We get it; finding out your Tinder account was banned can be frustrating and stressful. But don't panic! You still have options to get unbanned from Tinder, and we'll explain them all to you here.
If you'd like to jump ahead, here's what we'll cover:
- How to avoid getting banned on Tinder?
- How long do Tinder bans last?
- Here's how to get your account back.
- A new Tinder account.
- What to do with your fresh start.
How to avoid getting banned on Tinder?
If you're worried about ending up with a banned account, the easiest thing to do is avoid getting your Tinder account banned in the first place. Some of these things might sound obvious, but it's still a good idea to know what to avoid. Here are some of the things that can get you banned from Tinder:
- Hate speech
- Sexually explicit content
- Spam - trying to drive traffic to another site
- Threatening physical harm
- Fake accounts - don't pretend to be someone you're not, they can spot a fake profile
- Using inappropriate language
- Offering commercial sexual services
- Getting reported by other users - keep in mind what you might be doing that could upset the other person
Being a paid subscriber doesn't change the rules — so even if you've got Tinder gold, you still need to follow all of the community guidelines.
Many apps have popped to bring so-called new functionalities to Tinder.
Or mostly, to bring things for free (or less money) that are only available in Tinder Gold or Tinder Platinum.
When it comes to automated swiping, it could be seen as OK.
What happens when you hit Tinder directly on its money thingy? Right, they retaliate.
So like any other app, they don't like much that third-party apps plug into their field.
If you want to go this route, pay attention to the app you're thinking of using, and read their reviews. And think very carefully before you give out your credit card number.
Both the dating apps and the third-party apps are always evolving, so keep in mind that it's always possible that Tinder will figure out what some of these apps are up to, and you could end up losing your account!
Don't let people strike first
There are a lot of abuse in the report system. Tinder is still young and booming, so they are not fit yet to filter everything properly.
Be respectful, that's the ground rule.
However, if you have a doubt that someone may try to abuse the system to report you, you may need to take measures first.
- Use the feature to HIDE your profile to potential ex's that may be tempted to not fully let you go.
- In case a conversation goes south, just un-match the other person, and part ways peacefully.
Those little tips can make a significant difference in your banning chances!
How long do Tinder bans last?
Most likely? Forever.
Unlike "Facebook jail" which is used as a temporary punishment for misbehavior, a Tinder ban is usually permanent. Sometimes you get a warning message first, indicating that you may have violated community guidelines. If that happens, take it seriously. You may not get another warning before ending up with a banned Tinder account!
And when they ban your account, you lose everything. All your matches, all your conversations, everything. So the best option really is to avoid a ban in the first place.
Banned from Tinder? Here's how to get your account back
Trying to get unbanned? You've got a couple of options.
Tinder ban appeal
If your tinder account gets banned, you can try appealing that decision through Tinder support, even though there is no official appeals process.
Tinder is very strict about enforcing its guidelines and the Tinder team isn't known for being forgiving. So, re-read the section above and do your best not to piss Tinder off in the first place.
If you think your account was banned by accident, contacting Tinder support is the way to go.
Hard account reset
If an appeal doesn't work, you're going to have to start over from scratch, making sure you provide all new information.
To do that, you need a completely blank slate to start from. So, first things first, you need to uninstall Tinder and delete the Tinder app from your phone.
Next, you need to remove any links to your social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram. You'll need to log into these social accounts to delete the connection.
Now it starts to get tricky. Tinder, and other dating apps, are also tracking your device. So, if it happens to be time for a phone upgrade, great. Otherwise, you'll need to work around this.
If you're not getting a new phone, you'll need a new device ID. This will look a little different depending on what kind of phone you have, so you'll need to look up the specifics for your model.
Next, you'll need a new SIM card or a new number. Using a friend's phone number might work if you'll have easy access to confirmation codes that get texted to them. Otherwise, you can try something like a google voice number, potentially from a new google account if Tinder already had your previous account information.
Tinder may also tracks your IP address, so that's another area where you'll need to start fresh. To get a new IP address you can either reset your WIFI router or use a VPN. Warning with VPN though, can backfire HARD.
Once you've reset your information and have a blank slate, you're ready for...
A new Tinder account
You guessed it. During the previous steps you had to delete Tinder, and that means you need to download Tinder and start over with a new account.
Try to view this new account as a chance to do everything better this time. Make a new Tinder profile that's better than your last one. Here are some ideas on how to do Tinder right.
When making your new account, you've got a chance to rethink what pictures you share. Make sure they're all within the community guidelines and make sure they're all different from before. Remember, everything about your new account needs to be brand new.
Need more ideas? Check out our top Tinder tips to make the best of your new account.
To create your new account, you'll either need a new Facebook account, or you'll need to link your new account to a new phone number (addressed above) and a new email address.
Every piece of information you share to sign up needs to be new, so depending on your device and how you decide to sign up that could mean a new Apple ID or a new Google play store account.
If you're planning to pay for a Tinder subscription or for any of their special features, make sure you use a new payment method.
What to do with your fresh start
While it may have been frustrating to deal with a Tinder ban, remember that like any dating app, Tinder's terms are in place for the sake of user safety.
This time around try to follow Tinder's rules and community guidelines and you won't have to worry about getting slapped with a permanent ban again.
And if you'd like some more help with Tinder, we've got your back.
Hope this will help the many of you trapped in the banning circle! It can be a nightmare since many users abuse the report functions.
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