Finally found your one and only? Or simply had enough of swiping left and right? Then maybe it’s time to take a break from online dating and delete your Tinder profile. Follow this guide to find out how to permanently delete Tinder.
Unlike most mobile applications, this dating app doesn’t let you go that easily. Deleting the Tinder app from your device doesn’t mean you have deleted your account. Your profile remains active, together with all your pictures, matches, and messages. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because you can get back in the game anytime you wish. All you need to do is download the app again and sign in.
However, if you want out, leaving your profile up might cause problems. If you’re dating or are happily married, your partner or their friend might accidentally find you on the platform and ask “Why are you still on Tinder? Are you looking for someone else?”. Your data could also remain vulnerable in their system.
Congratulations! Your account has been successfully deleted.
Note that deleting your account doesn’t cancel your Tinder Plus subscription. You will have to do so by visiting the App Store or Google Play Store.
Online dating isn’t just full of hopeless romantics, but hackers and scammers too. Threats on Tinder are lurking behind every corner:
Some users will try to fool you into thinking that they’re someone they’re not. They might steal other users’ photos and personal information to create fake accounts. If you notice that someone’s profile and communication is too good to be true, you might be talking to a scammer.
Such users might later try to convince you to wire them money, buy them gifts, or click on suspicious links that hide malware. They could also ask you to send them risque photos they could later use to blackmail you, or they might gather enough information to steal your identity.
Similarly to catfishing, hackers use fake profiles to set up Tinder bots. Bots require less maintenance and can trick multiple people at once. You can recognize a Tinder Bot by its pristine profile, short response time, and sometimes random answers that don’t seem to relate to your questions.
The hackers behind such profiles will also try to lure you into clicking on suspicious links, wiring them money or sending them provocative photos. However, if you don’t respond to their requests, they usually will stop messaging you.
Hackers also use Tinder for their phishing campaigns. They might notice your profile, get your contact information, and then email you asking to confirm your account details or click on malicious links. You might even be asked to verify your payment details, which Tinder would never ask if you are using a free version of the app.
From cyberstalking to simpler privacy concerns, you may also want to review your other social media platforms. Deleting them or adjusting your settings and behavior may be a good idea. Check out our social media privacy tips for some ideas.
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