Post Date: November 9, 2020

In rare cases, guys may be shown other guys when they are swiping on Tinder. This can occur even if you’re not looking for other guys but rather women.

Tinder sometimes shows you guys because they may have accidentally set their gender preference to be a woman. To not be shown guys, the other person will need to adjust their settings. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to fix this.

In this article, we’re going to show you why there’s nothing you can do and why Tinder will show you guys.

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Tinder Showing Guys If You’re A Guy

As a male, there’s a good chance that you will be swiping for other females. If you are not gay or don’t like the same gender, then there’s a good chance you’ll want to see girls in your card stack.

However, other guys might show up in your card stack if you’re a male. This is not on purpose but instead on accident. There are a few reasons why Tinder may show you guys when you don’t want to see them.

Setting The Wrong Preferences

When looking for girls, the most common cause of seeing a guy on Tinder is they set the wrong preferences when setting up their profile.

When setting up Tinder, there are two ways to set the wrong preferences, affecting your overall Tinder experience.

Setting Their Gender To Female

The first preference that often gets mixed up when users are onboarding is choosing the wrong gender. One of the main reasons users will see guys is that they accidentally set their gender to female.

Naturally, Tinder will show you guys that you are a female as it is reading the information. To counter this, Tinder has also added an option to what you’re looking for.

Unfortunately, there is no way to change your gender once you have already signed up. You’ll need to delete your profile and start from scratch if you accidentally selected females for your gender option.

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Looking For Guys

This is another standard error when users set their preferences.

For example, it will ask if you’re looking for guys, girls, or both during the onboarding process. If users aren’t paying attention or read the question wrong, they may select guys (we’ve seen people answer this question and interpret it as “Are you a girl or a guy?”).

If the other user selects that they’re looking for a guy, Tinder will automatically put guy profiles in their card stack instead of picking girls.

There’s a good chance that your profile has gotten put into their card stack, which they have swiped right on you. If they swiped right on you, their profile would then be put into your card stack. This is one of the main reasons why you will see guys on your Tinder profile.

Tinder Preferences

If your other user didn’t set the wrong preferences, there’s a good chance that you possibly put the wrong preferences. We recommend you check your settings to see if you selected the wrong gender by mistake.

Also, if you’re unsure of what you sent and you’re still early on in your Tinder journey, we recommend deleting the app/account and starting from scratch. This is to get the best Tinder experience possible.

Change Your Facebook Settings

If you use Facebook as your onboarding preference, you’ll need to check to ensure your Facebook information is correct rather than entering an email or any other login options.

Tinder will ask if you allow the information from Facebook to be transferred to Tinder. If you accept, it will simply pull all of the information that you’ve selected.

We commonly see people who don’t set what they’re looking for or possibly may have selected males in their preferences. Tinder will pull this information from Facebook and display guys.

How To Stop Seeing Both Genders

There is no way currently to stop seeing both genders. As noted above, Tinder sorts out users by those two options of your gender and what you’re looking for.

If you’re a guy looking for straight girls, you’ll need other users to check that they fit those criteria. If they don’t check this, Tinder will not be able to differentiate between the two profiles.

Tinder reacts to the information that is input by the user. It cannot look at pictures or know anything outside of what you input during the onboarding process.

If you or the other user doesn’t input the right criteria, it will display the other gender.


When swiping on Tinder, there’s a chance that you may see guy profiles if you’re a guy. This is not common, but it can happen from time to time.

To stop this, we recommend checking your settings to see if you marked that you’re a female. Also, users may have mistakenly said that they are looking for guys instead of girls.

This is a common issue and, unfortunately, can not be changed once selected. If this does occur, we recommend you completely delete the app and download it again. This is the easiest way to erase guys from your profile, so you only see girls.

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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!