Why does Tinder need my phone number?

Amongst the various dating apps out there, Tinder is considered as one of the best, and you don’t need to fill out a questionnaire to get started.

You may find that Tinder asks you for your phone number on sign up for phone verification. Here’s why Tinder are asking for this information.

Why does Tinder want phone numbers?

Tinder is trying to limit the amount of fake accounts and bots that join the platform. For this reason, they may require you to use a real phone number when you create your account.

If you want to create a Tinder account without having to use your phone for verification, you do have a couple of options – either use Facebook, or an anonymous texting app to receive SMS verification.

However, we should mention that Tinder doesn’t display any phone details in your profile. So, you don’t need to worry about other users finding your phone number in your Tinder profile.

And, the only reason that Tinder want your number is to verify you’re real. Tinder don’t call or send you messages trying to upsell you their premium services, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Though not everyone is convinced that giving their real phone number is a good idea. This is what you should do if you want to avoid using your phone number.

Can you create a Tinder account without a phone number?

Some people may want to create a Tinder account without having to give the platform their phone number.

Tinder’s guidelines are pretty strict, and the only way you’re able to do this directly is by using your Facebook account to sign up to the platform instead.

This is because the app does need something to verify you’re a real person.

Otherwise, people would just continually use fake email addresses to create new profiles, and it would be a lot easier to use automated bots on Tinder.

So yes, you can definitely sign up to Tinder without a phone number. However, you will need to give them some form of identification when signing up to the platform.

Using an anonymous number app

One way that you can get past the need for a genuine phone number when signing up to Tinder is by using an anonymous texting app.

What this will do is give you the ability to create a new phone number that’s completely separate to the number you use in real life.

This means you can keep your real phone number a secret, and use the second phone number for Tinder verification.

You just need a number to receive the SMS verification code on, which these apps will allow you to do.

You can also try using a Google Voice number for Tinder verification too, as this will also allow you to create a second phone number to use.

Why shouldn’t I give Tinder my phone number?

Signing up for a Tinder account means giving away some of your personal information – this includes your personal phone number (if you don’t use one of the options above).

Some people prefer to use a fake phone number for this, as they’re not convinced in the security of the platform.

Even though Tinder are a massive company, they’re still susceptible to the same hacks and leaks as other apps and social media platforms.

An example of a company that were hacked is Ashley Madison, the infamous cheating app that lost a lot of personal data of its users – even worse considering it’s a platform specifically for cheating.

If you’ve already entered all of your personal information into your social media accounts like Facebook, then using your number for Tinder isn’t a massive deal.

For some people though, they prefer to err on the side of caution where phone numbers are concerned, and setting up a temporary phone number is a great way to do that.


Tinder has a strict verification process, and most people usually sign up for the platform using their Facebook account.

However, a few years ago they also started giving users the opportunity to join the platform with just their phone number too.

You need to use one of these forms of verification to join Tinder, as otherwise they can’t verify you’re a real person.

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Edward brings years of experience in a variety of different fields including online marketing & No-code app development, and he's been investing in stocks and cryptocurrency since 2016. Outside of work you'll usually find him watching movies at the local cinema or playing games in the Apple Arcade.

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