meet and hope their profile shows up.

If it doesn’t, there’s a good chance they’re no longer on Tinder.

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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!