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How To Reactivate Your Tinder Account If Tinder Deleted It (Or Not)

So Tinder deleted your account? Well as long as you weren’t being an absolute creep, in which case you would deserve having your account deleted, I’ll help you get it back!

Even if you just wanted a fresh start or wanted to reset your ELO score this guide will apply to you. Unfortunately, you are unable to reset your Tinder account the “traditional” way. Things have changed…

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You would be forgiven for thinking that deleting and reinstalling your Tinder account is easy because up until the back end of 2018, it always was. Unfortunately, Tinder has caught on that people have been liberally resetting their accounts and has made it much more difficult to do so.

Before, to reset your Tinder account you would uninstall, reinstall and voila, you can have a redo. Now, Tinder recognizes you based on a few factors, and if they catch you resetting your account, you could earn yourself a shadow ban. Which essentially means your profile will be invisible

These factors are:

  • •Facebook account
  • •Phone number
  • •Linked Instagram
  • •Linked Spotify
  • •Your previous purchases on Google Account or Apple ID

 

There are definitely a few ways to get around this, but at the same time, many ways to screw up. So I’ll tell you exactly how to get around these, but first, let’s look at why you might want to reset your account.

Why Reset Your Tinder Account (Other Than If Tinder Deleted it)

So you most likely clicked on this article as Tinder deleted your account. Besides that, there are many reasons you would want to delete your Tinder account yourself and get a brand new one.

Unfortunately, the only way to really fix your ELO score is to reset your account. Doing so will completely refresh your score, giving you a clean slate. If you’re unaware, your ELO score is a score Tinder gives you to determine which profiles you are shown and shown to. It’s basically a secret ranking. The reason you might want to reset your ELO score is because there are many activities that can lower your score quite dramatically.

Yes, you could get some better photos, bio and be really picky about who you swipe to improve your score, but the improvement could take months.

The main reason I suggest you do this is to make up for the couple of mistakes you most likely would have made to lower your score. It may even be as simple as being fairly inactive on Tinder, which would lower your score.

The other reason I suggest resetting your account is because of what I like to call the ‘New User Boost’. This is different from the ‘boost’ function, which you would typically pay for. This is organic.

Basically, in order to determine your new ELO score, Tinder will show your profile to a wide variety of people over a 2-day period.

So when you successfully reset your account your previous ELO score goes out the window, showing your new and improved profile to a bunch of new people, which will inevitably get you more matches.

Other than those reasons, you may have run out of people to swipe in your area, have had a profile makeover or would just like to start fresh. Whatever the reason, I’ll take you through some steps to make sure you aren’t getting the exact same ELO, or worse off, receiving a shadow ban.

Just remember, following these steps could be a risk to you. There are specific steps to follow to reset your account, but due to the nature of those steps, you only get a couple of shots of doing this.

So if I were you, I would save it for when you feel like you’ve really hit a wall.

How To Reset Your Account

This might be a bit of a headache for you, but the only way to reset your Tinder account successfully is to remove any trace of your old account. This is done by using a brand new Facebook account and/or phone number.

When I say ‘new’ I mean one that has never been associated with your Tinder account. So if you happen to have an old phone lying around with a different number and it’s never been used on Tinder before, go for it!

Note: it doesn’t have to be the same phone you’re using Tinder on, just one that you have access to.

A couple of other points to consider when resetting your account:

  • •You can’t connect your Instagram if you used it on your previous account.
  • •You can’t connect your Spotify if you used it on your previous account.
  • •You will need to use a new email address
  • •If you have previously purchased anything, including Tinder Plus or Gold, you will need a new Apple ID or Google Play Account
  • •If you had Tinder Plus or Gold active before resetting your account, restoring purchases will lead to tinder immediately recognizing you and giving you your old ELO score back or delete your account again
  • •You will need to have access to the new phone number to receive SMS confirmations

 

I’ve said that you should only make a new Apple ID or Google Play account when you have purchased something previously, but even if you hadn’t; I suggest you do so just to be safe. Even though it works for most who haven’t purchased something, Tinder is obviously cracking the whip with people resetting their account, so in my opinion, it’s best to not give them any way to trace you to your old account.

As I mentioned earlier, this can be a little risky, so make sure you follow these exact steps if you do decide to refresh your account.

Reset Tinder Account Using Facebook:

  1. (If your Tinder account got deleted skip this step) Delete your Tinder account in Tinder’s settings, as well as the app from your phone’s home screen
  2. Create a new Facebook account if you haven’t done so already – make sure you are logged in to this new account (and logged out of your old one) on the Facebook app or in your phone’s web browser
  3. Download Tinder again and create a new account
  4. Use new phone number on sign up process

Reset Tinder Account Using Phone Number Only:

  1. (If your Tinder account got deleted skip this step) Delete your Tinder account in Tinder’s settings, as well as the app from your phone’s home screen
  2. Download Tinder again and create a new account
  3. Use new phone number on sign up process

How To Know You Have Successfully Reset Your Tinder Account

If Tinder deleted your account, the giveaway will be pretty obvious – if Tinder now works, that’s it!

Though if you just wanted to reset your ELO score the giveaway will be if your new user boost has been set off. There’s no concrete way to know this has worked other than the fact that it seems like you are getting more matches than usual.

If it appears so, congratulations, it worked!

Keep in mind that now just because it has worked, doesn’t mean you can go ahead and connect your Instagram or Spotify, otherwise Tinder will figure you out and you’ll go back to your old score or delete your account again.

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