How to Find Someone on Tinder

Swipe right (or left) with confidence

While Tinder has a reputation for being little more than a “hook-up app” for millennials, people of all ages are finding love (and even marriage) with a simple swipe of the screen. If you’re one of the millions of users, these tips can help you find what (or rather who) you’re looking for.

How Tinder Works

It’s a testament to the popularity of Tinder that the phrase “swipe right” has entered the lexicon. While it’s hard to say just how many people are using the photo-centric dating app as of 2018 (at least 50 million users were reported in 2014), Tinder continues to grow in popularity every year and is now valued at somewhere north of $3 billion dollars.

If you’re not familiar with Tinder, the way it works is simple. The user creates a profile, adds a few (hopefully) crowd-pleasing selfies, and sets location and age range. You then start swiping through a stream of possible “matches”: swipe left for “Nope,” and right for “Yes.” If both people swipe right, it’s a match. You can reach out and hit that person with your best pickup line.

If you do share contact info, it’s important to research your match before you rush to the altar (or bedroom).

How to Learn More About Your Match

Like all dating sites, Tinder is home to catfish and romance scammers looking to trick you into sharing sensitive information; don’t fall for them!  

Search your Tinder match’s name or phone number into a people search engine to get more information on who they really are: birth name, location, marriage status (yep, some married people secretly use Tinder), criminal history and more.

Even if they aren’t a scammer, you can feel more confident about making your next move.

How to Find Someone on Tinder

If you’re trying to find someone on Tinder, here are some simple tricks you can use:

  • If you know their age, gender preference and location, change your settings so you match with them. For example, if they’re 25 and living 10 miles away, update your search settings. Show profiles from people ages 25-26 within 10 miles. You’ll probably still have to swipe a few times, but it’s simplest way to find someone’s profile.
  • If you know an online username they might use, you can possibly find them by going directly to  “[username].” For example, if you have a partner that you suspect is cheating or texting with someone on Tinder, take a look at the name they use on Facebook or Twitter and enter it there to see if they’ve created a profile.

If you’re still suspicious your partner may be leading a second life, search their email address to see any secondary social media profiles or other “secret” dating profiles that may be associated with it. It’s a longshot, but you may be surprised what you find.

Happy swiping!