As of 2021, Tinder has started ID-checking its users as a way of making people feel safer on the platform, and needles to say, it’s working!
Upon completing the process, photo-verified Tinder users earn a blue checkmark on their profile that tells people they’re not a catfish.
This is annoying to some, useful to others…or completely unknown to some people.
Today I will be answering your questions regarding Tinder Photo Verification and what you should do with it.
What Tinder Photo Verification is and what it does — A rundown:
Tinder Photo Verification is a process you undergo to confirm your identity (whether you’re a real person).
– If you see a blue badge next to a user’s name, then that means they’ve successfully proven themselves to be a real person and not a bot.
Why getting photo-verified on Tinder is so important:
Dating apps are not exactly the safest way to meet people, because, for years people have been able to forge their identities…but those days are over thanks to numerous authentication systems implemented by dating apps!
Tinder came up with a system that makes it impossible for catfishes, bots, or even criminals to thrive on their app.
Because every user is encouraged to do this—and not interact with non-verified profiles—a blue checkmark makes all the difference.
– People using Tinder for malicious reasons avoid uploading their photos, rendering them unable to undergo the process or trick it.
How to get verified on Tinder? Let me show you how to do it step-by-step.
Tinder introduces you to Photo Verification as an important part of your profile as soon as you make an account.
You get to either post a selfie video or take a picture following the prompt shown to you. These photos and videos aren’t uploaded to your profile, they’re only there for Tinder to keep.
But, if you’ve had your Tinder account for years, you’re going to have to get photo-verified sooner or later:
1. Grant Tinder access to your Camera on your Phone’s Settings:
2. Open the Tinder app, go to your Profile, and;
3. Click the gray checkmark next to your name and click on Continue:
4. Follow the instructions given to you by Tinder.
– Tinder needs to know you’re the same person in your uploaded photos, so being verified might take up to 24 hours, or even longer—if you believe the process has been dragging on for too long, you can contact Tinder.
– How to bypass Tinder Photo Verification…is it even possible?
No, tricking or bypassing the Tinder Photo Verification process is not possible, but look at the bright side: it makes the online dating experience safer.
You have to use photos, and you HAVE to prove to Tinder that it is you attempting to get photo-verified.
That being said, there are 4 ways you can technically bypass the Tinder Photo Verification:
1. Create a new account with a phone number from Tinderophone.
Making a new Tinder account with a fake phone number is one way to bypass it, and Tinderophone is one of the most reliable ways to do it.
You simply get the phone number (which costs $9.95) and use the code you receive to sign up for Tinder with your phone number.
When using such services, Tinder doesn’t typically get all up in users’ faces to verify their photos.
2. Have another person complete the verification process for you.
Technically speaking, just because it’s YOUR Tinder profile doesn’t mean you can’t use a friend’s photos.
– For this, you’ll need to ask a friend (or relative) who doesn’t mind having their photos used on a dating app. Have them send you a couple of selfies and then proceed to undergo the process instead of you.
But of course, pretending to be someone else is considered catfishing, whether the person whose pictures you’re using knows or not.
Many people use Tinder to find that special someone and pretending to be someone else kind of makes this concept useless.
Meanwhile, I do understand why some people prefer not to upload their pictures on dating sites, pretending to be someone you’re not is plain wrong.
3. Go through the process and then remove your photos.
If you simply don’t want your photos on Tinder, then you can upload your photos, complete the verification process, wait for the confirmation, and then delete them.
This way Tinder will know it’s you operating the account and would have already given you the blue checkmark.
– This is NOT a flawless plan. Tinder saves your facial geometry data and might ask you to re-verify your identity if you delete the photos on your account.
4. Get an older account.
Getting an old, verified account no one uses and turning it into your work too…you just have to find one!
Is there any Tinder account you no longer use? What about your friends? It’s easier said than done, but our options are limited.
You can also ask anyone if they’re willing to sell their account on online forums.
– When you somehow manage to obtain an account, you will still need to change its photos (assuming you want to use it), which triggers Tinder’s Verification process to double-check who you are.
What happens after Tinder verifies your photos? Are there any advantages?
After Tinder confirms you match the photos on your profile, you’ll get a blue checkmark that is much more important than you think.
Your profile will be out of Tinder’s watchlist, in the sense that you’re less likely to be shadowbanned now that you’ve undergone the process.
– Being Verified on Tinder has its advantages, or rather, the most important advantages: it might help you get more matches because users will know they don’t have to worry about getting catfished.
Your photos are verified by Facial Recognition Technology.
Tinder says that your photos are processed and then verified with the help of Facial Recognition Technology.
Facial Recognition Technology aids many other dating apps, such as Bumble and Hinge, in their Photo-verification systems—it plucks out the bad weeds in online dating, such as catfishes and bots.
It’s a safety precaution taken by Tinder to ensure their users are swiping on a danger-free platform, something users should be thankful for.
Tinder can be used while unverified…but you’re not going to like it.
Tinder doesn’t force users to have their photos verified, so they can very well use the app without that little, blue checkmark.
But that’s not to say there won’t be any repercussions.
Oh, there will.
– You might get shadowbanned.
An unverified individual (on top of many factors) is more prone to getting shadowbanned due to privacy concerns.
If Tinder were not to do this, it’s kind of like letting a small fire be—users will never know what dangers lie ahead.
So they instead restrict their app experience and how many people see their profile.
– Not a lot of people will swipe right.
That online dating apps can be dangerous is no surprise. People will try to avoid anyone and anything that looks sketchy.
This includes non-verified Tinder profiles, which usually get fewer matches.
A pretty smart thing to do, considering there are tons of other VERIFIED profiles to pick from.
– Other users will report you.
It’s very common for dating app users to report people they perceive as threats; unverified profiles are, to some degree, threatening.
Your Tinder account may get banned altogether if reported too many times—this will result in your phone number getting banned too.
– If Tinder denied your Photo-verification request…
There are 3 possible explanations:
1) You didn’t follow Tinder’s instructions properly (how you should position your face, what poses you should make, and so forth);
2) You’re using photos that aren’t yours and Tinder’s Facial Recognition Technology picked up on it;
3) Technical difficulties on Tinder’s part.
If you can’t seem to get verified no matter what, your only choice is to make a new Tinder account.
Your very last resort is making a new Tinder account with an entirely different phone number.
Quick warning: if you’re making another account after being banned from Tinder, and they ask you to verify your photos, bypassing it is not an option.
If you like Tinder, then you have to oblige by completing the procedure…but after opening a new account with different information.
Tinder never forgets, so you’re going to have to use a new phone number (e.g. from services like Tinderophone), a different email, and some other photos.
Catfishing is out of the question.
I get using another friend’s photos because you want to catch a cheater on Tinder, but other forms of catfishing are unacceptable.
Not only will Tinder see through your attempts, but you’re also hurting your chances of making a real connection on the platform.
On the other hand, though, I understand why you don’t want to risk showing your face to millions of strangers.
But, if you want to use Tinder, you’ll either have to go through with the process or find a way to trick it.