Tinder reveals only active profiles show up as potential matches

They say that getting rid of your dating app is a sign that you’re ready to settle down.

But has your partner actually gotten rid of their Tinder, or Hinge or Grindr, and so on?

After a TikTokker went viral for claiming that Tinder only shows profiles who have been active in the last seven days, we spoke to the app folks to find out what the real deal is.

Content creator Trinity posted a video saying that if someone you know gets the person you are dating as a potential match, it means they’ve been active on the app in the past week.

Even if they claim it’s an old profile, Tinder confirmed to Metro.co.uk that it shows you ‘active’ profiles as potential matches, though it didn’t confirm whether seven days was the measure for activity.

Tinder circulates active profiles to prevent you from matching with someone who hasn’t opened up their app in months and to stop you from wondering what could’ve been.

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In Trinity’s video – which has been watched more than four million times, she said: ‘Just a [public service announcement], if they’re like “oh yeah that’s an old Tinder account they saw, I deleted the app a long time ago”.

‘Tinder only shows profiles that have been active within seven days.’

Some followers couldn’t believe it while others felt vindicated.

One person wrote: ‘This is how my boyfriend got busted,’ while another wrote: ‘And here I thought I was going crazy. This boy had the audacity to lie straight to my face’.

Another woman wrote: ‘My friend found my ex on Tinder and I believed him when he said it was an old account.’

One person joked: ‘Where was all this information when I was in a relationship six months ago?’

Tinder confirmed that it wants users to have an optimum experience, which means showing them profiles which are actively using the app.

It wrote on a blog post: ‘We prioritise potential matches who are active, and active at the same time. We don’t want to waste your time showing you profiles of inactive members. We want you chatting and meeting IRL. And there’s nothing better than matching and immediately striking up a conversation.’

However, inactive profiles are not deleted and do still circulate, occasionally showing up on people’s potential matches.

But this usually happens if the swiper has exhausted many matches or if their search criteria suits that of the inactive person.

So if you’ve decided to become exclusive and your partner’s profile is popping up in places, it might be time for a chat.

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