5 things you can’t do on Tinder

There are some things in life that would be really helpful. Bernard’s Watch, for instance (who doesn’t want a magical stopwatch that can stop time?).

Matters of the heart are no exception. There are a number of Tinder features that we wish existed and that would, quite frankly, make our love lives a lot easier to navigate. But alas, we can’t have everything.

Before we give you the bad news about what you can’t do on Tinder, here’s a reminder of what you can do.

There’s a fancy new Explore feature that lets you peruse profiles of people based on specific mutual interests. You can block your ex (or your boss, your family members, or anyone else you’d rather not bump into while swiping). You can video call your dates. You might not be able to get a blue tick on Twitter, but you can verify your Tinder profile.

Alright, now you’ve got all that to enjoy, here are five things you can’t do on Tinder:

1. Find someone on Tinder by name

No, you can’t. From a privacy perspective, it certainly makes sense why it’s not possible to search for people by name.

2. Tell if someone deleted their Tinder

There’s nothing definitive that’ll tell you whether someone’s deleted their profile. But if a person has disappeared from your conversations or matches, then it’s safe to assume they’ve either deleted their Tinder or they’ve unmatched.

Either way, your energy is best spent on swiping for someone new.

3. Create a Tinder account without a phone number

Alas, this isn’t possible. Tinder’s policy means it’s mandatory for everyone to use their phone number in order to create an account.

4. See if someone is active on Tinder

This is a confusing one because Tinder users who don’t have Tinder Gold will have likely spotted a teaser feature at the top of their chats which shows recently online swipers alongside the words “likes you”. Sadly though, you can’t actually see if someone is active on Tinder. But Gold users do get access to the knowledge of who’s already swiped right on them.

5. Know the last time someone was active on Tinder

Sadly you aren’t able to see this information on Tinder. If you’ve got read receipts turned on, you’ll know if a specific match has read your message. But otherwise, you’ll be in the dark.

Happy swiping, folks!

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