How to use a VPN with Tinder

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Tinder, which helps singles find each other for friendships and potential romance, offers some data protection, but as with other online platforms, privacy isn't guaranteed. This can be a significant issue with an app designed to allow people to share intimate details.


Luckily, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) can give you peace of mind when using Tinder by hiding your real location and data from prying eyes. When you access the platform using a VPN, your data is transmitted through a secure tunnel, keeping your private conversations private.


In this article, we'll show you how to set up a VPN connection using a high-quality service provider like ExpressVPN.

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How to Use VPN with Tinder on an iPhone

Here's how to get started using ExpressVPN to access Tinder through your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Sign up for an ExpressVPN Subscription.
  2. Visit the App Store to download the ExpressVPN app for iphone.
  3. Once the download is complete, tap "Open" to log in to your account.
  4. You will receive information on how ExpressVPN protects your privacy. Press "Accept" to continue.
  5. Next, you will be asked to configure your VPN. Press "Continue".
  6. A message will appear stating that “ExpressVPN would like to add VPN configurations”. Tap "Allow".
  7. To continue, use Touch ID or enter your password.
  8. Choose your preferences for notifications and whether you want to help ExpressVPN improve. Your choice can be changed at any time.
  9. You'll see a big power button labeled "Not Connected" and a "Smart Slot" section below it. "Smart Location" should provide the best performance based on your location. To use, press the power button to connect.
  10. To change "smart location", tap the three-dot menu icon on the right.
  11. Once you are successfully connected, "Connected" will be displayed below the power button.
  12. Launch “Tinder”.
  13. When you're ready to disconnect your VPN connection, press the power button in the ExpressVPN app.

How to use VPN with Tinder on Android device?

To start using ExpressVPN through your Android device to use Tinder, follow these steps:



  1. Sign up for an ExpressVPN account and subscription
  2. Go to the Google Play Store to download the ExpressVPN app for Android. If the app is not available, go to ExpressVPN.com to download the ExpressVPN Android app apk.
  3. Once installed, open the app to sign in to your account.
  4. You will be asked if you would like to help improve ExpressVPN. Tap your preference to continue. Your choice can be changed at any time.
  5. Next, you will be asked to approve ExpressVPN's connection request. Please note that ExpressVPN will not filter or monitor your network activity.
  6. Press "OK" to continue.
  7. You will now see a power button labeled "Not Connected" and a "Smart Slot" section below it. Depending on your location, the recommended "smart location" should provide the best performance. To connect to it, press the power button.
  8. To choose another location, tap the three-dot menu icon on the right.
  9. Once you have successfully connected, "Connected" will be displayed below the power button.
  10. Open “Tinder” and start swiping from the new server.
  11. When you're ready to disconnect your VPN connection, press the power button in the ExpressVPN app.

How to Use VPN with Tinder on PC

Follow these steps to use a VPN connection to access Tinder through your Windows PC:

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  1. First, Sign up for an ExpressVPN account and subscription by visiting
  2. Go to expressvpn.com/sign-in to sign in to your account.
  3. From your account dashboard, click "Download for Windows" to start installing the application.
  4. Copy your activation code and paste it somewhere safe as you will be asked to provide it later.
  5. Once the download is complete, open the installer and follow the instructions to complete the installation.
  6. When the time comes, paste your activation code then “Continue”.
  7. You'll be asked if you'd like ExpressVPN to launch automatically on startup and if you'd like to help improve the service. Select your preferences to continue.
  8. Next, you'll see a big power button labeled "Not Connected" and a "Smart Slot" section below it. Depending on your location, the recommended "smart location" should provide the best performance. Click the power button to connect to it.
    • To choose another location, click the three-dot menu icon on the right.
  9. Once you have successfully connected, "Connected" will be displayed below the power button.
  10. Open "Tinder" and start swiping.
  11. When you're ready to disconnect the connection, press the power button through the ExpressVPN app.

How to Use VPN with Tinder on a Mac

To access your Tinder account from another server using an ExpressVPN connection, follow these steps:



  1. Visit www.expressvpn.com/order to sign up for an ExpressVPN account and subscription plan.
  2. Go to expressvpn.com/sign-in to sign in to your account.
  3. From your account dashboard, click "Download for Mac" to install the app.
  4. Copy your activation code and paste it somewhere safe as you will need it later.
  5. Once the download is complete, open the installer and follow the instructions to complete the installation.
  6. When prompted, paste your activation code and then “Login”.
  7. You'll be asked if you want ExpressVPN to open automatically on startup and if you want to help improve the service. Click on your preferences to continue.
  8. You will now see a large power button labeled "Not Connected" and a "Smart Slot" section below it. Depending on your location, the “Smart Location” server will offer the best performance. Click the power button to connect to it.
    • To select another location, click the three-dot menu icon on the right.
  9. Once you have successfully connected to a server, “Connected” will display below the power button.
  10. Now launch the “Tinder” app.
  11. When you're ready to disconnect your VPN connection, press the power button through the ExpressVPN app.

Additional FAQs

Can Tinder know when I'm using a VPN?

No, Tinder cannot tell if you are using a VPN connection. It uses your GPS information to determine your actual location to match you with other singles in your area. Accessing Tinder this way is perfectly legal and without restrictions.

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Private conversations on Tinder

To keep your conversations private while using Tinder's chat feature, you can use a VPN service provider like ExpressVPN. When you connect to one of their servers, your data is hidden and protected against cyber-hacking.

With an active VPN subscription, you can download the app to your device; connect to a server, then continue scanning to find it.

What do you think of the Tinder app? Have you made any connections using it? Tell us about your experiences on Tinder in the comments section.

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