How to Find Someone on Tinder

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While Tinder doesn't have a search feature, there are certain ways to narrow down your chances of finding that one person in a sea of thousands of people also using the app. Here's how to find someone on Tinder. 

How to Find Someone on Tinder by Narrowing the Search Radius

Tinder gives you the ability to search for people within a specific distance of your location.

  1. Open the Tinder app on your mobile device.

  2. Make sure you allow it to access your location settings. If you don't, the app won't operate properly.

  3. Tap the settings option in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

  4. You have the option to change a number of your search preferences, including age, location, gender, and more. Make sure you have Tinder set to search from your current location.

    You can decrease the search radius to make sure you're swiping through as few people as possible. Either move the scale to the left to decrease the distance, or move it to the right to increase the distance. 

  5. Tap Done in the top right corner to save your preferences.

    The Tinder settings menu allows you to adjust a number of options.
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  6. Congratulations! Now you can begin swiping through dozens of people to find your crush.

    Tinder will not match you with Facebook friends, so if you're already friends with someone on social media, you'll need to create a separate Tinder account to find them. And if the person has already swiped left on you, then they will not show up as a potential match.

  7. That's it!

How to Find Someone o Tinder by Narrowing the Age Range

While searching for someone by narrowing the distance can work, it's not as effective as searching by age. If you know how old the person you want to meet is, you can set the age range to only that age; for example, 25-25. 

  1. Open the Tinder app on your mobile device.

  2. Tap the icon in the upper right corner to open Tinder's settings. 

  3. Find the age slider beneath the distance slider and slide the left button to the age you want. 

  4. Move the right slider to match the first. If you aren't absolutely sure of the age of the person, move it to be as narrow a range as possible. 

  5. Tap Done in the top right corner to save your preferences. 

  6. Now you'll be able to swipe through people of exactly the same age as the person you're looking for. Again, if they've swiped left on you already, they will not appear. 

    The age is based on the age given to the Facebook account linked to Tinder, so if they use a fake age, you won't be able to find them this way.

  7. That's it!

Find Whether a Facebook Friend Uses Tinder With TopRomp

If you aren't sure whether someone uses Tinder or not, TopRomp provides a way to search their profile usage via Facebook's Social Graph functionality.

TopRomp promises it will not post to Facebook, is not connected to Tinder, and will not hack your Facebook account. While it does not show up in the activity log, and it performs a search using Facebook's settings, it does so through the app ID of Tinder, which is something most people wouldn't know how to do.

The social graph feature is no longer properly supported on Facebook. Additionally, TopRomp may not be completely accurate.

  1. Make sure you are logged into Facebook via your browser.

  2. TopRomp utilizes the Facebook Social Graph to search for users on Tinder.
  3. Select See Which Friends Use Tinder.

  4. The search page that appears will show your friends that use Tinder, although it may not be completely accurate.