Complete Tinder Feature Guide 2020

What are the differences between Tinder Free, Tinder Plus, and Tinder Gold? What are the top Tinder features? Is Tinder even worth paying for?

If you’re just dipping your toes into Tinder waters, you may not know that Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold are premium paid services on the dating app. They offer a myriad of helpful features that make it easier to find matches.

In this article, we’ll discuss features offered by Tinder Free, Tinder Plus, and Tinder Gold. We’ll delve a bit deeper into Tinder terminology and offer tips to increase your dating success.

Tinder Free, Tinder Plus, and Tinder Gold

Tinder Free is—as you probably figured out from the name—the bare-bones Tinder version. If you’d like to step up your dating game a bit more, the next tier is Tinder Plus. Tinder Gold offers even more functionality for a slightly higher price.

Tinder Plus

Tinder Plus is the most budget-friendly premium Tinder option, costing $9.99 if you’re under 30 and $19.99 if you’re 30 or older. By making that investment, you’ll increase your visibility quite a bit over Tinder Free. Here are key benefits you’ll receive with your Tinder Plus subscription:

  • Five Super Likes every day instead of Tinder Free’s one Super Like

  • Rewind, which lets you undo your last swipe

  • Passport, which allows you to change your location

  • One Tinder Boost every month

  • No ads (unavailable on Tinder Free)

  • Unlimited right swiping (Tinder Free has a Like limit of 100 right swipes a day)

Tinder Gold Features and Pricing

Tinder Gold has two main advantages over Tinder Plus: you’ll see everyone who swiped right on you, and you can see 4-10 Top Picks as opposed to just one for Tinder Free and Tinder Plus. For more info, see Is Tinder Gold Worth It? and What is a Tinder Top Pick?

Unlocking the features and functionality of Tinder Gold is just an extra $4.99 per month over the price of Tinder Plus.

Is Tinder Gold Worth It?

So, is Tinder Gold right for you? Yes, if the benefit of seeing your matches is important to you. When you can see who’s already swiped right on you, you’ll receive matches faster and optimize the time you spend on the app.

Tinder Gold also allows you to access 4-10 Top Picks. A Top Pick is a Tinder user in your area that the Tinder Algorithm chooses for you. Being able to utilize the Tinder Algorithm through the Top Picks allows for better matches. You only get one Top Pick if you’re a Free or Plus user.

All of the other premium Tinder features, including five Super Likes and Tinder Boost, make it easier for all the right people to notice you. Your quality and quantity of matches will increase—and so will your likelihood of finding a date.

Now that you know about three of the Tinder tiers, let’s look at some Tinder features.

What is Tinder Verified?

Tinder Verified is an assurance provided by a live photo match that a user isn’t a catfish. It’s a simple way to let other users know you are who you say you are, especially since you can’t send photos on the app. Verified users will have blue checkmarks next to their name on their profile.

Tinder Boost and the Best Time to Use It

A Tinder Boost makes your profile the first one that’s shown in your area so you have the opportunity to reach as many users as possible. Each boost lasts 30 minutes. A Tinder Boost costs $6.99 each if you’re buying one and $5.00 each if you’re buying 10. Dating apps receive the most traffic on Sunday, and Tinder reports activity peaks around 9:00 p.m., making Sunday between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. the best time to use a Tinder Boost.

What are Tinder Super Likes? Do They Work?

A Tinder Super Like is an upward swipe, that shows that person you already swiped right on them before they make their decision. Free users are given one Super Like and Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold users are given five a day. Tinder representatives report that Super Like are three times more likely to receive a match than a traditional right swipe. Super Likes can be a hit or miss feature as they can help you receive more matches, but just be aware that women have made frequent comments that sending a super like can come across as unattractive, so be sure to sure your best judgement when deciding who to send your Super Likes to.

What is Tinder Passport? When Should You Use It?

Tinder Passport is a feature in both Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold that allows you to swipe on users all over the world, just not within your typical distance setting. Tinder Passport is good for those who travel frequently but don’t want to search for a partner in every new location. It’s also great for planning possible vacation hookups or simply getting a long-distance partner.

What is Tinder’s Matches Timeline?

The Tinder Match Timeline is a feed of all the profile edits each of your matches has made since you’ve matched with them, including added pictures, updated bio or scholastic/ employment related updates, and new Spotify anthems. This keeps you updated with your matches as soon as they update their profiles and also allows comments and quick emoji reactions to the “posts” on your feed.

Should You Connect Instagram Photos? Does it Help?

The photos most people choose to post on Instagram are usually made to be viewed by family and friends, while Tinder profiles present your most attractive side. If the two sides are on the same coin, then linking your profile allows potential matches to see more of you.

On the other hand, your Instagram profile might not be so glamorous. In that case, it might be something to avoid, but you could also consider it a conversation starter. It’s your call.

What is Tinder Smart Photos and How Does It Work?

Tinder Smart Photos is a Tinder Free feature that notes swipe responses to your photos and places the most popular photo first. It works by switching out the first picture of your profile other users see and notes how people swipe based on that photo. Studies show that there is a 12% increase in matches when Tinder users use this feature.

What is Tinder Rewind?

Tinder Rewind is a Tinder Plus/Tinder Gold feature that lets you retract your last swipe. If you accidentally swipe, or change your mind a second too late, Tinder Rewind allows you to rewind, but only the last swipe you made (left, right, or up).

What is Tinder Secret Admirer?

Tinder Secret Admirers is a Tinder Free feature that gives you the chance to peek at a user that swiped right on your profile. Your secret admirer is under one of four cards on the screen. If you choose the card your admirer is under, you have the option to swipe on them like you would anyone who gave you a Super Like (knowing they already like you back).

What is a Tinder Top Pick?

Tinder Top Picks is a feature available to all Tinder users that shows you a curated list of 10 people. You can choose one if you’re using Tinder Free or Plus or 4-10 for Tinder Gold.

The Tinder Algorithm is able to sort out your “type” based on the commonalities between keywords, occupation, and other information on the profiles you Like or Super Like. That information is then used to gather a list of profiles that match your supposed ideal partner.

What is Tinder Who Likes You?

Tinder Who Likes you is the collection of profiles that swiped right on you. For Tinder Gold users, the profiles are available to swipe on, but the images are blurred for Free and Plus users. To view them, you must upgrade to Gold.

What is Tinder Swipe Surge?

A Tinder Swipe Surge is a notification of increased activity in a geographical area. All users are notified of the swipe surge, which means your odds of finding a match significantly increase. Swipe Surges are triggered by a number of things, like activity in an area two times greater than average or local events like music festivals and conferences.

What are Tinder Loops?

Tinder Loops are similar to Instagram Boomerangs. They’re ten-second looping videos that you can post to your profile in lieu of one of your photos. The loop must be made from a video already in your camera roll where you then upload it to the app and edit it into a two-second repeating clip of yourself.


The Tinder dating app works at all levels to help increase your dating success. But if you want the most dating success possible, go with Tinder Gold. Tinder Gold provides access to all the profiles that have liked you and expands your curated pool of Top Picks based on your previous swipes.

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