So you’re downloading Tinder for the first time, and without thinking you select ‘Facebook’ when Tinder asks you how you would like to connect, and then it hits you “Can my Facebook friends see me on Tinder?”
That’s a pretty normal reaction, and I can tell you right now that the majority of people reading this article probably scurried to it half way through Tinder being set up.
Should You Setup Tinder Using Facebook?
When you sign up to Tinder you can do so by either using your Facebook account or phone number as well as your email. Whichever combination suits you best, go for it. I personally connect using my phone number.
The reason for this is that I find myself using Facebook less and less, and if the day comes that I decide to delete my Facebook, I don’t want my Tinder account to go with it.
Some people even decide to create a brand new Facebook account, which eliminates the above problem anyway. This can also help if you unfortunately get a ban on Tinder and have to reset your Tinder account.
Tinder has made it increasingly difficult in 2020 for people to restart their Tinder accounts, because users would continuously delete and download once again to get a “clean slate.”
As stated in this article ‘Help, Tinder deleted my account – how to restart your Tinder account in 2020’ I break down exactly how you would go about restarting your Tinder account.
Will there be a day that my Facebook friends can see me on Tinder?
Chances are, no. With an ever-increasing focus on privacy, especially from Facebook’s point of view (we all remember what happened), you can most likely rest easy knowing that any of your Facebook friends won’t be able to see you on Tinder.
There was a time in 2016 when Tinder and Facebook tried to buddy up a little too much for people’s comfort. Group dates and mutual friends were a thing, but what this meant for most people, is that your Facebook friends can see you use the app.
This caused backlash and inevitably led to the downfall of Facebook and Tinder integration at this level. So, if history tells us anything, don’t stress. It also used to be doable for friends to dig into what apps you have connected to your Facebook account (which means Tinder). This is also old news.
The One Way Facebook Friends Can See You on Tinder
Rather than peaking over your shouldering when you are actually physically using the app, quite literally the only way for a Facebook friend to find you on Tinder would be to get on the app themselves. There are even some limitations with this though.
If you don’t match their search criteria, you won’t show. For example if your Facebook friend is searching for women aged 23-30 and you are a 20 year old male, they won’t see you. But friends share amongst themselves these days.
So, if you’re doing something you shouldn’t, i.e. you being on Tinder falls into the category of cheating, someone will find out. I personally am very against people suing Tinder if you are in a relationship anyway, but if you ignore my advice all it takes is for one person to recognize you, screenshot your profile and send it to a friend.
If you were hoping to see if one of your Facebook friends you have your eye on is using Tinder, don’t stress. Facebook dating is set to launch soon, so keep your eyes peeled.